The whole point of this site (which Cinossu wanted to do) was to improve it over the last website, offer more functionality and also make it more reliable as there have been times when the site went down due to issues. From what I saw with the in-progress site, it's looking really good and it's certainly a lot better to work with than the last site, it's just that the guy's been busy with his own work where he does web development for a living. That I can understand, things can get in the way of things. It's just unfortunate when there's no progress updates at all, or any messages being left to say that there's been an issue that's going to delay the site again. I'm not mad at him, I can understand how things happen, it's just when we're two weeks away from the revised once-again deadline and there's nothing then it just means we have to increase the deadline once again and make sure everything is done and ready to go. I want at least a month of the site being open to the deadlines concerned.
The problem with extending the deadlines are that we have the media side of things, we have these streamers and YouTube favourites who are willing to help out with the contest, but when the dates change and other shit is already going to happen, then that means we lose those vital people - one of the biggest changes and benefits over the contest years ago was the community interaction instead of it just being a closed shop environment plus the fact that everything was being done on time and people could trust the dates given for when they'd get the results. Now I think we're just letting everyone down, from the people who submit to the normal players and even any staff member of the contest. Like I said, I'm not blaming Cinossu for anything, it's just the obvious lack of communication here is causing things to be delayed even further. Obviously something has got in the way and to that, there's not much that can be done at the moment. This is just a community event for fun, nobody's getting paid to do this shit or anything.
I will be revising the contest dates once I talk to the judges and the media people. It's not something I want to do, but it's certainly something that I just have to. Next year is going to be without all these issues, especially when this site is going to be built to last essentially. Obviously if you're submitting or plan to, then certainly you'll like the extra time, but there will be people who just want this to be over and done with so they can see if their hacks are worth it.
A reminder that the hacking contest is still going on and that everyone who is intending to submit should prepare entries for as soon as the site is ready.
The submissions deadline for entries will be Sunday 6th September 2015 where you must submit a playable build by then to the contest site in order for it to be entered.
You then have a week to refine your entry, fix any issues found and improve your hack which will be Sunday 13th September 2015.
Yes I'm aware, the site is holding this contest up and it really should have been up by now. Cinossu will be providing an update at some point concerning the progress as I can certainly understand that there are people getting restless over the fact that this contest hasn't been going to plan this year. At the end of the day, when someone has to prioritise their actual life and work over a contest, then that is completely understandable. Obviously it inconviences people who are planning to submit as well as those judging and doing media, but setbacks do happen all the time, it's just something we have to deal with.
If there needs to be any time extensions once again I will have to do that. Otherwise, prepare your entries and when the site is live, put them through as soon as you can.
Due to being informed that the completion of the website will not be done in time for the deadline, the contest has been extended once again.
Submissions in by Sunday 6th September.
Updates in by Sunday 13th September.
Contest Week from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th September.
Something you can actually play the game with. If you submit a ROM that redirects to the SEGA screen after pressing start on the title screen (like someone did a few years ago which did not please anyone), it's not getting accepted. If you feel it is not good yet for a public release then at least let the judges play it as a partial private entry.
TIME EXTENSION - NEW CONTEST DEADLINES Submissions in by Sunday 9th August 2015. Updates in by Sunday 16th August 2015 As you may be aware, the contest website where submissions are made as well as downloading and voting for the Contest Week among other things has been in the process of being worked on. Usually, we have submissions open by now, but this has not been the case as Cinossu who is the web developer has had plenty on his plate to deal with outside of the contest site, and so work has been slower than usual.
To accommodate for this inconvenience, the contest deadline has been extended by another week, meaning you all have extra time to get a submission sorted.
The submissions deadline means that you must have a playable build to be submitted to the contest site whilst the updates deadline gives you an additional week to fix any bugs or improve the entry overall. After that deadline is over, the judges will look at the submissions and vote on trophies accordingly. If you don't submit by the 9th from when the site is open for submissions then you are not in the contest.
As mentioned before in the thread, prepare what you will have on your submission page such as entry information, screenshots, videos and a playable build of your entry that has not been submitted before in its current form to the contest. The contest week remains at the current date of starting on Monday 24th and ending on Sunday 30th. There will be plenty of oppertunities to get involved with various means during the week. Judges must have completed their judging by the end of Saturday 29th meaning that results can be announced on the Sunday without any delays.
Just a reminder of this year's deadline for submissions.
The submissions deadline for entries will be Sunday 2nd August where you must submit a playable build by then to the contest site in order for it to be entered.
You then have a week to refine your entry, fix any issues found and improve your hack which will be Sunday 9th August 2015.
The Contest Week where the results will be announced somehow at the end of the week in some shape or form will start from Monday 24th August to Sunday 30th August. More details on that week in the next few weeks.
Obviously the site isn't up yet but it should be up in good time before the deadline. If there is still an issue with the site then if we need to extend the deadline to accommodate this, then it may be looked at.
So, you have plenty of time to get a submission made. Don't think you'll get something done in time? Consider making a mini-hack that could still have good playability value, or even just hold off on this year and look at the 2016 Contest. Don't submit an entry that hasn't been changed in years and has already been submitted to previous contests because it's just not worth it at the end of the day. You've had plenty of notice for this contest so there's still time to do something about it.