Sony: Hold your arm up the longest and win $10,000

By on November 4, 2011, 10:00 AM

Have the endurance of a Shaolin monk? Prove it and Sony will reward you handsomely. As part of its Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception contest, the company is offering $10,000 to the player who can hold their arm up the longest. The event launched this week and ends on November 15. Each day, the person with the best time will earn $500. After two weeks, the player with the longest time will claim the $10,000 grand prize on top of one daily prize.

You should probably skim the FAQ page as there are tips to ensure your efforts aren't wasted. To get started, head over to grab-the-ring.com, register and fire up your webcam. After that, you should see a ring floating on your screen. To initiate the game, you have to hold your hand in the designated area for three seconds. Once the timer starts, you have to remain as still as possible. You can make three mistakes, but it's game over on the fourth.

Gamers aren't exactly revered for their warrior physique, so you're allowed to prop your arm up to make the task less grueling. Some sites have reported that the best time is currently eight hours and 45 minutes, but we haven't found that on the official contest page. From what we see, two individuals have won the $500 daily prize so far: Shalim Nunez-Rivera with a time of just over two hours and Dan Dombroski made it past four and a half.

A third contender, Nathan Graves, might secure the third daily prize with a time of over six hours. There's also a slew of rewards that require less time. Holding your hand still for 15 seconds will earn you an in-game t-shirt for participating. If you can last two minutes you'll receive in-game cash and there are seven other in-game achievement items, including several exclusive weapons. We've included the complete list of prizes below.

  • Holding the Ring for 15 Seconds: In-Game T-Shirt
  • Holding the Ring for 2 Minutes: In-Game Cash Reward
  • Holding the Ring for 4 Minutes: Treasure Hunter Starter’s Pack
  • Holding the Ring for 8 Minutes: Naughty Dog Pistol
  • Holding the Ring for 16 Minutes: Kickback Endurance Reward
  • Holding the Ring for 30 Minutes: Clip size for GMAL
  • Holding the Ring for 1 Hour: Naughty Dog Rifle
  • Holding the Ring for 1.5 Hours: Mystery Weapon 1
  • Holding the Ring for 2 Hours: Mystery Weapon 6



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Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The best time on the site so far is 11 hours, 2 minutes, 18 seconds.

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Jesse Jesse said:

heeeeeeey come on now... we are getting this news 3 days late! They have a head start!!!

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So what, use a piece of fishing line to secure your hand in the appropriate position and take a nap? If no one is there to judge this "tournament/contest?" how are the results valid. This has to be the stupidest marketing ploy I have ever seen. Sony what the f are you thinking...

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Its actually not that bad of a contest. Its like saying sailing into an ocean that looks flat...for the first time is a bad idea. I dont see anyone else holding contest like this.

treetops treetops said:

nice n creative gl to all contenders

marinkvasina marinkvasina said:

lol i can keep it in a position for 2 days, but u get ulta bored

id rather not.

Guest said:

who seriously has the time to sit with their hand (legitimately or otherwise) suspended in mid-air for an unreasonably long duration? do these people have lives? or is that what they are grasping for?

Guest said:

i think the contest is a scam. a lot of people on youtube are reporting that there times aren't being saved and, incidentally, no one can seem to find the winners online... you'd think they'd be bragging. come on now, "nathan graves"?? are you serious?? that sounds fake, especially considering that he was the main character of a gameboy advance castlevania game.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

Gamers aren't exactly revered for their warrior physique, so you're allowed to prop your arm up to make the task less grueling.

Shouldn't the title of this contest be "To see who can prop their arm up the longest"?

killeriii said:

Adhmuz said:

So what, use a piece of fishing line to secure your hand in the appropriate position and take a nap? If no one is there to judge this "tournament/contest?" how are the results valid. This has to be the stupidest marketing ploy I have ever seen. Sony what the f are you thinking...

WOW...

get off this site and go do something that makes you happy before you hurt someone.

i think this was just done for fun. not really a bare knuckle type tournament.

Guest said:

If you check the official rules, you cannot suspend your arm like you suggested, and you must be awake the whole time. They have judges check the webcam footage, as well

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

If you check the official rules, you cannot suspend your arm like you suggested, and you must be awake the whole time. They have judges check the webcam footage, as well

From the "Instructions":

You might want to consider propping your arm up.

Sure, during beta testing Kevin Butler kept his arm extended for 46 days. But make no mistake about it---you're no Kevin Butler.

From the "FAQ":

Can I use an armrest?

If your weak, atrophied muscles require you to rest your arm, then yes. You can use anything you want to prop up your arm as long as it is actually your arm and you are actually in front of your webcam.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

All sounds a bit "Triumph of the Will"

/Sony and dictatorial bombast, who knew?!

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