Announcing the 8bitrocket 16K Retro Re-make Contest ** Small Rule Update

Note (12/8/2010): The Prize package has been extended and the end date moved to December 19th at 11:59Pm PST.

Note (11/19/2010): We have modified the rules slightly to help with file size issues. The HTML wrapper file will not longer count in the 16K total.  See below for details.

To salute the revitalization of Atari, and to coincide with the release of The Atari Collection volume 1 for the Nintendo DS, we are happy to announce a little game development contest open to any  web playable game made with Flash, Silverlight, Java, HTML5, DHTML, CSS, Multimedia Fusion, or any other platform that can be easily played via a web browser.  As long as it can be embedded/or played via  an HTML page  it can be submitted to the contest.

The idea is to pick any game released for any Atari console or computer and create a re-make version in 16K or less. You cannot use the original graphics, sounds or even name of the game (for legal reasons) in your creation, but you get to say which game inspired the re-make.

All games must be submitted to info[at]8bitrocket[dot]com by midnight December 19th (right before December 20th begins) Pacific Standard Time.   Please send us a zip file that contains a “web publishable” folder that includes everything needed to play your game (aside from the browser plug-in).  Please tell us  the name of the game you are re-making and give us a brief description of why you chose this particular game.

We only want the executable and all assets needed to post to a web page.  We do not need any source code, or any raw assets or anything else.  Obviously, if the game is for a “non-pre-compiled” platform ( Javascript for example) then we will need the source code or at least an obfuscated version that plays properly. If your game requires a specific plug-in, please let us know. The plug-in is considered part of the platform and will not be counted in the size of the publishable code.

The entire set of publishable files for the game (not counting the HTML file needed to display the game) must fit in a folder that is 16K or less (calculated in Windows 7).  There are some variances in folder sizing between operating systems, so we will standardize on the on the Windows 7 calculations. If you submit your game and we find it to be too big, we will let you know and have a chance to update the size up until the end date for the contest.  We must be able to play your game from the folder you provide. We will not adjust any files in the folder, so if you publish a Flash SWF (for instance), please include the  HTML wrapper that will play your game (although it will not count against your 16K total). If you are using HTML5, then please keep your game .js separate from the HTML wrapper file). By doing this, we feel that web publishable technologies will be on even footing. Also, you cannot link to external files outside of the folder. For example, a 1k shell file that actually links to an off-site 1MB Java Jaguar emulator to play Iron Soldier 2 would not fit the spirit or the rules of the contest.

We will be testing all games with on a machine that is not connected to the Internet just to be sure that no off-site loading is baked into the compiled code. It is up to our discretion who is an who is not participating within the “spirit of the contest” or rules.  That being said, you would have to make an egregious faux pas to not have your game accepted. Just don’t be an ass and everything will be fine.  If you have any questions as to what fits the spirit or rules, please ask us.

By submitting to the contest you are agreeing to allow us to display your game on our site for (at least) one week for voting purposes only. We must do this to ensure that all playable games are within the size regulations and to allow registered users to vote for their favorite game. Everyone who is registered on the site is allowed to vote a single time for the game of their choice. That will be 1/3 of the criteria needed to win. Both Steve and I will also get to vote and our votes each count for 1/3.

We will retain absolutely no license to the submitted games. If requested, we will delete any game from the contest review page once the contest has completed. We will replace the deleted game with a link to an external site if the game developer desires. Also, when the contest is over we will personally post a review of each entry on the site.

We are not looking for games to steal, sponsor, rip-off, or in any way take advantage of. We simply want to play some bitchen Atari retro-remakes in 16K (or under) of modern code. We will not surround your games with ads  or anything else because we will be using the game display page that YOU submit.  There won’t be any ads on the individual game pages at all (unless you somehow fit your game and your own ad on your game display page). So, yes, if you really want to have Mochi ads (for example) in your game, you can, but your game and all of the ad code must fit in the 16k folder and your game must be playable from a non-connected machine. We are not doing this for any monetary gain our our part, just for the fun of it, but there are prizes for the winner…

Prizes:  There will be one main prize package given to the best game.
The Package Includes:

1. Atari’ Greatest Hits: Volume 1 for the Nintendo DS

3. The Icarus Kid CD – retro inspired music by the master himself!

3.  A physical copy of our book,  The Essential Guide To Flash Games

4. Clint Herron has graciously offered a license for his Platformer Starter Kit as an an additional prize for the contest.

Clint’s product is a full featured development kit for use with the Push-Button Engine. You can see a demo that includes many different examples of the games that can be produced using the kit here:

Read more: 8bitrocket 16K Contest Update: New Prize Added! | 8bitrocket

5. Richard Davey and his wonderful new game, Cat Astro Phi have become an official sponsor of the contest. Richard has graciously added a copy of the masterpiece soundtrack to this game to the prize package.

6. A Snap! Classic Arcades PC game CD collection including: a copy of Atari Warlords for the PC , a copy of Atari Millipede for the PC , a copy of Atari Crystal Castles for the PC , a copy of Atari Combat! (90’s remake from Hasbro).

7. The immeasurable prestige and honor of winning the first 16K Retro Game Remake Contest.

8. Any other retro inspired prize donated by organizations and/or groups who would like their retro related product associated with amazing developers working their magic into 16K. (hint, email us big guys)

-Steve Fulton (8bitsteve), Jeff Fulton (8bitjeff)

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