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Suuuuuu-paaaaaahh-maaaaaaaaan. And we have a winner.

Last week I tasked our readers with giving Norman Reedus something to cry over. Using a still from the E3 trailer for Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, all they had to do was put something worth crying over into naked Norman Reedus’ loving embrace.

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First off, special thanks to Damien Fate for isolating Norman’s hands, making the hugging process that much easier.

Normally I choose the overall winner based on a combination of comment stars given and personal preference. This week however, one entry buried deep in the comments completely killed me. Thanks a lot for bringing back those Iron Giant feels, Slinker.

Once you’re finished bawling, scroll down to check out a hand-picked selection of this week’s finest also-winners, sorted by the order I pasted them into this post.

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You Stay. I Go. No Following.

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Awww, don’t be sad _lm. It could have been worse.

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“Hush now,” Andersonium’s entry seems to say.

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KamilSeven gives Norman a tiny guitar to gently weep with.

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Aw, now Ren’s gonna make me cry.

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Tomorrow this will be me, Humanstein, though not sure if the tears will be happy or sad.

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DaeSkaarj pours one out for all the kitties.

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I vowed I would only pick one hugging Kojima pic. I chose GamerStyle’s.

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Atpunk created this way before the ‘Shop Contest, but everyone loved it so here it is.

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Whiskeyjack09 eventually got the director right.

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Finally, coronaprince. Finally.

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Santochilango ups the ante by one baby.

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Oldfactioned wins best animal entry.

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Maegwen wins best Norman-on-Norman.

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BubbsDaVinci did PSVR Norman best.

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Linkstwitch goes home with best Silent Hills hugging.

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Ilarm pisses Linus off something fierce.

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And the Oscar goes to... Damien Fate.

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At Risk Asterisk can go to hell for this one, that monster.

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MikeyMikeLe got there first.

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Cartoonivore makes it a gameplay trailer.

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MrDeadScott knows how to hurt a guy.

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Marusame is lucky I didn’t use the first one.

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Cdsmasher offers a logical explanation.

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Marr0w gives Norman a GD Barbie.

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Sam Feinberg speaks for all the Crash fans.

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Ranier Islas dreams of future Destiny loot.

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Sdk007 reunites Normal with his greatest love.

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Magikarp used Splash.

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And finally we have MakoSucks with Norman Reedus smoking weedus.

I had to end it on a high note, see?

If your entry didn’t make it into the finalists, know that it was likely because I ran out of time. You’re all winners in my book.

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Join us later today for a brand-new ‘Shop Contest, unless I forget.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

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