Aug 17 AT 10:25 AM Taylor Wimberly 126 Comments

Are you ready to play? This week we started a new focus on mobile gaming. Over the next two weeks we will cover the best Android devices for gaming, pick the best games in each category, compare multiple controllers, review cloud gaming services, and more.

All our gaming related content will now be featured in a new channel found at /gaming. To help get the Gaming Channel going, we are teaming up with @NVIDIATegra to give away a Nexus 7 tablet to people who create a thread about gaming. We have long promised that we will feature user generated content on our front page, and this is your opportunity to have something you create shared with thousands of Android fans.

The Giveaway: Google Nexus 7 (16 GB)

Nexus 7 is a no compromise Android tablet that’s designed to go wherever you go. With a stunning 7” display, powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor and up to 8 hours of battery life during active use, Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand.

How to Play

If you want to win a free Nexus 7 tablet, then you will have to create some gaming-related content that is appealing to your peers.

  • Login to Android and Me or Join Now if you do not have an account
  • Create a new gaming related thread and make sure it appears in category Gaming
  • Quality threads will be promoted to the Gaming Channel and be entered to win
  • Contest will run for a week and we will announce the winner on Monday, August 27th.

Example threads include:

  • Create your own Top 10 list for a games category: Pick the best 10 games in any category. Include a link to the Play Store and a short description of why someone should install the game. List topics could include Top 10 Sports Games, Top-down shooter, Zombie, 3D RPG, etc. Example: Top 10 First Person Shooter Games
  • Review your favorite Android game: Submit a 500 word review of any Android game that you would recommend to others. Format should include a list of good points, not-so-good points, and final words. Give the game a score of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.
  • Review any gaming accessory or service: Have a favorite controller you enjoy playing with? Let us know the good and the bad with a review. Example — Sony SmartWatch Review
  • Write a how-to guide: Example — How I use my PS3 controller to play emulator games.
  • Any topic related to mobile gaming: Are you sick of freemium games? Have a feature request for all developers (like cloud saving)?

View your profile to check your total points.

Tips for making threads:

  • Our threads are different from traditional forums. It will cost users 20 points to post a thread. Points are earned by leaving comments and having others upvote your comments. Read more about threads.
  • To get everyone rolling, we are turning on a POINT MULTIPLIER for leaving a comment on this post.
  • Don’t rush to create a thread! Spend some time crafting your idea and putting some thought into it before you post.
  • Be descriptive with your thread title. A post with the title “Android games” is not going to attract others.

Multiple Chances to Win

We are giving away one Nexus 7 for our Gaming Channel, but we still have three more tablets up for grabs. Over the coming weeks we will be launching channels for Entertainment, Fitness, and Parenting. We will not be accepting entries for those giveaways yet, but you can start thinking up creative ideas for a thread you might want to create.

Contest Rules

This contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and Germany. Entries will be accepted for one week after the contest goes live. We’ll announce the winner on this page and on our Twitter account as soon as we draw.

Contest Winner

Congratulations to theviper21 for winning the first threads challenge.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Clark Wimberly

    Can’t wait to read some user threads!

    • acostaisasmendi

      If I’m not a US resident BUT I have a P.O. Box can I still participate? Or send it to a family member who lives there?

      • Taylor Wimberly

        Sure thing.

      • awundrin

        Good question acostaisasmendi…I wonder the same thing. I have sisters and a bro living in the states who would gladly accept a package for men.

  • synergeticink

    Why the crap do you guys have a point system for posting threads and comments, so thumb…Im gone.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      To weed out all the spam and crap that people were leaving. It also rewards those who post quality content.

      • thanzm

        In fact your system is too good. Would you share the code with me so that I can use it on my website to implement a similar system.
        ie. Only if you don’t mind.or point me in the right direction. :)

        • Clark Wimberly

          It’s highly, highly customized at this point, but our starting block was

          • thanzm

            Thanks. That’ll do just fine. Good job btw. Nice site.

          • rsanchez1

            Nice, looks really good.

    • Clark Wimberly

      Our point system is something we’re most proud of. Stick around and you’ll grow to love it.

      • phor11

        The point system really does a great job.
        *looks at own score*
        If it’s key purpose is to emasculate me then it’s working flawlessly!
        *sulks in corner*

        • Taylor Wimberly

          Think of it like a game. You already have 49 points accumulated, so you are able to make a thread.

        • jrichardsMav

          jokes, i think its a good idea, but its restrictive, but i guess it forces users to participate and grow your community…

          • rsanchez1

            If you think about it, you really do get higher quality if you pay for it, rather than if you get it for free. Same thing applies here.

    • erikiksaz

      Hah I’m surprised he only has -13 at this point =p Maybe -39389028902 by the end of the day?

    • Homncruse

      To encourage quality involvement (unlike a certain comment I just read). Getting points isn’t hard. I have nearly 1,500 of them. 20 is nothing.

  • triangle

    Good luck everyone. I have one and can say that it’s an amazing device. You will definitely want to get your hands on this sweet piece of tech.

    • zerosix

      We already do want to gut our hands on n7, that’s why we are here

  • Doug Wesson

    Samsung 7′ tablet = ultimate mobile gaming platform!

    (Forgot to login so I would get points to post with :-) )

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I’d say the Nexus 7 is a better gaming tablet than the Samsung Tab 2 7.0.

      • theviper21

        What would you base it on? I have seen better reviews of the Nexus, but the Samsung has a larger screen and is it faster?

      • Lane

        But the SamTab can do screen recording to video, the Nexus 7 can’t. So if you’re interested in reviewing games, not just playing them, the SamTab is better in my book.

        • zerosix

          There are 99 players and 1 reviewer. And with Nexus7 you get updates, better screen and something else.

  • Steve Heinrich

    Time to write a review I’ve been thinking about… Thanks for the motivation! Godspeed people!

  • sprunka

    I don’t do much gaming on any of my Android devices, so I’m going to start racking up my points now to try for some of the other 3. (At least parenting, but maybe also entertainment. — I have some ideas there…)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      We will need help with parenting as it’s something new for us to cover. We already got some cool ideas like how to turn your Android phone into a baby monitor and some baby specific apps, but there is so much else out there.

      • theviper21

        That’s an inspired idea. We have a ten-month old now and have one of those cheap camera monitors that works fine, but I would be curious to see what you could do with a phone. Are you talking about using the phone to view the camera or use the phone to be the camera?

        • zerosix

          The first idea is much better. Who will buy one more phone just to look at your baby sleeping?

          • rsanchez1

            You could buy a cheap phone on eBay instead of buying a baby monitor camera.

  • Alex C.

    Sweet! I need a few of these to give as gifts this Christmas. Would love to get one for free.

  • MoSDeeb

    Time to find a game worthy of a review. Perhaps one of the RPG based games would work for me.

    • rsanchez1

      You definitely have some quality choices on RPGs, especially the Final Fantasy games Square Enix recently ported over.

  • alexanderharri3

    Threads are great….minus the need to be in the 20 most recently commented on threads to appear on the threads page at first.

    • Clark Wimberly

      Thanks! And you can sort threads by clicking the column headers, ordering by most recent comment is only the default because that’s how much discussion services handle it (and I like it, too).

  • BradleyRuiz

    I have a great idea for a thread now i need to earn some points

  • billyjohnson

    I needzzzz more points but hey I’m down to read some threads on gaming.

  • plasmoidia

    Interesting way to do the contest. I’ll have to come up with a good topic.

  • fugmulch

    Not sure how the point system weeds out the chaff, but I do see how it rewards contribution.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It doesn’t completely weed out the junk, but it does put up a small barrier to prevent spam. The idea of charging points is to make users think twice before posting something.

    • Clark Wimberly

      Since requiring points to post we’ve seen a huge drop in useless/spam threads. We’ve also seen a dip in number of total threads but the quality/count ratio is something we’re happy to protect.

  • Nick Gray

    Double points! Maybe one day my rank score will be at 100 like Taylor.

    • WlfHart

      Up-vote to help the 99 out :P

      I’m actually curious just what it takes to get all the way to 100. I’m still trickling my way up to 90.

      • Homncruse

        I think Taylor’s 100 score is actually a special rank and probably isn’t achievable by anyone else.

        • Homncruse

          See his post below, actually:
          “The number 15 is your user rank that compares your points score to others.”

          I.e., There can be only one (hundred).

          The ranks shown on our posts (mine currently at 91, for example), is actually rounded to the nearest integer, which is why you might see duplicate ranks at <100. My "true" rank is 90.96 as of this post.

          • WlfHart

            That makes sense, thanks for the heads up!

          • zerosix

            Will 99.9 be rounded to 100?

          • Homncruse

            @zerosix Actually, now that you mention it, by my above logic, yes, it should — unless it’s really special-cased.

  • poke50uk

    Shame I don’t have enough points to post! I’m a games designer… would have loved to discuss about issues and solutions to common design problems when creating your Android game…

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Check your profile. You have 83 points. The number 15 is your user rank that compares your points score to others.

      • poke50uk

        Ahhhhhhh – that makes much more sense : p

  • Deter

    As much as I’d love to win, since I don’t play a lot of games on my phone I don’t think I’ll have much useful info. The games I play trend to be things like “Blast Monkeys” or “Draw Something” the few arcade/action games I’ve tried seemed complicated as I was focused on the game and my fingers move away from the proper points on the screen.I would be very interested to read an article on the how-to of using my PS3 controller.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      You could always make a list of Top 10 Casual Games, Top 10 Puzzle Games, etc.

  • KRS_Won

    I can’t wait to get a Nexus 7. It will be my first Nexus device and JB looks amazing.

    • JayB95

      I gave you a plus 1 just for your name lol.

  • Thomas Biard


    My only suggestion about the threads is that there are only a few per page that show up so when you have a “‘thread posting” contest, some potentially good threads get buried unless someone comments on them continuously. Of course this is just my opinion, grain of salt.

    • zerosix

      tags could solve the problem.

  • Z.Kew-Denniss

    Wow I will definitely try this! Now I just need to get those points……

  • Dan13

    I have a few ideas in mind that just might work. I’ll let them simmer in my mind as I lay awake in bed tonight while the universe pours into my head.

    Also, good luck to everyone with their postings, I look forward to reading them. Allons-y!

  • Z.Kew-Denniss

    Agrees with the guy above my last comment…

  • ralphwiggum1


    • rsanchez1

      Ha! I could totally see Ralph saying that!

      “Ms. Hoover, what’s a mutiliper?”

  • herbivore83

    Thank you for engaging the community in threads. It will be nice to have more people contributing. Hopefully people stick around and comment on some threads, too!

  • inviolable

    Interesting/creative contest. Not surprised either. This site and the people behind it really make this community one of the best Android stops on the net. There’s something that been on my mind about mobile gaming for a while now, so I’m gonna make a thread about it.

  • jaxidian

    I’m glad you guys are trying to add another surge of energy into Threads. It’s a great idea/concept but I really wish more people would participate in there! :-)

  • JayB95

    Looks like I’m going to have to get in touch with my inner blogger. Let the games begin!

  • Nathan D.

    Well I guess I’m making my first thread sometime this weekend.

  • cb2000a

    Very innovative way to run a contest!


    This is definitely a good contest. It also generates excitement around your website and gets everyone’s juices flowing. I like it. Good job.

  • Mix

    I might just have to create a thread; however, the contest is based upon creating a thread so I see one problem coming from this.

    If someone creates an epic thread and 5 seconds after 10 people post garbage threads the epic thread will be buried.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      The epic threads will be hand-picked and featured on the /Gaming channel.

    • rsanchez1

      Well, it will be kinda hard to get so many garbage threads compared to epic threads, seeing how they cost 20 points to make.

  • Cole Loomis

    This might cause me to create a thread now.

  • vforvortex

    I just joined. dont think i will have 100 pts before this deal is over to post a thread. :(

    • Clark Wimberly

      You’re getting close! You only need 20 points to post a thread, and currently you have 13:

      (Your rank in the green square is different from your points. Think of points like currency, and the green rank like your overall grade).

      • rsanchez1

        But the thread about making threads say that new users will need at least 100 points before making a thread. Is this requirement being waived for gaming threads for this contest?

        • rsanchez1

          Actually, I just tried and it looks like you can make a gaming thread without having to reach 100 points first.

          • Chris Lewis

            I think creating a thread only takes around 20pts

  • irishrally

    Multiply me.

  • amgala

    Rewarding people for being valuable members of the community makes perfect sense to me

  • AmericanJedi001

    This is an interesting giveaway, and I’m inspired! I hope y’all will be receptive of a short treatise concerning the current and future state of mobile gaming. ;-)

    • Clark Wimberly

      Opinion and prediction pieces are some of our favorites!

  • stuartka

    Whats everyone’s first gaming machine? Mine was the Super NES.

    • Clark Wimberly

      My favorite was probably the SNES but the one I look back most fondly on was the Turbo Grafix 16, simply because no one else had it.

    • rsanchez1

      The one I remember playing first was SNES, but I think my dad had an NES with some mario game on it, so NES may have been my first gaming machine from when I was very little.

    • Chris Lewis

      Same here! SNES was sick

  • ZR0ExX

    Give me points so i can make a thead…paaalease. :)

    • ZR0ExX


    • sword_zero001

      Me too.

  • dVyper

    This contest inspired me to create a thread based on an idea I’ve had for ages about playing multiplayer games with multiple phones but with one phone as the ‘hub’.

    You rock Android and Me!

  • Fugu

    Been waiting for a flood of crappy Threads to happen in gaming, but it didn’t happen. Amazing and kudos to the community.

    Honestly I’m more a reader then part of the general community of feedback, but I’ve started now because of this contest and it’s been a good read! Glad I ckicked into the site as opposed to just reading the RSS feed updates as I’ve been doing for a last few years

  • Jorge Eslava

    I love these A&M contests!

  • Johnathan Prochaska

    A great contest but I don’t feel I would have anything substantial to create a forum. Look forward to reading other member’s forums though. Good luck guys.

  • shadowxof

    Awesome! here’s to hoping I have a good enough topic people are willing to chat up about.

  • Alex Belko

    A great prizes from great site, by the way amazing gaming channel design!

  • DroidPower

    Awesome contest idea, will give it a try!

  • Kent Burton

    This is a great idea… now to just figure out what to write about. This one defiantly will have us working for that Nexus 7.

  • rsanchez1

    I already have a great idea for a thread. I hope I win!

  • uknowme

    I can’t wait to see how this point system works! I think it is a pretty cool idea. I might make a thread but I’m not sure yet. I don’t have the foggiest clue what to write.

    • rsanchez1

      You’ll certainly have a chance to think about it while you’re writing comments to earn points.

      • sword_zero001

        The point system looks very useful, though giving some free points (10) at signup would be nice.

  • melvinjavier

    yey! thanks Taylor. now i can join, :) my uncle is in the states! thanks much :D lmao

  • Xallies

    Can every one +1 me il l do it up here

    • rsanchez1

      I +1′d you.

  • sunrise

    Thanks for the contest, now time to put some thought into my thread.

  • lou2cool88

    This is great! I hope I win but good luck to all!

  • drache713

    I shall do my best to come up with a worthy thread…wish me luck!

    • zerosix

      Good luck.

  • JayWrite

    i know this is mine

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  • Laurel laurel25

    I don’t play a lot of games on my phone, so I’m having a hard time coming up with my own thread. :(

  • KPeter0314

    Cool, now, to narrow down my ideas….and claim the point multiplier.

  • PRTaz3

    Very cool way to get users to post. This method also makes us think about what to post. Will try to start a thread if I can think of something. Gaming is something I’m just getting back into. We’ll see.

  • Chris Lewis

    Really stoked to write a few game reviews and articles on gaming related topics

  • NathanRandom

    Was gonna ask around for some help with something in particular, the forums here seem to be a great place for it!

  • GreenH0rn

    I love that you made it available for Germans to!

  • Jim

    This is definitely an interesting way to host a contest. I’m up for it.

  • xCaptainx

    I’m NZ based but have family throughout U.K and australia, so happy to enter and start a thread (did so yesterday!)

  • Avanish Kumar Pandey

    Hi, it is extremely exciting to see, that you can get a free tablet just by writing a thread. Well, hard work never goes waste does it!

  • Ricardo Carrilo

    Maybe i’ll try one of the other catagories.

  • denxpress

    I like the fact that this requires users to actually contribute something meaningful to get a chance to win. Will be putting up a review thread hopefully within the next 24 hours! Thanks!

  • sword_zero001

    Mmm… nice contest.

  • ew

    wonder who won this comp??

  • thechad

    love the competition