So we had some server issues over Saturday night and Sunday morning, and due to it being the Contest deadline we're extending it for 24 hours.
The end of Monday 21st September is the new deadline.
(For those looking for an accurate time, due to time zones and such that'll most likely be something like 6-7am BST on Tuesday 22nd, ie. when Cinossu wakes up.)
This is a reminder that you have until the END of THIS SUNDAY (20th September) to submit to this year's Contest.
We have announced this since March, and the website has been open for submissions since August.
If you have anything good, that can meet the Quality Control Criteria, you can still submit.
By the way the upload limit has been increased, so if you have a huge upload for your contest entry (think 1GB+) you can now do it.
Remember, you do get an updates period which lasts until the end of Sunday 26th September.
Just ensure you have a fully playable build by the end of this Sunday, to progress to the next stage.
If you can't meet the Contest deadline, the Expo will still be available for your entries.
Okay, the good news is that the Twitter issue has been fixed, so hopefully this stays put for the duration of the contest.
The bad news is that we are approaching the one week mark before the first Contest deadline, so if you are still planning on entering for judging, read the following:
If you want to enter to the Contest, you MUST make an entry on the website, and ensure you have a playable build by the end of Sunday 20th September.
Again, you have one week to refine your entry and fix any issues you find, and this has to be submitted by the end of Sunday 27th September.
Please use this time well, as we will not accept any updates following this deadline. Test your entry thoroughly and fix any game breaking bugs before the deadlines, as Judges are NOT your beta testers.
Obviously those not entering the Contest (or those whose entries get rejected for said Contest for not meeting the criteria) will have until the end of Sunday 4th October to submit to the Expo.
I would like to remind everyone to follow the Quality Control Criteria and Submission Guidelines for entering to either section, this is not a free for all, and Judges ARE going through entries carefully to access their suitability.
We have had a fair amount of entries so far but unfortunately there have been some submitted who did not read the rules and will end up being rejected. The SHC is all about QUALITY nowadays, not QUANTITY.
Just a reminder to let us know if you have any issues with the site, so we can look into them.
Alternatively, if you have Discord, join our server and report them in the dedicated channel.
Also check your spam folder for any emails as some providers like to put those in there.
Please ensure your entry fits the Quality Control Criteria, or your entry will either be moved to the Expo, or if not fit for the Expo, will be rejected following the exhaustion of all deadlines!
We have seen a fair amount of decent entries so far. But on the other hand, we have seen a small amount of entries that so far, are very likely to end up in the shredder.
A reminder of what we are NOT wanting this year:
❌ Simple texture only hacks.
❌ Simple object layout modifications.
❌ Model swaps of existing game models. (UNLESS process is technical - there will be no repeat of 2019 this year)
The Expo is NOT a free-for-all to show off whatever you've made. If you cannot meet the criteria in time for the deadlines, we advise waiting for next year's Contest and Expo.
Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please put them in the thread, or contact us on the SHC Discord.
Welcome, one and all, to the Sonic Hacking Contest 2020!
It's taken a little while to get back here this time due to some fun server and software issues but here we are now, ready for yet another year of the hacking contest. You all know the drill by now, so I won't bore you with tiresome details. All of your accounts from last time are still here so you should still all be able to log in without issue. If you're new here all you need to do is register for an account. It is currently still separate from your Sonic Retro or SSRG forum accounts, but we're working on that.
As before you can have as many entries into the Contest or the Expo as you want so go nuts! (While adhering to the rules and guidelines, of course!)
So.. yeah, that's it for this post. I'm sure Spanner will have more to say than me here, so I'll leave it at that. Once again, welcome!