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Fast-fingered Net users are being given the chance to win a dotcom new media agency simply by playing an online computer game.

The person who registers the highest score by 12pm on Friday 20th July gets to win the agency Pink Tuba.

Actually, that's not strictly true. Although that's what it said in a press release, the truth is that the game is just part of an elaborate interactive CV to help find jobs for two unemployed Web designers.

The premise of the game - Dotcombat - is simple.

"You're the young CEO of a trendy new media agency 'pink tuba'," says the introductory blurb.

"The current market is not looking good, in fact things are desperate. The splurge in spending you undertook during the halcyon days of 2000 is catching up with you - debt collectors are everywhere. You must try and keep your company afloat by avoiding debt collectors and gaining new clients."

It's not until people play the game that they learn about the real reason why David Aanensen and Pierre Bremell set up the site.

"Having worked for a successful interactive agency for quite some time both David and Pierre now find themselves as unwitting victims of dotcombat," it reveals. "This game was a chance to showcase their skills...and play games."

Aanensen told El reg: "Believe it or not, I have had mails from people who believe the whole thing [that you can win a new media agency] is for real."

"Basically I got made redundant a month or so ago from an agency and thought up the idea for the game. It seemed a good way to get some of mine and Pierre's work seen," he said.

Whatever. Just let us know if you get any job offers, OK? ®

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