ArenaNet are looking for able gamers to pledge allegiance to Guild Wars 2. In return for their oath the developer is offering the chance to win one of 5,000 free copies of the game.
It’s one of the more extreme promotions we’ve come across. However, if you’ve been wanting a copy of Guild Wars 2, this is one of the better ways to acquire the game. It’s certainly better than selling organs, robbing an HMV, or pretending you’re writing a feature on the game and requesting a press copy.
It’s pretty simple to get in with a chance to win a copy of the game. You need to record a video of yourself in a public place reading Guild Wars 2’s oath of allegiance. Just like this fellow:
The oath’s pretty simple,
I, name, renounce adjective games and pledge my allegiance to Guild Wars 2. I likewise declare my freedom from adjective subscription fees! That I turn my back forever on noun which is/are totally adjective.
That I will take up arms to defend the noun and crush evil with my noun. I take this oath to Guild Wars 2 freely, without noun because I am adjective.
Here’s one they prepared earlier:
I, Lord Bunnyman, renounce boring games and pledge allegiance to Guild Wars 2. I likewise declare my freedom from unjust subscription fees! That I turn my back forever on grind which is/are totally lame. That I will take up arms to defend the innocent and crush evil with my huge sword. I take this oath to Guild Wars 2 freely, without reservation because I am awesome.
The submission form you use to tell ArenaNet where your Youtube video is can be found on the Great MMO Migration contest page.
ArenaNet tell us that they’re giving away 5,000 of copies of the game’s Heroic Edition to folk who submit videos before 3 December. If you’re a winner you’ll be notified by email by the 10 December.
If you don’t want to stand in a public place and recite an oath to a computer game then I suggest you buy a copy while it’s on a 40% sale.
One last detail, ArenaNet are giving each of those 5,000 winners a Letter of Influence. It’s something they can use to reward guilds that welcome them into their ranks.
The contest looks like it’s all a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun dreamt up by a marketing team but we’ve not had our lawyer look over the oath and how legally binding it is. It may be that in the future you’re called up to take arms against other MMOs in a great battle to defend Guild Wars 2. If that’s the case I suggest you don’t say “That I will take up arms to defend the game and crush evil with my codpiece”. Else you will be sorely prepared for the fight.