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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: Fri Mar 27, 2020 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: Fri Mar 27, 2020 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: Fri Mar 27, 2020 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: Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:48 pm
entries keep on appearing!!! GREAT!!! :D
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:02 pm
Yes and lots of entries this year!
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 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: Fri Mar 27, 2020 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: Fri Mar 27, 2020 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: Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:46 am
Enjoy the you tube smspower channel. New videos available
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:27 pm
I almost finished in time... oh well, maybe next year :)
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 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: Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:25 pm
Hello, my entry is not posted, and no video yet.

Is it a mistake?
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 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: Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:55 pm
My game is posted and also I already do a fast fix xD
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:48 am
Maxim wrote
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.


Maxim, my entry is not posted
My entry is not last minute and there is not video
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:03 am
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Maxim wrote
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.


Maxim, my entry is not posted
My entry is not last minute and there is not video


Hello,

We answered you by e-mail. Your entry is an update to a hack released previously. The rules specifically request entries to new or major update, in order to make the competition only with “new contents”. I am sorry if you feel left out but why not posting it on the existing thread for the hack?
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:16 am
Bock wrote
BcnAbel76 wrote
Maxim wrote
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.


Maxim, my entry is not posted
My entry is not last minute and there is not video


Hello,

We answered you by e-mail. Your entry is an update to a hack released previously. The rules specifically request entries to new or major update, in order to make the competition only with “new contents”. I am sorry if you feel left out but why not posting it on the existing thread for the hack?


I didn't recive any email or private.

Yes I feel left out.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:06 am
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I didn't recive any email or private.


Apologies, we replied to the e-mail bot accidentally :(
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BcnAbel76 wrote
I didn't recive any email or private.


Apologies, we replied to the e-mail bot accidentally :(


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:15 pm
Of course that Competion is the high point for SMS fans. I would like to congratule to everybody that submitted some work (music, hack or code). But not only to participants. I would like to thanks to everybody that contribute in something for the Master System, with homebrew games, with Game Gear hacks to SMS, MSX hacks to SMS, Dev tools, Tutorials, etc.
In hard moments like a covid-19 devasting lives is necessary give kind words to all people. In specific, anyway if someone here can figure that your efforts not are seen, i can say: yes. it is worth
Congratulations for all and magnific contribution to smspower!
É claro que o ponto mais alto para os fãs do Master é a competição. Eu gostaria de parabenizar a todos que submeteram algum trabalho, mas não somente aos participantes. Eu gostaria de agradecer a todos que contribuíram de algum modo para o Master System, com jogos novos, com conversões de jogos do GG/MSX para o SMS, ferramentas de programação, tutoriais, etc.
Em momentos difíceis com o covid-19 ceifando vidas é necessário dizer palavras de apoio a todas as pessoas. De modo particular, se alguém aqui, de alguma forma, acha que seu trabalho não é/foi notado eu posso dizer que sim, é muito digno.
Parabéns a todos e sua magnífica contribuição para o site SMS Power!
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:54 am
Great to see all the entries this year. Happy birthday to SMS-Power and all of us! :)
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:31 am
Polls are now open, running for two weeks, ending approximately on Saturday 11th April.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:02 am
Hello Maxim ! Is it possible to update the rom on the download page with the new one posted on the topic of my game ( Papi Commando ) ? Thank you !
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:05 pm
Done.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:32 pm
Hello I updated my post with my no competition entry, go to Development / Psychic World Series Hacking

Segarule thankyou great words ;) we need fight this Covid19!

Maxim, it is possible for next year 2 types hacking? 99$ entries are based in Alex Kidd engine or Tales engine, hacking rom adding saveram, megadrive pad support, inject voices, new functions, etc, is based really in coding and compress data, but really compete with a level editor I think it is not very appropriate.

Thankyou everybody for your contribution!!!!!
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:32 pm
It's tricky, there's a continuum between just using the basic functionality in KiddEd and reverse engineering/writing code to change a game completely, and at the opposite extreme making a new game editor. Similarly it might be nice to have translations appearing too. Given the number of entries we have it's difficult to split things up too much without making it quite complicated.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:53 am
Maxim wrote
Polls are now open, running for two weeks, ending approximately on Saturday 11th April.

The poll results for Dead Gunner don't seem to be hidden like the others.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:38 am
Clearly KiddEd has really skewed the Hack competiton, in a good way, but also making it difficult for more regular hacks to compete. At this point KiddEd is its own authoring package, and maybe we can considering rebranding this competition as as "KiddEd Competition" ?

Maybe this would also motivate people to participate in the "regular" Hack competition? As Maxim points it is a continuum, any new upcoming tools can alter the balance of that competition and it will always be difficult for people to judge of the effort put into those hacks. In addition in the current status quo it is unlikely there would be enough entries. But we could try perhaps. Maybe if you wrote technical posts detailing some of the hacks it would help people understand the work and motivate people to create more hacks.

As for me, I would love if there were more editors like KiddEd but for other game engines.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:41 pm
Which is the reason that my entry Wardner is the only one that does not appear in the news section??? Thanks
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Which is the reason that my entry Wardner is the only one that does not appear in the news section??? Thanks


Apologies, I had picked a few shots (not from all games), added now as well as others!
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Which is the reason that my entry Wardner is the only one that does not appear in the news section??? Thanks


Apologies, I had picked a few shots (not from all games), added now as well as others!


Thanks so much,Now everything is more correct, sorry for the inconvenience
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