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Competitions 2020
Post Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:39 pm
Ultra-short rules:

The same as every year.

Slightly longer rules:

Deadline is 27th March 2020. You may choose to interpret that in any reasonable way. We expect people to submit patches/fixes in the following days, but try to get your entry submitted by March 27.

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. A game, a demo, a tool!
(See our Homebrew section for an idea of past work done by the community.)

Hacks competition

Make a hack of a game for a Sega 8-bit home system.
(See our Hacks section for an idea of past work done by the community.). GG2SMS hacks are not valid for the competition, there are too many of them. Please post them through regular non-competition means.

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.
(See our Music section for an idea of past work done by the community.)

Art competition

Make some art that can be shown on a Sega 8-bit system, using the limitations of VRAM/palettes/etc. It might be a tileset for a game or a static or animate screen. It need only be in the form of an image, though.

The small print

* If you have a project that don't clearly fit in the Coding/Hacks/Music/Art criteria and you think would be a good fit in the competition, please message us and we may work something out together (e.g. enter the project in Coding competition if that seems reasonable).
* 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. This means you can’t take something you released before and enter it with minimal or no changes; it also means you shouldn’t release it yourself elsewhere before the deadline.
* 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 unless you are genuinely making something related to those formats.
* Hack entries must be either in a format like for coding entries, or in the form of an IPS or BPS 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.
* Art entries may be in any format that you can view in a normal web browser, or in the form of a runnable program as per the coding competition.

How to enter

E-mail: competition AT smspower.org

E-mail subject:

Coding Competition 2020 Entry: XXXXXXX

Music Competition 2020 Entry: XXXXXXX

Hacks Competition 2020 Entry: XXXXXXX

Art Competition 2020 Entry: XXXXXXX


Form to copy and fill in your e-mail:

* Forum user name:
XXXXX

* Competition type:
* (Coding/Music/Hacks/Art)
XXXXX

* Title of your entry:
* (please provide a clear, official title we are going to use everywhere, not just "here's my rom.sms")
XXXXX

* Description:
* (we will copy whatever in your e-mail looks like a description to the corresponding pages)
XXXXX
XXXXX

* Files:
* (list of files links, or filenames attached to the e-mail)
XXXXX
XXXXX

* Sources:
* (no/yes/link)
XXXXX


Please do make sure to:
* Attach the file(s) preferably, however our gmail account will filter .ZIP files (even renamed) if they contains executables or batch files. If you have them, upload your file to Google Drive / Drop Box / etc. and send us a link.
* Mention the word "competition" in your subject line
* If it's a hack, specify in the description which game/version/CRC.
* If it's a music, specify in the description if it's an original track or a cover (specify which game, which track).
* Including screenshots will be helpful. Please make lossless screenshot (e.g. 256x192 resolution, no filter, PNG format).
* Including cover art makes you 20% more awesome :)
* Including sources (for both music and code) makes you 256% more awesome. :)
* If you have multiple entries, please send multiple e-mails.

You should receive an automatic response when it is received.

After the entries are revealed
* If you want to update your entry, please post your update to the forum thread along with attachments.
* You may also directly edit the Wiki page of your entry and add the new files if you have Wiki writing access (you can request it). Otherwise someone will update the Wiki with your latest attachment.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:30 pm
March, let's rock?
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:43 pm
Hi everyone,

It'll be my first participation, and I'll try to submit a little GameGear game for this year's compo!

Good luck everyone, and I'm looking forward playing all the other entries!
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:34 pm
Although last week has been hard and sad to live at home, i have to say i have opened the laptop again (something which has been impossible to me since i stopped smoking half and a year ago) and i will submit a demo of a project using surt assets which will be finished during next months (i hope).

My best wishes and force to everyone.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:59 pm
it's nice to read you again, eruiz!
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:14 pm
Eruiz, I'm eager to see your entry!

Oh and Sverx, thanks a lot for DevkitSMS - I'm discovering and learning it while making my small entry, and it's a really powerful and easy to use SDK!
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:59 am
My new project is still in its early stages, but hopefully I'll be able to submit a little sneak preview of what I'm working on.

I'm looking forward to trying the other entries. In times like these, small joys can lighten heavy burdens considerably, even if they only provide a bit of escapism for a couple of minutes.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:04 am
I hope we get plenty of art entries. I admit I would feel quite flustered if nobody entered in that category after I pushed for it - especially after seeing that there is other incredibly talented Master System artists out there.

Also I want to see gorgeous artwork made for the SEGA 8-bit machines in general.
I wonder if there's any TMS9918 artists lurking.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:41 pm
I can't wait to see the entries, this year. ;)
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:38 am
also, attaching a few 256x192 PNGs with your coding entry will help ;)
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:24 am
Just to said Thanks to all of you that makes possible this compo every year, thanks for sharing your talent. Good luck to all of participants and thanks for the enjoy time
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:42 pm
sverx wrote
also, attaching a few 256x192 PNGs with your coding entry will help ;)

Ugh. I already submitted my entry, but forgot to do that.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:40 pm
Woaw, I see that some forums are already "preloaded", it's cool to see that there are already some entry submitted for each category! :)

I already submitted my game too, but I only joined an animated GIF - do you prefer that I take some static screenshots instead? (but the game does look better when it moves :p)

I'm eager to player / listen / watch all these entries!
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:32 am
as all the entries will be listed here, if you provide some PNGs (at native screen resolution) it'll be helpful. Also, you might choose the screenshots you prefer to show...
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:40 pm
Games submitted ;)
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:31 am
Wow !!! You submit several games ? How many ?
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:09 am
2 !
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:28 am
I'll present "nothing" this year.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:51 am
You too? What a coincidence! :P
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 12:54 am
sverx wrote
as all the entries will be listed here, if you provide some PNGs (at native screen resolution) it'll be helpful. Also, you might choose the screenshots you prefer to show...


Thanks for the tip! I've just send some 160*144 screens (Game Gear FTW ;)) to the entry submission email adress.

@Ichigo: is any of your entries a finished version of Cimmerian? :)
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 6:13 am
No ^^

New games made for the competition !

Coded the first in few days in January and as i've got many time left, decided to code another one in March (started 28 February - Ended 26 March) ;)

Unfortunately no time left to enter the Art competition... But games have already some pixelart in them !
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 12:16 pm
Cool, I'm really curious to play your two games!

Making an SMS game in a "few days"? Did you find a way to no longer need to sleep? :)
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 5:48 pm
entries keep on appearing!!! GREAT!!! :D
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 6:02 pm
Yes and lots of entries this year!
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 9:07 pm
Wow! There seems to be a lot of activity for this year's compo... good luck everybody :)
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 11:35 pm
Wow!

This have been a tour of force. What a development&testing&fixing day!

Luckily i posted the rom at 11.52pm local time here in Spain.

Also i have posted a bugfix rom just now.

Regards to everyone!
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Post Posted: Yesterday at 11:52 pm
Cool, the more entries, the better!

Despite the hard times, it's going to be a great year for Sega 8-bit family!

It's the perfect way to bring some escapism to all the (retro)gamers out there...
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Post Posted: Today at 11:46 am
Enjoy the you tube smspower channel. New videos available
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Post Posted: Today at 2:27 pm
I almost finished in time... oh well, maybe next year :)
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Post Posted: Today at 4:25 pm
All entries are now posted. Some of the YouTube videos have weird audio, apologies - it's surprisingly hard to record videos of emulators. The last-minute entries don't have videos yet.
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Post Posted: Today at 5:25 pm
Hello, my entry is not posted, and no video yet.

Is it a mistake?
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Post Posted: Today at 6:17 pm
Thanks Maxim!

I'm amazed by the number of entries, it's cool!
Thanks also for the video, it's a neat preview :)
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Post Posted: Today at 6:55 pm
My game is posted and also I already do a fast fix xD
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