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Battlefield 3 contest hard to miss

Log on to Battlefield's multiplayer next month and you could win some cool prizes from EA and DICE.

Encounters are seemingly never the same when playing Battlefield 3 online. EA/DICE

Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode is hugely addictive; just ask my girlfriend, who has become a keyboard widow. Now I come to find out EA and DICE will actually financially reward people like me for logging in to the game next weekend.

While Battlefield 3 is the hot ticket right now, the looming shadow of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and several other major titles is just around the corner.

In what we're guessing is a response to any potential BF3 interest that may wane when those games arrive, EA and DICE are holding a Battlefield 3 "Says Thanks" sweepstakes. Eligibility is simple, and mostly anyone can enter by simply logging in to the multiplayer portion of the game on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC from November 11 to 13.

First-place prize is a trip for four to Stockholm, Sweden, to visit DICE's studios for a meet and greet with the creators of the game. Hotel, airfare, and $1,000 in spending money for each person are included. If I win, I'd like the developers to teach me how to say some colorful combat phrases in Swedish.

A single second-place winner will receive $5,000 in cash, while the third place winner will have a choice of an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Alienware PC with a collection of Battlefield videogames. Pro tip for the bronze winner: take the Alienware and sell it.

The contest is only open to residents of the U.S. (excludes Florida and New York), Canada (excludes Quebec), France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be going back to trying to break my marksman headshot record of 465 meters.