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Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Bad Dudes Revival

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The ‘Shop Contest returns this week with a blast from the past as we celebrate a long tradition of really lazy Bad Dudes entries.

“You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side,” the President said earlier this week in his latest attempt to “both sides” white nationalism and Nazis. It’s not even the first time he’s invoked the phrase. The dude simply loves to talk about other bad “dudes.” Little did Trump know he was issuing a compliment all those times. So naturally, it’s a perfect time to revisit a video game meme with deep roots in the Kotaku weekender community and, more specifically, the ‘Shop Contest.

At the behest, and in honor, of weekend editors past then, this week’s contest is dedicated to the history of junk Bad Dudes entries that were tossed in no matter how unrelated the prompt. And look! We already have our first entry:


Feel free to stick with the iconic green-screen intro or venture outside into other parts of the game. The choice is yours! Only the baddest, dudest entries will be able to rescue the ‘Shop Contest from oblivion. Who knows, your entries might even be so on point that Ninjas do in fact get inspired to go and kidnap the President.

The rules are below. See you next weekend with the winners!

How To Upload Images — Instructions

1. Create your ‘Shop and save it to your desktop. Images must be at least 636 pixels wide. If they aren’t, you will be shot.

2. Go to the bottom of this post

3. This brings up a comment window. Click

4. This brings up 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.