Tempmas is a yearly event held on GBAtemp to celebrate Christmas and similar holidays. During Tempmas, various competitions are held where members can win prizes. The type of competition and prizes vary from year to year. Usually, there are multiple competitions, spread over multiple weeks. Most of the prizes are sponsored by various companies, but GBAtemp itself always sponsors the first prize of the final competition.
A mini-competition was held every day from December 2 up to the 25th. Prizes increased in value with every competition, starting with a NDS screen protector, and ending with a Nintendo DSi console.
In this year, four separate competitions were held simultaneously:
- Graphic Competition: Draw a GBAtemp styled Santa Claus, or dress up as one and provide pictures.
- Music Competition: Compose a GBAtemp themed song, with the lyrics including the word GBAtemp somewhere.
- Video Competition: Record a video related to Christmas. The video should contain the GBAtemp name and logo.
- Poem/writing Competition: Write a letter to Santa Claus, explaining why you have been good and deserve a prize. Should include the word GBAtemp.
People were allowed to enter in multiple competitions, though an original entry was needed for each on. For example; lyrics used in the music compo could not be used for the poem compo, etc.
The prizes for each competition are a Nintendo DS Lite + Flashcart (1st place), an M3i Zero + 4GB SD card (2nd-5th) and a DS(i) case or R4i adapter (6th-10th). Due to sponsor problems, GBAtemp was forced to pay for most of these prizes by itself.
There was only a single competition this year, which was a treasure hunt across the internet. In order to get a prize, people had to follow a set of clues that would eventually bring them to a hidden page on GBAtemp. However, not soon after, people started distributing guides on how to perform the hunt. This was combated by spreading false clues/guides, and changing the pages that needed to be visited. The old pages were changed to honeypots which led to disqualification.
The first prize for the competition was a Nintendo 3DS console, which was not yet released at the time. The runner up prizes were 30 R4i Gold cards.
Multiple competitions were again held this year:
- Raffle (Dec. 1-4): Winners chosen at random. To participate simply post in the thread. Fist prize is a game of choice.
- Quiz (Dec. 5-12): A simple quiz on 10 questions. First prize is now 3 games of choice.
- Banquet (Dec. 15-20): Bake a GBAtemp themed cake. First prize is a Nintendo 3DS console.
- Tempmas card (Dec. 21-24): Draw a Tempmas themed card. The card must contain the phrase "Tempmas 2011". First prize is a Nintendo 3DS console bundle (Zelda Limited edition or Mario 3D Land edition).
- Arcade (Dec. 25-31) : This competition involved the now-defunct Arcade feature of the site, which was introduced on the same day. People had to play arcade games and get the highest scores in order to win. The first prize was a PS Vita console.
Four new competitions were held this year:
- Design a Pokémon: Design your own Tempmas themed Pokémon. Must contain a full Pokédex entry.
- Funny Holiday Photos : Submit a funny picture of yourself (or your family) during Tempmas.
- Holiday Story : Write a short story about something related to yourself and GBAtemp (such as video games).
- Happy memories : Simply reply to the thread with your happiest memory of the year. First prize is a WiiU Deluxe console.
This year is again divided into four competitions:
- What's it to ya?!: Create a video of yourself explaining what Tempmas means to you. Prizes were 3 Gateway 3DS cards.
- A Tempmas Story: Write a short story about yourself and Tempmas (500-1000 words). Winners get a Gateway 3DS or Steam games.
- I can just picture it now!: Take a picture of yourself in a Holiday setting. Winner gets a Nintendo 3DS console, the 2 runner ups get a Gateway 3DS.
- The party ain't over!: A simple raffle where the winner is decided at random. The first prize is a PlayStation 4 console with game of choice.
- Tempmas Mini-Competition #1
- GBAtemp Tempmas Final Competition
- GBAtemp Tempmas Mini-Comp #2
- Tempmas 2009 Starting!
- Sorting out the Tempmas 2009 prize problem
- Merry Tempmas 2010 - coming soon!
- Merry Tempmas
- Tempmas 2011 - Week 1!
- Tempmas 2011 - Week 2!
- Tempmas 2011 - Week 3!
- Tempmas 2011 - Week 4!
- Merry Christmas to all Tempers around the world!
- Tempmas week 1: Merry Tempmas!
- Tempmas Week 2: Electric Boogaloo
- Tempmas 2012 Week 3: You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!
- Tempmas 2012 Week 4: Tell me what you want, what you really really want!
- Tempmas 2013, Week 1: What's it to ya?!
- Tempmas 2013, Week 2: A Tempmas Story
- Tempmas 2013, Week 3: I can just picture it now!
- Tempmas Week 4: The party ain't over!