(logo by Cinossu)
It's that time of year again!!
...And what time is that you might ask? Why it's time for the 2013 Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest!! As usual, we're changing a few things about how the contest is run this year and those changes are major.
First of all, that annoying text file that you have to include with your submissions is finally being done away with! We're replacing this with an online submission form with which you'll be able to more easily submit your entries. While this feature will make life easier for everyone submitting a hack, we have not yet implemented it. We'll post something in this thread when we have the script up and running for your use =)
The only other major changes is we've gotten rid of any trophies that were silly or pointless. Every trophy is now competitive and non-humourous to match the apparently serious and mature nature of reverse engineering a video game about an anthropomorphic, blue hedgehog.
This year's judges will consist of Ayla, Cinossu, D.A Garden, Dude, Shadow Fire, MegaGWolf, Mercury, SOTI (Spanner) and this year's new judge, SuperEgg. This team will be reliable and will be able to deal with contest judging as soon as possible in order for us to progress through the contest and get the results out as soon as possible. Judges will be able to submit their own hacks, but will not be able to judge it themselves, nor will they be able to judge submissions that they have been involved with (such as team hacks). Please note that the final decisions are subjected to the Judging Team, and may not reflect your own opinion. Judges may change at any time.
Allow me to show you the list =):
First are the normal trophies. Please note that any level specific trophies are now hack specific meaning they no longer go by individual levels in a hack.
Hidden Palace Trophy
Grand prize / 1st place. This is given to the overall best hack in the contest. No cash prize but instead we have this.
Wood Zone Trophy
Dust Hill Trophy
Green Hill Trophy
Hack (or specific level of a hack if non-applicable) that plays most like a Sonic game.
Windy Valley Trophy
Best art in a hack submitted.
D.A. Garden Trophy
Best music in a hack submitted.
Lava Reef Trophy
Best level layout in a hack submitted.
Genocide City Trophy
Most difficult hack (or specific level of a hack if non-applicable) submitted.
Best Sonic Generations mod.
Best technical / proof of concept hack submitted.
Best new enemy/badnik in a hack submitted.
Best new boss or miniboss in a hack submitted.
Spin Dash Trophy
Best new ability in a hack submitted.
Carnival Night Trophy
Most innovative game play feature in a hack submitted.
Best Special Stage in a hack submitted.
Robotnik's Revenge Trophy
Best fresh concept using existing concepts as the backbone in a hack submitted.
Most entertaining / fun hack submitted.
Most unique hack submitted.
Most improved hack from last year's contest.
Now we move on to the Community Trophies!! =) These trophies are trophies that are awarded by those following the contest.
Hidden Palace Community Trophy
Best hack submitted overall.
Big Community Trophy
Worst hack submitted overall.
Windy Valley Community Trophy
Best art hack submitted.
D.A. Garden Community Trophy
Best music hack submitted.
Lava Reef Community Trophy
Best level layout hack submitted.
11000101 Community Trophy
Best technical hack submitted.
...And there you have it!! The only other incredibly important thing to mention at this point in time would be the rules of this hacking contest. This could, quite possibly, be one of the most major changes of all and was eventually brought on as a result of the contest a few years back where Sonic Boom won the HPZ trophy.
1) No palette hacks
2) No simple level layout hacks with nothing else changed
3) No joke hacks. Sonic is srsbizness guyz >=(
4) No private hacks. This is the major change I was referring to. Sonic Boom winning caused a huge shitstorm until people could actually play that hack and see why I gave it the HPZ trophy. Entries are either Public (Hack can be downloaded) or Partial (media such as screenshots, videos and music only available to the public).
5) You must include media such as screenshots (absolutely mandatory, must include a title screen image), videos (YouTube links are fine) and music (MP3 and VGM preferred). The judges will no longer waste time making screenshots for you.
6) E-mailed submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be through the online script.
7) These rules can change at any time. Check back often (or at least before you submit something) to make sure they haven't.
The deadline for entries will be 31.07.2013 and any questions can be asked in this thread where-in a judge will be able to provide some sort of answer. We do not need any other judges at this time.
Like the last few years, the public will have a chance to view this year's entries, download the public hacks and vote for Community Trophies. Unlike before, we will not be doing this as part of SAGE. We will hopefully have some additional events during the week including live streaming of hacks, IRC workshops lead by experienced hackers and quick time-limited contests that could last from one week, one day or even one hour! What can you do in terms of a hack from scratch in such limited time?
So with that, I'll leave you to your hacking =P
Ready, Set, Procrastinate!! As long as you don't procrastinate as long as I did making the thread for this to begin with =P
~Julia / Ayla, Spanner, and the SHC2013 judges