Koroth, why does this alienate you from the giveaway? Pardon me for being unable to make the connection.
I think Pylinaer is doing something that’s totally sensible. He’s ensuring that the people who enter are those who try out the game during this free weekend and who have enjoyed it for the short time that it is available.
I have never played but from what I can see, the game feels and looks intimidating and I am not sure if I want to take the dive. So in turn, I would not be eligible to enter this giveaway should I decide to never head into the game.
That makes perfect sense to me. If I am too chicken to take a look at the game even when it’s totally free on Steam, why should I want to enter for the giveaway in the first place? It’s not likely that I would play it, and games activated in a library collecting dust doesn’t really do anyone any good.
So if you install the game and play for a bit, maybe have some fun for a couple hours, then you decide that this game is for you, then you are entering the giveaway for the right reasons.
Not to name any names, but there have been plenty of people who entered and won some dazzling prizes from these giveaways here on Chrono who have never even installed/launched a game. I recollect one individual purchasing a very expensive Chrono daily deal just to support the site and put the game into a giveaway, to have the winner not touch it to this day. That was many moons ago.
Let’s all put it into perspective here, Pylinaer doesn’t even have the game activated on his own account. His account has 151 games activated. I think he’s trying to find someone to play the game and enjoy it, not just a +1 in a library of too many other games. He might even enjoy it himself, but maybe because he wants to find someone who might like it even more. Playing for a couple of days during a free Steam weekend to get an impression of the game for yourself and then deciding to enter for a giveaway, what’s the problem with that?
Anyway, @Pylinaer, I think you are doing something good, so and to you, and thanks.