Applications are closed.

Welcome to the WINTER HOLIDAY EDITION of the Gaming Promotional Grant! Users in good standing can receive one free game on behalf of Gaming Stack Exchange. What's the catch?

Simple - ask questions and post answers to questions about your new game; have fun while helping us create a wonderful database of information on our own site here for the new game. Here's how it works:

Users with at least 500 reputation are eligible to apply. Fill out a form specifying one game of your choice of new or upcoming games for the current big platforms. Up to 20 users will be selected from this pool randomly, and will be reimbursed for their purchase of the game by one of these methods:

  • Scan and email your game receipt to us; we'll reimburse through PayPal
  • Steam gift
  • Ordered and mailed through Amazon.com (or appropriate national branch)

If you're selected, you'll receive simple instructions via email detailing all the information you'll have to provide to get reimbursed. Because of the gap between this round and the last, as well as the nature of the holiday season, we are not exempting winners from the most recent round (winners of this round will not be eligible for the following round, however).

"Big platforms" means XBox 360, PS3, Wii, and PC. What games are eligible? As a special holiday bonus, we're accepting any game coming out from this week up until the end of the month:

Any game released later than this should be selected in the next round. MetaCritic also has a general list of upcoming games, filterable by your preferred platform: PC, PS3, Xbox, Wii.

Applications are now closed.

This counts as the normal Gaming Promotional Grant type round, but there are still the special changes for the holiday season. Please note them, which I've bolded in the above for your convenience. ♪

Happy Holidays!

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    Slim pickings for December releases... Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 14:04
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    @Ian exactly what I was thinking, and how will TOR work out in terms of the grant?
    – l I
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 14:46
  • Why would it work differently? It's still a retail game you have to buy that happens to have a sub to keep playing, right? Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 15:09
  • @Ian well, I just hope whoever applies for it intends to pay the sub to keep playing then.
    – l I
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 15:26
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    @yx. the first month is free IIRC, that's enough time for a few questions/answers - still quite a waste though, if they don't subscribe. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 15:57
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    Man, it's a sad day when I'm going to pass on free video games
    – agent86
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 16:07
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    Can we like...apply for Skyrim still? That would probably be more productive than applying for any of these games save perhaps TOR
    – Nick T
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 17:48
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    So, when does the next round start? Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 19:29
  • I came here to see if I'd missed the next round starting, but I guess not. xD
    – Shinrai
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 0:57

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The big one, of course, is Star Wars: The Old Republic. Beyond that, it's a fairly underwhelming month, I'm afraid.

  • Personally, I already pre-ordered that one.
    – user2974
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 19:27
  • It's pretty bad when I could get that for free and I'm still not buying it because I'd never be able to play with the people I want to. Stupid timezones (my guild's all US-based).
    – FAE
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 19:37
  • Yeah, I'm not interested either. I'm sitting this round out for lack-of-anything-worth-a-damn. Maybe if the window were widened to go back a few months - yaknow, in the holiday spirit.
    – Shinrai
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 20:19
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    I'd go for that one if there wasn't the monthly fee and the big risk of getting addicted, because it is too awesome.
    – magnattic
    Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 22:17
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    Yeah, I preordered the "it costs HOW much?" version. Played the beta and it was incredible. We should have a GamingSE guild. Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 4:32
  • @MatthewRead My friends and I are going to have our own guild, so no guarantees time-wise.
    – user2974
    Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 16:27

Trine 2 isn't too bad. I'm not sure if it can be considered 'new' since people who pre-ordered it have had access to the beta for a while now.


I am oddly delighted to see that Oregon Trail is coming out for the Wii. :)

  • Gotta get all that content really early before others do, right? :P Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 19:07
  • @Ullallulloo I am not sure what you mean.
    – user11502
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 19:26
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    Possible sarcasm? (Since most of us played Oregon Trail 30 years ago.)
    – au revoir
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 19:51
  • I'm relatively confident they didn't just port the original... Anyways, I'm excited for this one too! It's about time we had some questions about dysentery.
    – dpatchery
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 20:46
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    @dpatchery you're right, it's not just a port of the original. :) and yeah I think this is the firs time in my life I have gotten excited over the idea of dysentery.
    – user11502
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 21:05
  • @AshleyNunn: What Jason said, that was sarcasm. :P Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 21:11
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    I heard the game died of dysentery.
    – user2974
    Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 16:27

Just thought I'd throw it out there:

Postal III


I heard Guild Wars 2 Closed Beta will start this month too (Source). Although I don't know if anyone here can get their hands on a key. We may could handle it like a game give-away :D Otherwise this will be in the February Grant :)

  • There's supposed to be something before the end of the year, yeah, but no news yet. :( Otherwise there would've been much capslocking in chat from me... In regards to February, I doubt it. When I spoke with Anet people at Gamescom, they didn't even have an internal release date yet. :(
    – FAE
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 11:01
  • @FallenAngelEyes they tricked you, obviously ;p But I myself dont have much hope for a release before Q32012 :/
    – fschl
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 12:02

The "cult hits" are where it's at!

Street Sweeper Simulator, Train Simulator (with Zombie DLC!), Surgery Simulator, Farming Simulator, Garbage Truck Simulator, Delivery Truck Simulator... and more! Am I right? ;)

Still waiting for Simulator Simulator and Simulator Simulator Simulator.


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