17 amazing works of art, some likely heading to a magazine near you
Words: Brett Elston, GamesRadar US
A few weeks ago we challenged GamesRadar fans to design the very first print ad for our weekly podcast, TalkRadar. The winner of said contest would have his or her design featured in issues of The Official Xbox Magazine and PlayStation: The Official Magazine, gaining worlwide fame and priceless noteriety overnight. Much to our never-ending delight, you guys came through big time, forcing us to choose among some extremely strong pieces. But now we can reveal who won, plus the runners up that we'll try to get in the magazines down the road.
Much thanks to EVERYONE who gave up even a minute of their time to work on a submission.
Again, huge thanks to everone who entered, and even though Graboids technically "won," we're trying our damndest to get more of these in future issues of OXM and PTOM. In the meantime, why not revisit the TalkRadar forums or Compendinarium?
The winner! Reader graboids played on our childhoods by referencing classic NES box art. Despite the nostalgia, it also manages to convey that TalkRadar is a podcast, what it contains and where you can find it. Look for this in the November issues of OXM and PTOM!
JoeMasturbaby gets all artsy with this Art Deco representation
Hatebreeder continued his hand-drawn approach that will never not look amazing
Twishart overdosed on KMFDM and propaganda posters for our benefit - what a kickass design!
Sausage Lozenge went the extra mile and apparently drew this one with enchanted crayons. Nicely done!
Batman5273 somehow knew that our official download numbers are, in fact, "a small portion of the internet"
Bryan Franks gave us this Lumines-minded entry that'd look great on any page
And then Bryan Franks offered up a second take, now with a callout to GR and iTunes
Eric Schroetlin hits all the right notes with this power-to-the-people entry. Makes you want to download 116 mp3 files on iTunes RIGHT NOW
Patrick Scott was the only one to make direct reference to our booze-addled idiocy
Graboids also submitted two other designs, the first of which is seen here (suggesting we stink?!?)
And this one too, which looks like a dude about to go Super Sayin 7 on our asses
Ever drank a podcast straight out of the can? Now you CAN with this entry from Parker Wilhelm (joke courtesy of Mrs Horn's 1st grade class)
Michael McCann references nearly everything about the cast, literally, like with words and stuff
Cool 16-bit style portraits help make this second entry from Parker Wilhelm stand out
There's no denying the energy in Spybreak8's submission. Everybody, right now, let's all jump simultaneously!
Personally, we love this one from Seth Breggar, but we have to assume this much orange would fuse all the pages together