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4th December 2013
Advent Calendar #02: Competition Time!

UPDATE #1: Thank you to everyone who entered our competition. Lots of entries to read through now, but we'll announce the winner shortly! :)

Today we have a rather exciting competition lined up! How would you like to win an Alan Wake's American Nightmare photograph signed by Fred Berman? 

Fans of both the Alan Wake and Max Payne series will recognise his name; he voiced both Barry Wheeler and Vinnie Gognitti (MP2). Two of the community's favourite characters! Earlier this year he kindly signed some photographs for the site to be given away to Remedy fans in a competition.


The image above doesn't do the prize justice! The photograph is a piece of promotional artwork from Alan Wake's American Nightmare which has been professionally printed on glossy photo paper. The signature is by the extremely lovely Fred Berman and is completely authentic. It's a fantastic and rare piece of merchandise to own!


How to enter:
During E3, Sam Lake (Creative Director at Remedy) hinted that Quantum Break may contain references to the developer's previous titles. We've seen this in the past with the American Nightmare poster at the garage in the latest version of Death Rally, and The Sudden Stop manuscript pages in Alan Wake which mirrored the Max Payne series.

To enter, describe a situation which could appear in Quantum Break which references one or more of Remedy's previous titles.

An example of this could be:
During a level, the protagonist comes across a bookstore with a promotional standee for Wake's books. 
Or
On the wall, the player passes a series of old posters promoting Address Unknown. 
Of course, I have no doubt that you can come up with something much more interesting and detailed. Have fun with the topic, go crazy! If you want to write a short story containing your entry, I'd love to read it!


Where to send your entry!
When you are ready to send your entry in, you can do so in a number of different ways:
     -   Post in the comments below.
         (Please make sure to link to a social media page so I can contact you.)
     -   Tweet your entry to @TheSuddenStop
     -   Send me an email at:
          alanwakethesuddenstop (at) gmail (dot) com
          with the header "Signed Photo Competition Entry"
     -   Leave your entry on the site's Facebook page.


The closing date for all entries will be 23:59 GMT on Saturday 5th January 2014!


How the winner will be picked:
For this competition there will be one (1) winner. (Don't worry we'll be offering more prizes in future competitions and giveaways. So if you don't win in this competition, there will be more chances!) The winning entry will be chosen for being the most unique or the most interesting.

The winner will be contacted within one week of the competition finishing.


Now for the boring but necessary fine print:
     1.   You can enter as many times as you want, there is no limit for this particular competition.
     2.  This is open worldwide, but restrictions may apply on countries with limits on internet competitions.
     3.  No cash prize alternative will be available.
     4.  The Sudden Stop does not accept responsibility of the prize after shipping, though I will do my best to make sure it gets to you safely.
     5.  A new winner may be picked if the first does not respond to the email. Although this is only a last resort after three weeks with reminders and alternative methods of communication e.g. through social media posts.
     6.  A frame will not be supplied with the photo, but the prize will be shipped in a sturdy envelope with a cardboard backing
     7.  Please note that this is an unofficial competition. Remedy is not involved with the prize, arranging the contest or creating rules.


Thank you for your support over the past year. I look forward to reading your entries! Thank you also to Fred for signing the photo!

3 comments:

How about a level where you're forced to go back in time, to change how you do things? Or sometimes you can occasionally see Mr. Scratch in the streets, with his suit and gelled back hair.

How about one of the protagonists travels back to the 1970's and comes across a broken down tour bus with Odin & Tor Anderson bickering amongst themselves, although an Old Gods of Asgard reference may be too subtle for most players...

Another option is that during a portion of the game where time freezes, (Ideally in New York during Winter, which would be a brilliant effect anyway with snow particles on screen that can be brushed aside), Max Payne could be seen entering a subway entrance, but unlike everything else, he is not frozen in time, just slowed down - is Max also affected by the events of Quantum Break?

A not-so-hidden thermos flask just has to make an appearance at some point during the game, either that or a tv/radio/newspaper article reporting on the disappearance of a certain famous writer...

Posted by @froz1_uk on Twitter.

For one of my theories on how Remedy could reference their pervious works is by

1. "During the game a jukebox (or any other equivalent) filled with perviously used songs from the band(s) Poets of the fall ( Old Gods of Asgard) such as "Late Good-bye" and "Balance slays the demon"

2. The second one could be the footage of Mr. Scratch dancing to the Psycho song from American Nightmare on a random TV as an easter egg.

3. Finally it could that one of the main characters finds a coffee-filled thermos and then a police badge and gun appears next to the thermos.

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