Persona 4 contest winners revealed!

A short while back, we asked you GamesRadar readers to invent your personas – in other words, your demonic alter egos – and send pictures of them to us in exchange for a huge stack of Persona 4 goodies. It was a big success. Yes, some of you seem to have some serious issues hidden inside your minds, but whatever – you’ve also got some serious talent. Check out this menagerie of frightful greed. Or, head over to this forum thread and see the contest in its natural environment.

First, a quick reminder as to what the winners would be able to call their own:

Now, because we hate waiting more than you, the winners:

The Grand Prize:
Melepomene, by FalconMbuster

We didn’t give this one our highest award simply because creator FalconMbuster named it after a mythological character just like the personas in the real persona universe. And we didn’t do it just because the art is great. No, he takes top honors because Falcon went the extra mile and attempted to carve Mel’s head out of a potato. That, ladies and gentlemen, is going the extra mile.

And just so you know, the extra special added prize we threw in for the Grand Prize winner is a copy of the reissue of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for the original PlayStation. Which also came from Atlus, so it’s technically still from them. Sue us.

First runner-up:
Domo Arigato by PhoenixGamma

Superb art that actually could have fit beautifully into the style of the game. And the fact that one of the judges is old enough to remember the band Styx when they were popular didn’t hurt its chances a bit. Congratulations PhoenixGamma! You’ve won a prize pack.

Second runner-up:
Apate Jess by Yami Zero

Yami Zero places with this exquisite design, called Apate Jess. She’s the Greek personification of Deception released from Pandora's Box, and the daughter of Nyx and Erebos.

Says the author: I went with Apate as my Persona, mainly because I tend to lie a lot and tell tall tales. I also found it more fitting to have a female Persona over a male one, I lack any masculinity. As far as the design, I had her set with two masks to show that I hide my emotions when telling my lies and it goes a bit better with the theme of Persona as well.

Granted, we have no more Persona-related prizes, but we’ll find something around the office to give to you. Want Chris Antista’s entire desk?

Third runner-up:
Shanks by purple_omlet

Not only does Shanks have a decent sense of humor, but a detailed explanation of what each element of the game symbolizes puts him over the top.

Mask: The broken mask with the eye showing from behind it shows a hidden identity, and the simple eye means a sort of innocence of the creature.
Television: As a broken TV, it just shows a hate for the media.
Faucet: He's made of water underneath the Fur.
Clock: Pressed for time?
Led pipe: It was just the simplest, most menacing weapon I could think of. Have you ever messed with a crazy person with a pipe in their hand? I think not.

That’s it for the winners, but check out the following pages for the runners-up. Some are funny on purpose, some are funny on accident, and some aren’t funny at all, but are nonetheless worth a look.

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  • Phoenix_Gamma - December 28, 2008 9:15 p.m.

    So can I claim my prize?
  • zymn - December 24, 2008 10:10 p.m.

    haha, i'm listed on the very bottom. kinda sad, but, hey. i'm listed. i suppose i shoulda just cut the baby out of the page and just showed that, but i didn't have great expectations for it anyways.
  • Phoenix_Gamma - December 24, 2008 9:06 p.m. got my screenname wrong, but whatever, it's just an underscore :P I was really happy to see I came in second. I didn't think I had a chance, and it's been a real crappy day at work (on Christmas!) so thanks for that. Also, rad entry, FalconMbuster. I'm into that whole...abstract thing you've got there. I knew the potato thing would totally seal the deal for you, man. Good work.
  • SaltyChuck - December 24, 2008 7:57 p.m.

    Hey, at least mine was featured as the template!
  • ssj4raditz - December 24, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    Hey, congratulations to the winners!
  • FalconMbuster - December 24, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    PhoenixGamma's is awesome. Surprised that potato got me the win! I might try and do a better one. Only had a vegetable skinning knife to work with.
  • TrigunGunner - December 24, 2008 7:28 p.m.

    no I've never seen the predator movies, but I see where you got that idea
  • punkmetalmage - December 24, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    damn, they even got my name wrong /: If I knew it was going to judged based on who closely we got to the art style of P4, I would've done a completely different character. Oh well, I hope you guys have another art contest like this. Guess, I'll have to pick this up at the store.
  • Schizo - December 24, 2008 7:53 a.m.

    Not to be an ass but is it just me or does suburbia ruins' drawing look an awfully lot like Greg "Craola" Simkins' painting
  • a_citizen - December 24, 2008 7:17 a.m.

    cuhraap. double post. sorry guyz
  • XCrimson - December 24, 2008 4:45 a.m.

    I knew I didn't stand a chance in this contest XD Though, if another contest like this shows up that catches my interest, I'll definitely go for humor over seriousness for my drawing. Congrats to the winners!
  • purple_omlet - December 24, 2008 3:09 a.m.

    holy crap! mine made it into the top 4! for a drawing on notebook paper it was pretty damn good. to bad i didn't win anything... but it's great to just be a participant, and i'm deffinately being in more contests. P.S.- Go TalkRadar!
  • lucashintz - December 23, 2008 10:51 p.m.

    I really wanted to win this, tis a shame I cant draw though.
  • EricBratcher - January 13, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    Actually, SuburbiaRuins, I think the word you're looking for is "tracing", not "inspiration". But you did a decent job of replicating the artwork, I'll grant you that. Sorry 'bout the name typos. It's sometimes ahrd to tell which bits of punctuation and so on are intentional and which are required by the software's naming rules (such as underscores)
  • zymn - December 29, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    you must dive into a river full of flesh-eating pihranas and swim to the bottom into a cave inhabited by blood-sucking bats. then, you must make your way through the cave. your final test will be to sit and watch Barney & Friends for an entire episode. THEN you get your prize. :D
  • TrigunGunner - December 24, 2008 7:33 p.m.

    Oh well, let me know next time an art contest comes around.
  • kingofspades94 - December 24, 2008 5:24 p.m.

    All is forgiven!
  • a_citizen - December 24, 2008 4:34 p.m.

    hey, sorry bro. i was joking, but yeah. there needs to be a delete thingy for tha comments, i felt kinda bd after i posted it... sowwy
  • kingofspades94 - December 24, 2008 3:13 p.m.

    Hey a_citizen, that um... hurt... But i never said i was an artist. I was gifted with hands of an author, not an artist.
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - December 24, 2008 3:05 p.m.

    Well yeah fuck face it's called inspiration.

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