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Competitions 2022
Post Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:28 pm
Last edited by Maxim on Mon Apr 11, 2022 7:29 pm; edited 3 times in total
We will celebrate SMS Power’s 25th Anniversary in March 2022 and run the usual competition!
People have been particularly prolific in the homebrew space this year, and we hope that some of you will want to engage in working on entries for the competition.

Ultra-short rules:

The same as every year :)
Please read below for details.

Slightly longer rules:

Deadline is 27th March 2022. 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.).
System conversion hacks (such as GG2SMS, MSX2SG hacks are not valid for the competition). 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.)

Rules / The small print

* 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.
* If you have a project that don't clearly fit in the Coding/Hacks/Music 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.
* 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.

How to enter

E-mail: competition AT smspower.org
PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL TO SUBMIT ALL INFORMATION. Every year it takes us a long time to sort through entries for which we can't associate a real name to a forum people, can't tell the proper entry name, etc.

E-mail subject:

Coding Competition 2022 Entry: XXXXXXX

Music Competition 2022 Entry: XXXXXXX

Hacks Competition 2022 Entry: XXXXXXX


Form to copy and fill in your e-mail:

* Forum user name:
XXXXX

* Competition type:
* (Coding/Music/Hacks)
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. Please ZIP everything so we can preserve your build timesamp)
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: Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:30 pm
(I promise to post the 2021 results properly at some point...)
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Post Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2022 4:24 pm
Once again is compo time.
Too much work to make very enjoyable things that many of us enjoy playing, testing, voting, etc...
I think there is no money to pay this effort, but I don´t know if it is posible to open a new line to donate, similar to the sms webpage in order to make a small bag of money for a present or just the money for the compo winners.
Could be a small idea.
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:15 pm
I enjoy every year with the competition, this is a magic period with illusion to know new stuff for my lovely system.

I agree, to make a better project and many people can participate I could make a donation for the winner or winners.

Probably not for this year to create new projects but for the next years...
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Post Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2022 3:15 pm
We’d like to organise things a bit better but it requires time and us main two organisers are disorganised and have full time real life. We’d welcome trusted community members to help us though.
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 6:34 pm
Last edited by segarule on Sun Feb 20, 2022 9:21 am; edited 2 times in total
Every year we have nice surprises! I can t wait what will go for this year. My hope is that someday i can see more RPGs win light of day. I think that a genre with few games for SMS. I know a member with capacity here perfect to create a new one but i dont have seen him in smspower for months. Good luck to competitors and God bless.
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 10:03 pm
I too look forward to this year’s celebrations. I will bring something for the coding competition. :) Anyone else working on something?
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Post Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2022 9:12 am
hang-on wrote
I too look forward to this year’s celebrations. I will bring something for the coding competition. :) Anyone else working on something?


I intend to make a few games for the coding competition; still not entirely sure what
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Post Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2022 9:19 am
I'm coincidentally going to be in Paris on the 27th of March, so, even I'm not going to participate, I'll probably say hi to Bock or something.
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Post Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2022 12:28 pm
hang-on wrote
I too look forward to this year’s celebrations. I will bring something for the coding competition. :) Anyone else working on something?


I'm working on something too! This'll be my first competition! I'm very excited!
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Hype and a question.
Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2022 5:54 am
This will also be my first competition too! I'm pretty hyped, but I have a question...

Am I supposed to write competition AT smspower.org as seen here, or am I supposed to replace the AT with an @ sign?
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2022 7:28 am
Yes, we are trying to avoid spam emails.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2022 11:23 pm
Well, I have submitted my entry for the competition. Can't wait to see what else is in store from other community members!
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 9:32 am
I went and checked the mail catcher and found two entries so far, from haroldoop and armixer24. Please let me know if any earlier entries got lost to the spam filter!
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 11:51 am
Random question, why is the topic of the 2021 competition an announcement, while this one isn't? Shouldn't it be the other way around? I noticed it the other day but I didn't want to be rude.
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Submission for 2022
Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2022 5:23 pm
I am working on a submission too! Put myself to work around 1st march, but things are going really quickly, without any stopper at all.

I suppose that the sunday march 27th at 23:59 here in Spain the game will be submited, like all years :D

Regards everyone!
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2022 9:22 pm
@Tom: because I am unorganised, sorry. I need to finalise the 2021 results and tidy up the forum topics.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2022 9:29 pm
Please, don't misread my intention, I only meant it as a heads up. We're humans, I'd like to help in some way, but I don't think there's anything useful I can do :(

Feel free to prove me wrong by giving me a task, though.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2022 10:04 pm
Step 1 is to use special forum admin access to dump out the votes in a tool to detect suspicious voting patterns, so I'm making it painful for myself :)

Anyway, it is all done now, sorry for the delay! Onwards to 2022, I hope I can get the results published sooner this year.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2022 10:58 pm
I'm the last person who likes to have higher powers (so no, don't read this as an application for mod/admin powers, because I'd respectfully decline), but since I maintained phpBB2 forums in the past I do have some expertise with sql, not to mention that unfortunately I have one of those special minds that like to see numbers and patterns everywhere, so yeah, I'd be up to give you a hand when the time comes, if you want. With this or with any other task. I've had my ups and my downs, but the bottom line is that I've been on smspower for two decades (and it's scary to think that the internet even existed two decades ago), this place is more than a home for me and I'd like to help back.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:21 am
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I am working on a submission too!


Looking forward to it! :)
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:24 am
I'm looking forward to whatever you guys will come up with.

Unfortunately, for me this year will be another no-show. Damn work always gets in the way of getting anything done regarding my hobbies.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2022 10:43 pm
Hello, again! Sent one more entry.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 6:18 pm
I have submitted my entry now. I did not get an auto-confirmation - has it arrived safely?
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 3:22 am
Just submitted my entry to the hacks competition. ^^
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:11 am
I just updated the placeholders for all entries received so far - hang-on, I didn’t get anything from you.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:37 am
Maxim wrote
hang-on, I didn’t get anything from you.

I have just tried to resubmit my entry, without the source directory in the zip file. Maybe there is something in there, that the spamfilter does not like. Does it work better now?
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 9:30 am
just one program/batch file/shell file in the zip file is all it takes to make it look like a dangerous attachment
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:02 am
If you use a password protected RAR file, the file list is encrypted, too, so it usually gets through automatic filters. You need to provide the password to Maxim of course.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:13 am
Yes, it is received now.
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Box template
Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 6:55 pm
Ummm... I have been looking, but not found.

Have someone a proper PDF /PNG / X box template to design the case of the entry?

Thanks!!!
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:17 pm
I left some templates in https://www.smspower.org/forums/16010-CoverArtCompetition2016
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2022 11:03 pm
Hello, again; I sent an update for one of my entries.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2022 5:58 pm
LOL, each year I am more old, but more efficient...

Sent three days before the deadline. Maybe I could make some additional entry... a minigame or something, or a technical demo of a feature of the new engine used on the main entry.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2022 10:57 am
Hi eruiz00 I am glad to read you again here in SMSPower.

A friend of mine told me yesterday and I thought immediately that these were good news for people that love the SMS and your work.

Regards from Valencia.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2022 9:53 am
R..... R.... R..... sent. My first entry ever in this competition. I can't wait to see what you've all submitted !

And now, back to working on 4lex Kidd in Nightmare World.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2022 1:54 pm
Hello there

I submitted an entry too .

Can’t wait to see what’s new this year !
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Last edited by eruiz00 on Sat Mar 26, 2022 6:39 pm; edited 1 time in total
Aranya wrote
Hi eruiz00 I am glad to read you again here in SMSPower.

A friend of mine told me yesterday and I thought immediately that these were good news for people that love the SMS and your work.

Regards from Valencia.


I am glad, too. Also, and this is a coincidence, I went to Alicante one month ago, where i found the inspiration for this submission.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2022 6:01 pm
hi

I've submitted my entry too

Can't wait to see other products. Congrats to everybody ;)

See you
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2022 6:41 pm
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hi

I've submitted my entry too

Can't wait to see other products. Congrats to everybody ;)

See you


Congrats to SMSPOWER for its 25 years...

Let's see if Google and Facebook reach that birthday :D
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2022 9:42 pm
eruiz00 wrote
I suppose that the sunday march 27th at 23:59 here in Spain the game will be submited, like all years :D


When I first read this, I quietly chuckled to myself: "not me," I said...

...and here we are at 22:38, entry only just safely away - phew!

My first entry, and had an absolute blast entering this, but so, so tired now.

BTW I was especially pleased with the cover art, but didn't attach it to the email as it was a bit chunky; it's in a linked Google Drive folder so please don't overlook it - feel like I could do with that "20% awesome"...
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2022 9:52 pm
Im already downloading the stuff. I see quality enough. I bought a chinese everdrive (sorry, not is a original) and i pretend test in my original hardware but for while it dont to arrive i will test in emulators that i have here.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2022 10:32 pm
I've posted all the coding entries received so far, some arrived as I was working on them... and the entry deadline is not yet here so more are expected. (Hi Retica!)
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2022 10:37 pm
Maxim wrote
I've posted all the coding entries received so far, some arrived as I was working on them... and the entry deadline is not yet here so more are expected. (Hi Retica!)

I received an email "Hello, we got your entry but you didn't get the auto-response because no attachments :) but you can see it's all good." as I submitted links to Dropbox files accessible by SMS Power! admins - as opposed to linking them directly and *maybe* causing the email to be bounced back - so I am guessing my entry was received OK :) Thanks
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2022 12:44 am
All entries are now posted, except for the ones we didn't receive yet.

Enjoy!!!!
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2022 8:19 am
Congrats on the anniversary, SMS-Power! I look forward to download, listen and play all the stuff. Thankfully, it will be a short day at the office today :) Thanks for managing all the entries Maxim. You even took the time to playtest and record it all.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2022 9:02 am
I spent a short time to play the games and take some screenshots, and then one more try to capture a video. Some of the videos ended up being longer than others because some are really hard :)

In particular I want to point out that I’m really good at Game Boy Tetris (using the present tense, but actually in haven’t touched it in 20 years) but for some reason I kept screwing up when the video was recording. I’ll try to post a continuous Tetris chain later…
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I spent a short time to play the games and take some screenshots, and then one more try to capture a video. Some of the videos ended up being longer than others because some are really hard :)

Congratulations for all efforts in put the things in order.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2022 7:11 am
Congratulations and many thanks for the great work you've done Maxim by updating the competition page, 'testing' the game, making video, put them online, screenshots...

Thanks again
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2022 11:33 am
Is there a limit date set, until which we are allowed to vote ? Will try the games on weekend and would really like to do so. Thanks.
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