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Friday, February 27, 2015

KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Indefinite gamification of a videogame website. Featuring prizes!

A videogame website should be fun to play, right? ...Wait, fun to play? Yeah, instead of being a "reader" or "viewer" of KoopaTV, we will now deem you a "player".

Starting March 1 2015, we will be activating a (the) KoopaTV Loyalty program!

What is it?


The KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program is a competition between you, the players. We want to drive up player participation at KoopaTV, since that makes our work more rewarding to us, and it's the fairest way to give out free stuff.

Free Club Nintendo codes prizes catalog KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards
FREE STUFF. BY PARTICIPATING. See below for how to do that.

How to win?


It's a point-based competition with you (anyone not named "Anonymous") having the opportunity to earn points via the following methods:



Tracking Progress!

The leaderboard is here. It's a spreadsheet. If you know how to make the spreadsheet better (spreadsheet design), go ahead and give a comment. You can tell how much better it'd be if it wasn't two-dimensional. (Date, name, and points with that name would all get their own dimensions.) You can't be on the spreadsheet if you're anonymous.

Previous winners are viewable from the spreadsheet.

Prizes and Time Periods!

Round 17 is November 1 to December 30, 11:59 PM Eastern.
  • 1st Place: $25 Amazon.com code
  • 2nd Place: $12.05 Amazon.com code
  • 3rd place: $10 Amazon.com code
  • Raffle-awarded: $10 Amazon.com code

Rules

For some boring stuff: Round 17 begins 12:00 AM (ET) on November 1 2017 and ends 11:59 PM (ET) on December 30 2017. That means no retroactivity. Cheating gets you disqualified in this round and all future rounds. Ways of cheating include faking referrals (so I'd avoid referring your "sister") and plagiarising/stealing guest submissions. If we feel you're cheating or you're not doing quality things, we have the right to adjust the points/assign penalties as we see fit. Whether something is truthful or has levity is totally up to KoopaTV's staff. Former and present KoopaTV staff members may not participate. If you become a KoopaTV staff member during a round, you will be disqualified. You will be contacted if you're a winner by whatever contact means you leave us. All prize codes are applicable to North America only unless stated otherwise. Please only answer for yourself in quizzes/forms. Misrepresenting your identity will result in you being permanently banned from the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program.

Codes are on a higher-place-first-served basis.

For Round 11 and Round 17's random drawing:

The random drawing is done by adding up everyone's point values and using that as the denominator. In the order that each participant's sums are presented on the leaderboard spreadsheet, each participant will an equivalent number of chances to win as they have points. So if Participant A has 5 points, B has 3 points, and C has 7 points, the RNG will pick from 1 to 15, and A wins if it falls from 1 to 5, B from 6 to 8, and C from 9 to 15. If KoopaTV can't come in contact with the winner of the random drawing within a week, we'll re-draw and try again.

Have fun.

FAQ

  • Do I need to create an account to sign-up?
    • No! Just comment non-anonymously or do any of the other actions provided above with a consistent name and you'll be entered into our publicly-viewable spreadsheet.
  • How do I know you'll actually award the prize to me?
    • Just ask any of the previous winners. KoopaTV has a reputation for being a transparent and honest organisation (with the domain extension to show for it) that has given people their prizes promptly in the past.
  • Who does the judging for the judgment-call points?
    • Usually Ludwig, who may consult the staff on border cases. He also consults the other staff members on bigger-ticket point values like guest submissions. If you can win more than a point for something like a guest post, the number of points you earn is basically a quality score.
  • What do "truth" and "levity" mean?
    • Truth and levity represent the two pillars of the KoopaTV philosophy, so we'd like our readers to exhibit that as well. Truth means that your comment is rooted in the facts or is based in some sort of coherent logic. It usually means that your comment was value-added. Levity means that you're not taking yourself too seriously and you're having fun with us. If you can get a staff member to laugh from your comment, that's a sure way to earn your levity point for the day.
  • Can I get points for commenting on old articles?
    • Yes. The only limits on comments is how many you points you can earn a day, but you may get the points by commenting on any article, not just the most recent one. It's good to revisit classic material!

Changelog

11/1/2017: Round 17 has begun.
9/1/2017: Round 16 has begun. A Round 16-exclusive one-time bonus of an Ace Attorney guest post contest is the round's special feature.
7/1/2017: Round 15 has begun, and a slight clarifying statement on Guest Art was made.
5/1/2017: Round 14 has begun, and corrections points are now available.
3/7/2017: Round 13 has begun a few days ago.
1/2/2017: Round 12 has begun. The Wonderful 1237 now has Let's Play and review one-time bonuses.
11/5/2016: Wrote that the random drawing winner has a week to receive their prize.
10/31/2016: Round 11 created, with prizes and info up. Referral and TV Tropes edit point values increased.
10/2/2016: Removed those embedded YouTube videos and changed the points list to a table.
8/30/2016: Round 10 created. Prize is a $10 eShop code.
7/17/2016: Round 9's prize is a $10 eShop code.
7/15/2016: New one-time bonus for filling out the Official KoopaTV Logo Use Request form.
7/1/2016: Round 9 begins, but no announced prizes yet.
5/4/2016: Well, there's an idea of what the prizes are.
5/2/2016: Round 8 begins, but we don't know what the prizes are yet.
3/1/2016: Round 7 begins with new prizes.
1/1/2016: Capture the Confederate Flag Let's Play and review one-time bonuses now up. Also, Round 6 begins with new prizes.
11/17/2015: Defend Anita Sarkeesian footage now gives up to 25 points.
11/2/2015: Round 5 info given. Sorta.
9/3/2015: Round 3 prize given out. Round 4 prizes and info up. Also uploaded a new video for Round 4, and added a FAQ.
8/3/2015: New method of getting points via TV Tropes.
8/1/2015: Closing the Elite Beat Agents prize.
7/8/2015: Referral period of active commenting now 5 days, not 7.
7/4/2015: New video for Round 3.
6/30/2015: Prizes from Round 2 fully distributed, prize for Round 1 up. Artwork request added as one-time bonus. Also, referrals now give FOUR additional points instead of two when they stay for a whole week.
6/12/2015: Prizes from Round 1 fully distributed so prizes for Round 2 actually finalised now.
6/1/2015: Round 1 ended, so Round 2's begin/end dates are implemented, along with prizes. Requests are now three points (from two). Guest submissions may now earn up to nine points each (from five). You may now earn two additional points for referring someone when they stay for at least a whole week, up from one.


If you have any questions or suggestions, this comments section is a good place to voice them.

36 comments :

  1. Hey! With this glorious point I just won, I am so far ahead you might as well give me the prize now! (if I don't win I honestly don't know what to tell you)

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    1. Yeah, might as well.
      ...Either way, we're not the most sane, rational bunch here, so on you go to the leaderboard! We'll be silly and needlessly drag this on for a while even though you'll totally win.

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    2. I totally understand man, might as well give the others hope!

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    3. Hope is a great thing.

      We engage in it all the time.

      "We hope people will like this article!"
      "We hope we don't get cease-and-desisted today!"
      "We hope there is food on the table tonight!"

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  2. "Each article is equivalent to one play session." (http://koopatv.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/welcome-noxial-and-spokesturtles.html)
    "Yeah, instead of being a "reader" or "viewer" of KoopaTV, we will now deem you a "player"."
    So I guess the first quote makes sense now. Did you decide to do this before that article?

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    1. I basically wrote the majority of the Loyalty Rewards Program text in like, mid-February.

      Well the spreadsheet was made February 7, so I guess I wrote it early-mid February.

      So yeah, conscious decisions for wordplay.

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  3. I have a request.
    Make the mobile version less likely to give a mammal cancer.

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    1. We outsourced that entirely to Google.

      We think it's gross, too.

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    2. It's so terrible, it killed 18 children.

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    3. That probably explains our readership level.

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  4. I like your site. I also like free stuff. This sounds like a win-win. Dope!

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    1. It IS a win-win.
      Thanks for the voice of confidence, Mr. Godot.

      Could use some cocoa right now; got a stuffy nose.

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    1. Welcome to KoopaTV! We have... all sorts of fun content here for you. Tons of videogame-related articles, and a new one every weekday. Some of these are special features, like we just released a whole flash videogame last week. ^_^

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  6. a little question... to record a lets play, does it have to include commentary? and does it have to be in seperate videos or can be done in only one?

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    1. That's up to you as the Let's Player.
      Let's Plays are supposed to be art (they're frequently not) and each Let's Player has a distinct style.

      Here's what YouTuber Jareditton did for his LP of Trayvon Tyson's Punch-Out!!. I'd say his commentary enhanced the experience, but you don't have to commentate.

      Having one video is known as a "long play" which is a style as well.

      I personally have my own style of Let's Playing in the ones I've done, prior to the current state of LPing. I've written plenty of commentaries generally disparaging about what videogame-playing YouTubers has become, which I see as more promoting the YouTuber's personality than the game they're playing and I don't like that.

      But that is its own style that you're free to pursue. ♪ The goal here is more to get the game preserved on film and have chuckles doing it/watching it.

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    2. thanks! ill make one tomorrow! (long play most likely) and upload it, then put the link here :)

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    3. Hm, okay.

      What'd probably end up happening is that we'll make an article featuring it like we did with Jareditton's TTPO!! Let's Play.

      I do know we won't do that until we publish our advertisement video/trailer for Capture the Confederate Flag since we want our official advertisement video to be floating and promoted before we have a long play.

      Basically: No need to rush. ♪

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    4. oh alright then, ill still record it now because i have the tim, but i wont upload it :)

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  7. Replies
    1. ...Do you know what you're doing here?

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    2. Personally, I'm not very impressed!

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    3. ill be honest and say i am not either

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    4. Well im here for the prizes and The Blue Yoshi mentioned it to me.so here i am!

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    5. ...Uh...hi.

      You should read about the site.
      This About page might help.

      KoopaTV is about, uh, videogames and stuff.

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  8. Has my google forms for the current round been received?

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    1. It's there.

      You're basically telling me to hurry up and make the scoring sheet up-to-date, eh? Fine.

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  9. If I get second, am I allowed to say I want the third-place prize instead? It's very close right now...

    I was aiming for the eShop one, I mean, Amazon is nice and all, but you have to pay for shipping, and I don't usually buy things from there...

    I'd understand if you don't want to. I can probably edge into third by making comments with decidedly no levity or something if that's the only way to go about it.

    Anyhoo, Merry Christmas, thank you for lending your unique voice to the internet, "Ludwig von Koopa"! Really appreciate it, now I have to run off to attend to my visiting family.

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    1. Uh... yeah I guess you're allowed to do that.
      Previous rounds with more than one prize bracket allowed you to do that if someone could conceivably value a lower prize more than a higher one. It's just that I thought $10 Amazon > $10 eShop in every situation, since the former is a cash equivalent (and can buy an eShop card) and the latter can only be spent on a limited number of things.

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    2. Cool. I'll opt for the eShop card if I get 2nd, then, because Amazon doesn't let you buy other gift cards if you're using balance from an Amazon gift card.

      Thanks a ton.

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    3. ...Wait, really? That's a thing?

      Guess that's not a perfect cash equivalent, then.

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