Accessibility Game
Programming Contest

The DonationCoder.com Accessibility Game Coding Contest
Deadline for Final Entry: December 31st, 2006

THE CONTEST HAS ENDED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RESULTS



 
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Contest Rules/Overview

  • Programs can be written for windows, macintosh, linux, or unix, using any software, including Macromedia Flash.
  • Entries must meet the definition of an Audio-only game or a Switch game (see section #3 below).
  • Users are free to submit multiple games and work in teams.
  • You may submit programs you have worked on prior to the contest start date, but you may not submit software that has been previously made publicly available. You are free to collaborate with others and enter as a team. Users are free to submit multiple programs/components.
  • Winning programs will be showcased on our site, and made available for public download as freeware/donationware. You are welcome to put them up on your own or other sites as well - you retain all rights.
  • Programs should be complete and usable, with any necessary user documentation.
  • December 31st, 2006 - Deadline to submit final entries.

 
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What are the prizes?

  • We will be giving out over $15,000 worth of prizes in this contest.
  • Some winners may be invited to present a talk about the development of their game at the next Game Developers Conference (GDC 2007), as part of the Accessibility Special Interest Group.
  • Some winners may be invited to submit a chapter/article on their game for publication.
  • Plus some fun prizes just for entering, like DonationCoder.com mugs and tshirts.

PRIZES AND SPONSORS

cmp gdc2007 conference gdc audio proceedings gdc magazine

CMP has donated two sets of the complete audio proceedings on cd for years 2004, 2005, and 2006 of the Game Developers Conference (apx. value $800 each) for the top prize winners. In addition, they've also provided several Classic Passes to the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco from March 5th-9th (apx. value $950 each / travel+hotel not included) and digital subscriptions to their monthly magazine (apx. value $30 each) to several winners and runners up.

igda

IGDA, the Game Accessibility Special Interest Group, has donated two Giga passes to the 2007 Game Developers Conference (apx. value $1400 each / travel+hotel not included) for the top two prize winners, who may be invited to present their games to the IGDA session at the conference.


garage games torque game engine torque game builder

GarageGames is a big supporter of independent game developers, and they have provided 2 sets of the commercial pro editions of their Torque Game Engine and Torque Game Builder, one set for each of the top prize winners (apx. value $2000/set).


We got requests to rassle up some sound effect libraries for the winners, and we were thrilld that Sound-Ideas.com gave us several copies of their SFX Kit to give to the top prize winners and runners up (apx. value $700/each).


SoundLabel also donated copies of their wonderful Xtreme Bundle, and volunteered to work for free with one winner to help them do some custom sound/music on their next project - wow! (apx. value $130/each, and more).


So as a winner of the contest, you've got some new engines, some new sound effects, a ticket to the premiere Game Development Conference, what are you missing? Well you probably need to sharpen up your skills. For that you'll want the complete set of 6 books in the incredible Game Programming Gems Series (apx. value $300/set).


Top prize winners will also be receiving copies of the Commercial edition of the latest release of Gamestudio A6 from Conitec (apx. value $200/each).


Top prize winners and runners up will also be receiving the Dark Game SDK freeware creation edition from TheGameCreators, which brings the popular Dark Basic graphics and physics engine to C++ and other languages (apx. value $60/each).


Top prize winners will also be receiving the Game Essentials Book Series by Jeannie Novak.


We will have some other fun prizes as well, including some video games (Volition's Saints Row), a copy of Zinc for Flash Developers, and a few DonationCoder.com mugs.


THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE COMPANIES WHO DONATED PRIZES!


 
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Submission categories

  • Audio-output-only game: a game which may be played entirely based on audio, without needing to see the screen (users can use full keyboard for input). It's ok if your game has some output for debugging purposes, but it must be playable without looking at the screen.
  • Switch game: a game where the only input is a single button, like a spacebar (read more).
  • You can enter as many programs as you want; programs will be assigned automatically into categories.
  • You may submit programs you have worked on prior to the contest start date, but you may not submit software that has been previously made publicly available. You are free to collaborate with others and enter as a team.
  • Winners will be selected by guest judges, sponsor representatives employees, and DonationCoder.com forum regulars.

 
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What happens to the winning entries?

  • Winning programs will be showcased on our site, and made available for public download as freeware/donationware. You are welcome to put them up on your own or other sites as well - you retain all rights.
  • DonationCoder.com is dedicated to promoting donationware; we will help get out the word about your program and encourage people to donate to you, to support your work.
  • If you need a website for your game we are happy to provide it for you and help you get it set up and looking good.
  • Submitted entries remain the exclusive property of the original authors.
 
 

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Email your entries to:
agamecontest@donationcoder.com

If you prefer you can submit your entries via anonymous ftp (notify us via email if you do).

Submissions need to include an executable and documentation.

We encourage you to make your programs available for beta testing and feedback on our forum prior to submission.

After we receive your submission we will contact you about whether you want the program made available for public testing, with or without source code.

 
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Resources for Accessibility Games


 

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