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PGC’s Happenin’ Holiday Card Contest

by Mike Sklens - December 15, 2004, 6:13 pm PST
Total comments: 34

Send us a card and you might score a Metroid Prime holiday prize pack!

The holidays are upon us, and to celebrate them (along with the release of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes), Planet GameCube is giving away two Metroid Prime Prize Packs! Two lucky PGC readers are going to win this excellent package, including:

  • 1 Platinum Nintendo GameCube (U.S. Region)

  • 2 Wave Bird Controllers

  • 1 Copy of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (U.S. Region)

The contest is simple. In order to enter all you have to do is design a holiday greeting card and send it to Planet GameCube. The card must be Nintendo themed, but does not necessarily have to be Metroid themed. All entries must be original designs, and may not exceed one frame of 309x400 pixels in dimension (You can download both vertical and horizonal templates for the card). Also, entries may not be larger than 250 kilobytes in size. All cards must be sent to bigcontest@planetgamecube.com with the subject line: "Happenin Holiday Card Contest." The body of the email should contain your full name.

Entries will be accepted between 12:00am (CST) December 15, 2004 and 11:59pm (CST) December 22, 2004. All entries that are received outside this period will be discarded, so make sure to get your entry in on time. Our judges will pick the two best designed cards and award the prizes to their designers. The winners will be notified in the following week and will have his or her card posted on Planet GameCube for the world to see. Everybody on earth over the age of 13 is eligible to enter this contest. The only restriction is that you cannot win if you have won anything from Planet GameCube in the last ninety days, though you’re still welcome to send us some holiday cheer.

Official Rules:

Sponsored by Planet GameCube ("Sponsor").

NO ENTRY FEE. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR WIN. Entry deadline is 11:59pm (CST) on December 22nd, 2004.

1. Eligibility: The Planet GameCube Happenin’ Holiday Card Contest (the "Promotion") is open to anyone who loves Nintendo, age 13 or older, who has an active e-mail account and Internet access as of the beginning of the Promotion period. Those who have won anything from Planet GameCube in the past ninety (90) days are not eligible. Entrants under the age of 18 must have permission from their parents or legal guardians to participate. Employees of Sponsor and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, their immediate family members and persons living in their same household, are not eligible to participate in the Promotion. Participation in the Promotion constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules & Regulations ("Official Rules"). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. To Enter:

(a) To enter online, select the Promotion link from the Promotion main page (http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=5904) on the Planet GameCube web site between December 15, 2004 at 00:01 AM, CST, and December 22, 2004, at 23:59 PM, CST. Then send an email to bigcontest@planetgamecube.com containing your first and last name (no screen names), age, valid email address, and a holiday greeting card for Planet GameCube (“Entry”). Entries with attached files larger than two hundred fifty (250) kilobytes, are animated (more than one frame), or that exceed the dimensions of three hundred nine (309) by four hundred (400) pixels will be discarded. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and may use materials copyrighted by Planet GameCube, as well as materials copyrighted by other companies (e.g. game publishers) only if the entry includes the disclaimer "All game materials are the property of their respective copyright holders." Incomplete entries will be discarded.

(b) Eligible entries are those consisting of all information and one Entry as detailed in Section 2(a). Validity of information and Entry will be determined by the Sponsor, and all judgments by the Sponsor are final. (c) No mechanically reproduced mail-in entries are allowed and any use of robotic, automatic, programmed, or similar entry methods will void all such entries by such methods.

Entrants violating any of these Official Rules may be disqualified.

3. Awarding of Prizes: All Promotion entries meeting the requirements of these Official Rules will be entered into prize contention. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges consisting of Planet GameCube staff members, who will choose the entries which best capture a Nintendo themed holiday. The judges’ entirely subjective decisions are final and binding. Winners will be notified by e-mail, regardless of method of entry.

4. Prizes and Odds: The prize will be awarded to two (2) entrants only. The prizes to be awarded from the Promotion are as follows:

(a) First Prize: one (1) Platinum Nintendo GameCube (U.S. version), two (2) Nintendo WaveBird Controllers, one (1) copy of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (U.S. version) for GameCube, Approximate retail value: $220 USD.

(b) Second Prize: one (1) Platinum Nintendo GameCube (U.S. version), two (2) Nintendo WaveBird Controllers, one (1) copy of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (U.S. version) for GameCube, Approximate retail value: $220 USD.

The odds of winning a prize depend on the quality of the entrant’s Entry, as described in Section 3. Winners are solely responsible for any and all federal, state, provincial and local taxes that apply to prizes. No cash or other substitution of prizes is permitted, except at the sole option of Sponsor for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to the parents or legal guardians, who must sign all required affidavits and releases. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. Approximate total value of all prizes to be awarded: $440 USD.

5. Notification of Winners: Winners will be notified by e-mail within five (5) business days of the judges’ decisions. Winners may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release within seven (7) days of notification. If a selected Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize and/or where applicable an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release is not timely received, is incomplete or modified, prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected from remaining valid, eligible entries timely submitted. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account specified in the entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. No automatically generated entries will be accepted.

6. Privacy Policy: Any personal information supplied by you to Planet GameCube will not be sold, sent, rented, transferred or otherwise disclosed to any third party and will be used solely for the purposes of this Promotion. All Entries become the property of Planet GameCube and may be used in promoting the Planet GameCube website, without compensation to you, though you will retain the copyright for your Entry, and you will be credited as the author of the Entry.

7. General Rules: By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The Promotion is offered by the Sponsors, Planet GameCube at 190 E. University Dr. #2607, Auburn, AL 36832, which is not responsible for late, lost, delayed, damaged, postage-due, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected entries, responses, or other correspondence, whether by e-mail or postal mail or otherwise, or for theft or destruction or unauthorized access or alterations of entry materials, phone, electrical, network, computer, hardware, software program or transmission malfunctions, failures or difficulties. By participating and winning a prize, Winner releases Sponsor and affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, sponsors, and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, from any and all liability with respect to the Promotion or the acceptance, possession or use of any prize, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond Sponsor’s control that may cause the Promotion to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the Promotion and/or prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Promotion; and (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Promotion. Sponsor’s decisions in all respects relative to the Promotion are final. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Promotion in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the Promotion is compromised, without liability to the entrant. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any winner, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The winner is responsible for paying any income taxes on the value of the prize received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state, provincial and local regulations apply. So basically no matter what….Planet GameCube is not responsible for anything. You can’t sue us for taking part in our contest. By entering you agree to that statement and all of the above terms.

8. These rules are subject to change at any time during the contest period. Changes to the rules will be indicated at http://www.planetgamecube.com.

9. Cheating: Louie the Cat ("Louie"), Rumors Editor for Planet GameCube, will poop ("Poop") on the heads of any Entrants who attempt to falsify or duplicate entries or otherwise violate the Official Rules. The Sponsors cannot be held responsible for any damage Louie’s Poop may cause to you, your property, or your family and/or unborn children. Remember, cheaters always miss.

10. Sponsor's Address:

Planet GameCube

190 E. University Dr. #2607

Auburn, AL 36832

Copyright © 2004 Planet GameCube


KnowsNothingDecember 15, 2004

Something that I have no chance of winning, but can actually enter! =o

Bah. Screw it. I can't compete ;___; I have no card-making skillz0rz

MattVDBDecember 15, 2004

2 questions.
1: How many times can we enter? Either I missed it, or I assume it's unlimited.
2: Is it ok to post our cards here after we have finished them, or would you prefer if the contest if over first?


You can enter as many distinct entries as you want, but we're not going to award both prizes to the same person.

And you can post them in the forums, but you may give ideas to other people who you're competing with.

MarioAllStarDecember 15, 2004


Entries must be the original work of the entrant and may use materials copyrighted by Planet GameCube, as well as materials copyrighted by other companies (e.g. game publishers) only if the entry includes the disclaimer "All game materials are the property of their respective copyright holders." Incomplete entries will be discarded.

So does that mean we should include the disclaimer ON our card?

Infernal MonkeyDecember 15, 2004


Everybody on earth over the age of 13 is eligible to enter this contest.


Time to bust open MS Paint. tpg.gif FALCON CAAAAAAARD.


Originally posted by: MarioAllStar

Entries must be the original work of the entrant and may use materials copyrighted by Planet GameCube, as well as materials copyrighted by other companies (e.g. game publishers) only if the entry includes the disclaimer "All game materials are the property of their respective copyright holders." Incomplete entries will be discarded.

So does that mean we should include the disclaimer ON our card?

Only if you are lifting materials directly from a game or a company's website or a magazine or whatever. If you are free-handing characters, then no disclaimer is needed. If you are photoshopping screenshots and splicing them together with other images, then yes, the disclaimer needs to be on your entry in small print.

couchmonkeyDecember 16, 2004

Yow! More warning would have been nice. Between making my own Christmas cards, the RPGamer fanart contest and this, I'm not sure if I can throw something together in one week! Eh, maybe I'll try just for fun, though. Cool contest!

Saturn2888December 16, 2004

Sweet, I just realized that I'm 18 and that I can actually enter this contest!

phatfarmDecember 16, 2004

I sent in a couple of cards.
My emaila ddress is muzzybjnglng@aol.com
I forgot to include my age which is 17
Also, I also want to say that I sent 3 emails. Theres two with mario and metroid. Can you keep the one with the non messed up mario card and metroid?
1st email= just had metroid no address/name
2nd email= metroid and mesed up mario +address/name
3rd email= fixed mario and metroid +address/name

DarkheartDecember 19, 2004

muhahaha it seems i am competing with you for the rpgamer fan art contest muhahahahahaha, i dunno i might make a flash card with this, do e cards count i didnt see that not being in the rules so i think this is fair game........... i dunno to keep it under 250k ehhh <,< i dunno

No, only still cards are allowed, and I don't know HOW this wasn't specifically mentioned in the write-up. It doesn't sound like anyone has submitted anything flash, etc. yet, and hopefully no one has been working on one. One frame only, please. I'll make a note in the story, actually

3rdrocketDecember 19, 2004

hmmm, should I?

T. SoutherlandDecember 19, 2004

I submitted two seperate e-mails each containing an entry. I just want to make sure they got through, I don't want to miss a chance at this contest. I assume anyone that can help will already be able to see my e-mail address. The first entry has Samus and Ridley, the second has Wario and Waluigi. Thanks in advance.

Mr.MusgraveDecember 19, 2004

Well, I sent my entry in too. I wish I had more time to work on it but it is what it is. Hopefully I didn't screw up the specifications! If nothing else, this contest finally got me to sign up for the forums I've been lurking at since the beginning of PGC! It'll be interesting to see what everyone has come up with.

MarioAllStarDecember 19, 2004

I am 13 and wondering about how I can prove I have parental approval. Is that only if I win?

Yeah, it only really matters if you win for a contest like this MarioAllStar. And if you do, proof would probably consist of talking to a parent, a written letter or something equally simple.

mantidorDecember 21, 2004

omg great, Im finally elligible but I find out until now T_T I have to made a card in a few hours which will probably mean It'll suck, but I have to try it anyway! thank you lots for making this available outside the states ^__^

Now I'll have to search how much will the tax cost to get the price here in Colombia, and to convince my dad to pay for this... (I know its very unlikely for me to win, but let me dream face-icon-small-wink.gif )

Mr.MusgraveDecember 21, 2004

Don't feel bad. I actually like my card and I don't really expect to win either. Or we could just be self-defeating or something. ANYway, is anyone thinking of posting their cards once the deadline has passed? It would be kinda slick to see what everyone came up with.

phatfarmDecember 22, 2004

i is 17/20 score year old

phatfarmDecember 22, 2004

my is ok you see i hope you like

MarioAllStarDecember 22, 2004

I like mine a lot and I think I could win. face-icon-small-smile.gif

I'll post mine once the deadline is up.

mantidorDecember 22, 2004

I just sent it! I like mine a lot, but I know I couldve improved it if I only had more time, anyway good luck to everyone ^_^

damn, i sent it without subject, well Ill send it again.

MarioAllStarDecember 22, 2004

Let me be the first to post mine:


I worked on it for days, so I hope it looks good.

Hostile CreationDecember 22, 2004

Pretty good, Mario. Did you rip those from screenshots or draw them yourself? If you drew them, I'm impressed. They're quite true to the game.

MarioAllStarDecember 22, 2004

The only things that aren't drawn by me are the characters (though some editing was done to remove the Paper Mario logos as well as Peach's hand posistions) and the mushroom/star resting on "Happy Holidays"

T. SoutherlandDecember 22, 2004

I made a wallpaper of my first submission. Even if I don't win at least someone might get some use out of it.
Find it here.

MarioAllStarDecember 22, 2004

Very nice, T. Southerland. Too bad it exceeds the dimension restrictions (400 x 309, in either orientation). Still a nice wallpaper, though.

Mr.MusgraveDecember 23, 2004

Here's mine. It's all hand drawn and then "inked" and colored in Adobe Illustrator.

Merry Christmas!

MarioAllStarDecember 23, 2004

Did you draw by hand? That's pretty cool if you did, everything of mine was made with the pen tool in Photoshop. Unless they're placed over a mouse and keyboard, my hands are pretty useless artisticly.

Mr.MusgraveDecember 23, 2004

Well, I did the original drawing by hand but then I scanned it into Illustrator and used the bezier pen tool to outline the pencil work. So it was a combination of traditional and technological artwork.

compachoDecember 23, 2004

I got one hell of a shocker this evening when I recieved an email that said failure to send to address. When i sent it though, I emailed it twice just in case. I recieved only one failure notice so hopefully one got through.

If PGC didn't get it, then oh well. My loss. To view mines click My submission

It was made 90% in photoshop.

Hostile CreationDecember 23, 2004

Deviantart, eh? Huh.

All good pictures. I'm glad I didn't enter this, I would have gotten destroyed.

LoknoDecember 24, 2004

The art for my submission is here.
My friend's submission, which is awesome, can be found here.

rcgcfnDecember 27, 2004

Yeah, hear's mine.

It's completely not my art, but I couldn't just do nothing!!

If any of you care: Ho Ho Ho

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