When I offered a free copy of VVVVVV to everybody that bid on Saint’s VVVVVV sock auction, all I was hoping for is that it might bring some attention to what he was doing, and maybe result in a higher final price for the auction – but maybe I should have thought things through a bit more. Things got a little out of hand, and the auction closed at a staggering $10,200, way beyond what anyone could reasonably pay for a pair of socks.

Sadly the winner bidder backed out, as did the 10 next highest bidders. After the auction ended, I updated the post offering the socks to anyone who was serious with their bid, and wanted to come forward and claim them. Somebody did exactly that, making a much more reasonable bid of $355! As a result, I’m quite happy with how this has turned out! Saint managed to raise around $600 for Child’s Play with his auctions, with the VVVVVV socks contributing over half of that!

As for my end of the bargain; eBay sadly don’t provide us with email addresses of anyone except the winning bidder, so I’m not able to contact people who won. So instead, I’ve put together a little script to hand out the codes – if you bid less than the winning amount ($355 dollars), simply input your ebay username and the amount you bid to claim your free, giftable copy of VVVVVV:


Enjoy! This auction was in support of Child’s Play, an international charity helping sick children in hospitals worldwide. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so via paypal here, or find out more at the Child’s Play website.

4 thoughts on “Prize for the reckless”
  1. Well done Terry – Hope thats the end of it and that there are no more problems with what was a very generous offer by you – see you soon.

  2. I loved this bit of VVVVVV, which as far as I remember was the only multi-screen puzzle. I called you a bastard approximately fourteen times trying to solve it, which is actually thirteen more than I did finishing Veni, Vidi, Vici, presumably because there was a bit more time to reflect between each go.

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