I beg for your forgiveness. My suggestion was only meant to be a resource to further your quest.
I was not aware of the ineptitude of this forsaken tribe, for I have never sought out the assistance of the "squad" myself.
I too am a traveler and seeker of the truly unknown knowledge and beauty of the fabled and mysterious "RUBY"!!
Although, I am current destined to walk the silicone path alone, I wish for you're journey to be a success, one worthy of the great hardships and remembrance of you're travels!
I shall pray for the success of your endeavors!
(In all seriousness though. I really hope that you are using that imagination of yours to the fullest benefit of it's greatness!. And not lost to some lowly profession.)
Haha. I'm actually having a great deal of fun with this. Unfortunately, I can't pay my taxes with imagination, so I work in IT, which still offers the ability to be creative in providing solutions to clients. To be fair, these posts are loosely based on the lore of the Donner party with some nods to Melesandre in GoT, weaving in keywords and nods to various AMD/Nvidia elements (I like slipping these in so that it still reads smoothly to the unitiated, but people familiar with the industry and the terms get rewarded more when they read them inline), so it's not really drawn from pure imagination. You guys seem to be enjoying it and it keeps the Swag post bumped, so I guess I'll keep doing it since right now I've fixed everything that's broken at work and don't have anything else to do till it's time to switch backup tapes. I'm hoping that if it's entertaining enough, someone high enough up the food chain to make our goals happen will get this passed onto them and dig it. I've already had some measure of success in that regard actually.
To me, it really isn't a question of if it should be done, but why hasn't this sort of program already been in place for years? Positive mind-share is critical for brand strength. Millions of people are gaming on AMD hardware with XBox 360s (GPU), PS4s, XBox One, Wii (GPU), and Wii U (GPU). Do they know this? Most likely they don't. Would they if they had an offer for a special AMD/(X console) T-shirt? Lots of missed opportunities here, IMO. I'm still ready to assist in whatever way to get this going.
What's interesting is the opportunity here. Google image "AMD gaming t-shirt". A handful of shirts featuring the same design that's honestly not a whole lot better than the usual corporate merchandising and aren't available for purchase anyway. Ok. Now try "Intel Gaming T-shirt." Nothing too exciting there either. Ok, now try "nvidia gaming t-shirt." These guys are starting to get it. There are some flashier, more aggressive designs. Even to someone who has no idea what a video card is,some of these designs are at the least flashy and stylish. Shirts have been distributed at PAX in the past, design contests held with giveaways, hoodies, and more.
While I'm not advocating giving away a free t-shirt with every AMD CPU or GPU sold, it would be a boon for AMD to increase their visibility among their fans that also happen to be representatives of technical prowess- sysadmins, IT people, sales and retail partners, tech support.....the people that normal people look to for computing guidance, knowledge, and repair should be able to represent their hardware choices in more ways than the traditional corporate logo on a polo shirt. We need clothes for other things too- hoodies for cold weather, t-shirts for casual wear, jerseys when we venture into the wasteland known as "outside."
I have enough stupid polo shirts for "professional" settings or whatever. Sure, I'd wear one if it was given to me, but I don't need another boring polo with a submissive, professional logo. However, I LOVE my passions; one of them being gaming and I would happily pay for a shirt that reflects that passion in a stylish manner. Furthermore, I want other gamers to see my shirt, people I might never know were PC gamers till they tell me what an awesome shirt I've got and "where can I get one I've also got an AMD system and I wanna tell you about it and ask your opinion on watercooling and what kind of setup do you have and......"
There is a gap from CPU manufacturers to their end users that having merchandise like this can fulfill. This gap isn't as strong in the IT world, where we know which of our co-workers we play games with and the hardware they run, and polo shirts don't tell us much we don't already know, but when we leave our work on Friday and we're selecting what to wear on our weekend vacation, I want to have at least one sick Ruby shirt to choose to pack.
Here on these forums, I know we all use AMD hardware on some level. I don't need a t-shirt to tell you guys that or know that about you. The community outreach managers here are here because we provide a valuable feedback tool that helps bridge a gap of understanding between what users like about a company and what they should be looking to improve upon. They're here to listen to our feedback and give us a tangible, human entity that rewards us for being engaged with the company that powers our hobbies and livlihoods. However, what good is all of this if the community stays contained to the members it already has, that it's already convinced to go Red? We're preaching to the choir and patting each other on the back instead of striking up discussions with people outside this community. That's the kind of advertising for a community that rocking a sweet, stylish t-shirt brings.
Lastly, it's important to remember that it's one thing if no one is doing stuff like this, but it's a whole different ball game if ONE company is doing stuff like this and you're not. Your absence of presence is noted.....if I go to a LAN party and people are rocking Nvidia shirts and Intel is there giving out so much as free stickers, I'm going to wonder where my AMD crew is. I don't just want any shirt, I want to be the one at the LAN party rocking the most awesome shirt. Don't leave me heading to the LAN party in a black polo shirt with a tiny little logo on it. And if at the LAN parties you go to, no one's wearing any team shirts from anyone? Guess what AMD, you'll be the only ones there representing and I'd say that's a pretty good place to be.
AMD makes 8 core CPUs running at breakneck speeds and the best video cards on the market. They've got the best support for the latest in directx technology. Every strand of hair on a character's head is rendered with Tress.......
Surely we can figure out how to make and distribute some t-shirts.
ebonclaw This is AWESOME! Thank you for that, very well said & thought out! I couldn't agree with you more! Especially the part about the lan parties... (Quakecon I had in mind in particular- Nvidia branding (and somewhat less so Intel branding) is EVERYWHERE ... and other than the occassional RTP member or random posters, no AMD ... and its in Dallas Texas ) The epicness would off the charts if AMD was at more events in a big way & having awesome swag would be one great way to do it! (as ebonclaw has stated, " I want to be the one at the LAN party rocking the most awesome shirt" )
... Also, I had an idea of setting up an AMD/Radeon Lan Party and/or Charity streams- Community outreach and publicity, as well as some of the other above stated reasons. Good idea maybe?