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The Seventh Annual Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest!!! I hate you all.. WHY DO I KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE?!!

#1 User is offline Ayla 

Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:32 AM

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It's become a habit the last couple of years for me to say "fuck it" and then come crawling back to torture myself with your awesome creative talents. :( Things are finally quieting down in my life and hopefully this will allow me more time to dedicate to the contest, but who knows what will go wrong this next time around <.< As I mentioned before, I'm using a whole new grading system for the contest and this will be revealed down below. Just realize that these changes will effect the...

PRIZES

I nixed a couple of the trophies that I thought were useless. One was the palette trophy.. can't remember what the other was. Something useless. Anyway, there is a whole new rating system which makes winning some of these different. Just realize that some of these have been changed from personal opinion to a grading system based on various criteria.

Hidden Palace Trophy - Grand Prize. Small cash prize negotiated after winning.

Wood Zone Trophy - Second Place. Something cool that I may have that can be negotiated after winning (drawings, toothbrushes, rave flyers..)



Genocide City Trophy – This award goes to the hardest level
Lava Reef Trophy – this goes to the longest level hack (based on time taken to beat)
Green Hill Trophy – this goes to the level or game that plays most like a Sonic level or game
Labyrinth Trophy – most confusing level
1337!!! Trophy – worst Sonic hack
1000101 Trophy – best technical hack
Windy Valley Trophy – best original art hack
Toxic Caves Trophy - best reused art hack
Shadow Trophy – best Hentai-based hack -- I want another giant dong in a game =P
WTF?! Trophy – most unique hack
Christmas Present Trophy - most unexpected hack
Piano Trophy - best music to level (thus it's specific to a specific level in a specific hack)
The Super Duper Amazing Level Trophy - best level layout hack
Eosian Sphere Trophy - best new object
Knuckles Trophy - best new playable character
Fang Trophy - best new enemy
Metropolis Trophy - best new boss
Mushroom Hill Trophy - best new miniboss (if applicable)
Spindash Trophy - best new ability
Eureka! Trophy - most innovative game play feature
Replay Trophy - most innovative options feature
Crystal Meth Trophy - most potential replayability.. by potential I'm realizing most hacks entered are incomplete and thus I'm going on the stuff already in there that would make it replayable as a fully finished game =)
The Bar Admin Trophy - most improved hack from last year
Robotnik's Revenge Trophy - best new concept based on existing concepts (boss attack, time attack, things that were added to a game that exist in other sonic games)
Maze Trophy- best sonic 1 special stage
Chute Trophy- best sonic 2 special stage
Sphere Trophy- best sonic 3 special stage
Emerald Trophy- best special stage (custom or otherwise)


As usual, one hack can win multiple trophies and multiple hacks can be submitted by one person...


RULES


1) You will have until 12:00 AM MST September 1st, 2009 to get all of your hacks in to me. This gives you kids that are in school all fucking summer =P
2) Hacks must be e-mailed as either ROMs or savestates (genecyst / gens format only). In the age of broadband, IPS is just retarded and you can attach massive files with Gmail and most other mail carriers.
3) There are no limits on editors.
4) New Trophies may be added or removed during the contest
5) Entries may be sent in for any console, though you'll have to tell us what it is.
6) You may reach me at [email protected] (get rid of filler) for questions and for sending hacks. You can also ask me questions in this thread
7) The entry must be sent in as the following:

Name / Alias:
Name of Hack:
Game of Origin:
Console of Origin:
E-mail:

Links to your hack in this topic are retarded. I know I don't want to sort through 200 replies for your hack. If you want, I will be happy to take a link to your hack through e-mail... as usual, though, this will probably be ignored so I'll still look through this topic =P Bastards.
8) No late hacks will be accepted -- end of story. Updated, already entered hacks are taken all the way until I finish playing through each hack once. I will let you know when that happens IN THIS TOPIC.
9) Simple palette hacks are not allowed. Anyone can whip out a new palette in a whopping five to ten minutes and I'm sick of that shit.
10) Rules may change at any time. Check back often.
11) I will ask YOU to judge. I'm not taking applications. Oerg and roxahris are already on board. If I need more I'll ask.

JUDGES

Roxahris - n/a
Oerg - n/a
Malevolence - Bosses
Tweaker - music


So yah.. I've decided I'm going to make trophy posters myself for the contest. Isn't that awesome? They're going to rock. Just wait and see =P

As usual.. Ready, Set... Procrastinate!!

Julia / Ayla / Samantha / Nayr / jesus I have too many aliases >.>
This post has been edited by Ayla: 19 December 2008 - 12:06 AM

#2 User is offline roxahris 

Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:39 AM

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Shockingly, I am really a judge. I'm quite surprised about this, but hopefully nobody will have a panic attack about it. I'm really happy to be a part of the judging team, and I will certainly try to judge all hacks to the very best of my ability, if not better.

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Does it have to be a 2d sonic game to be eligible?

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Hi,

first off, thanks to Ayla for hosting a new contest! Well, I don't have the time right now to write much.

I promise fair judging, and that everyone should be happy with the results.

I think the choice of trophies fits the contest very well.

Well, what are you waiting for?

:(

#5 User is offline Ayla 

Posted 16 December 2008 - 03:43 AM

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I've received a couple negative reactions to my judge choices on IRC. You can choose to have two judges vote, but you must have at least two and you must specify who.

Dude: no. Any platform means any platform =) Shadow DX can be entered =P
This post has been edited by Ayla: 16 December 2008 - 03:45 AM

#6 User is offline Irixion 

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Aww, I wish I could enter, but S2R is nowhere near ready. (Plus I'm taking a break from hacking altogether for a bit) Good luck to everyone who will enter :(

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Jay is entering this one, this time.

Who knows what it'll be...? :(

#8 User is offline roxahris 

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View PostIrixion, on Dec 16 2008, 06:17 PM, said:

Aww, I wish I could enter, but S2R is nowhere near ready. (Plus I'm taking a break from hacking altogether for a bit) Good luck to everyone who will enter :(
Hey, it's not like the judging ends tomorrow... you have until September! Whether or not you use that time wisely... is up to you! Haha!

#9 User is offline Irixion 

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"Nowhere near ready" Even if I worked full speed there's no way I could get it done...and I can't work full speed because there are things that I need to do (such as art, that I suck ass at)

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View PostAyla, on Dec 16 2008, 09:32 AM, said:

Hidden Palace Trophy - Grand Prize. Small cash prize negotiated after winning.

Uh huh, just like the last contest? :P

#11 User is offline Puto 

Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:52 AM

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And the one before that. Team Megamix still hasn't received the "cash prize" from the 2007 contest :x

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:55 AM

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First time I'll complain about the contest rules =P

View PostAyla, on Dec 16 2008, 06:32 AM, said:

2) Hacks must be e-mailed as either ROMs or savestates (genecyst / gens format only). In the age of broadband, IPS is just retarded and you can attach massive files with Gmail and most other mail carriers.

No ZIP or the like? (and if allowed, what compression formats exactly)

View PostAyla, on Dec 16 2008, 06:32 AM, said:

Name / Alias:
Name of Hack:
Game of Origin:
Console of Origin:
E-mail:

Um, if the hacks are gonna be submitted through e-mail, why send the address unless the submitter wants to recieve info through another address?

#13 User is offline Oerg866 

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View PostPuto, on Dec 16 2008, 11:52 AM, said:

And the one before that. Team Megamix still hasn't received the "cash prize" from the 2007 contest :x


Oh. :(

Also, I'll donate something to the grand winner too.

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roxahris as a judge? I can't think of anyone more blatantly biased—doesn't he have his own hack that he once entered in the contest? It's not a very wise decision to have a ROM hacker himself judge; he's likely to be more partial towards his own preference of changes, what he arbitrarily perceives as skillful, and won't be able to judge to the best extent possible.

Needless to say, I severely disagree with this decision—why can't you, Verse, and Mustapha judge, like years beforehand? That worked perfectly fine; I see no reason to change it.

Well, whatever. I may or may not enter something this year, depending on my inspiration to actually bother with ROM hacking again. Who knows? Maybe I'll win something. :(

#15 User is offline Spanner 

Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:55 AM

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Hmm, hopefully this year I'll enter my Sonic 2 hack this time, I have some ideas, hopefully I'll be able to implement them instead of making another special stage that has a dong in the middle. :P
Good news that you're leading the contest again though!

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