Sony rewarding gamers' long hours of play spent earning trophies with 'Bid for Greatness' [Trailer]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Jul 17, 2013 07:13 AM EDT
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If you're one of the lucky few that's managed to keep the same model PlayStation 3 over the last few years since the console's 2006 debut, then no doubt you've amassed quite the trophy collection since then. If so, goody goody, because all the long nights playing games into the wee hours of the morning finally have some potential pay off. All your virtual gold trophies now have actual worth, as a currency to bid on some very real prizes.

You play games, more than likely on a console that's set up to a television with a cable hook up, ergo, you've seen Sony's "Greatness Awaits" commercial, beckoning at players to do...something.

Well, said advertising scheme featuring a purple suit donned, alien bitch slapping announcer has finally come to fruition. Sony has revealed that the pimp-ish announcer has more up his sleeve than a campaign for Sony's new console, but rather, a reward that's been long in the making for the wide array of PlayStation gamers.

As the official "Bid for Greatness" campaign notes, "You've conquered worlds. Saved civilizations. Snatched victory from defeat. You're great, let's put your greatness to use. We're placing items used in the greatness awaits video up for auction. The only way you can get them is with PlayStation Gold Trophies. Log in with your PSN Account and take your best shot. Many will bid, the greatest will win."

Long translation short, all those golden trophies you spent countless hours collecting are now an official form of virtual currency to help you net a whole bunch of props, collector's items, and so on and so forth. Suffice it to say, all your virtual conquests on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita now have potential real world ramifications. All your trophies can now be used to bid on the various array of props used in the aforementioned commercial.

But here's the rub. Once you bid the trophies, they're now committed to that item, and that item alone, whether it's on concept art, a Dragonborne shield, or something else entirely.

Sony has provided a schedule showing what items are going up for bid on what date, as well as footage of said items. To the victor, or in this case, the biggest gamer, go the spoils. Just make sure you check out the Terms and Conditions, lest you get too excited.

- 7/17 Infected "Clicker" Costume from The Last of Us
- 7/18 End Scene Concept Art by PlayStation
- 7/19 Dragonborn Dagger from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- 7/20 Witch Doctor Mojo from Diablo 3
- 7/21 Crane Scene Concept Art by PlayStation
- 7/22 Witch Doctor Cursed Skull from Diablo 3
- 7/23 Delsin Rowe's Outfit from InFamous: Second Son
- 7/24 Dragonborn Shield from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- 7/25 Captain Kenway's Cutlass from Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
- 7/26 Dragonborn Sword from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- 7/27 Dragonborn Stalhrim Mace from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
- 7/28 Witch Doctor Ceremonial Garb from Diablo 3
- 7/29 Helghast Sniper Outfit from Killzone: Shadow Fall
- 7/30 Captain Kenway's Outfit from Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Auctions will begin at 1pm PDT every day, and once one starts, the previous one ends. Go to bidforgreatness.com to have at it.

No word on if Sony is accepting that participation ribbon you got for pee wee football in the fourth grade, but I sincerely doubt it.

 

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