This is it, folks. Here's where we find out who won that Style Boutique lip balm, that collection of GTA stickers, all those Nintendo grocery bags and... a ball of brown wool. Also, I've some news about making this a more regular giveaway.
What the heck am I talking about?
When you're a journalist you get sent an awful lot of stuff. Games companies obviously send games in the hope that you'll write about them. But since they know every other games company is sending games, they also often throw in something novel to catch your eye. We call it swag. Or in this case, crap.
In mid-December I decided to give away all the crap I'd received during the year. You can see for yourself exactly what's in Kotaku's Big Pile of Crap in the series of posts I did over the break. But for me the real highlights were:
* A copy of Tekken 6 signed by creator Katsuhiro Harada * A Borderlands satchel * A 7-inch vinyl record from the Cult of Rapture * Three Monkey Island pin badges * A PlayTV box for your PS3 TV watching needs * A Cricket Australia cap signed by Ricky Ponting * Four Rockstar Games t-shirts (Red Dead Redemption, Midnight Club, The Ballad of Gay Tony and Beaterator)
Which is an awesome prize just in itself, ignoring the countless other items to be found in the Pile of Crap.
To win, all you had to do was comment on the site. Over the holidays I'd be monitoring the Kotaku comments who made the most thoughtful, articulate and worthwhile contributions. I was looking for quality and quantity. The most consistently excellent commenter would win the Pile of Crap.
And that person is...
Oh, and Andrew Burdusel!
Oh, oh, and Joshua Iacobozzi!
Yeah, I couldn't choose. So I'm going to split the prize between the three of you. You'll even be able to select which bits of crap you'd most like. We'll sort all that out when I get in touch with you later today.
Congratulations to everyone though, not just the three winners. The last two to three weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the standard of conversation and debate here on Kotaku. Not that it was bad before, but you have all outdone yourself over the holiday period. And I'm sure you - like me - would like to see it remain that way.
As such, I'll be giving away a prize pack every month from now. It won't be a Pile of Crap - I'd rather save all that for the year's end - but it'll be something worthy of the site's best commenter. Stay tuned for more news on that in the coming weeks.