Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Cup Noodles

Like it was going to be anything else this week.

Here it is, all big and official, Cup Noodles shoveling snow outside the !!! CUPNOODLES MUSEUM in Yokohama, Japan. Everyone knew this would be the 'Shop Contest this week as soon as Bash posted it on Monday, but I didn't say so until now because I didn't want to cannibalize the work on the last contest.

So, astute observers have had at least a week to prepare, and I expect several 'Shops within the first 30 minutes of posting this. For those who haven't yet started, you don't need any suggestions from me. It's an anthropomorphic cup of instant ramen shoveling snow, outside of a museum dedicated to itself (with three exclamation points!!!). There are two images to use. Have at it.

Source Image: Cup Noodles Shoveling Snow Outside the !!! CUPNOODLES MUSEUM

Source Image: Cup Noodles Shoveling Snow (closer up)

While most of you are smart enough to figure out how to upload images, here are some simple steps to take for those less familiar with the practice.

1. Create your 'Shop and save it to your desktop.

2. Go to the bottom of this post and click "Discuss."

3. This brings up a comment window. Click the icon that looks like a picture.

4. This brings up another window called "Insert Image." Click "Choose file" if you're uploading your 'shop from your desktop

5. Alternatively, you can upload the 'Shop to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. Then paste the image's URL into the field that says "Image URL." Note: this must be the URL of the image itself, not the page where it is displayed. That means the URL ends in .jpg, .gif, .png, whatever.

6. Add editorial commentary and hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn't, upload the image to imgur and paste the image URL as a comment. I promise I will look at it.

7. Large-size images may not upload properly, though we have seen some big-ass animated .gifs upwards of 5 MB. If you're still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels, or the whole thing under 2 MB.

Alright! Have at it. Thanks very much for your participation.

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