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Welcome to the Seventh round of the Gaming Promotional Grant. This is an effort where users of the community will receive one free game on behalf of Stack Exchange. What's the catch?

Simple - ask questions and post answers to questions about the new game you got, have fun while helping us create a wonderful database of information on our own site here for the new game. We've had absolutely roaring success with games like The Witcher 2 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, so let's keep the iron hot, shall we?

This time, we'll be following the basic rules as outlined in the proposal post.

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. Up to 20 users will be selected from this pool pseudo-randomly, and will be reimbursed for their own purchase of the games after scanning and emailing the receipts (or through Steam or Amazon).

We're using 1000 500 as the limit to test the waters here.

"Big platforms" means XBox 360, PS3, Wii, and PC. What games are coming out this week, and the next two weeks after that? Courtesy of GameSpot, here are the current and upcoming games releases for the weeks beginning with...

MetaCritic also has a nifty overlook of upcoming games, filterable by your preferred platform: PC, PS3, Xbox, Wii.

Applications have closed.

(For those curious, this is considered parallel to the Gaming Grant Fall 2011 Special Episode, so this is a prime opportunity for those who didn't get picked in there to step up to the plate.)

  • Is Rage fair game for a second time? It already got its own promotion, and it's the first item on the PC list, there. Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 5:11
  • Actually, I'm not sure about how useful that list is - two of its listing are Civ V (out for over a year) and Portal 2 (which got updated with FREE DLC, that doesn't need to be bought). Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 5:12
  • @RavenDreamer the GameSpot release list is just a set of guidelines; if you know of a better game release list we can link to for each platform, we can switch to that. Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 5:47
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    (also IMHO Rage is a very, very bad game and I regret spending $60 of my own money on it. FWIW) Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 5:48
  • @JeffAtwood I haven't played RAGE, but I haven't been hearing good things about it. And I almost signed up for it in the previous signups!
    – user2974
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 6:15
  • So, if I'm getting a game from the Fall 2011 Gaming Grant, can I not apply for another one? I hadn't realized that Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One was due out already.
    – user2974
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 6:18
  • @Powerlord anyone can apply, selection is random every time. Just make sure you ask and answer questions about your game if selected! Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 6:32
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    When does this promotion end?
    – mordi2k
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 6:47
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    How motivating that I have to wait until Friday to play a game Jeff is calling a waste of money
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 9:26
  • @ivo well at least you didn't pay for it, man! I didn't want it to suck but holy moly it's bad. IMHO of course, but.. arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/10/… Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 10:11
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    @doozer hey, "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation named Just Cause 2 his "Game of the Year"! Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 11:25
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    I'd recommend metacritic.com/browse/games/release-date/coming-soon/all/date as a list of upcoming releases.
    – bwarner
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 13:41
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    Since @JeffAtwood seems to be watching this thread (and even posted it on twitter!), I figure this is as good a place as any to mention this: I think the gaming grants are awesome, and I think Brett and the mods have been doing a great job. Thanks to you all! Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 2:11
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    So according to the rules, pre-purchase of Battlefield 3 or MW3 is not a valid option?
    – vartec
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 13:31
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    I think I'll go ahead and wait for a chance to get a free MW3. Why oh why could you guys not have created this promotion so I could've tried to get Gears 3 for free!
    – Earlz
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 15:51

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Congratulations! 20 users have been selected. An email has been sent to the address you supplied, with a subject line of Gaming Promotional Grant Selection. Let me know if you didn't get it, but I've got 20 items in my outbox so I know you should have it. ♪

For those who didn't get selected: tune in Monday, October 17th for Round 8's start!

The winners of Round 7 are as follows, grouped by game:

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One


Orcs Must Die!

Ian Pugsley

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny




Might & Magic: Heroes VI

Between this huge roll and the Fall Grant, I sure hope to see a huge amount of content on this site for this.

Bruce Connor
Dan Rasmussen

Dungeon Defenders

Mr. November

Dark Souls

Craig Pilgrim
Sylvain Defresne

Batman: Arkham City


  • For the receipt that was online, do I need to take a screenshot of the receipt page or what?
    – user2974
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 19:39
  • @Powerlord Usually, the provider will give you the option to print the receipt for your own keeping, if not just save it to file. In the print case, most people print it as a PDF. A screenshot will do if the service doesn't provide the capability, but I'd be amazed if they didn't give you such a way.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 20:39
  • It may be because they haven't yet shipped the game. I still have the option to Cancel the order on my screen.
    – user2974
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 21:19
  • I am going to buy Orcs Must Die! and Dungeon Defenders too. They seems fun and probably they have many content do discuss here. ;p
    – Drake
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 22:14
  • I answered the email sent to me, but no response. When will I receive my Amazon gift card? Do I have to wait for the release of the game? I hope not! It would be a shame to lose the bonus pre-order.
    – SilverM-A
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 1:57
  • I too have responded for a Steam gift but have not heard back. I'm getting a little anxious because Might & Magic comes out in 12 hours, but I'll wait patiently til I hear I should do otherwise. =]
    – dlras2
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 5:57
  • @Dan We sent out the Might & Magic orders yesterday and the day prior. I can confirm we received your mail and already ordered the game. You should already have the game.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 14:55
  • @GraceNote - I just double checked my email and Steam account, and haven't received a second email or game gift. Feel free to email me if you need to discuss this further.
    – dlras2
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 16:04
  • @GraceNote Thanks for the promotion guys! Might and magic is already in my steam library. I'll be playing a lot.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Oct 15, 2011 at 1:33

Orcs Must Die! looks good. It's a tower defense/third-person shooter from Robot Entertainment, the studio that was founded by the founders of Ensemble Studios after Microsoft shut them down. It got a good review on Ars too.


Dark Souls seems like it might be the kind of game that will be producing a lot of questions over the next few months. All the talk I see about it describes the game as challenging but fair, rewarding skillful play. It should also sell better than Demons Souls due to being on multiple platforms.


Family Feud 2012 Edition. You will be mine!


Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One for the PS3 is on the list for a October 18th release.

You know you want to get it to play it coop.


I don't know if Australia is valid for this considering our games are hella expensive; I nominated Arkham City because it's definitely coming out in two weeks, but I'll likely pick up the new Ratchet & Clank as well when it comes out, even though it's only listed as coming out in the next two weeks in the US.

  • Yeah, I'm also not sure if Brazil would be valid.
    – Wilerson
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 13:34
  • @Wilerson Pretty sure everywhere is valid unless you're in North Korea or something and it's impossible to reimburse you for a game :P Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 15:09

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