With the wide array of sporting minigames, Kinect Sports is, along with Dance Central 2, the best franchise(s) for gaming on the Kinect. Featuring skiing, darts, tennis, baseball, American football, and golf, Kinect Sports Season 2 is a great avenue to go down if you want to spend a little time flailing around in front of your TV. To win a copy, send in a picture of yourself or someone in your household doing some sort of sporting activity to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide explanations if necessary (kicking a bottle can totally be a sport if there’s another guy who wants to kick it in the other direction.)
As predicted, not as many people were keen to enter this competition, despite my firm belief that Dance Central 2 is without a doubt one of the best games available for the Xbox Kinect. Thankfully we did get enough entries to actually give them away, and the winners can be viewed and admired after the break.
So, my friend got really drunk on New Years Eve and through the power of alcohol, became sure that he was blessed with a magical power of dance. Let’s say his humiliation was not quick, but it was complete. Between the splitting headache of his hangover, and the split in his pants, his new years resolution was to dance in a safer (ie, not on table tops) fashion, and what safer way to do it than at home, alone, with the curtains drawn, and with no one watching but a piece of electronic equipment? If that sounds familiar (let’s just say this ‘friend’ doesn’t exist), but you don’t have a copy of Dance Central 2, send email@example.com a photo of you (or someone or something in your house) busting out a finishing move. It can look as staunch or flamboyant as you like, I promise not to (openly) judge you.
To recap, the photo competitions to win these games loosely followed the grand design of capturing yourself, or someone else (I mean, I don’t know what you look like, so why have an unenforceable rule?) with some sort of relevant subject matter, which were vehicles and Christmas presents. Past the break are the winners entries.
If your household is anything like mine, there’s probably someone special that’s bitterly disappointed that there wasn’t a living, breathing, cute animal of some description under the Christmas tree for them. You might think I’m talking about a child, but I’m not. Anyway, here’s an opportunity to mitigate some of the damage that you may have done, if, like me, you wrapped up a box and poked air holes in to it. Send firstname.lastname@example.org a picture of you or someone in your house ‘enjoying’ something they got for Christmas that doesn’t need to poop and you’ll be in the draw for a copy of Kinectimals (now with bears!)
Turn 10’s greatest racing game yet, and arguably the best racing sim available (certainly on the Xbox 360,) Forza 4 is a hit with the Mashers, and now you’ve got a chance to join them if you haven’t already (if you have, it’s a chance to score a sweet Christmas present for someone.) All you have to do is flick me an e-mail at email@example.com and attach a picture of you and your car. It doesn’t have to even be your car, you could just pose next to the Ferrari that the asshole down the road owns. Bonus points for getting creative with it, but our judging criteria will be a mystery even to ourselves, so just make sure you’re in it to win it, as we have two copies to give away.
It’s t-shirt time! About 200 of these were made and distributed amongst various gaming publications and media outlets, and we’re a little late off the bat so for some this might be a second (possibly even last) chance to grab one of these grey cloaks of nerd-cred. I only want to give these out to proper pretentious hipster Halo fans (you know, the ones that were in to Halo before it was “cool”,) so e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your most memorable Halo: CE moment. Supply your preferred size too, just in case! If you didn’t play Halo back in the day, just e-mail me with something anyway, you never know your luck!
Right now it seems like the most common first world problem is that there’s too many good games to be buying at the moment. If you’re one of the many feeling that way, maybe that’s something I can help you out with. We have one copy of Arkham City for a good home, and it’s even signed by the voice of Batman himself, Kevin Conroy. All you have to do is e-mail me at email@example.com and give me some good alternative uses of the initials “BM” (Batman and ButtonMasher being your obvious first choices.)
Limbo, Splosion Man, and Trials HD. As linked, they’ve all been reviewed before. On a disc, it’ll cost about $40. Online via the Xbox Live Marketplace, they’ll run you 3200 MS Points, which equates to about $52.80, if my math is correct off the top of my head, so it’s a saving, to be sure. The thing is, any self-respecting ButtonMasher already owns at least one or two of these titles at least; personally I got all three and loved them each. So I offered it up to the other writers who all seem to be in a similar boat, so we thought maybe a reader will want it! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be in to win the pack. I won’t judge you if you’ve already got the games, after all, you might have an uncultured friend with a birthday coming up!
I have one copy of inFamous 2 on PlayStation 3 to give away.
Simply tell me the name of one game character mentioned in my review that would lose to Cole in a race. Hint: There’s two of ‘em.
First one to PM me with the correct answer gets it! Comments and batteries not included. You must also be a kiwi, I’m not shipping this to Kazakhstan. Update: We have a winner! See the comments section below.