Kotaku 'Shop Contest: The Bad Guys

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"The tallest trees catch the most wind," said Peter Moore, the EA executive, about being a front-runner for a "Worst Company in America" poll. Well, If EA catches the most wind, we're here to break it, in Kotaku's weekly 'Shop Contest.


Your mission: Portray EA in the most comically evil way possible. Snidely, Scut and Frank Gorshin above should set the proper tone for you. There are no source images, but that's basically the guidance, and "comically" is the point, because I find the entire topic to be silly, if not a vortex of circular logic.

So, you can pick at whatever they do that pisses you off, but it's gotta be funny. Longtime readers and repeat finalists know I am not big on text-heavy entries, so a picture of the Legion of Doom killing NFL 2K5 is funny. But a picture of John Riccitiello with the preamble to the Declaration of Independence laid over it is not going to fly with me. I need a ridiculous board meeting or a strange in-game cameo. I need Jeffrey Skilling running microtransactions in Dead Space. You guys are smart and funny, you can figure it out.

We've got a new commenting system, the third in this feature's history, and 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. I'm not sure if we still have file size restrictions under Kinja but it's probably a good idea to keep your image size under 1 MB. This is especially true for animated .gifs. If you're still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels.

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


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