Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest 2017

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  1. sewer56lol

    sewer56lol Newcomer Member

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    This year there may or may not be an entry for a game for which an entry has never been made before , we will see if time permits to polish our tools first.

    If it comes to worst, a little demo will be left to tease you, although as is now, nothing is stopping you from making mods for this game yourself, the tools, all of them we have released, silently, just have to stalk a few Github pages, even a little guide, just a bit quiet is all we are.
     
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  2. Trinitronity

    Trinitronity Well-Known Member Member

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    Uhm...excuse me, but the Discord invite doesn't work for me...
    Also, what exactly are the requirements for becoming a judge?
    And can anyone become a judge as long as the person has the abilities needed for being a good judge?
     
  3. LazloPsylus

    LazloPsylus A Certain Scientific Railgun The Railgun

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    If you have to ask, you're probably not suitable. Or at least, that has been the longstanding policy, much like staffing. Not that you would want the job anyway.
     
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  4. Spanner

    Spanner The Tool Administrator

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    You got banned a long time ago for bothering a bunch of people, remember?

    Also:
     
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  5. Spanner

    Spanner The Tool Administrator

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    As you may know, our intended Hacking Contest Week was set for Monday 6th to Sunday 12th November.

    It has now been announced that Sonic Forces will be released during this period. As to not inconvenience some of our Media Panel who would be now no doubt be occupied with Forces stuff, we are delaying this year’s Hacking Contest to a later period of time.

    Although the Forces release is a reason as to the delay, we were going to have to do this anyway as development on the new website in the works that handles submissions and a bunch of other stuff including new features had stalled due to serious laptop problems which are taking longer than usual to fix. We don’t want to go back to using the old website due to issues that worsen every year, so we are giving our website developer extra time to recoup from lost time due to these laptop issues.

    With that being said, here are the new dates to remember for this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest:

    The primary submissions deadline for entries will be the end of Sunday 22nd October. You must have submitted a playable build by then to the contest site on your entry in order for it to be accepted past this point; otherwise the entry will become a Hack Expo candidate which will not be judged.

    You then have a week to refine your entry, fix any issues, and upload your final build. This final deadline will be the end of Sunday 29th October.

    If you are submitting to the Expo rather than the Contest you have until the end of Sunday 12th November to refine your entry and upload your final build.

    The NEW Contest Week date is Monday 20th to Sunday 26th November. We will announce this year’s Media Panel in due course, as the date change may affect availability of those already confirmed, not to mention there may be additional panellists as a result of the date change too.

    Please remember the Quality Control Criteria explained in the first post of this thread – judges WILL be looking at your entries to ensure they meet the criteria of the Hacking Contest and Hack Expo. Judges reserve the right to move your entry to the Hack Expo or decline your entry should they feel that it is not up to the Hacking Contest standards of this year.

    You have all been given extra time this year, do NOT disappoint us!
     
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  6. Spanner

    Spanner The Tool Administrator

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    Please read the first post of this thread regarding our current stance on Sonic Mania mods in the contest.

    Obviously we are open to discussion on the issue should people have any issues with it, but with the current interest in Mania mods no doubt there will be some who would have had some interest in submitting this year.
     
  7. Royameadow

    Royameadow Welcome to the modern existence. Member

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    Given the current degree that we are capable of modifying the files of Mania at this point, limiting mods of the title to only being part of the Hack Expo portion of SHC: Fifteenth Anniversary is fair and proper, I would agree with anybody that says that these mods are far from being at their optimal potential and it might be years before we even see that, all things considered, so this would help prevent an overload in the entry department, especially given how massive the past two contests were individually.

    In the event that it could be possible though, would it be within reason to ask if we could have Workshop Streams being done by some of the current modders of the game during the Contest Week?
    This would definitely help in getting others to delve into making their own works with any current and future utilities, as well as to understand how this version of the Retro Engine works so that coders will know exactly what they're doing when programming for it; given the extremely high demand for additional modding support, this would be a beneficial thing for everybody involved if this were made a reality, it definitely would be a missed opportunity if it were possible but not taken up upon, I would indeed recommend to ask around and see if anybody's interested in doing this.
     
  8. TheInvisibleSun

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    Never heard of this event; is it related to the Sonic the Hedgehog Hacking Contest 2017?
     
  9. Novedicus

    Novedicus Some say that Heaven is Hell Member

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    Look at Spanner's signature.
     
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  10. SuperEgg

    SuperEgg I'm a guy that knows that you know that I know Member

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    Howdy Folks, it's time to get as hyped as you can be, because we've got some really great news for you that is bound to excite and make you feel all tingly on the inside!

    We now have the Sonic Hacking Contest Website up and running, mostly. While it is still under construction, the site is accessible and the Front page is there to remind everybody how this shindig is happening, assuming you haven't been reading the rules in the thread here.

    The site is responsive to screen size, so it will both run on your favorite computer AND your handy dandy mobile device, which is new, but also means that the site mobile friendly! Why'd you play Sonic hacks when your on the go is beyond me, but that's a cause I can fully back.

    Lastly, Submissions will be open soon. A tentative date will be given when we have one, but it should be within the next two weeks. To also segue a tiny bit, Submissions are still due by October 22nd. If the site isn't up, we'll figure something out.

    So, that's it. Go back home and finish up those hacks kids, you've got 19 days to do it! Good luck, and maybe procrastinate a tiny bit less.

    Almost forgot, a link to the new site.
     
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  11. TruffledToad

    TruffledToad guy with the "Has edited his bio too much" award Member

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    Overall, I'm really excited for this year's contest, about as excited as I was for Sonic Mania. I'm really hoping everyone has stepped up their game to make more quality than quantity. I expect the best of everyone! No more no less!
     
  12. LordXernom

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    I love that Big Trophy was removed - less people will be butthurted. I have one question to NSFW stuff - is cursing in artwork like "fuck, damn" are allowed or it will be disqualified?
     
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  13. Spanner

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    We dropped the Big Trophy as a judged trophy last year but considering what was submitted we had no choice but to bring it back. It's not coming back this year anyway, as bad hacks will not be showcased whatsoever.

    As for swearing, I don't think that would be an issue. When we talk about NSFW, we're more on about the pornographic sides of things.
     
  14. Misinko

    Misinko If you need to shoot me, I won't complain! Staff

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    New site's looking fantastic, and mobile version ain't shabby either. Kinda miss the darker theme from years ago, but this one looks fine as-is. I assume we'll get some navigation controls going on when the contest actually goes live?
     
  15. SuperEgg

    SuperEgg I'm a guy that knows that you know that I know Member

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    No. It's gonna be a single page website that says "Submit your shit here, you fucks" We're going only the highest of quality here, you fuck =V
     
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  16. Burst

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    I have a good feeling that we see good hacks this time. I cannot wait for it. But hey, it's only a month until it starts. :)
     
  17. LazloPsylus

    LazloPsylus A Certain Scientific Railgun The Railgun

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    Here's their super-secret entry sorting machine:

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  18. Natsumi

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    If Cinossu followed the style of this website, the site shit would have been fucked together years ago :V
     
  19. Spanner

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    Okay, people are asking, what's going on with the website, the deadline is the 23rd and it's still not up?

    Quick explanation. Cinossu, our site developer, did get his rather troublesome laptop back very recently from repair, but it had to quickly go back in for some rectification work. He's had it back for a few days now and has been getting the submissions side of things up as soon as he can.

    He is hoping to get stuff up by this weekend, but as this year's site is a complete re-code and not just redecorating the old site, some features may not be available in time for the opening this year, such as the teams function. If some site features are not implemented for this year's contest (many things will be sorted in time for the Contest Week), they will return for next year's Contest, which should not have serious delays like what has happened this year.

    We know just having a week to submit simply isn't going to do well for a lot of people, even if you've had since December last year to work on an entry. Therefore, the judges have decided to allow a time extension of an additional week to compensate, so our new deadline for submissions will be the end of Sunday 29th October and the deadline for updates will be the end of Sunday 5th November.

    The Hack Expo deadline which is the end of Sunday 12th November and the Contest Week from Monday 20th November to Sunday 26th November remain unchanged.
     
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  20. Cinossu

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