Meet The Winner Of Just Cause 2’s $10,000 Stunt Video Contest

by Jeff Cork on Oct 08, 2010 at 03:30 AM

Not too long ago, Eidos held a contest on its YouTube channel to find the craziest, most impressive, death-defying Just Cause 2 user video. This is a game where players can routinely dive out of moving vehicles and single-handedly eliminate entire military bases, so it really took something special to impress the judges. Well, the results are in, and Eidos has awarded the grand prize of $10,000 to the creator of the best overall video.

Dan Steinberg’s award-winning video isn’t as flashy or absurd as some of the other entries, but it highlights some incredible technical skill. It starts off with a ridiculously tight squeeze through a casino’s glass walkway.

“It’s maybe half a foot on each side, and maybe a little bit more up and down, but you basically have to line it up perfectly and hit it straight on,” Steinberg told us.


That [run] wasn’t surprisingly as difficult as I thought it would be,” he says. “I ended up slowing down when going into it—I wanted to go full speed, but I was submitting the video a day or two before the contest ended, so I wanted to make sure I had another one that could go in there.”

Since submitting the video, Steinberg says he’s able to go through the gap upside down while flying at full throttle. Incidentally, Dan plays the game on a PC, using a gamepad while flying and a mouse-and-keyboard setup during the on-foot sections.

So how did he come up with the idea to thread that needle in the first place?

“I was looking around the environment of the islands, because I needed something really cool to fly around,” he says. “I saw that hole and the glass window at the beginning of the game and I thought, ‘I wonder if I could fit a plane through that?’”

Now that Steinberg’s wallet is $10,000 fatter, it’s clear that his curiosity paid off in a big way.

Congrats, Dan!