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Mashup ‘n’ Win A Vegas Trip From Valve and Nerdist

valve_nerdistcropWe’ve had some contests with great prizes here at Nerdist, and we’ve had contests requiring you to be creative, because this is, after all, Nerdist, where creativity is encouraged and celebrated. Today, we are announcing a contest that combines the two. Actually, “combine” is a good word to use, because that’s what you, should you choose to enter, will be doing.

Here’s what’s happening: You know Valve, the creators of Steam and games like Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike… like I said, you know ’em. You know that Valve President Gabe Newell — Gaben — is quite a guy, a fact which will be enforced today with the release of not one but two episodes of the Nerdist Podcast (two at once! This is a first for us). Well, Gabe is being honored with induction into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame at the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain (D.I.C.E.) Summit in Las Vegas, which is coming up February 5-8… and you could be right there in the audience front and center to see Gaben himself become a Hall of Famer. Maybe he’ll even slip you a pre-release Steam Box or the long-delayed next iteration of Half-Life. (NOTE: That will not likely happen) Yes, Valve is offering a grand prize of a trip to Las Vegas for the D.I.C.E. Summit, with transportation, accommodations at a Vegas hotel, and passes to the keynote included.

Vegas, baby! But how? Here’s where your creativity comes into play: To enter, you have to create a piece of Valve and Nerdist mashup art. That means you have to summon up your knowledge of all things Valve and Nerdist and create art that masterfully combines the two into one glorious, um, whatever you want, as long as it’s artwork that includes both Valve and Nerdist elements. What exactly that would entail is up to you, but the idea is to do things like plopping Chris, Jonah, and Matt LasVegasSign200into a Valve game or, um… hey, that’s your job. I can only give you general guidance. How you make it happen is up to you. But make it happen indeed, then email the result to by FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th (yes, you have just two weeks to do this, so GET TO IT!) and one winner will be headed to Fabulous Las Vegas to see Mr. Newell be honored at the D.I.C.E. Summit. Complete rules are available by clicking here, but a couple of those rules about which you should be aware are a) 18 and over only, please; b) Send entries in .jpg, ,png, or .gif formats; c) one entry per person and one entry per email address; c) U.S. residents only (sorry, rest of world, couldn’t avoid that); and d) If you have questions about the rules, email them to

So, there it is. You create Valve/Nerdist mashup art, and you could be heading to Las Vegas for this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit as Valve’s guest. Now, get to work.


  1. Gwiffon says:

    Nicely done guys! Must have been really tough to choose. I love your POS Edwin!
    10 finalists here:

  2. Since the winner already picked I guess I’ll show My P.O.S.

  3. ZackZackZack says:

    Congrats to you! Looked awesome! I figured I would put my drawing here since it didn’t get picked for the 10 so it can get lost in the interwebs.

  4. I just got the e-mail– I won! I’m going to the DICE Summit! After seeing some of your guys’ work, I definitely lost hope. Haha.

  5. Max Fletcher says:

    I’m really interested to know who won! This contest brought out some crazy good art. Heres what I did:

  6. Fred Jenkins says:

    Such great entries its nerd-a-rific. What the hell Here is mine….. :

  7. MrTrip182 says:

    I’m with you guy’s. I want to know what the winning submission was. Here is a link to my entry:

  8. Fred Jenkins says:

    I read the rules and I find it hard to believe you will pick a winner in an hour…..Good luck my friends…good luck to the entries…… :-{=

  9. I hope the winning submission gets posted– I’d like to see it!

  10. Well I submitted mine thursday night. Spent forever. Created a steam/nerdist mashup. But more than that I also created an entire chrome extension that converts the nerdist to look like steam.

    Check it out!

  11. DrakeFeatherwing says:

    @JasonFryer: I’m right there with ya, dood. I can barely photomanip things as it is… I’m more of a photographer than a pen-and-paper/3D-modeling artist.

  12. Mark says:

    Canada is so close to the United States? Could I enter and on the super slim chance I win transport myself across the border and then proceed as if I was a native victor?

  13. Rodrigo Borges says:

    US only… It feels like it’s about time to move to US. :(

  14. Patty Marvel says:

    @Anthony – DANG it! I forgot about that! Thanks for reminding me of that…image…

    @three toes of fury – Aw, SHUCKS! You’re good for my ego!

    @Stile4aly – Good on ya!

  15. Jason Fryer says:

    My artistic ability blows and I wouldn’t be able to make it to Vegas but SOMEONE please take the bald valve head dude and substitute Chris Hardwick in there.

  16. Stile4aly says:

    @PattyMarvel I’ve taken a shot at bringing my concept to life through the magic of image editing. I don’t have any illusions about it being on par with the stuff that will undoubtedly get produced for the contest, and I’m sure a hundred other people will have the same idea. Even so, glad I did it and papa needs a new pair o’ shoes.

  17. three toes of fury says:

    Ive got this awesome idea that incorporates nerdist branding and valve-feeling stuff into a realllllly cool Vagina Logo I just hope that noone beats me to i……blargh!!!…bested by Patty Marvel again!!!

    Sigh…looks like back to the drawing board…

    Anthropomorphic burrittos voiced by Chirs, Matt, and Jonah?

    8-bit Adventures of Team Nerdist which follows Chirs and Chloe in an Atari2600 Adventure-esque adventure looking for Matt and Jonah locked in the secret room?

    Some kind of christmas themed crossover with the nerdists and the grinch special? (# Doctor Whoville)?

    Matt n Jonah as Rock em Sock em Robots?

    Peace .n. Popculture


  18. Anthony says:

    @PattyMarvel — the correct Nerdist meme is “Vader Pussy”, and by the looks of it any junk entering there will end up like Luke’s hand.

  19. There is such a clear and obvious Half-Life/Nerdist logo combination possibility. I hope some people do something awesome with those.

  20. Patty Marvel says:

    @Stile4aly – Post your idea here and let someone else run with it! I did that once and Jetpack Blues made a very nice pic for a Hostful episode he gave me concept credit for.

  21. Stile4aly says:

    I have such a good idea and no artistic ability. Grumble.

  22. Patty Marvel says:

    HEY! It’s the vagina logo!