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Journey To The Center Of Our Swag Pile

You stand to benefit from Sony’s largesse.

By John Teti • April 19, 2012

When you make your living in the games media, you get a lot of free stuff. But we don’t have room for all this crap at Gameological H.Q., so we toss it all in the Free Swag Mystery Bag. Every once in a while, we’ll pull something out of the bag to give away to you, dear readers. We do this partly out of our undying affection for you; mostly because we need the space.

In celebration of The Gameological Society’s launch, Sony offered to give our readers a bunch of these nifty Journey bundles, which is awful neighborly of them.

If you’ve played the game, you can probably guess which item of Journey-themed apparel is in the little bundle, but I wanted to preserve some sense of surprise, so I didn’t take a picture of the cool thing that’s inside. I did take a dorky picture of myself looking at the sack in my office, though. Would you like to see it? Well, too bad:

Free Swag Dork

With a bit of Googling, I’m sure you can find a picture of the payload. Or you could preserve the excitement in case you WIN BIG. I think surprise is more fun.

We have four (4) (four) of these bundles to give away. If you’d like to enter, send an email with your mailing address to journeygiveaway at gameological dot com. We briefly considered doing one of those “follow us on Twitter” type giveaways, but those always seem icky to us. (If you’re enjoying the site, though, we always appreciate it when you retweet your favorite stories, or like Gameological stuff on Facebook, or do whatever the hell it is people do on Google+, assuming Google+ still exists by the time this post is published.)

Rules specifics: Contest ends April 30, 2012. Winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants. We will not save email addresses or use them for anything other than contacting the winners. Employees of Onion Inc. and their families are not eligible. U.S. addresses only, sorry.

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131 Responses to “Journey To The Center Of Our Swag Pile”

  1. HobbesMkii says:

    Poor Google+. Jon Stewart put it down last night and now John Teti is mocking it in this free giveaway post. No Jon/John love for Google+. Someone should tweet about that.

  2. Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

    If you guys wanna unload any unmarketable swag, I’ll be happy to give it a home. Free stuff is my favorite stuff.

    • Aaron Riccio says:

      And this is how one becomes a hoarder. And/or Gollum.

      (Incidentally, I’m still waiting for them to do some sort of Virtual Hoarders: Hoarders Gone Second Life!)

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

        I have not one but TWO copies of ET for the 2600. They were like $1 total. I am the worst about videogame related nicknacks. 

        Incidentally I would watch a Hoarders: New Vegas or Skyrim or whatever.

        • Aaron Riccio says:

          Hey, man, I’ve got a billion Nuka Bottle Caps I could maybe interest you in!

        • HobbesMkii says:

           I think I’m gonna start a new character with the goal of collecting all the bowls in the world.

        • Raging Bear says:

          I — and I may be about to shock you here — kept every teddy bear I found in Fallouts 3 and New Vegas.

          Really though, what kind of heartless monster could just leave them there?!

        • HobbesMkii says:

           @Raging_Bear:disqus That must have been really useful at the end of The Pitt.

        • Raging Bear says:

          @HobbesMkii:disqus I never did get The Pitt. I do hope the bears weren’t misused in any way.

        • HobbesMkii says:

           @Raging_Bear:disqus Well…maybe. You give them to a baby and get some caps and experience. But who knows how the baby treats them.

  3. Just letting you all know I will fight you to the death if you win this and I don’t.

  4. LimeadeYouth says:

    Well, their goes applying for the copyedtior position at the A.V. Club. 


    • Aaron Riccio says:

      Oh, how I wish I lived in Chicago. I’d give up free swag to work there, be it as a writer or copy editor or proofreader. (Yes, damn it; I work in a career that actually *uses* my degree, even if it’s back to freelancing at the moment.)

  5. 1derer says:

    Are you not in Canada now, AV Club?  I expected to see “U.S. and Canadian addresses only.  Quebec not eligible”…  I’m heartbroken!

    • OhHaiMark says:

       All the sadness here in the lonely, white north.

    • Sarapen says:

      Yeah, dammit, I even read the physical Onion/AV Club when I pick it up at the St. Clair subway station Thursday mornings here in Toronto. And do you think anyone at the office ever thanks me for bringing it into the break room? Hell no, but I still do it because that’s how you keep a modern civilization functioning.

  6. OhHaiMark says:


  7. Girard says:

    Not to spam, but speaking of free stuff, and knowing folks here will be interested, the new Amanita game Botanicula is not only out today, but also part of a Humble Bundle including all of their previous non-free games (Machinarium, Samorost 2), AAAAAAAND if you pay above the average, you get Amanita’s adorable puppet film “Kooky” (Kuky se Vraci), which is super awesome and, to my knowledge, hasn’t been made available legitimately in the States before.

    So, yeah, AWESOMEEEEEE.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      I have so many unplayed games on my Steam account, I always feel bad getting more, but that game is so pretty! I already have Machinarium (haven’t played through it yet). So I’m leaning towards not getting this, but I can probably be swayed. Steam sales and Humble Bundles will be the death of me.

      • Girard says:

         The movie is honestly what makes the bundle for me. I was looking forward to the new game, but do already have all of their other stuff. AFAIK, however, there’s no other way to get that movie in the States, and it’s beautiful and great – a weird intersection point of Jan Svankmajer, Jim Henson, and Miyazaki. So worth it.

        • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

          Dammit, now I want to get it, AND pay above the average. Still trying to resist….

        • Raging Bear says:

          Heck, you sold me. It helps that the average isn’t that high…or at least that I didn’t pay much above it, partly because I already have two of the things, and partly because I’m a terrible person.

        • colliewest says:

          I thought about just throwing a couple of bucks for Botanicula because I want to check it out and I very rarely get to see things at launch.

          I ended up paying the average because I didn’t have any of the other stuff and it made it worth it. I’m particularly interested in the movie.

          I also really like the DRM free, pay what you want distro, and choosing where my money goes.

          I don’t think anyone should feel bad about paying what they can. $9 is not a trivial amount when you’re poor as hell. If they hadn’t released it this way I probably would’nt have bought it at all. Everybody wins. o/

  8. Aaaaaand entered~ Thanks for the contest! This site has been much fun so far.

  9. caspiancomic says:

    This is literally the first time I have ever regretted living in Canada.

    • Aaron Riccio says:

      Yeah; what good is living forever on your free healthcare if you don’t have any swag to enjoy?

    • Aaron Riccio says:

      Yeah; what good is living forever on your free healthcare if you don’t have any swag to enjoy?

  10. 3FistedHumdinger says:

    Damn you lucky US residents!  Grr, hiss!  Maybe I’ll go start my OWN site and only let Canadians enter the giveaways! Like free handjobs or cocaine! Maybe I won’t even start the site and just go down to Jane Street!