Sometime around midnight on the west coast, PlayStation Network came fully online in Canada and the U.S. That quick-and-dirty image up there was my no-talent 'shop to mark the occasion, but it's no way to welcome back our PS3s to the wonderful world of online gaming.
So that's where you come in. Let's draw daddy a big beautiful welcome home sign. I won't hold you to NASA's celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing; use any image of jubilation you can find. Sailors kissing nurses in Times Square, Spain celebrating the World Cup, Touch Downs by Thurman Thomas, go nuts. We saw lots of unshopped ones (mostly memes) in the comments yesterday, so I know you all have something in mind. Just make it funny.
Source Material: How you felt when PlayStation Network came back online last night.
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 you can hit submit and your
8. This is important: Keep your image size under 1 MB. It will not upload to comments if it is over that size.
'Shop entry will be uploaded to the comments.
As an added inducement, I want to let you know I do star commenters who send in worthy/funny submissions - whether or not they're chosen for the final 20. This may not happen immediately. I usually start rounding up a gallery by the middle of the week. This is my subjective call, but I do want to recognize as many contributors as possible, and show gratitude for making this such a popular feature on weekends.
Now, Gentlemen, start your 'shopping!