Vanishing Point Game Winner Announced

William Temple of Sacramento, Calif., will be traveling to space as one of the winners of "Vanishing Point," a unique interactive puzzle game from Microsoft Corp. and AMD to celebrate the recent consumer release of the Windows Vista™ operating system. Temple was awarded the prize today by Aaron Coldiron, lead communications manager for Microsoft, Teresa de Onis, marketing manager, Advanced Marketing Group for AMD, and Randy Brinkley, president of Rocketplane Kistler at the Oklahoma Spaceport in Burns Flat, Okla.

"This has been a lifelong dream — floating in space and seeing the Earth from above is going to be an amazing experience," Temple said. "I'm really excited I was chosen out of the 87,000 registered players online."

Coldiron noted, "We wanted to show people how Windows Vista will take computing to new heights — 60 miles up, in this case. The chance to give someone the ultimate 'vista' from space is a fantastic reward."

"This game brought to life one of the most promising and rewarding aspects of technology — the ability to bring people from around the globe together to solve shared problems," de Onis said. "The online community that grew around Vanishing Point displayed amazing cleverness, persistence and ingenuity in completing these puzzles."

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Let's just say that, like most of the Neowinians here, I envy that guy. The prizes he won are just amazing (except for probably Windows Vista, which isn't good enough yet to replace XP).

I thought the whole Vanishing Point thing was rubbish. They should've done something with broader appeal and/or more interesting.

tibi08 said,
I thought the whole Vanishing Point thing was rubbish. They should've done something with broader appeal and/or more interesting.

Typical excuse of the ones who didn't understood the game .................... Just like me :disappointed:

tibi08 said,
I thought the whole Vanishing Point thing was rubbish. They should've done something with broader appeal and/or more interesting.

But why? So they could send some (dare I use the term) n00b into space? Why would they want to send someone up there that clearly wouldn't be able to appreciate it on a nerd-level? I think it was a great idea for a competition.

Wonder if this guy is going to have to pay any taxes, like the other guy who won a space trip. (And yes, I know the other guy got a sponsor/job that will pay for the taxes)

cantstopwontstop said,

Thats $97,625.
Won't he still have to pay taxes on that money? And I thought there was an article a few weeks ago about another guy that won, but couldn't go due to the taxes...... Wasn't there?

It is a $50,000 (US dollars) check. Total value $253,000. There is tax on the money gift, but the cash should be enough to cover the taxes on the trip, computer, cash, and other things...

I visited the website. I had no idea how to participate, let alone enter...lol...not that I actually intended to.