This has been the best week ever. Easily. In terms of Community involvement it has completely destroyed every other week in my short time at Kotaku and reinforced for me just how incredible this community is.
First off - this. FatShady, I don't know how long it took you to do this, but it was incredible. I can't believe you made me Strickland. I can't believe you made Chuloopa Marty McFly. But it was one of the best things I've ever seen created by the community on this site. What an amazing effort!
Then TadMod organised a rogue kidnapping - and an incredible Gizmodo invasion the likes of which we've never seen. Sweet bejeebus this was awesome. Elly, our early morning Editor was completely bemused by the whole thing! Then she found it hilarious. And she never laughs. Ever. Unless it's at my misfortune, or if I slip on a banana or something.
Nick Broughall - the Gizmodo equivalent of me - basically came in the next day with a giant WTF painted on his forehead. Seamus was just happy to get his photo taken as part of Kotaku list of demands. Seriously Tadmod - I don't know where you get these mental ideas from, but I'm just happy to play along. This was awesome.
There were other mental stuff - stuff you might not even have noticed. Ray has actually started creating a video games design document for 'Commando: The Movie: The Game' based on a mental discussion in a previous Talk Amongst Yourselves. James Mac has been posting as a zillion celebrities, and also received a Kudos nomination from Strange for being 'a good kisser'. I suspect email hax.
Then there was Chuloopa, creating a Kotaku Twelve days of Christmas song, and grossly overestimating the size of my hands.
Man, this week I truly don't know where to begin, and I can't help feeling like I've forgotten incredible things that others have produced this week.
Basically, in light of the insane stuff you guys have created, I couldn't choose just one winner - so I chose three.
FatShady, you truly are the MBA of my heart! After your Back to the Future stuff I got in contact with Universal, who distribute the Back to the Future series here in Australia. I told them what you did for the community, and they decided to reward you with this...
I hope you have a Blu-ray player! That's the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-ray along with Robin Hood and Get him to the Greek.
Second is Chuloopa, for his services to everything. For Photoshop, for coming this close to winning an iPad, for doing the update on the Kotaku Indie game, for his 12 Days of Christmas song - basically for being a great pillar of this community and being hilarious.
Third is Tadmod. This guy does so much for this community. He ran the 'Kidnapping', he's organising the Kotaku Indie game, he writes CheapSkate gamer without fail, every single week. I hope you know how much everyone appreciates your hard work, especially me!
Both of you guys, we'll sort out something when I get back! I have a mad backlog of prizes to get through, I know! I'll get right on it in the new year!
Thanks for making me feel so welcome during the tail end of this year! Can't wait to get started on 2011.
Have a happy Christmas and a great new year!