See the banner up there at the top of this page? "Win the PC of your dreams". It does not say design contest...as I understand it the whole point was for guys to submit ideas for their perfect or "Dream" PC.
That banner also says "Enter the NVIDIA Case Mod Contest", implying that some sort of design is necessary. So with that said, let me ask you something:
Knowing that EVERYBODY here knows what a case mod is and the amount of design they really do take, and knowing that the judging criteria are "Creativity", "Reflection of ION features" (Implying specialized design), and "Overall Design", did you really think that people weren't expecting this to be some sort of design contest? Can you stand there, as a professional case modder, and tell me that a person would think that a Case Mod contest would involve no design at all?
Passing this contest off as just an idea submittal for whomever had the better dream PC (designed or not) is both cynical and an insult to those that put in a good piece of time to design the PC they wanted to see being made.
To be honest, the PC of my dreams is an $8,000 Alienware that I customized, so in retrospect I probably should have submitted a picture of it. But I digress.
Building a custom PC case on this level is about a lot more then creativity. Each modder has a particular skill set, tools, material preferences and so on. It is also about time management. I made my choice based on those criteria.
Okay, I can buy that. I understand. Skill sets, tools, material preferences, deadlines and the like. It's all good. But let me get this strait:
You made your judgments off of all of that, taking less consideration for the original three advertised judging
? Seriously? Are you telling me and the other hard working designers that the advertised judging criteria werenâ€™t followed as closely as we were lead to believe? Are you telling us that there were hidden criteria that we failed to take into consideration because we didn't know about them? Was there any fine print we didn't read that said this?
If so, then you got the best of me.
I also liked that it was by far the most complex build of the group.
A picture that he linked off site, not of his design or creation, and therefore was accredited as the most complex of the bunch for something a VALVE DESIGNER made as opposed to our ideas that WE made? You are seriously judging an industry professionalâ€™s work, which happens to not be the original posters at all, as a valid and fair entry while giving the topic poster credit for it? Every single designer should be insulted right about now. I know I am.
So knowing that, why make a design and present it when I could Google "avant-garde architecture" and steal credit for some of those amazing pieces of work? After all, this isn't a design contest so I should feel free to save myself the trouble and just steal some ideas (and probably get sued while I am at it).
*edit* - Moved here
That brings us to the last point. I am going to spend every moment of my free time over the next 6 weeks slaving over this project...I will very likely spend a LOT more then the build is actually worth in actual dollars...I do not think it is wrong that I looked for a project I would enjoy building...