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Sonic Hacking Contest 2016: THE RESULTS We're all glad this is over...until 2017.

#1 User is offline Spanner 

Posted 13 November 2016 - 05:35 PM

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THE RESULTS!

Now, before we get onto the results, we know that many of us this year can agree on one thing – this contest was not as good as previous years. It is not something that the judges are pleased about, not to mention other issues that have cropped up including the site going down repeatedly.

Not every hack was bad this year, and the ones that have won trophies this year can easily show that, as well as a few that missed out this year. But overall, many have felt that this year, most people did not bring their A game to the contest, most people half assed a bunch of entries and eventually pissed off pretty much everyone who went near those entries. This is not the fault of the judges, but the people who are submitting this content to us.

We accept that changes must be made for next year and trust me, we've already talked about what to do for 2017, and we will continue to do so for as long as needed until we are satisfied to announce a much improved Hacking Contest for 2017 – the 15th Anniversary. Many entries that were in this year, or even stuff along the lines of entries like some submitted, won't even be allowed for next year. But for now, here are the results of the Sonic Hacking Contest 2016:


Hidden Palace Trophy
1st Place
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto

Wood Zone trophy
2nd Place
Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic 2 ReMastered by MrCat (very split decision with this trophy)

Dust Hill Trophy
3rd Place
Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub

Green Hill Trophy
Entry (or specific level of an entry if non-applicable) that plays most like a Sonic game.
Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub

Windy Valley Trophy
Best art in an entry submitted.
Pantufa the Cat - Extended Edition by VAdaPEGA
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic Halloween by CamManS5

D.A. Garden Trophy
Best music in an entry submitted.
NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team, Knuckles Emerald Hunt by MainMemory

Lava Reef Trophy
Best level layout in an entry submitted.
Pepsi in Sonic 1 by Unlimited Trees

Genocide City Trophy
Most difficult entry (or specific level of an entry if non-applicable) submitted.
Tails Adventures for Über Players by Bakayote

Wing Fortress Trophy
Best cutscene in an entry submitted.
Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team

Azure Lake Trophy
Best multiplayer entry submitted.
Sonic Bash! v2 by redhotsonic
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Chaotix Edition by Jdpense

Generations Trophy
Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted.
Eggmanland for Sonic Generations by NeKit
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Beta Windy Valley (Sonic Lost World) by SonicOtakuSNG; SADX Character Select Mod by MainMemory & SonicFreak94

11000101 Trophy
Best technical / proof of concept entry submitted.
Sonic Pocket Winter by ValleyBell
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Sonic 4 in 1 by Natsumi; Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team; Eggmanland for Sonic Generations by NeKit

Fang Trophy
Best new enemy / badnik in an entry submitted.
NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Pepsi in Sonic 1 by Unlimited Trees; Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto

Eggman Trophy
Best new boss or miniboss in an entry submitted.
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto
HONOURABLE MENTION: Doctor Robotnik's Plan B (REV01) by Painto

Spindash Trophy
Best new ability in an entry submitted.
Sonic Pocket Winter by ValleyBell
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Pikachu the Mouse by Team Overload; Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro

Carnival Night Trophy
Most innovative game play feature in an entry submitted.
NULL VOTE – NO TROPHY AWARDED

Casinopolis Trophy
Most entertaining / fun hack submitted.
The Radikal Ralakimus Hack Pack (WOW!) - Volume 1 by Ralakimus & Bakayote
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic Halloween by CamManS5

Emerald Trophy
Best Special Stage in an entry submitted.
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto


Robotnik's Revenge Trophy
Best fresh concept using existing concepts as the backbone in an entry submitted.
Sonic 1: Reverse Curse by Campbellsonic

Polygon Jim Trophy
Most unique entry submitted.
The Radikal Ralakimus Hack Pack (WOW!) - Volume 1 by Ralakimus & Bakayote
HONOURABLE MENTION: Lose Tails or Else by GT Koopa


Tails Trophy
Most improved entry from last year's contest.
Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub


Newtrogic High Trophy
Voted best entry of the contest by the Media team.
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto

Big the Cat Trophy
Worst entry overall in the contest.
Roya Rockwood's Sonic Mega Collection by Royameadow
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Unlimited Trees by Unlimited Trees; Blue Potato the McDonalds by Blue Potato; Blue Knuckles in Sonic 3 by Blind_Jack; White Sonic in SK (Sonic 3 Part 2) by joshwoakes; Sonic XE by Team XE; Team Overload (all those underwhelming entries were overkill)


Hidden Palace Community Trophy
Voted best entry submitted overall.
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto


Windy Valley Community Trophy
Voted best art entry submitted.
Pantufa the Cat - Extended Edition by VAdaPEGA


D.A. Garden Community Trophy
Voted best music entry submitted.
Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team


Lava Reef Community Trophy
Voted best level layout entry submitted.
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC'16 pre-final) by Team Painto


11000101 Community Trophy
Voted best technical entry submitted.
Sonic Pocket Winter by ValleyBell

Big the Cat Community Trophy
Voted worst entry submitted overall.
Roya Rockwood's Sonic Mega Collection by Royameadow


We would also like to give some recognition to the following hacks:
Sonic 2 ReMastered by MrCatIf we had the 8-bit Trophy this year (it will likely be back next year), this would have won it.
Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro You have so much potential, come back next year because this hack could win good by then. If we had a trophy to award to the hack with the most potential, it's this hack.

Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 Mini Contest
Competition to work on a SBZ1 level layout from scratch.
JOINT WINNERS: Natsumi and MegaGWolf


We would like to thank everyone who took part by submitting, the judges, those that streamed during the week, the rest of the media panel and anyone else I've forgotten about. This honestly was a very difficult contest to judge this year, especially with the quality of entries this year, to a point where quite a lot of the judges ended up being completely stressed out by the end of this.

Let's emphasise this for next year – QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY! We want to have a great contest enjoyable by everyone, not one that just depresses people in the end. With the quality control we intend to implement, I don't see over 50 hacks being submitted next year, but if what we get is a reduced amount of submissions that are very pleasing, then that would be great.

Don't go all over the place with future entries, some advice to give would be to focus on one zone first, do everything you possibly can with it, and move onto the next zone if you have the time to do so. Remember, hacks like Sonic Boom and Sonic – The Next Level only contained just one zone in their submissions, and they won big.

All hacks will receive evaluation pages from judges very shortly – due to the issues faced this week we are running a little behind and we hope to have them available to the public by the end of next week. But that's not the only thing getting evaluation, we want YOU to evaluate the contest and the Contest Week, to let us know what should be done for the 2017 Contest. Please submit this form by the end of Sunday 20th November.


!!! A QUICK REMINDER FROM AYLA !!!

All trophy winners please contact Ayla (NOT Spanner) for your prize!! It was not very well conveyed that there REALLY, REALLY ARE PRIZES THIS YEAR!!! It's not just a plant! I have around 62 keys for Steam games to give away. Some highlights are "South Park and the Stick of Truth", "Civilisation V", "Mafia 2", and "Wastelands 2". I also have indie games that are less processor hungry and should run on any Windows PC. Here is the prize link:

http://tinyurl.com/ju5t2hl

Rules & Conditions: I will need to get prizes handed out to HPZ, WZ, and DHZ winners before I can promise games to the rest of the trophy winners!! If you won more than one trophy, you do not get more than one prize. If you have multiple people in your team, then each team member will need to contact me. I will also need to verify that you are in that team. This is for major contributions only. If you only contributed "one song" or "beta tested" the game, you don't get a prize. Sorry! Prizes are available for winners picked by judges, medial panel (newtrogic high trophy), and community. If you do not want a prize, do not contact me. It's that simple. Prizes are able to be claimed until 21.12.2016 (Yule Day) as 2017 contest rules are expected to be posted the week following Yule. Remaining prizes will be added to next year's prize collection. New prizes to replace the claimed ones will be purchased for next year. Big the Cat trophy winner also receives a game, so please still contact me, Royameadow! Yes, I'm serious.


That's all for now. After this long week, it's time to celebrate.
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Its nice to see Lose Tails Or Else got some recognition, but honestly it lacked the polish I was going to give it, such as a results screen for example. It all comes down to no real free time and bad luck on my end.

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 05:55 PM

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I'm so happy and I've never expected winning such amount of trophies, if ever any. Thanks to anyone for playing and for support and also congratulations to other winners, we all did it really good! See you next year, I guess.

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 06:02 PM

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Wow... Is that how you get a Hidden Palace trophy? You set Sonic 1 on fire and add new bosses and... WALLAH! The entries pissed me off this year too but were you guys THAT pissed off that you wanted to see Sonic 1 burn so you'd award top prize to whoever did it? I'm not trying to take away from Painto's work but this was not top tier material. Even 2nd/3rd place deserved to be bumped up in trophies. I guess even the judging this year was shit too because one hack I won't bother rementioning that was deserving of a trophy only got an honorable mention. This is a joke.

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I must admit, I was expecting Virtual Adventure to get first place.

But either way, congratulation Tean Painto~

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View PostKnucklez, on 13 November 2016 - 06:02 PM, said:

Wow... Is that how you get a Hidden Palace trophy?


If by being a really fun hack then yes, it is.

To be honest, I was expecting Scorched Quest to win. Not many of the other entries I felt deserved it as much. I can say one thing, I was really not expecting 3rd place, ha
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Welp, looks like the contest is over. This year was fine, but with the quality of the hacks, it's just... eh. So, I created a review of (almost) all of the hacks. Some of the hacks I didn't review because either I can play them, or I just didn't feel like it (White Sonic lel)

But before I do that, let me just say that it's nice that I won a trophy, but I just need to ask why? I'm glad I won a trophy, I really am, I'm just confused why my hack got chosen out of all the better hacks in the contest. Personally, Scorched Quest has better layouts. The layouts in my hack, I only put effort into 4 of them, being NGHZ, DPZ, PCZ, and CCLZ. CMZ and LZ were pretty much jokes. And even then, the ones I did put effort in weren't all that great to be honest. Look, I accept the judges choices, and I'm glad that people actually thought my thing was somewhat good enough to be the best in the contest, it just confuses me. Oh well.

Oh, and Knucklez, though Virtual Adventure was good, Scorched Quest was still better. The game was longer, had (less cheap) better bosses, and the layouts were just more fun. Also, the whole Emerald Hunting thing is fine, except that the layouts encourage you to go fast, and a lot of people usually forgot about the whole emerald thing. It wasn't until people realized the level loops (which took a few of the streamers awhile to realize) that they noticed that shit was going up.

Anyways, it's time for the reviews themselves. Note that this is my opinion, so if something offends you (or you think my opinion is terrible), I don't care.

Spoiler


Also, I probably have no say, since my hacks in this contest were also pretty shitty which I gotta admit, but bleh, I spent my time playing these hacks, I gotta say something about them.

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I would like to apologise that we did overlook a trophy during the results show - the Casinopolis trophy, which has now been updated.

Fortunately, we did talk about the winning hack on the Results Show, but didn't get to mention the Honourable Mention for it. Sorry about that.

Keep doing the evaluation and feedback up by the way if you haven't already, we're getting plenty of good responses so far.
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I downloaded exactly zero hacks during this contest. It was already a chore to open sixty something tabs, filter out two thirds of those, and then be left to see what I was going to play first. Only then did I realize that I don't really feel any excitement anymore and decided for the contest to finish so I can now focus on stuff that is actually worth my time.

Sure as hell hope next year will bring down the number of entries down to 20 or so, knowing in advance that they deserve to be in there.

Also, did the survey.

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View PostHorriblePerson, on 13 November 2016 - 06:40 PM, said:

-it has green hills zone music so once again it's good

You do realize that the music wasn't changed right? :v:/> I noticed your comment on his entry, but Green Hills Zone music wasn't changed at all. :P I was honestly hoping it'd win a trophy. I thought it had the best art out of all the hacks IMO. Still this year's contest was a joke. There were only a few hacks I liked, and most of them shouldn't have been entered at all. Here's hoping next year's contest will be way better. I'm going to try my best to enter something, but I'm not going to slop something together poorly and enter it like most of these people did...

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This week was kinda busy for me so I hadn't gotten around to playing much of anything, the only ones I gave a serious playthrough were "Robotnik's Plan B" and "Back 2 the Future", which I both rather enjoyed, even though the latter was pretty buggy; I warped from the future back to the present in GHZ act 2, and ended up repeatedly spawning underneath the stage. Still, the concept was pretty interesting and I would enjoy seeing the idea fleshed out more.
Even though the contest proper is over, I'll still try to get around to playing everything eventually, though it's good to know which of these is actually going to be worth the effort. :v:
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Well, an SADX mod got honorable mention, so that's pretty good I think.

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I have to say this first, but the level layouts in people's hacks were generally really disappointing this year. Apart from a few entries that stood out, most were really shoddy and badly put together. I can't count the number of times I saw misplaced objects and chunks which obviously needed fixing but just.. well, weren't. I know it's a difficult task, but I will reiterate that creating a full, new layout takes time and creating a good one, even more-so. It's just that rushing a layout to get it finished is never a good idea and it's usually obvious when it's done. Also, Pepsi in Sonic 1 won the Lava Reef Zone trophy for Best level layout in an Entry Submitted? I mean, if that's correct, then fine, but I am scratching my head at this one.

I did have an entry in the works for the Scrap Brain Zone mini contest, but I couldn't get it done in the time frame. 4 days just wasn't enough for me, and as my free time is limited these days anyway, I was doubtful of finishing in time. I've got what I had lying around though, so if anyone is interested in what I had, drop me a message and I'll send it your way.

Overall, I was underwhelmed in general. This isn't to take away from the entries that were really good and stood out, though. Those that were great were just that, and I'm glad I got to experience them. It's just that there was more than enough entries that seemed to dissolve into 1 in my head, and I found it hard to differentiate them. I agree with the majority of the trophies though, and I'm still glad I got to enjoy (part of) this year's contest.

Again, my kudos to Painto and his team for Sonic: Scorched Quest. I really do think he deserved first place for his efforts and I really look forward to the final release. Sonic: Virtual Adventure was, in my opinion an incredibly close second place but I seemed to be that unlucky guy that had the sound driver crash almost every time I played it. It's looking great so far, but I just didn't find it as memorable as my experience with Sonic: Scorched Quest.

Finally, thanks to all of the staff, judges and media panel for all of their work, commitment and dedication to the contest. I fully appreciate it, and look forward to next year.
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View PostKnucklez, on 13 November 2016 - 06:02 PM, said:

Wow... Is that how you get a Hidden Palace trophy? You set Sonic 1 on fire and add new bosses and... WALLAH! The entries pissed me off this year too but were you guys THAT pissed off that you wanted to see Sonic 1 burn so you'd award top prize to whoever did it? I'm not trying to take away from Painto's work but this was not top tier material. Even 2nd/3rd place deserved to be bumped up in trophies. I guess even the judging this year was shit too because one hack I won't bother rementioning that was deserving of a trophy only got an honorable mention. This is a joke.

I don't exactly appreciate the insults and I'm sure the other judges don't, either.

I felt Painto's work was solid and deserving of the trophy. It's fun, quirky and has a clear theme in mind. Virtual Adventure didn't have the same appeal to me and while I can only speak for myself, I voted Remastered for the 2nd place trophy.

Everyone's got their different opinions, and that's fine, but the conclusion we came to was that Scorched Quest was the best in show. The community trophies also came to the same result, so I think that speaks for itself.

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View PostD.A. Garden, on 14 November 2016 - 05:06 AM, said:

Also, Pepsi in Sonic 1 won the Lava Reef Zone trophy for Best level layout in an Entry Submitted? I mean, if that's correct, then fine, but I am scratching my head at this one.

To be honest the Lava Reef Trophy was VERY SPLIT. It came to the majority vote winning, as per all trophies.
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