Drive A Truck, Win Optimus Prime

Drive A Truck, Win Optimus Prime

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Normally I wouldn't bother you with a story about an Irish online trucking RPG, but there's an eight-foot-tall giant robot with the initials O.P. involved in this one and I really think you should hear me out.

Trukz, "the web's leading online trucking game" - stick with me here, people - is giving away what could possibly be the coolest contest prize of all time: An eight-foot model of Optimus Prime built from scrap metal. And we're not talking about some crappy, abstract "artist's impression" of Optimus Prime, either; this thing looks enough like the real deal to make Megatron slap you silly for just looking at it.

There's a catch, of course: You have to register with Trukz and log 10,000 in-game miles by the end of November to qualify for the draw. Trukz is a "free, persistent browser-based trucking simulation game designed to let you try your hand at being a truck driver hauling loads to and from various cities around North America and Europe." The game features 35 different types of cargo which need to be delivered on time, earning you money to keep your rig running in top shape. Travel dozens of routes across North America and Europe while avoiding speed traps and accidents, keep your driving logs clean and go to work for one of hundreds of companies that will give you additional cargo, discounts on fuel and repairs, and exclusive routes.

I know, I know. Even the best trucking sim in the world isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. But it's an eight-foot-tall Optimus Prime model that weighs 550 pounds! (By the way, it weighs 550 pounds. Don't put it someplace where it could fall over and, you know, kill somebody.) If you don't think this is the coolest contest prize you've seen all day - possibly all week - then truly, I weep for you.

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Oh my god. Think of the geek cred.

WAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNT..

Thats all I can say

Not so much for me, but my RA would love that thing.

"Sweetheart? Why are all your clothes packed up in those suitcases?"

Want Optimus...crappy truck game...*Head explodes*

That's the coolest give-away ever. And it's not even some crappy desk model, it's freaking eight feet tall. I bet after the competition is over the number of members will plummet. If only the game was as good as the prize :(

I can't believe someone thought making a trucking simulator was a good idea.

To the Trucks!!!

Holy shit. If they hadn't just released Fallout 3, and if I had a free week or something, I would all over that. Seriously. I mean, I wouldn't even have to learn double-declutching in order to play the game, unlike real trucking!

Maybe we should set up one account between a few of us, get the 10,000 miles, win the prize and then have some kind of battle royale to decide who keeps the figure

Or a raffle

See, tiny indy game devs? THIS is how you promote your game.

10 to 1 their online Irish butts get sued by Paramount. But we should all enjoy the ride while it lasts.

The ride on the giant transforming big rig. HONK HONK!

I can't bring myself to play such a game. Even if it is for... <gulp> An eight foot O.P. model.. made of real metal...

[Optimus Prime voice]Autobots, roll out.[/Optimus Prime voice]

OMG OMG OMG!!! ... Truck game? Oh, sod it.

EDIT: real line from the site:

"Trukz (pronounced "Trucks") is a text based trucking simulation game"

Oh shit, I was going to pronounce it Trooks.

...i would kill a man....no joke.

Pipotchi:
Maybe we should set up one account between a few of us, get the 10,000 miles, win the prize and then have some kind of battle royale to decide who keeps the figure

I second that idea. Raffles are for pansies.

Calobi:

Pipotchi:
Maybe we should set up one account between a few of us, get the 10,000 miles, win the prize and then have some kind of battle royale to decide who keeps the figure

I second that idea. Raffles are for pansies.

Err, good idea. We going to let him play?:

mr mcshiznit:
...i would kill a man....no joke.

rossatdi:

Calobi:

Pipotchi:
Maybe we should set up one account between a few of us, get the 10,000 miles, win the prize and then have some kind of battle royale to decide who keeps the figure

I second that idea. Raffles are for pansies.

Err, good idea. We going to let him play?:

mr mcshiznit:
...i would kill a man....no joke.

I think he already is, and that is slightly disconcerting.

Too bad it's a truck game, but damnit, DO WANT!

TheBluesader:
See, tiny indy game devs? THIS is how you promote your game.

10 to 1 their online Irish butts get sued by Paramount. But we should all enjoy the ride while it lasts.

I dunno, it looks like it's fair use of an IP, they're prolly allowed to do it so long as they never actually call it Optimus Prime or reference Transformers, etc.

Anywho, I'm kinda stunned by the actual game. Desert Bus wasn't enough for gamers, eh?

That's a good point: The Trukz people refer to it as a giant robot that transforms into a truck and is handy for warding off Decepticons, but never actually call it Optimus Prime - that's entirely the doing of the gaming/Transformers/nerd community.

Cool, i could strap a flame thrower to it and throw it at people and rule the world....
...

...Yeah i'm not sure how that would work either.

Next thing you know the company who made that bus driving sim is going to be giving away a life-size transforming Megatron to log 10000 hours with it.

Ah, competition.

Still, stuff like this is just asking to be trouble later. Imagine if you're in college, or are a teenager, or are married. Either way, a 550 pound geek model is probably more pain than it's worth.

But I'm not going to sit here and say that it doesn't look awesome. It does. Kudos to whoever gets it.

Wow. Just...wow. I'd definitely be all over that, but I have nowhere to put it and don't want to put the time into a trucking game.

 

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