Tutorial contest: December winners announced, and contest on hold
Every month we organize a tutorial contest for some of our favorite devices: the PS Vita, the PS4, the 3DS, The Wii U and the PS3.
Each month, the authors of the best tutorial for each category get a $10 Amazon gift code each, for a total of $50. Additionally, the mods distribute a $10 additional code for their favorite entry of the month, bringing the total to $60 worth of prizes every month.
This month, member ryuzen wins both the PS Vita award and the mods award for his tutorial on installing Adrenaline 6.61 on PS Vita. AlexxLopaztico02 wins the prizes for the 4 other consoles (!) with tutorials on How to deactivate Ads on PS4 Homescreen, How to play PSP games on your PS3, How to backup your 3DS’s NAND, and How to install Homebrew Channels on VWii via LEGO games.
Congratulations to the winners. Amazon Codes have been sent, check your email inbox!
I also have some (moderately) sad news: I’ve decided to put the Tutorial contest on hold for the time being.
This is mostly because I haven’t had the time to drive it properly: the initial goal of this contest was to bring original, creative, and interesting tutorials to the scene, by motivating people with cash prizes for their effort. Unfortunately, the prizes also attracted bad stuff: plagiarism (when the tutorial is not completely copy/pasted from another site), old content vaguely recycled, people creating multiple accounts to vote for themselves… the creativity of cheaters is always impressive (if only they put the same energy into creative original content!). This is even more sad considering we’ve also had some very high quality tutorials on a regular basis over the past few years, while we ran this contest.
So for now, the contest is on hold.
This doesn’t mean it’s gone forever, but it clearly confirms I need more time to drive this contest: time to promote it properly (to get more entries), time to review the entries (to avoid bad quality content), and maybe different incentives to motivate people to produce good quality content. All of this requires me to think and spend time driving this, and I don’t have that time right now, so for now I’ll be pausing the contest.
Alternatively, if you have suggestions on how we could use $50~$60 a month in a way that helps the scene, I’m open to suggestions. (With no promise that I’ll follow any of these, obviously!)
Thanks to everyone who have submitted tutorials to the contest so far. You can of course still submit awesome tutorials and guides on our forums, but for the time being there will be no contest or prize incentive for those. Thanks for your understanding!