Dream On - Dreamcast Game Contest

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Dream On - Dreamcast Game Contest

Post by MetaFox » Wed Oct 08, 2003 9:39 pm

Riding on the impending release of the first homebrew-oriented Dreamcast print magazine, Dream On, and the correlation of the official opening of Cyberdog Castle on November 27 to celebrate the Dreamcast's 5th birthday, I am organizing a contest.

The contest will be to create a complete Dreamcast game by the end of the year (December 31, 2003). This means full gameplay, graphics, music, sound, menus, the works. I know that this may seem like a steep requirement, but the reward is well worth it. The prize will be $25US plus a commercial run of your game on professionally pressed CDs. So, get those groups together, and lets see the Dreamcast homebrew community shine. :D

A page will be erected on Cyberdog Castle's site soon, but for now - feel free to express your desire to enter the contest here, in this thread on the Consolevision forums, or in this thread on the boob! forums.
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Post by OneThirty8 » Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:26 pm

This sounds like a great idea. I'll see if I can come up with something.
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Post by BlackAura » Wed Oct 08, 2003 10:33 pm

Hmm... interesting. If I can get the time (and I should, since I only have 4 more weeks on Uni this year) I'll see what I can come up with.

Any limitations on this thing? Guidelines? Rules? That kind of thing?
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Post by Ian Micheal » Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:12 pm

IF i have the time and can do it i might give it a go. :D
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Post by MetaFox » Wed Oct 08, 2003 11:54 pm

BlackAura wrote:Hmm... interesting. If I can get the time (and I should, since I only have 4 more weeks on Uni this year) I'll see what I can come up with.

Any limitations on this thing? Guidelines? Rules? That kind of thing?
Nope, it's basically a free for all. The only rules are that it's a complete game. And, of course that it's original and not a port or an emulator.

Other than that, anything your heart desires. More than one entry per person/team is acceptable as well.
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Post by Ian Micheal » Thu Oct 09, 2003 5:14 am

Complete means what more then 4 levels title screen vmu score saving music and a mpeg intro? I have a number of incomplete games ive written. Tetris breakout space invaders etc. I could get one finshed but to what standed i dont know and what is finshed i Think a small guideline mayhelp? :?


Thanks for the good idea I will let you know if i get any thing worth you selling.
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Post by BaldMonk » Thu Oct 09, 2003 8:27 am

I maye be able to do some graphics.. 3D or otherwise for some people... if I can find spare time :)
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Post by Lord_Ball » Thu Oct 09, 2003 8:52 am

Ian Micheal wrote:Complete means what more then 4 levels title screen vmu score saving music and a mpeg intro? I have a number of incomplete games ive written. Tetris breakout space invaders etc. I could get one finshed but to what standed i dont know and what is finshed i Think a small guideline mayhelp? :?


Thanks for the good idea I will let you know if i get any thing worth you selling.
Wouldn't complete be based off the creators opinion? If the game is only meant to have 4 levels why make more? That's my take on completeness anyway.
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Post by Ian Micheal » Thu Oct 09, 2003 9:32 am

Yeah Thats what i think but when its a freefull all and a game with 20 levels looks better then 4. dont you think most times levels or worlds makes you buy it or not.
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Post by Lord_Ball » Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:04 am

It really depends on Value for me.
Value = Playtime - Cost

4 levels might be a bit few, but 8 would be able to keep people entertained for a good while, plus if it has a good replay value then the playtime becomes incredibly high!

It really depends on the story/point of the game I guess. A game where you only try to beat your high score I would probably rather see more levels, but if it has a story for each level then adding more levels might take away from the story making the game less entertaining. Adding in Bonus/secret levels wouldn't be bad though.
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Post by MetaFox » Thu Oct 09, 2003 12:48 pm

Since it's a free-for-all, it doesn't matter how many levels there are, as long as it's polished. Like Lord_Ball stated, it won't depend on how many levels are in the game, but rather gameplay and substance.

Although the requirement is to create a polished game, don't feel discouraged if you can't come up with fancy 3D graphics or Final Fantasy-quality FMV videos.

Gameplay is what counts. :mrgreen:
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Post by nakamichi » Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:34 pm

Wow,this is great :)
This will surely keep the DC Homebrew scene healthy and we will some really original game ideas now,not just rehashes/remakes of known old arcade/PC games.
Or we may see a new ambitious RPG or Strategy game project ?
...if someone ever makes one,I'll finally get a chance to show my true composing power,doing the soundtrack (and possibly the sound effects) for the game.

This is very,very interesting...but $25 is kinda low...$50 would be the perfect prize,since with $50 you can buy a new DC :)
A shiny new DC seems the best reward for a contest like this.What do you think about it?
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Post by Alexvrb » Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:57 pm

I think the main draw was not the cash, but rather getting your game pressed.
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Post by Ian Micheal » Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:58 pm

I hope it does go well and we get some tasty games . Ive got ideas im just writing some test routines to see if it would work like i want not giving any thing away but if it works i might have a go at this. :D

Hey nakamichi $50 would be great are you puting up the other 25$ :mrgreen:
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Post by ZacMc » Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:05 pm

How will the voting be done? We all know a public poll doesn't work.
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Post by BlueCrab » Thu Oct 09, 2003 2:22 pm

Man do I wish that ljsdcdev was a bit farther along....
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Post by MetaFox » Thu Oct 09, 2003 4:37 pm

ZacMc wrote:How will the voting be done? We all know a public poll doesn't work.
Exactly, and since this is a commercial pressed CD contest, some of the entrants might not wish to have their entries released freely to the public (of course, that's perfectly fine if you do :)).

There will be a non-biased panel of judges, as is done with many game contests. They are all hardcore gamers, and they will judge by merit.

The games can be submitted up until the deadline - and can be uploaded or mailed on CD-R. Once all entries are recieved, the judging panel will review all games, and the winner will be announced.

The names of the judging panel, names of the sponsers of the contest, mailing information, and such, will be revealed on the official webpage that is being set up for the contest as we speak.
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Post by BlackAura » Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:47 pm

Now I just need to think of what kind of game to do for this thing. I have a couple ideas I've been throwing around, but most of them would be too hard to get up and running within two and a half months. Plus I need something that I can start working on by myself, get the game up and running fairly quickly, and then go looking for assistance with art, music, and that kind of stuff. And it needs to be fun.

This is going to be tricky.
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Post by DJ Geki » Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:16 pm

BlackAura wrote:This is going to be tricky.
That's true. It is going to be pretty tough getting a team and a game design all together in just a couple of months. If I do get to judge, I'll be taking that into account. Personally, I want to see vision more than completion. Yes, there must be some amount of polish (as that is the goal here, and one of MetaFox's stated convictions about the contest itself), but I'm not going to expect something with super phenomenal movies, music, AND gameplay. That's probably too much to ask for such a short period of time.

With all that said...GET TO WORK! You don't have much time left! And don't procrastinate, or you'll never finish in time.

EDIT: Forgot to mention. I'll add some cash to the pot, since I said it'd be cool to have a paypal donations account setup for this...dunno how much yet, but i'll add in.
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Post by Ian Micheal » Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:56 am

Not sure what to do yet. Starting is allways the hardpart.
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