Hey, it's that time again. We're finally live, and the Contest Week begins. All entries that were completed are now available for your public viewing, as well as votes in the case of the Contest itself. As always, enjoy!
Those of you with an existing account on here from last year, your account still exists. However, due to a change in the user system, all accounts have had their passwords changed to be locked out. What does this mean? You need to use the forgotten password feature in order to restore access to your account. I hope you remember your registration email addresses(!) If there are any issues, please contact us on discord for further assistance. Do note that the email may go into your spam folder. Please check there for it in case it does!
You know what time it is.
The time to reveal all upon the world, the secrets of the universe,peoplekind and of course first and foremost, the Sonic Hacking Contest entries.
Ready, Set, Go!
It seems we are limited by the technology of our time, the text editor still needs some work done.
So instead, I'll just send you to these links instead.
There are only a few days left before the Expo deadline expires. We have a good amount so far, but there is nothing stopping anyone from still submitting.
Again, in order for your entry to be in the Expo, it must be marked as Completed by the deadline, or else it may not be available in the Contest Week.
Can I also remind people to submit their trailer clips to redhotsonic, as it will save a lot of time in getting the trailer made which means we can release it earlier.
If anyone has a problem with creating a trailer clip, let RHS know and he may be able to help out with that. The instructions given should be clear however.
If you want your entry/entries marked as a Team entry send me a DM to Cinossu on Discord (link at bottom of page) with the entries in question, what you want as a team name, and all the members you want on said team. All members should already have users on the SHC site, and all members will be able to edit any team entry they're on the team of.
Today is the last day before the Contest Submissions Deadline. Please ensure you have marked your entry as Completed by the deadline, otherwise they will be moved to the Expo. Judging commences after the deadline has expired.
Also, any entry that the Judges feel are more suited to the Expo will also be moved. Remember that people have until the end of Sunday 17th November to have something submitted fully to the Expo.
Please note that the Expo will not be used just for any entry and if Judges feel that an entry is not suitable for showing in the Expo for failing many aspects of the Quality Control Criteria, it will be removed entirely.
Anyone who has wanted to submit this year has been aware of the deadlines since at least March. There's still time to get something in the Expo if you have anything to show off. There have been many things shown off over the year on here and elsewhere, they would certainly be welcomed to be submitted should you want to, even though they won't be judged, there's always next year if they are ongoing projects that can be continued. Without any doubt, the audience and download traffic for the Contest Week is the most highest you will get for any Sonic hack or mod these days, just like SAGE is for fan games, so use it to your advantage if you want more people to see your work.
Before anyone asks, the list of Contest entries won't be posted until the Expo deadline, as we will be posting both lists at the same time. I'm sure you can hold on for another week.
As of Friday 8th November, the website is now linking again on Twitter. Many thanks for all your reports to get this sorted out!
(original post below)
The Sonic Hacking Contest is having issues with Twitter who for some reason are blocking links to our sonichacking.org domain by saying they are spam or automated links, and this is seriously impacting us with promoting this whole thing, which may result in less entries overall and / or less attention for the whole event, as people may treat the link as suspicious.
To get Twitter to sort this out please go to https://help.twitter.com/forms/spam and click "I can't Tweet a link because Twitter thinks it's spam." and fill in the relevant details and of course the address of sonichacking.org - If enough people report it they might get it unblocked, otherwise we're going to have to blow some money and get a new domain entirely...which might also end up getting blocked by their algorithm.
We've owned this domain for many years without trouble and would prefer to keep it that way, but if we can't get this sorted out we'll have to get a new address.
We are not exactly sure why it would be blocked but if the issue relates to SSL support this has been implemented for this year's website.
Also, on a side note you still have a few hours left to get a Contest entry submitted.
Just a reminder to all those planning to enter in the Contest that they have until the end of this Sunday 3rd November to do so.
Following that, no further submissions may be made to the Contest, but the Expo is still open until the end of Sunday 17th November.
Reminder that Contest submissions have a one week update period which ends at the end of Sunday 10th November to allow submissions to be polished up for judging.
Do note that Judges will be scanning entries before that and should they feel that they be best placed in the Expo, they will be moved accordingly.
Also please remember to submit your trailer clips! Go to Information > Trailer Submissions for the details.
So there's one thing that keeps getting asked about, year after year, and that is team entries rather than single-user-only entries. More and more projects are worked on by more than one person, and thus multiple people both need credit and should be allowed access to modify an entry's contents, as well as given added restrictions on voting to prevent them from doing so on an entry of their own.
Welcome, one and all, to the Sonic Hacking Contest 2019!
Phew; another year, another late opening to the hacking contest website. Blame a mix of late work hours, illness, stress, and actually trying to get this damn thing to work properly. Mmmnngh. If you find things not working as they should, please let us know on Discord and we'll see what we can do. You know how these things go in terms of teething issues.
But enough with the theatrics, welcome! Let's go into some more detail again...