Contest lets gamers tat up Merc 2 character

Pandemic makes call for tattoo designs; winner to have art featured on main character in Mercenaries 2 for PS3.

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"Ouch! Can't we just use temporary tattoos?"

Pandemic Studios has announced a new contest designed for artists whose talents go just beyond skin deep. The winner of the developer's "Design the Ink" competition will have his/her work featured in the upcoming PlayStation 3 game Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. But rather than ask for character designs, vehicle models, or a new idea for a weapon, Pandemic is on the hunt for some original tattoos.

The man sporting the new tattoo design will be the lead mercenary, Mattias Nilsson (pictured--above, right). In addition, the winner's art will be featured on the Mercenaries 2 Web site, and his/her name will be included in the credits of the game. Profanity, nudity, copyrighted content, and tribal designs will not be accepted. To enter the contest, head over to the official Web page.

It would behoove contestants to stray from any art that can be perceived as anti-Venezuelan. The game has been blasted by Venezuelan lawmakers for its portrayal of the country as a land in the midst of chaos and run by a tyrant.

For more information on Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, head over to GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

32 comments
Factor-Zer0
Factor-Zer0

"If this isn't for the 360 then guess what, Im not getting it. But it is cool that Pandemic Studios is listening to the gamers.....kinda. Also anyone who thinks the 360 can't hold this game with it's dvd drive needs to grow up because if it can hold Elder Scrolls 4 then trust me it can hold anything with a little bit changing." That’s ES4, they are different games. And why would you say we need to grow up? It’s a fact a dvd can only hold so much (about 4gb) they can compress it, but that can only do so much. God why don’t fanboys accept facts?

psppro2
psppro2

i hope they have pistols in mercs: 2 cause the last one didnt and that would be sweet to have double pistols.

KillerAJD
KillerAJD

"Too bad the best thing I can draw is a stick figure character, lol. Also about the 360 not being able to handle this game because of disc size, isnt it possible that technology such as used in GTA games where the gameworld streams in as you move along could be used in Mercs 2 ?" You still need to fit the data onto the disc. that is used for loading times, not data storage on a disc.

Jerrymiru
Jerrymiru

I like Pfilosophy's suggestion. ;^] This is really a great idea. Get fans involved. Not too unlike the old days...

Father_Time89
Father_Time89

ha according to the contest it began on May 9th, and ends on June 16th just tohught I should let you know that.

Father_Time89
Father_Time89

Hmm intereseting idea for a contest, I honestally can't wait to see what the winners look like.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

That's a pretty neat idea. It gives the consumers a chance to take part in the game but fortunatly is a only a small design. Cool idea by Pandemic. Who needs a publishers when you have consumers? =)

dukerav
dukerav

Too bad the best thing I can draw is a stick figure character, lol. Also about the 360 not being able to handle this game because of disc size, isnt it possible that technology such as used in GTA games where the gameworld streams in as you move along could be used in Mercs 2 ?

demollyon
demollyon

i am sure this stupid game will come at x360 too.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

This is a very good and interesting contest for the artists out there... too bad I have difficulty drawing a straight line.

PeterJK
PeterJK

"Also anyone who thinks the 360 can't hold this game with it's dvd drive needs to grow up because if it can hold Elder Scrolls 4 then trust me it can hold anything with a little bit changing." Nope. Believe it or not, a big game world doesn't necessarily mean a big data storage requirement. Oblivion makes heavy use of lots of recycled assets and randomised versions of dungeons using the same assets. It's not exactly the biggest a game could ever get in terms of data storage needs. It's quite plausible for a game's unique content to exceed a DVD's capacity, and it will happen. It doesn't matter so much in more linear games, and in those cases you could use multiple dvds and change the disc as the game progresses, but in a game like Mercenaries.. Who knows though, this is just a rumor. But the versions that are currently in development don't contradict that.

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Bettie Page riding a dragon and holding two sawed-offs. Someone submit this as I can't draw.

Death1234567890
Death1234567890

If this isn't for the 360 then guess what, Im not getting it. But it is cool that Pandemic Studios is listening to the gamers.....kinda. Also anyone who thinks the 360 can't hold this game with it's dvd drive needs to grow up because if it can hold Elder Scrolls 4 then trust me it can hold anything with a little bit changing.

juanfraino
juanfraino

o well, im gonna try and do some photoshop. funny thing that im from vzla :P lol i hope i win.

AlexJ-
AlexJ-

Well I guess this is a cool little contest there having. I'm not much of an artist, so I'd never win and don't really feel like entering. Good luck to everyone who does enter, though, having your art featured in a video game is pretty neat.

lageasy311
lageasy311

I disagree with trying to keep it ps3 exclusive. I only want a ps3 but i feel bad for the peeps who wanna play this game who own a 360 graphically i think 360 could handle it but the cell truly is an amazing piece of tech......there really will be more realism but I think the lack of space for next-gen games will be 360's downfall in the next few years. This is the SAME reason why ff13 will not be for 360 b/c they said it would take 3 dvd's to put all the content for 360 where ps3 will just have one. Multiple disks is sooooo last last gen haha just kidding, thought that would be funny. Well it's nice too see some exclusives but I'm on the fence about this one. 360 and ps3 seem almost the same, I think we need more consoles like nintendo out b/c that truly is a differ machine, even though I don't wanna get one I like that it's there. there really is not too much of a differ with 360 and ps3 more of like a penis envy contest in the end.........nothing that is out for the 360 that ps3 can't handle and I like how some things have to be played on other consoles b/c they are differ. 360 just seems like a pc, i Just don't know why it exists........micro already owns the pc shares they should try and dominate it.....that's just my 2 cents

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

tribal is just super generic. this sounds like a cool contest to me. I laughed out loud at famicom12's comment.

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

Why the restriction on tribal designs? Am I missing something here? What's wrong with that?

bdub20791
bdub20791

...and the 14 year olds pull out their stencil kits. ugh...

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I think this game will be a good one and its cool it will be only on the PS3 and not the 360.The more games that are only on one system are good.Good luck to any one that enters the contest.I liked the first one and have high hopes for this one and hope it will be to my liking and I think it should be.

SemiMaster
SemiMaster

That would be pretty sweet if I were a tattoo artist. I wonder if someone from a shop can submit it with their shop logo on it, seeing as advertising in video games is the latest rage.

Zzero_basic
Zzero_basic

Sweet, guess I'll give this a go, its worth a shot.

famicom12
famicom12

kinda cool idea but i really wanted to make an sexist swearing anti venezuelan tattoo so i'm out of the running

Strike009
Strike009

wonder if any decent artists will even bother to submit their ink to this...

OmegaHunter9
OmegaHunter9

At least we know the companies still listen to us!

apwc
apwc

I think this is a great idea and good way to get gamers involved. PS-does anyone know if this game is coming to 360?