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The story. The game. The movie?

One of the most haunting gaming experiences of all times, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, a psychedelic Sci-Fi thriller inspired by Harlan Ellison's short-story by the same name, has been brought back to life by the relentless Nightdive Studios, and is now available for only $5.99 on GOG.com. This is one of those times in the history of our classic catalog, that really calls for a special celebration! You know how we like to celebrate, right? By giving you something special! This time, we offer you the chance to get a very special I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream original box set, containing the CD edition of the game, a user manual, and--*drumroll*--a mousepad signed by Harlan Ellison, himself!.

<img src="http://www.gog.com/upload/images/2013/09/58b2f21fe5f1266ecd36ad84036ebdaee50b2d73.jpg">

We propose a competition. Or two, actually, as we have two such sets to give away at this time. How Night Dive managed to acquire them is quite the mystery, as Mr. Ellison isn't known for being a particularly social person (not unlike many other brilliant writers), but the fact is we have them, and we're quite happy to part with them (that's a lie), as long as they end up in the hands of our creative users (that part's true).

How to get your hands on this gaming treasure, you ask?

So, there was the short story, then there was the game. By the rules of entertainment convergence a movie should have happened at some point, right? Well, somehow it didn't. We want to correct this, at least partially. We want you, to design a movie poster for "Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: The Motion Picture" (PG-13!). Please include essential info on the poster, like: who's the director? Who's playing who? Who's voicing the sinister AI? You know, stuff like that. The author of the best looking, most creative poster gets one of the box sets.

Don't feel comfortable enough with your photoshop skills? Don't fret! There's still the second box set you can get. All you need to do is to write up a short voiceover for an imaginary trailer that would go with the said movie. Again, including the name of the director and your own cast is a good idea.

Post your entries in the forums, below. We'll choose one best entry in both categories. The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 25, at 10:00AM GMT, which gives you almost a full week to work on your entries. Depending on the number and the quality of entries, we might award some runner-up prices. As usually, the contest is not region-limited. Please make sure to remember about the "PG-13" rating of our imaginary movie. Turn on that creative thinking, and get cracking on your entries. Good luck!

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The results ARE IN! Go to this forum post to see who won!
Post edited September 18, 2013 by G-Doc
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niedziak: I agree. Specialist shouldn't be the only judges as many (if not majority) people posting their commisions weren't professionals and contest wasn't biased for proffesionals specifically.

Althought you just could give more prizes for all of as being inredibly awesome :D
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G-Doc: Unfortunately that's not an option right now. Mr. Ellison isn't exactly the most social person who spends his time on conventions signing stuff for fans, and no one--even such a miracle worker as Night Dive's Stephen Kick--can do much about this.
I'm sure plenty of people would be happy with GOG games were you to add them as bonus prizes.
I didn't even really enter for the prize - I just liked the idea I'd gotten and had to attempt to do it in the short time I had.
Post edited September 29, 2013 by Sachys
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niedziak: I agree. Specialist shouldn't be the only judges as many (if not majority) people posting their commisions weren't professionals and contest wasn't biased for proffesionals specifically.

Althought you just could give more prizes for all of as being inredibly awesome :D
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G-Doc: Unfortunately that's not an option right now. Mr. Ellison isn't exactly the most social person who spends his time on conventions signing stuff for fans, and no one--even such a miracle worker as Night Dive's Stephen Kick--can do much about this.
That's interesting. From what I heard about him and from his interviews it seems he was exactly the opposite - a very social person that liked to attend conventions.
But he also have his toll in years I suppose...
Post edited September 29, 2013 by niedziak
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G-Doc: Unfortunately that's not an option right now. Mr. Ellison isn't exactly the most social person who spends his time on conventions signing stuff for fans, and no one--even such a miracle worker as Night Dive's Stephen Kick--can do much about this.
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niedziak: That's interesting. From what I heard about him and from his interviews it seems he was exactly the opposite - a very social person that liked to attend conventions.
But he also have his toll in years I suppose...
I take it that you have never watched Dreams with Sharp Teeth. I highly recommend it. The trailer is here: http://youtu.be/dmfzKKM49uY

Also, this clip is relevant: http://youtu.be/fA0zSkCXPEc
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niedziak: That's interesting. From what I heard about him and from his interviews it seems he was exactly the opposite - a very social person that liked to attend conventions.
But he also have his toll in years I suppose...
I have to agree with jdsiege. Harlan Ellison is a brilliant writer of the first degree and one of the great creative minds of our times, but philanthropic he ain't haha

I just reread the introduction to Paingod and Other Delusions. Its a great place to start when it comes to Mr. Ellison's outlook on the world.
Post edited September 29, 2013 by morhlis
When GOG does decide the winners, I hope they do a news post showcasing some of the top submissions.
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niedziak: That's interesting. From what I heard about him and from his interviews it seems he was exactly the opposite - a very social person that liked to attend conventions.
But he also have his toll in years I suppose...
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jdsiege: I take it that you have never watched Dreams with Sharp Teeth. I highly recommend it. The trailer is here: http://youtu.be/dmfzKKM49uY

Also, this clip is relevant: http://youtu.be/fA0zSkCXPEc
I did. I wasn't talking about book signing. I was talking (writing) about his engagement with people witch this document kind of confirms.
If that is what you are entailing with this comment of yours :)
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G-Doc: Unfortunately that's not an option right now. Mr. Ellison isn't exactly the most social person who spends his time on conventions signing stuff for fans, and no one--even such a miracle worker as Night Dive's Stephen Kick--can do much about this.
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Sachys: I'm sure plenty of people would be happy with GOG games were you to add them as bonus prizes.
I didn't even really enter for the prize - I just liked the idea I'd gotten and had to attempt to do it in the short time I had.
Same thing here. I don't usually enter contests, but being a big fan of this particular story, as well as an avid (albeit totally amateur) practitioner of photo editing, it seemed like a lot of fun.
And I agree with him on the note that people would probably be thrilled if there were a few bonus prizes.
Same here. I prefer my games digitally anyway.
Don't know about you, guys.

But in Russia - there is very hard to get something with Harlan Ellison signature.

Keep the game , gog. I just want this mousepad! :)

Harlan is one of the best writers I ever read & I just want his autograph.

PS: But this is all dreams. I see many great works on this contest. & mine is not too well... :(
Post edited September 29, 2013 by Edward_Carnby
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Edward_Carnby: Keep the game , gog. I just want this mousepad! :)
I'll take either or! Just having the physical box to this game I've loved for so long would be amazing.
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Edward_Carnby: Keep the game , gog. I just want this mousepad! :)
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morhlis: I'll take either or! Just having the physical box to this game I've loved for so long would be amazing.
Maybe u can send me the mousepad if you win ? :)
Post edited September 30, 2013 by Edward_Carnby
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morhlis: I'll take either or! Just having the physical box to this game I've loved for so long would be amazing.
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Edward_Carnby: Maybe u can send me the mousepad if you win ? :)
"Understand something: I am not a humanitarian. I distrust selfless philanthropists and doers of good deeds..." - Harlan Ellison

Yes, I am taking that out of context. But it still applies hahaha
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niedziak: I did. I wasn't talking about book signing. I was talking (writing) about his engagement with people witch this document kind of confirms.
If that is what you are entailing with this comment of yours :)
I didn't mean to insinuate that Mr. Ellison is antisocial or even a misanthrope; my apologies if my post may have been interpreted as such. On the contrary, I believe he does care about others. But he doesn't suffer the foolish/stupid. Oh, he will make them suffer. He will ridicule them and demean them, and often times rightly so. But I believe he looks at others the same way a disappointed father looks at a child that is squandering their potential.

But it is his reputation of being brash and sharp-tongued that intimidates others that might want to approach him. And those that are not apprehensive because of his reputation might be reluctant due the fact that he is nearly 80 years old and deserves a bit of peace.
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Edward_Carnby: Maybe u can send me the mousepad if you win ? :)
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morhlis: "Understand something: I am not a humanitarian. I distrust selfless philanthropists and doers of good deeds..." - Harlan Ellison

Yes, I am taking that out of context. But it still applies hahaha
:D

Great answer !
Post edited September 30, 2013 by Edward_Carnby
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jdsiege: But I believe he looks at others the same way a disappointed father looks at a child that is squandering their potential.
And he is doing it rightly so !!!