TechSpot Weekly: 'Friday night fragfest' and giveaway winners

By on November 15, 2010, 3:31 AM
We've held numerous gaming events over the past six months, some of which were promoted publicly (and in turn larger), but many smaller gaming gatherings have also been organized behind the scenes through TechSpot's Steam group. No matter the turnout, we always have a blast playing with you and we'd like to do so on a more consistent basis -- so that's just what we're going to do!

Starting this Friday, we'll host a weekly gaming event open to all TechSpot members. TechSpot's 'Friday Night Fragfest' will start every Friday at midnight eastern, 9 PM pacific. To kick things off, we'll mostly be playing Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2, but other popular games will eventually be added to the mix. To participate or to share your thoughts on the event, please post in the official forum thread here.

And now the moment you've all been waiting for. As all good things our "make your vote count" giveaway has come to an end. We are very happy about the results and the participation we received on a daily basis from our members. As it's become tradition, the wide majority of participants did well in following our quality posting guidelines and as such it's been a joy to have more people voicing in our news coverage than ever before.

I can tell you, it's a good thing we make these things random once past the basic rules filter because we had dozens of deserving winners...

Main prize winner
Congratulations taea00! Per his contest sign-up post, he's getting a CPU/Mobo/Ram combo which we will be matching to our PC Buying Guide Enthusiast's PC (Intel Core i5 750, 4GB of G.Skill Ripjaws, and the ASRock P55 Pro motherboard). taea00 was notified a few hours ago and we are waiting to hear back from him, so we can get the barebones combo on his way soon.

Second prize (Nvidia GeForce GTS 450)
Congrats go to madboyv1. Another deserving winner who takes a mid-range GeForce graphics card home. He was notified and announced a few days ago on the original contest thread where he's received plenty of compliments from fellow TS members.

To the rest of participating members... Thank you again! Seriously, we can't thank you enough for your support. Unfortunately, it's the nature of the giveaway and there's not much we can do other than continue giving stuff away. We hope that our next contest will be open by the end of the month. In the meantime, here's the usual battery of entertaining facts behind this last contest.

Some behind the scene stats driving our contest...

  • 7500+ news comments were made during the contest period
  • Over 800 members signed up for participation, but only 430 actually posted more than a couple of times and thus became eligible
  • 16.90 was the average number of posts made by contestants (with more than 3 posts)
  • 28% of participants posted more than 20 comments
  • 24 members were disqualified from the drawing during the course of the contest
  • The main prize poll received 1,839 votes but only a fraction of those actually posted to sign-up. Either that, or someone was trying to game the poll for some reason ;).
  • The Apple iPad was the most voted for prize followed closely behind the 27-inch monitor and the CPU/Mobo/Memory combo on third place.

Where to go from here? If you are a PC gamer, make sure you sign up for this Friday's fragfest!

User Comments: 33

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UT66 said:

congrats taea00! enjoy that wicked pc!

Puiu Puiu said:

congratzs taea00!

btw i'm sad that i didn't win, but that's life, maybe i'll have better luck next time.

And if i have time maybe i'll play some games with you for the fragfest.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Joy for the lucky members

Congrats and happy computing guys. See you around, laters.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Congratz on both! lucky things! i'm yet to ever win anything off the internet, so its no biggy, Would be nice to see you both on a Friday Fragfest in a week or 2??

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Congratulations to Taea00 indeed, Fragfest sounds like fun too.

taea00 said:

lol wow holy cow! Thanks guys! I had no clue, didn't check my email this morning, hopped on Techspot and my eyes popped out of my head! I've never won anything like this before.

Thank you everyone at Techspot and thanks to all the forum writers who made it interesting to post my comments here!

taea00 said:

lol and congrats to madboyv1!

codefeenix codefeenix said:

Now comes the drop in the # of comments per article.

Cueto_99 said:

Congrats taea00, you've won yourself half of a rig, which graphics are you gonna get for it?? Congrats to madboyv1 too! Enjoy that gtx 460! I'll keep on posting on the next contest, someday I'll win too... LOL

Razerblade said:

Congrats guys! Great contest! Thank you Techspot for this great idea! Hopefully I'll win one day!

taea00 said:

Actually my fiance wanted the Ipad. So nice x-mas gift for her!

grvalderrama said:

Congratulations to both winners, lucky sons of... xD. By the way, how does a user know if he was disqualified from the giveaway? Oh well, I will have to buy my own things for my pc.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Gratz to the winners. Yeah, I'm curious about the disqualification too. How does one become disqualified?

Uvindu said:

Congratz to both the winners. Hope you enjoy your new semi-rig and graphics card . Is it possible to find out whether I got disqualified or not. And also, if you posted around 30 comments, would you still have had a chance of winning. I know that I commented alot only towards the beginning and end of the contest. Had some serious studying to do. I want to see if I had any chance at all of winning!

VitaminC said:

Grats guys, enjoy the prizes.

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Just about all of those who were disqualified decided it would be a good idea to spam utter nonsense to increase their odds of winning. A few of them literally posted the same thing every day. It's hard for you to notice because we actively delete such messages.

Congrats again taea00!

akannitaoheed said:

Big congrats man, I was also looking forward to the Ipad.

spyx said:


Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Gratz you two! Thanks for the great giveaway TechSpot, can't wait till the next one .

Puiu Puiu said:

@Matthew: is there something special planned for x-mas? ^_^

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

AWWW congrats all and thanks TS for the chance.

treeski treeski said:

Congrats to ze winners!!!

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Congratulations Taea00, I hope the build goes well for you.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

congrats taea00 & madboyv1


Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Congratulations to both winners! I'm glad you did not pick the iPad as your prize. Put those parts to good use!

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Congrats on the win! Enjoy all the new toys.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Congratulations guys =)

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Congratulations, taea00! That's a good start for a new PC.

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Congrats to the winners, better luck next time for the rest of us!

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Congrats to both of the winners! Enjoy your new toy(s)!

Breech said:

Congratulations to both winners. That is a fine start to a new PC and a nice little graphics card. Enjoy!

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