While we continue with distributing the games from Brett's Fall 2011 Gaming Grant, we're considering new directions to take. After some deliberation, and taking other suggestions from the community here into account, we've come up with the following scheme.
We will run each round of the Gaming Grant by opening a new Meta question, as before. The frequency is probably going to be something like once every two weeks during high gaming season (end of year like now, for instance), and once every four weeks during off-season.
Instead of restricting the game choice, however, we're being a bit more open and loose, though we're also going back to reputation requirements. Potential applicants, who must have at least (x) reputation, are free to choose any one game of their choice, with the following restrictions:
- It must be for one of the following platforms: XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PC
- It must be a new (released this week) or upcoming (will be released in the near future) game release
- The initial (x) reputation required for entry will be 500, though we're open to suggestions on that.
Rather than make a Meta post, we will provide a simple form to fill out, where you'll provide a tiny amount of account detail as well as specifying the game.
After we collect all of the applicants for a round, 20 users from the applicant pool will be randomly selected. Those selected are free to purchase the game on their own accord and time, and consequently scan and email us the receipts, which we will reimburse. Reimbursements will be handled through paypal.com or moneybookers.com.
Based on input, we have added two alternate options for reimbursement. If the game is available through Steam, then we may be able to gift it to you through Steam. Or, if the game is available through Amazon, then we may be able to email you a gift card of value equal to the cost of the game.
So, rather than us buying and sending, it's more of a "you're buying and we'll pay for it". Note, however, that we reserve the option to disqualify users for a specific round if they had just recently won in, say, the past two rounds. We also reserve the option to disqualify a user from the grant process if they demonstrate a lack of content and don't post questions and answers. We haven't seriously run into this issue yet, people are pretty fun here and enjoy the process, but it's better to know about this anyway, neh?
If I had to pitch the process in a single paragraph, then...
Users with at least 500 reputation apply by filling out a form that specifies one game of their choice of new or upcoming games for the current big platforms. 20 users will be randomly selected from this pool, and will be reimbursed for their own purchase of the games after scanning and emailing the receipts (or through Steam or Amazon).
Right now we are planning for 20 games per grant during "gaming season", possibly somewhat less during the rest of the year.
Questions? Recommendations? Comments? Angry torch wielding mobs? What d'y'all think?