It makes sense that what is arguably one of the greatest prize pools in Kotaku history yielded the most insane amount of entries I have ever seen in a Kotaku competiton. Here's what happened: I made a shortlist. I then had to make a shortlist of that shortlist. By the end of that there were still too many. I say this almost every time, but this was a very, very hard contest to judge.
There were just so many entries. And once I'd whittled through them, what remained was of such a high standard that I just sort of place my head in my hands in despair. Usually there are a number of runner-up prizes. This time it's all or nothing. To the people who clearly put an incredible amount of effort into their entries I apologise. Please know that I admire your prodigious talents!
So, with that disclaimer let's do a quick rundown of the people who came close. Just as a quick reminder: entrants were asked to draw a picture using Microsoft Paint using the theme 'gotta go fast'.
I liked this one because of the effects! Just looked amazing. Also — incredible likeness of Ron Gilbert!
Edward Del Villar
I think this one was the most technically proficient. Absolutely stunning. Edward Del Villar has actually won a few Kotaku competitions before with his amazing art and I almost chose this as the winner. Incredibly Edward also put together a video of him putting the piece together: if you think this couldn't possibly be done in Microsoft paint, this will prove you wrong.
Yeah. Wow. Off the richter.
It actually broke my heart to not select this as the winner. I'm sure some of you here will disagree with my choice and say that Mike should be the winner. The detail in this is off the charts. It was only on my fifth or sixth viewing that I noticed a where's wally version of Mike at almost every stand in this picture. Amazing. Please click on the picture to get a full view of how great it is.
Sorry Mike. I'm genuinely sorry we couldn't send two people.
Okay, I hope you made it to the end of that!
I chose this for a couple of reasons. To begin with, I think it really embodied the idea of Microsoft Paint and using Microsoft Paint and looking terribad but whatever! Secondly, a prodigious amount of work has clearly gone into this entry. It's also genuinely, genuinely inventive and hilarious. It'll take you forever, but when you get to the end you'll know I made the right choice.
And thanks to everyone who entered. Seriously. Amazing, amazing entries by all.