As with the written portion of the contest, there are only a few simple
1) Must be your original work
2) Must be related to gaming or technology industry
3) Must be G-rated for general audience consumption.
Video reviews offer an entirely new way to look at games and hardware and we ’re leaving it up to you do decide how you’d best like to tackle the challenge. Videos can be single person, talking heads, narrated, animated or any variety of these things. It’s up to you to decide what is going to be the most entertaining and attract the highest votes from the FiringSquad audience and editors who will judge your work. Your need to join the "FiringSquad Video Challenge" cluster to be eligible for this portion of the contest.
Preliminary 1 – February 12 through February 25
Preliminary 2 – March 5 through March 18
Both preliminaries last two weeks. During these two weeks you can submit as many videos as you like in one or both preliminaries. Public voting lasts through April 1st and on April 2nd the writer judges will announce the top production each from preliminary 1 and 2. Those two contestants will each receive the necessary hardware to prepare a review of the Intel® Core 2™Duo Extreme microprocessor. The finalists are allowed to submit as many video reviews as they like. The final video reviews are due by midnight April 22nd. Public voting for the videos will continue through April 29 and the winner will be announced on May 1st.
How Entries will be scored
Each entry is scored on a scale of 700 points.
100 points x4 = The Judge’s Panel is comprised of Alan Dang, John Callaham, Jakub Wojnarowicz, and Brandon Bell. Each judge will award each article up to 100 points. They’ll be taking the big picture into account and be looking at everything from writing style, technical sophistication and even spelling and grammar.
100 points x3 = Page views, number of votes, and average user rating. Each article will receive a weighted score from 0 to 100 based upon the number of page views, user votes, and average user rating.
General Points To Consider • We encourage every one who is competing to self-promote his or her entry. You can ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers or distant cousins to rate and vote for your work. They will have to register to vote, but registration is free and once they are registered they can vote during each round. That said, any use of forged votes/scripts or unsolicited spam will instantly disqualify you. We want you to be proud of your work, but we have to keep things fair.
• This competition is open to professional freelance or full-time writers to participate. We don’t care who you work for or what you do. We do not require an exclusive contract, and we’re simply looking for the best writers to rise to the top. We believe that the best writers have yet to be discovered, and that’s why we are running this competition.
• This competition is open to everyone all over the English-speaking world. The only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18 you are invited to participate, just be warned that we cannot legally award you any of the prizes.
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