It’s pretty rare that TR contest offer something more than just Topless Robot shirts. It not that I’m against giving away things, it’s just that I need a good content idea first and foremost, and if there’s some sort of prize that can be attached, so much the better. Which is why I’m delighted to tell you that the folks behind the Blacklight Tango Down game, gave me five free copies of the game and a great contest idea — design your ultimate future gun.
Apparently in BTD, you can customize your gun in all sorts of way (you can see some of the various effects in the trailer above). Hurting people with bullets is all well and good, but I’m reasonably confident you guys can come up with some better alternatives. That bazooka that fires chainsaws would be pretty cool. A gun that fires kittens could be useful, since any enemy soldier with a heart would drop his gun and catch the kitten (at which point someone else could shoot him with a real gun). Obviously, the more insane and ridiculous, the better.
Each person gets one entry, 100 words max — going over will disqualify you from winning (but Honorable Mentioning). Feel to draw your weapon and post a link to it in your entry. The contest ends at 12:01 EST Monday, August the 2nd. Two people will win both a TR shirt and a copy of the Blacklight Tango Down game, and three others will win the game or a shirt, depending on whether they have a PC or not. You guys have a great weekend. I’m going to be busy trying to figure out how to make a gun that makes the target question their love for their spouses.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.