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Competitions 2016
Post Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:18 am
Last edited by Maxim on Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:47 pm; edited 2 times in total
Rules

Ultra-short rules:

The same as every year.

Slightly longer rules:

Deadline is 27th March 2016. You may choose to interpret that in any reasonable way.

There are three main competitions: coding, hacks and music.

Coding competition

Write something that runs on a Sega 8-bit home system which isn't a hack.

Hacks competition

Make a hack of a game for a Sega 8-bit home system. There's a fairly strong chance you'll be using KiddEd...

Music competition

Make some music that either uses the sound chip(s) from an Sega 8-bit home system, or is an arrangement of music from commercial software for that system.

The small print

* Super-offensive or overly illegal content will get your entry rejected. Be nice.
* Entries should be either made for this competition, or substantially different to any earlier release.
* Coding entries must be in a format that works with a wide variety of emulators, i.e. raw ROM image or disk images. Tape images and wacky custom formats are no good.
* Hack entries must be either in a format like for coding entries, or in the form of an IPS patch. You must give details of the original file(s) your hack is based on.
* Music entries can be in any format you like, provided it's VGM or MP3. You are welcome to also provide the same music in some other format alongside it.

How to enter

competition@smspower.org

You should receive an automatic response when it is received. To make sure you do:

* Attach the file(s), don't link to RapidPirateUpload.com
* Mention the word "competition" in your subject line

Please include your forum name and any description you'd like to include with your entry. For music, say if it's original or a cover (and what of); including cover art makes you 20% more awesome. Of course, including source (for both music and code) is great.

Cover art competition
During the voting period, we'll also run a "fun" competition to produce some Master System cover art. This should be in the style of normal Master System export games - whether the classic "grid plus clipart" style or something a bit more '90s. It can be for any game - so it could be for a Master System game you wish had better cover art, or for a homebrew Master System game you like, or just something funny where you make Master System art for a modern game. We'll have a little extra vote after the main voting ends to pick a favourite.


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Let's have competitions again this year!

I suggest we have the usual coding and music competitions, plus we could have something extra for fun - I'm thinking either a Graphic Board art completion, or a cover art competition where we make SMS style art for games that didn't have it. What do you think?

The deadline will be 27th March as always. That coincides with Easter this year so you may have some free time at the last minute if that gets you a national holiday in your country.

Also, prizes: do we want to have them? If so, what?
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:58 am
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a cover art competion where we make SMS style art for games that didn't have it. What do you think?


You mean for homebrew?
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:39 am
Last edited by hang-on on Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:44 pm; edited 1 time in total
Maxim wrote
Let's have competitions again this year!


Yeah! I'm looking forward to it already! I'll try and get something going for the coding part of the compo.
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:01 pm
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Maxim wrote
a cover art competion where we make SMS style art for games that didn't have it. What do you think?


You mean for homebrew?

Or games that didn't get a Master System release.
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:01 pm
Regarding cover art - I am toying between "classic" (grid plus terrible clipart) covers for later games that had real artwork, or something similar for any game you like (similar to http://kotaku.com/5683890/kotaku-shop-contest-sega-master-system-covers ). It would be strictly just for fun, no prizes for half an hour in Photoshop...
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Maxim wrote
Regarding cover art - I am toying between "classic" (grid plus terrible clipart) covers for later games that had real artwork, or something similar for any game you like (similar to http://kotaku.com/5683890/kotaku-shop-contest-sega-master-system-covers ). It would be strictly just for fun, no prizes for half an hour in Photoshop...

I think "classic" would be much more entertaining. More challenging, too.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:50 pm
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Let's have competitions again this year!

I suggest we have the usual coding and music competitions, plus we could have something extra for fun - I'm thinking either a Drawing Board art completion, or a cover art competion where we make SMS style art for games that didn't have it. What do you think?

The deadline will be 27th March as always. That coincides with Easter this year so you may have some free time at the last minute if that gets you a national holiday in your country.

Also, prizes: do we want to have them? If so, what?

With all these lovely hacks popping up, how about a category for rom hacks?
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:44 am
i'll try and get something in for the Music competition. It's been many years but it will certainly be good fun!
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:19 am
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With all these lovely hacks popping up, how about a category for rom hacks?

Good idea...
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:00 am
So: Coding, Music, Cover art and ROM hacks?
Great!!! :)
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:27 pm
Cover art and ROM hacks would be great categories! This time, I will have no excuse to not participate to this great competition.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:38 pm
Maxim wrote
Regarding cover art - I am toying between "classic" (grid plus terrible clipart) covers for later games that had real artwork, or something similar for any game you like (similar to http://kotaku.com/5683890/kotaku-shop-contest-sega-master-system-covers ). It would be strictly just for fun, no prizes for half an hour in Photoshop...


How about also allowing real artwork cover for games that had awful artworks and could be vastly improved? Because I recently designed one of this kind with the help of a fellow repro designer for a Master System game that got release with a terrible "real artwork" cover, but I didn't do a classic grid one because it would have been chronologically unfitting: the game is from the mid-90s.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:01 pm
I think actually good original artwork is in a totally different category to "clipart on grid" parodies, which are trying to be funny. It'd be unfair to judge them against each other, and I don't want to dilute things further.

A shame nobody wants to use the Graphic Board :) and not much call for prizes either, which makes things easier.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:45 am
Maxim wrote
and not much call for prizes either, which makes things easier.


I still have one of my competition prizes from years ago (the green SMS 1 shirt). Unfortunately I have gotten a bit fat and it no longer fits me very well anymore :( Maybe it's some good incentive to lose weight.

Also, I like the idea of the ROM hacks category and I am excited to see what KiddEd hacks come from it!
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:08 pm
I still have that shirt, I'm sure it has shrunk rather than me getting fatter... :(
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:05 pm
I still have that shirt also and it fits me perfectly still.
But my wife doesn't like it, because the green is faded and it's not to her liking anymore.

Also, count me in for the music competition, and perhaps something using twee2sam.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:40 pm
I proudly still wear that shirt from time to time.
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:26 am
I still wear that shirt but the SMS is starting to peel off from it...
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:03 pm
I think what everyone is saying is....
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"Wouldn't it be great if we had some t-shirts as prizes for the 2016 comp. ;-)"
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:50 pm
If one of you is happy to organise all of it (money collection, designing/arguing about t-shirts, ordering them, dispatching) then why not. Personally I won't have time as I am already way too overworked :( and I'm not sure Maxim can either but feel free to step in if you can.
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:50 pm
Perhaps a(nother) competition kind ? (i.e. designing a t-shirt for the competition).
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:36 am
Calindro wrote

With all these lovely hacks popping up, how about a category for rom hacks?


+1 for the hack competition :)
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:54 am
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Perhaps a(nother) competition kind ? (i.e. designing a t-shirt for the competition).


That's a great idea. :)
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:12 pm
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Let's have competitions again this year!


I reckon I've forgotten half of what I learned last year I have gone very rusty, but I think I will have a crack at a game entry. Who else is coding games this year?
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Who else is coding games this year?


I'm working on something. :)
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:31 pm
Oh.. a question for the masses. Will you take a YM2612 entry? I mean it does have PSG :P but I know it isn't strictly SMS... It's just I am working on a tune at the moment.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:25 pm
If it's an arrangement of an 8-bit tune, yeah. Else, nah.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:10 am
Jacko, I think you meant "a Mega Drive / Genesis entry", because the YM2612 is, by definition, a YM2612, thus it doesn't "have PSG" :P

That said, as you might remember since you liked it, I did that in 2009, so yeah, like Maxim said, if you make a cover of an 8-bit song you should be fine. I wonder if I should experiment with some other chip like the YM2151, or... dunno. I doubt I'm going to enter, sadly.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:47 am
Maxim wrote
If it's an arrangement of an 8-bit tune, yeah. Else, nah.


Bugga. Ah well I had better start again then :P

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Jacko, I think you meant "a Mega Drive / Genesis entry", because the YM2612 is, by definition, a YM2612, thus it doesn't "have PSG" :P


OK.. yes I mean Mega Drive :P And enter just for fun?
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Who else is coding games this year?

I'm working on something. Not sure if I can whip it into a playable state before the compo starts, though. Progress has been rather slow lately.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:16 pm
Same here. I hope we will be able to release at least a wip version.
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Post Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:22 pm
I second the rom hack category. This is absolutely coincidental and has nothing to do with us working on a rom hack :o
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Post Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:11 pm
I'll try to post something for the coding compo.
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:01 pm
From when will the competitions be open? What will be the target systems?

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:59 pm
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From when will the competitions be open? What will be the target systems?

Philipp


Philipp, the deadline is the 27th of March. You can start making your entries now! Target systems are anything Sega Master System related whether it be coding, music, and I think there was an artwork section this year too!

We may even have cool prizes for the lucky winners as well.
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:07 pm
All Sega 8-bit home systems are in scope.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:12 pm
And how to participate? How to submit entries? By posting in this thread?

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Yeah! I'm looking forward to it already! I'll try and get something going for the coding part of the compo.

Also, going to give the coding part of the compo a go this year!
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:19 pm
Rules recap, please! :)

Also, I found funny the way we did last year, with the topic created (with 'censored' titles) as soon as the entry was submitted. Are we going to do that again? :)
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Also, I found funny the way we did last year, with the topic created (with 'censored' titles) as soon as the entry was submitted. Are we going to do that again? :)

I very much hope so. Bring on the hype!
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:48 pm
Top post updated with all the details, mostly copied from previous years. I'll post the one entry I've got so far, shortly...
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Rules recap, please! :)

Also, I found funny the way we did last year, with the topic created (with 'censored' titles) as soon as the entry was submitted. Are we going to do that again? :)


How and why should the topic be censored I wonder? :D
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:00 pm
To avoid revealing the names (which might affect others, e.g. if you see someone else made a similar entry) but also to confirm to the writer that it is successfully received.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:43 pm
Alright, makes sense!
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:15 pm
How is everybody doing with the preparations? :) I'm firmly getting to the point where SMS-development is eating up most of my free time.... Had to NOT install dev tools on my work computer to keep me just a little focused during office hours.

Looking forward to the celebrations later this month!
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:57 pm
I barely have time to answer your post :D
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I may get started any day now, unless I don't...
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How is everybody doing with the preparations? :)


I'm seriously busy trying to put together something worth... let's see, only 13 days left!
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:08 am
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I'll try to post something for the coding compo.
Hopefully a newer version of Lost Raider? :P
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:21 pm
nop ;)
With vingazole we are finishing "Boom" (new/final name is Neko Blasters) before reworking on Lost Raider.
(we really hope to finish Neko Blasters this year)

For the compo, it's a little dev only by myself ^^
(vingazole is just my private beta tester, lol.)
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