Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gaming is Better with M {Pixel Art Contest}

To show my love for pixel art, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias, I entered the Gaming is Better with M contest. #FueledByMM

Being a kid that was raised in the 80's, some of my first {and still my favorite} video games were introduced. The first video games I remember playing were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. Back then, we thought those 8-bit graphics were awesome. Afterall, there were fireballs in Super Mario Bros. and blades of grass in Duck Hunt - man were we all impressed! So, when I heard that M&M's was teaming up with Xbox and Forza Motorsport 5 to host a contest with a focus on creating pixel art with M&M's I was super excited and ready to play!!

The first order of business was reading the contest rules. {I always read the small print!}

Then I needed to obtain a big stash of M&M's. I headed to Walmart and ended up buying a couple different varieties so we {me & Mr. HungryHarp} would have more colors to work with.

Next we set out to create some awesomesauce 8-bit sprites with our huge cache of M&M's. It only seemed fair to pay ode to Forza 5 and Xbox - so we made an Xbox controller, the Forza 5 logo and a Ford Fiesta that is in the Forza Motorsport 5 game. When we were done, I just needed to snap a picture and share on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #FueledByMM and #contest.

So, I may be a total geek and love putting together 8-bit sprites - but it was a LOT of fun! Plus, you have a TON of M&M's leftover. I am going to make some sugar cookies with them, or maybe another batch of these M&M's Sweet Rolls with Peanut M&M's-Caramel Sauce. Whether I win or not, I had a great time with my husband creating 8-bit sprites and now have a huge supply of M&M's to get creative in the kitchen with!

If you are planning on buying Forza Motorsport 5, make sure to take advatange of the Buy, Snap, Redeem promotion. Purchase Forza Motorsport 5 at Walmart along with a qualifying M&M's product and be rewarded with a $10 eGift card to Walmart. Just snap a photo of the qualifying items on the receipt and text it to 811811. Include the code M&M with the picture of your receipt. Forza Motorsport 5 and M&M’s must be purchased on the same receipt. You will then receive a text back with a reward code valid for a $10 eGift card to Walmart.  


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