Announcing Weekly Prize For Kotaku’s Best Commenter

Announcing Weekly Prize For Kotaku’s Best Commenter

The Kotaku community is already overflowing with intelligent, incisive and, well, let’s be honest, occasionally illiterate comments. So, consider our new weekly prize for the best commenter both an incentive to improve and a reward for doing what you’ve always done.

Late last year, I gave away a Big Pile Of Crap. Or, to be precise, three piles of crap. I boxed up all the gaming swag I’d accumulated over the year and offered it up to the Kotaku reader who contributed the most thoughtful, articulate, helpful and worthwhile comments on the site over the Christmas and New Year period.

Now I’ll be doing the very same thing (almost) every single week. Sure, the individual prizes piles of crap won’t be as impressive, but there’ll be roughly 17 more chances for you to win over the course of the year.

Each Monday I’ll publish a list of ten items taken from the Big Pile Of Crap. And each following Monday I’ll announce the weekly prize winner. That winner will then be able to choose five items from the pile to be delivered to their door.

It kicks off for real on Monday – public holiday or not – so keep an eye out for plenty of crap coming your way.


  • Super rad.

    Just as a side note… those people that won last time and went on to say “Thanks heaps, but winning this pile of crap isn’t going to change the fact that I will keep making comments…”

    How did that work out?

  • I like the idea of this, but I do hope it doesn’t encourage crap-spammers, because Kotaku seems relatively void of them (I guess that’s a good side of moderated posting – who woulda thought?! :))…

  • I actually really loved this competition back in Dec, not just because I was eventually one of the winners but because we all get to argue about games online without it (usually) turning into a fanboy flamewar, it’s brilliant.

  • Sounds great to me! I’ve found myself posting a lot more on Kotaku lately anyway, so it’s all the better if there’s a chance to win some crap for it every Monday! 😛

  • I think I’ve said this elsewhere but, for my money, David Wildgoose is just about the most intelligent and charming man in games journalism. He’s rather handsome to boot.

    How’s that for a winning comment?

  • Sounds like fun!

    Just one thing – sometimes I’m logged in via Facebook, and sometimes not, but when I’m not logged in, I always use the same username – is there a way I can tie the two together for competition purposes?

  • I want this to be true, but that’s what may make it such an effective April Fool’s trick.
    For my part, I hope this just happened to be a decision made recently, instead of a massive tease for faithful Kotaku readers.

  • Ive taken a real liking to posting at Kotaku.

    After the constant flame wars and pissing contests on the Official Australian Xbox forums (not to mention the numerous bannings I seem to receive, lol) and my gaming clans private forums new administrator taking a pussy foot child care approach to the adult (over 30’s) members by deleting and editing posts. . . its really refreshing to have a place like Kotaku where people can have discussions and make opinions without insults, rants and flamage.

    Much respect!

      • I’m not going to lie; I’m a bit disappointed in not being able to win 2-month old (possibly unrefrigerated) burgers.

  • lol. i think i’ll just continue making posts of my usual quality and frequency (ie low and often lol)

    Not really much point in “stepping things up” as i like the amount i post now… any more and i think my gf might break up with me lol…. or more likely i’d get fired.

    Good luck everyone! It’ll be good to see some more posts though 😀

    • OOOO!!! – also on a side note, are we still going to get to see the entires that just missed out? i’m eager to see what other people came up with and if i was one of the ones shortlisted at least lol 🙂

  • My first comment never made it through so I’ll say something more substantial.

    It’ll be good to see people comment on the gaming articles more often rather than just spamming the competitions.

    I just hope it doesn’t turn into a quantity over quality sort of situation.

  • Often I’ll write a comment in the comment box but never click “Submit Comment”. I guess this gives me a reason to submit all my thoughts 😀

  • I look forward to congratulating the winners of the upcoming weekly awesome poster award.

    Please keep in mind that I do like to collect random shit and if by some chance the winners of these comps would like to spread the love around, then I am happy to browse the winners bag of loot!


  • One thing discouraging me from commenting is that short little comments like ‘Ahh Sony’s done it again’… or something equally inane get through, but I spend ages writing a long, thoughtful comment and it never gets through the filter.

    I’m all for having high standards, but maybe a little consistency too? 🙂

  • it sounds like a good idea, but i’m not getting excited.
    i never win any competitions, ever. never ever. not once in my entire life. it makes me feel so sad. i just want to win something or a change. i think i might cry if i don’t win something this year.

    • The more comps you enter, the more chances you have at winning.

      25 word-or-less comps are also the best way to win regardless of what people say. Luck-based comps won’t get you anywhere.

  • Awesome!

    Luckily it doesn’t start yet, because there’s not much more I can say about this. It’s just awesome!

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