Sonic Hacking Contest 2019 ANNOUNCED

Posted by Spanner @ 2019-03-30 09:17:53 User Image
The waiting is FINALLY over. And we do mean it this time

It can take some time before the website is rolled over for this year's contest, so for now please go to the following links for information about the 2019 Sonic Hacking Contest and Expo.

2019 Thread on Sonic Retro
2019 Thread on Sonic Stuff Research Group (SSRG)

The 2019 Trophy Format: Please decide for us because we can't.

Posted by Sewer56 @ 2019-03-14 10:21:46 User Image
This year, the contest judges have been discussing the trophies and how to split them for months on end, and at this point we have (unfortunately) essentially reached a deadlock where things just cannot be settled by ourselves alone.

Therefore we have decided to let the people decide instead. With the thinking behind it being the opinions of many being better than an opinion of few, we are announcing to you an opportunity to shape the future of the Hacking Contest.

We are sorry for the long delay in getting things sorted this year, but fear not. You still have still got until around the end of October as always before the first deadlines are reached, and the contest week is planned to be taking place in December.

Please decide for us because we can't:

Choice 1: Overall Top 3, a split of types, and then a split of categories. Top 3 Retro, Top 3 3D, Top 3 2D PC, Best Looking Entry, Best Sounding Entry, Best Gameplay.

Choice 2: Overall Top 3, and a split mix of types and categories. Top 3 Retro overall, Top 3 3D overall, Top 3 2D PC overall, Best looking Retro entry, Best looking 3D entry, Best looking 2D PC entry, Best sounding Retro entry, Best sounding 3D entry, etc.

Choice 3: Overall list of all entries graded. No splits of types or categories. A full list is shown at the end of all entries and their grades.

All choices would still have special trophies such as Most Improved Since Last Year, Entry With Most Potential, and Most WTF (Polygon Jim) Trophy.

Voting Form: Google Forms

Once the people have decided we will announce further details of this year's contest.

SHC2018 Results, Judges Evaluations and Contest Week Evaluation Form

Posted by Spanner @ 2018-12-04 07:59:14 User Image
Sorry for the delay, these things happen, but the links have been up since Sunday. They will be put in a better place on the website very soon!

Results Thread on Sonic Retro
Results Thread on Sonic Stuff Research Group

Judges' Evaluation Forms
Please note that there are no evaluations from Dandaman955 due to exceptional circumstances.

Sorry if you find a few blank boxes and also for the delay, our judges have tried their best to get what they can in whilst having other commitments as well.

Contest Week Evaluation Form

Like last year, we want YOUR feedback on this year's Contest Week so please take the time to fill out this form and let us know what you thought about this year and what we can look at for next year. So we can get planning for next year sorted out and next year's Contest announced by the end of this year like always, please note the deadline for the evaluation is the end of Sunday 9th December. It won't take you that long to fill out this form, so if you are able to, please do so. There are a few questions new to this year as we gauge feedback on a few ideas in terms of expanding the SHC, so please let us know your views on those too!

We will be back for the Sonic Hacking Contest 2019. Information for that will be posted hopefully by the end of this year. Things continue to get better and better for the Sonic Hacking Contest, so let's keep it going!

Saturday is the LAST day of Community Trophy voting!

Posted by Spanner @ 2018-12-01 06:29:50 User Image
Please make sure you make your picks before it's too late!

The results of these and the Judged Trophies will be on Sunday at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST on MegaGWolf's channel!

The site has gone live now, so go and play the entries!

Posted by Spanner @ 2018-11-26 05:27:45 User Image
Don't forget you can sign up for an account and vote for the Community Trophies - you do not need to be verified with Sonic Retro or SSRG in order to do that.

This year we will not be posting the stream schedule in the news posts as you can check out the times by going to Streams > Stream Schedule. Links to previous streams as well as prerecorded content from our other Media Panellists are now available by going to Streams > Videos and Recorded Streams. Please note that not everything is up yet, there's still some videos to be added and also some streamers do not yet have some or all uploads of streams available. It is up to them whether they archive their streams or not, however most will be available from that page.

Due to time constraints we have decided not to do the Mini Contest during the rest of the Contest Week, as it relied on having things be submitted using the website, which is not in a position to be done this year due to work still required. We had every intention to bring you the Mini Contest and we had things prepared to give to you to take part in it, but we didn't want to fallback on using the archaic email submissions without possible entry pages and we also wanted to give you at least five days to work on the thing, which just is not possible now. We're hoping to bring you this Mini Contest later next year, possibly during SAGE 2019.

Please note if anyone has downloaded Tropical Resort ReBoosted and have had issues getting it to run, download it again as the hardware issue has been fixed.

Emerald Coast in SA2 has also been updated to fix a crash in the level which people were experiencing, this issue had already been fixed weeks ago but it was not on the site yet.

Team Dark - SA2 Edition requires the Reloaded File Director (Legacy) enabled in the Mods tab of the Mod Loader in order to work.

STH2006 Project Demo 4: The link for the 06 Model has now been fixed. Remember to put it on higher priority for it to work.

Also, when voting for Community Trophies, please read the trophy description carefully. If a trophy specifically mentions 8-bit then do not vote a 16-bit entry for it, you're just wasting your time. It's certainly something that needs to be looked at for a future site update because this keeps on having to be mentioned every single year because some people don't get it.
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