Oh, you thought we would just give away a Nintendo DS? Well, you’re in for a HUGE shock! Updated with more info and additional prizes.
UPDATE: We have our big winner! Congratulations to Aaron "MegaByte" Kaluszka! Enjoy your DS and have a nice trip!
Congratulations also to Scott H., David E., Matthew W., James M., and Aaron K. (hey!) for scoring copies of Chris Kohler's Power-Up!
UPDATE: To all those who have asked about restrictions on the guest, we have some additional information. The winner's guest must be 18 years old as well, however, he or she does not need to depart from the same airport as the winner. PGC strongly recommends caution if you win and decide to take an online friend whom you have never met in person.
UPDATE: During halftime, Chris Kohler will be giving away copies of his excellent book, Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life. If you answer one of Mr. Kohler's questions first, you win! Only registered entrants may participate in this halftime trivia, and each entrant may win no more than one copy. Copies of the book will also be given to the second- and third-place finishers in the main trivia game.
Planet Trivia has been a Planet GameCube tradition for years. During that time we’ve given away promotional posters, games, and even a Game Boy Advance SP with Fire Emblem! But nothing compares in scope to this special planet trivia contest.
On Tuesday, November 16 at 9:30 PM Central Time, Planet GameCube will hold a very special round of Planet Trivia. What will the (eligible) winner win? Why, a free trip to Los Angeles to get your very own Nintendo DS at midnight, November 21st, complete with airfare, a hotel, a Nintendo DS and much more! You even get to invite a friend of your choice along for the adventure! How about that? The full schedule is as follows:
Friday, November 19 - Welcome to LA
Winner and guest will be picked up at the airport in a limousine and
transported to The Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. Upon arrival, he or she
will receive a Nintendo DS prize pack with Nintendo items as well as a
digital camera to capture the following day's events. The winner and guest
will enjoy an afternoon at Hollywood and Highland, including a guided tour
of Kodak Theater, home to the Academy Awards. They will also receive two
tickets to a play/musical and dinner at The Grill on Hollywood.
Saturday, November 20 - Universal Studios Tour-VIP-style
Winner and guest will be given VIP Hollywood treatment with exclusive
behind-the-scenes privileges to Universal Studios' movie and production
facilities. They will receive VIP front-of-the-line and reserve-seating
privileges at theme park attractions and shows.
Then, winner and guest will head over to Universal City Walk next door to the
theme park to catch the official launch of Nintendo DS as the first units go
on sale at EB. They will have VIP privileges at the nearby Hard Rock
restaurant for the event, including complimentary food and beverage, and
will be among the first consumers to get their hands on the new system
during Midnight Madness at the EB store.
Sunday, November 21 - Winner and guest return home
Wowsers, what a weekend! Here’s a recap of everything you could win:
To win this fabulous prize, you will have to prove your skills by answering Nintendo-themed questions both correctly and quickly. The trivia rules remain unchanged from those of standard (non-team) Planet Trivia. However, due to the serious nature of the prize, PGC staff members will be strictly enforcing the chatroom and trivia rules, so be sure you are familiar with both!
Eligibility for the Big Contest
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
PGC would love for all of our loyal readers to be eligible, but it simply cannot be done. In order to claim the prize as victor of the trivia game, you must satisfy the following conditions:
In order to keep things orderly and help protect the victor's well-earned reward, we ask that you register by emailing all of the following information by Monday, November 15 at 11:59 pm Central Time to BigContest@planetgamecube.com:
-Your full, real name
-Your age as of Tuesday, November 16th 2004
- Your location (city, state, zip code)
- Phone number(s) where you can be reached during the day and at night
- The exact nickname you will use in the chatroom during the trivia game
Technology is not foolproof, and PGC is not responsible for lost or delayed email entries.
Note that this email only registers you to compete in the trivia game; you must actually attend and win the trivia game to win the prize. Please do not bother sending falsified or unqualified email entries. If you lie about your eligibility, you wouldn’t be able to claim and redeem the prize anyway, so don’t bother! If you are not qualified, we ask that you do not register for the trivia event to help minimize the chances of a large tie-breaker .
During trivia, whatever correct answer the judges see first is the one that will be accepted. Here it is again in bold and caps: WHATEVER CORRECT ANSWER THE JUDGES SEE FIRST IS THE ONE THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED.
If the winner of the trivia contest turns out to be ineligible or refuses the prize, the next qualifying runner-up will be rewarded with the prize. If multiple qualifying contestants share the same high score, the host will provide a tie-breaker question, per standard Planet Trivia rules. This holds in the off-chance that the winner forfeits his/her prize after the Tuesday night trivia session, in which case the contestant(s) in 2nd place will be notified via email. If a tie-breaker is required after the main event, the runner-ups and the host will coordinate a time through email ASAP to meet and perform the tie-breaker in a private chatroom session. Once again, PGC asks that you opt out of the trivia contest if you would not be able to accept the prize. You certainly may show up as a spectator and not participate.
If you do not send your registration information, you will find yourself unable to talk in the chatroom during trivia and will therefore be unable to participate. It is VERY strongly recommended that you register your name on the irc.opa-ages.org server before submitting your registration e-mail to help prevent nickname theft.
To register your nickname:
(User-specified values are displayed in [brackets] below. Do not actually include brackets unless you want them in you nickname or password)
2) To change your nick, type
3) To register your nick, type
4) Disconnect from the server, then reconnect. You should be warned that your current name is registered and will be changed automatically in one minute.
5) To log in as your nick, type
*You may also use irc.gccafe.com, whitewinged-angel.com, or irc.shadow-corp.com
Planet GameCube is not responsible for any IRC issues, including nickname theft, so be sure to connect to the chatroom ahead of time to work out any problems you may have.
All information collected for the Big Contest will only be used to identify the contestants and secure contact information for the victor in the possibility that he or she may be unavailable after trivia is over due to technical or logistical difficulties.
The Big Contest
The actual contest will take place in the PGC chatroom #planetchat, on the same server (irc.opa-ages.com:6667). See the registration directions above or the PlanetChat FAQ for information on how to connect. The trivia starts at 9:30 Central Time, but PGC recommends you arrive at 9:00 PM Central in case you need to address a personal technical difficulty, especially if this is your first time using IRC chat or your first time playing Planet Trivia. Remember, anyone can come and watch the excitement, but only those who have registered at BigContest@planetgamecube.com and are at least 18 years old will be able to talk!
Planet GameCube cannot be held responsible for anything that might go wrong during the registration process, the trivia game itself, the redemption of your prize, or during the trip itself. Basically, you can’t sue us for anything that happens to you while participating in this contest. We cannot be responsible for any computer glitches, server crashes, lightning strikes, or any of the other crazy stuff that could happen to keep you from having a less than ideal chance to win this prize or enjoy the prize, should you win it. By registering via email for this contest, you are agreeing to these terms as well as all other regulations set forth in the Planet Trivia rules and Planet Chat rules, linked to above. Violation of those rules may result in your disqualification from the contest, at the discretion of the Planet GameCube staff. Planet GameCube reserves the right to change the conditions of this contest at any time. This contest is not open to Planet GameCube staff members or Nintendo employees or their immediate families.