This week, Newegg sent customers copies of Madden NFL 12 instead of Mass Effect 3. Whoops! Hey, they both begin with the letter M and are published by Electronic Arts, right? That gives me an idea ...

What if this really was the game they were supposed to receive? By that I mean a you-got-peanut-butter-in-my-chocolate Madden set in space, or a you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter Mass Effect played on a football field. Two great tastes that taste great together!


(I know everyone wanted to do something about the shlub in South Carolina who resigned his office because he bought a PS3 with campaign money. That image is from the Associated Press. If I use it for this purpose, I get us in a whole lot of trouble.)

The image above was done by a reader, Albert, and it's an example only. There are screenshots galore of Madden and Mass Effect, so picking a single image would be too restrictive and supplying a sufficient gallery would be prohibitively time consuming. Besides, you have Google Image search. So, give us your best Madden/Mass Effect mashup.

You know the rules: The 20 best will get rounded up and published at the end of next Saturday. Meantime, I and the rest of the starred commentariat will approve and promote as many as we can so folks can see them and pass judgment.


This is your no-frills step-by-step procedure to participation in the Kotaku 'Shop Contest.

1. Create your 'Shop.
2. Upload it to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. It's stupid simple. No account is necessary.
3. This is very important: You must use the URL of the image itself. In imgur, this is the second URL it gives you after you upload the image. It's under "Direct Link (email & IM)"
4. At the beginning of the comments roll, click "Start a New Thread"
5. To the right of your name, select "Image."
6. Paste the imgur URL in the image URL field. It's the field that says "Image URL."
7. You can add editorial commentary if you want, but then just hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn't, paste the image URL as a comment.
8. This is important: Keep your image size under 1 MB. It will not upload to comments if it is over that size. What's more, we're getting reports that if your 'Shop is more than 1000px tall (vertical), it won't upload. If you're getting the broken-image icon, try resizing to a smaller dimension.


Now, Gentlemen, start your 'shopping!

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