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Everyone loves their pillow, everyone loves beanbags.. now imagine combining the two, making it the size of a door & strong enough to withstand people leaping onto it from great distances. This is essentially the omni & we have three to giveaway!

Posted by JoeX111 on Aug 14th, 2006
Competition

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Everyone loves their pillow, everyone loves beanbags.. now imagine combining the two, making it the size of a door & strong enough to withstand people leaping onto it from great distances. This is essentially the omni and we have three to giveaway!

All entries are in and the winners have been choosen - click here to view their entries. Thanks to those that competed and the great guys over at sumo who provided the cool gear up for grabs

Imagine a bean bag chair of such impressive size that a single person cannot carry without sinking beneath its mighty edges. You fall into the chair and it folds up around you, like a mother's warm embrace. Or perhaps your significant other would like to sit with you, sharing a romantic moment.

Yep, it is big alright!
Yep, it is big alright!


The Omni can accommodate. The Omni knows no bounds.

You may think I am getting carried away here, but when it arrived all boxed up and barely fit through my door, I was already in awe. When it took my brother, my girlfriend, and I all working in tandem to free the mighty thing from its protective plastic wrapping, I was afraid. And when I hit it at a dead fall, cushioning my weight from a dead drop onto hardwood floor, I was in love.

The Omni is how bean bags should be designed - built tough and yet versatile, the Omni can form any position, fit any size, and yields only enough to accommodate you. It can be difficult to store the thing and family members will wonder just what possessed you to attain something built in the gaudy American spirit to do everything bigger, greater and as ostentatious as humanly possible, but my god, is it ever comfy.

And you can win one, because we don't want to keep these comfortable badboys all to ourselves. In fact we don't have 1 but 3 to give away for people that help us mod the Mod DB.

Introduction

With so many mods littering the site, it can be damn hard to find something that appeals to you. While the mod watch feature works wonders, how do you find out about new, interesting mods when we can only feature so many of them at a time?

With a mod showcase page, of course. A section of the site solely dedicated towards listing the best mods of the moment, the newly released, the coolest screen shots, and etcetera. But we want your help to make it work, because the mod community knows what is best for the mod community!

We want your ideas on this page. We want to know what you think should be on it, how it should look, how featured mods will be decided upon, everything and anything. It doesn't have to be a hugely professional proposal, just tell us how you would like it to be set up. Write it out in a few paragraphs, or send us the most basic graphic you can, like my little scribble:

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Rules

Unfortunately due to the fact that these bags are the size of a small elephant - they cannot be shipped overseas. Therefore anyone can enter - however only those living in America and Canada are eligible to win 1 of the 3 Omni's we have to give away.

  • Competition will run for 2 weeks, from the 14th to 28th of August. Entries will not be accepted before or after these dates
  • Submit all entries to: sumo@moddb.com
  • Only one entry per-person will be accepted, however one entry can contain tons of different ideas.
  • The winning entries will be announced on the 29th of August. The people from America and Canada who come in 1st 2nd and 3rd will each receive an omni in a color of their choosing, by providing us with their name and postage details
  • If you do not adhere to any of these rules, your entry will be disqualified
  • Its simple - so get thinking and good luck!

Judges

Your judges for this competition will be INtense!, JoeX111 and BigBird

Conclusion

Creativity is key - when sending us your ideas keep in mind your proposal can be anything, i.e. draw it up with animations, text, new logos, graphics, the works, or present it as simply as possible. As long as we can understand what you are going for, you can be a candidate. How you present your ideas is up to you. Go wild!

We look forward to receiving your entries!

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Boy was it tough to choose the winners. We received a staggering number of entries with most being small and simple i.e. "just randomly put mod images everywhere!" while others were quite detailed with pictures, descriptions and mockups. In the end it came down to your presentation and the idea put forward. We were looking for innovative ways to present key mod information and that is why we called on our community to help. Mod DB contains some of the best community created games and content on the internet and we want to make it easier to find what you want so you can get modding and playing!

Thanks goes out to everyone who entered, plenty of great ideas were put forward and we look forward to transforming them into a live dynamic website for you all to visit! Unfortunately however there can only be three winners and their entries are shown below. Enjoy chillin' on your sumo!

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3rd Place

Goes to this entry because it displays key mod information in a clear, concise and controlled manner. These days the trend online is geared towards live action videos and we want to embrace this by providing you with real mod footage. This page achieves this goal well and that?s why we liked it.

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2nd Place

Is awarded to the one and only blog entry we received. Why? Well you may think it is a simple idea, but an editorial blog is something the Mod DB staff want to provide so you can see behind the scenes. It'll allow us to report what really goes on when making mods, what we think is the next big thing etc... Some of the ideas put forward are great too and certainly things we will consider.

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1st Place

This entry was the clear winner. For one the design fits in with the Mod DB theme and looks great, and two it showcases the best mods and videos in easy-to-view and follow format. Everyone wants a clean "click and view" type interface and this idea elegantly provides a showcase for all of the best mods going around!

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So what are your thoughts? Do you believe these are top ideas - let us know. Thanks again to all the participants. We look forward to running similar competitions and promotions in the future so you can get your hands on cool gear like the sumo beanbag!

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necros0
necros0 Aug 31 2006, 11:22am says:

Bad, I'm not but the entries said nothing about judging being based off l33t graphic art. Again, I feel this thing was rigged or the rules / conditions weren't followed. It's very obvious - look at the damn winners! They're all graphic entries.

Per the terms, it said it could be as simple as a few paragraphs or "scribble". I don't have art talent so I took the time to draw and write. At the very least the best entries in each category should have been chosen 1st / 2nd / 3rd instead of this graphic bs.

I wouldn't have heard of this site if it wasn't for this promotion and I completely wasted my time registering and entering. All this competition was was a method of stroking a bunch of art wizards and completely ignoring the general population who don't have graphic design talent. Again, I wrote a complaint to Sumo about this.

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quellmyapathy
quellmyapathy Aug 14 2006, 8:20pm says:

Does the girl come with it?

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necros0
necros0 Aug 14 2006, 8:21pm says:

I submitted my idea - please do not confuse me with the already registered "necros". My email came from necros@comcast :)

I hope I win this, I really want it! :D

Do we get to pick our color or are they all black?

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Aug 14 2006, 9:19am says:

woot im on it!
um some one i like can have mine if i win...

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Grogdon
Grogdon Aug 14 2006, 9:29am says:

Awww, not overseas. I might try and do something for it but properly not. <_<

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Aug 14 2006, 9:46am says:

cool! That would be SOOOOOO awsome in front of the GameCube! :D

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Crispy
Crispy Aug 14 2006, 9:51am says:

The Features, MOTM and Mod Award sections of the front page isn't currently enough to cover all the best new in the modding world. New releases like this should definitely be 'stickied' on a Mod Showcase page instead of sliding off the front page and into oblivion. Speaking of Oblivion (aaah, you see what I did there?), this was only posted yesterday but has already been pushed off the front page so any Oblivion fans are likely to be completely 'oblivious' (oh, I'm good :P) to its existence.

P.S. Should this be a feature or simply a 'stickied' news item? I can understand The Ship and Defcon having short stays in the features section of the front page as they're commercial games, but it seems a bit harsh that the next feature to be posted will push the HardQore interview off the front page when it was only posted on the 9th.

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Weeman45
Weeman45 Aug 14 2006, 11:14am says:

too bad i live in germany -.-... but cool idea =D

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DJ-Ready
DJ-Ready Aug 14 2006, 3:36pm says:

mh I think this new section is a great idea thus I'll submit something ... even if I cannot win something (germany FTW ;P)

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armanguy
armanguy Aug 14 2006, 5:25pm says:

imma participate hopefully i can pull somthing sexy off :P

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Joe_Zombie
Joe_Zombie Aug 14 2006, 9:59pm says:

Funny, and cool, idea :P

But I'm afraid I won't be entering unless the girl comes with it.

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duckedtapedemon
duckedtapedemon Aug 14 2006, 10:50pm says:

I think Moddb needs more furniture reviews in the future.
There' sa futon im itching to take fora spin...

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RawrCakes
RawrCakes Aug 15 2006, 12:49am says:

I bought a Sumo Omni a week ago, and I must say, they are VEEEEEEERY comfortable, and there are so many things you can make out of it. I saved space in my room by taking out my bed, and sleeping on my OMNI!!! Its that comfortable, not to mention good on the back, side, wherever, because the Sumo Beeds move around to form around your body, making it the perfect thing to sit, sleep, or eat off of!!!!!! Its my computer chair, my bed, my couch, etc. (I had to take out my bed for this thing. Its friggen huge!)

Anyways, hopefully I can get another one through this competition. WOOT!

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cheeseyballz
cheeseyballz Aug 15 2006, 2:36pm says:

Meh, I would want one if I didn't have a ****** up back. I killed my back by doing stuff :D

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Crispy
Crispy Aug 16 2006, 6:48am says:

Oh I just had an idea about this which anyone can include if they want, I'm a UK resident so can't take part in the competition.

What about having a drop-down menu that allows you to choose a game engine to show awards/news for? So each time you join the page you can quickly check up on the news for mods being developed the games you own.

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armanguy
armanguy Aug 17 2006, 1:49am says:

just sent in my entry :D

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duckedtapedemon
duckedtapedemon Aug 16 2006, 6:26pm says:

maybe lots of ajax effects? COOL JAVAscript TABS?

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Aug 18 2006, 1:48am says:

maybe i'll win! Boy, having one of those show up from the ups guy would make the wife freak out! :D

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HaloStrike
HaloStrike Aug 26 2006, 4:33pm says:

Does the girl come with it? LOL jk.:P

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Aug 28 2006, 11:26am says:

who won??? :D

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necros0
necros0 Aug 28 2006, 6:37pm says:

I hope I won - I entered on one of the first few days with a hand drawn design idea and a written description of what I envisioned! :)

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Aug 30 2006, 10:32pm says:

my fingers are crossed. :)

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necros0
necros0 Aug 31 2006, 10:35am says:

Total bs.. Seriously. You only picked people who obviously have graphic skills. The entry said nothing about having to have excellent GRAPHIC presentation. Some people can't do **** like that, I took the time to draw and write out my opinions.

Notice how they didn't give out the account names of the authors too? I bet this **** was rigged. LAME.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Aug 31 2006, 10:42am says:

just because you don't like the winners doesn't maen that those aren't what THEY were looking for. I liked mine the best IMHO. :) More variety in mods then what won & I designed mine to fit on a webbrowser in 1280x1024 mode (like mine!, I hate scrolling to read stuff).

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necros0
necros0 Aug 31 2006, 10:56am says:

"We want your ideas on this page. We want to know what you think should be on it, how it should look, how featured mods will be decided upon, everything and anything. It doesn't have to be a hugely professional proposal, just tell us how you would like it to be set up. Write it out in a few paragraphs, or send us the most basic graphic you can, like my little scribble: "

"Conclusion
Creativity is key - when sending us your ideas keep in mind your proposal can be anything, i.e. draw it up with animations, text, new logos, graphics, the works, or present it as simply as possible. As long as we can understand what you are going for, you can be a candidate. How you present your ideas is up to you. Go wild!"

Thanks ModDB admins for ignoring your own instructions / terms and totally screwing over the general public that doesn't have a degree in art. I wrote a complaint to Sumo.

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Bruzer
Bruzer Aug 31 2006, 11:01am says:

necr0s dont be such a sore loser. The winners deserve it they did a great job I wish i spent more time on mine than i did non the less they deserve to win and moddb staff choose the right people.

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JoeX111 Author
JoeX111 Aug 31 2006, 11:38am says:

Hate to point out a problem in your logic there, necros, but the blog winner wasn't a graphic design. The person behind it simply signed up for a blog via Blogger and wrote some entries in it, how she thought that it should look, etc. Didn't take much graphical wizardry to do that. The key wasn't the images these people provided, but the way they described their entries and the great ideas they put fourth. While a lot of the written entries were very very good, these three were head and toes above the rest in terms of great ideas we wanted to implement on the site.

Sorry you feel so sore about it.

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necros0
necros0 Aug 31 2006, 12:05pm says:

Whatever man - total bs. You're telling me my entry wasn't good? I just saw your comment today about "overlooking" my entry. Real slick there! If you guys had a damn confirmation system for entires I wouldn't have had to sit there scratching my head wondering if you got it. If you had read my entry you would have seen I asked a question in it. Then I wrote a follow up email that was unanswered. Then I wrote the comments just to make sure you guys got it and you write me that bs comment about overlooking.

So you're telling me my entry wasn't high quality? You were looking for design ideas. I drafted and wrote my ideas. Oh and yes, that blog took graphic talent. It's not like she used some generic template. You're telling me someone without graphic know-how could have made that? Yeah, ok.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Aug 31 2006, 12:47pm says:

if you feel your design was better then the winners why don't ou post it & let other people say so to? I happen to like the 3rd place out of the three the best.

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Bruzer
Bruzer Aug 31 2006, 12:52pm says:

All they did was take a picture of the blog it is a generic template... lol necr0s also your going to be biased to your own work. Moddb staff felt it is what they wanted then you lose. Sorry but you and everyone else that entered though thier ideas where good your not only one. Right now though your the only one complaining about the winners.

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JoeX111 Author
JoeX111 Aug 31 2006, 2:18pm says:
Quote:So you're telling me my entry wasn't high quality? You were looking for design ideas. I drafted and wrote my ideas. Oh and yes, that blog took graphic talent. It's not like she used some generic template. You're telling me someone without graphic know-how could have made that? Yeah, ok.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Oh man, you've so lost every last bit of respectability you might have once had.

Hate to break it to you, but that blog is a generic template. Mine used to have it, before I switched a different one. Go set yourself up a Blogger account and see. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised. The images in there? There is a program that does that for you, called "Hello" by Picassa, if I remember correctly. It even formats and resizes the bloody things for you. We just liked her idea. You disagree? Oh well.

As for replying to your entry, we had dozens of them to look through and evaluate. Sorry we didn't bend over backwards to accomodate you.

Overlooking your entry? Please. Given the sheer amount of them I had to go through, I didn't have time to pick out names and alienate you to prevent you from winning your precious bean bag chair. Sorry to say, I don't care all that much. I don't even know which entry was yours, just that it wasn't one I picked.

Feel free to post it up here and show all our readers what we dared to overlook.

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necros0
necros0 Aug 31 2006, 3:46pm says:

Sorry man, I like most of the people out there don't sit around blogging all day nor have I ever heard of this "Hello" thing for the actual images on it. That's what I meant by template, the images. You picked her entry because it was appealing to look at then? How does anything she wrote inspire you to update your page beyond the pretty ball graphics and the fact that she's a female? I'm sorry, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you're not going to shut down everything you have and then convert it to a damn blogger page.

People like myself followed the instructions and took the time to draft a NEW design that is easier to look at and easier to navigate. I don't care what you say, you obviously had an entire bias with graphics in this competition despite your own reports that even written entries were submitted. So much for as long as you can envision it... yeah, ok.

Regarding overlooking my entry, you're the one who said it not me. Your comment spoke of me like I was some kind of jackass for commenting on your profiles. If you would have read my damn entry and responded to either of my two emails then I would have known you had gotten it. I don't think you guys have been serious about this contest to begin with.

Whatever, I'm not coming here again. You guys are a joke.. can't even run a contest.

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armanguy
armanguy Aug 31 2006, 4:50pm says:

whoooo i won it was fun now to pick my beanbag :D

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armanguy
armanguy Aug 31 2006, 5:13pm says:

sorry for the double post but im the 3rd place winner if anyone was wondering :P

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INtense! Staff
INtense! Aug 31 2006, 6:32pm says:

My thoughts on your entry was that it offered nothing new and different. It simply said we should make the site "circular" to look better and that we shift some things around.

That was not what we were looking for at all. We were looking for ideas about how to design a new "mod showcase" page. Each of the winners here submitted these entries plus tons of text explaining their vision. The only reason I didn't post the text as well is because I'm sure people dont want to read pages of ideas, and would rather look at the graphic representation of their idea.

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INtense! Staff
INtense! Aug 31 2006, 6:29pm says:

If you believe you were hard done by post your entry here necros and we will allow the visitors to decide. If they believe you should have won then I will happily organise a sumo beanbag for you also.

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stenchy
stenchy Sep 1 2006, 3:05am says:

Mine was more photoshopping than anything else. The image basically used elements that are already on the site to illustrate my idea for a layout. If anything, it was my explanation of why I put everything where it is that got me a bean bag. I really appreciate this site and I'm excited to see how they end up implementing all the best parts of the winner's ideas. Good luck ModDb!!

PS - Mine is the 1st place entry.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Sep 1 2006, 11:04am says:

so we get personal reviews of our entires? :)

good job you two winners. I'm going to have to put one of those bean bags on my christmas list. That would be sooooo nice! I'm jelious of you two! :)

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