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Pieman7373 wrote:
That is an interesting idea, but I feel like it is a tad bit too restrictive, and it might turn out like the ill-fated CC19... no one submitted entries, we had like 2 to judge between at the end


I was thinking more along the lines of CC20, where contestants had to make a game for 3 different categories. It would be interesting to see different programmers' takes on these classic games and how they made the games their own by modifying the original concept.

Maybe people could choose 3 programs to remix before the contest's start instead of having others decide? This would give slightly more leeway as to the program ideas and add to the variation between submissions.

In any case, this was just a quick idea to revive the thread, and it seems to have done that.
In the past, contests around ideas with a simple theme that was easy to implement into any game have done very well, while ones with detailed, restrictive rules have had limited success or, as stated before, like two entries.

In the discord channel we have for discussing contest ideas, I reminded people of our plan for contests in the future (calc one in September, "other" one in March, with sporadic ones in between) and asked for suggestions for contest ideas. commandblockguy suggested that we do a cat-themed contest. Personally, I am concerned about potential overlap with CC13.

Perhaps we could do one about pets living creatures that aren't humans pets in general?
Pets seems a bit vague, just about anything can be a pet, heck some kids have pet rocks!
I'd suggest actually picking an animal that's not a cat. It's fun to see that the entries have some sort of common point (which was the case for the cats in space, and for the winter games because the themes were specific enough)
It also becomes a bit of a nightmare to crown a winner when everyone is submitting random programs that have nothing in common.
You would definitely want to pick an animal that is distinctive and easily recognizeable in pixel-art form (eg. The emperor tamarin because of the crazy mustache or an okapi because of the unusual stripe pattern)
mr womp womp wrote:
Pets seems a bit vague, just about anything can be a pet, heck some kids have pet rocks!
I'd suggest actually picking an animal that's not a cat. It's fun to see that the entries have some sort of common point (which was the case for the cats in space, and for the winter games because the themes were specific enough)
It also becomes a bit of a nightmare to crown a winner when everyone is submitting random programs that have nothing in common.
You would definitely want to pick an animal that is distinctive and easily recognizeable in pixel-art form (eg. The emperor tamarin because of the crazy mustache or an okapi because of the unusual stripe pattern)


That's a good point, I hadn't thought about that.

How about a game for pet rocks? Evil or Very Mad

Edit, speaking of Evil or Very Mad, commandblockguy had yet another suggestion in the discord. It calls for a contest about spies and stealth, and I think this is a great idea.
Iíve been playing some Donkey Kong Land 2 in TI-Boy, so Iíd really like to do one with monkeys. Pet rocks would be interesting as well (thatís strange enough that participation would probably be high, and the programs would be hugely varied), and a spy-themed one would definitely spark some good submissions.
I think recreating some famous App Store games (ones that aren't already in the archives) could be pretty cool. The only issue is where would you draw the line between "famous enough" and "too obscure"...

P.S. Yesterday was my birthday Laughing!
Happy birthday!

I do like 'out there' contest ideas though Smile.
  
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