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Are you publicising this on other sites, issuing press releases, etc? I suggest you aim big. Approach well-known companies about prizes. And see if you can get any big-shots involved in the judging.
I have little to no experience with this. I will try, certainly, but it would be so much better if any of you could point me to some articles about it or give me advice yourself. And as for aiming big, do I have a right to do that? What should I say to well-known companies to make them give away money for some contest that I organise? We are not backed up by Gamedev. What should I say them?

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One more thing:

We could put something in our signatures on this forum. A clicky link with something like "UFEC programming contest - join!" What say you about this?

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Well we could try doing something like the following. If you are aware of the red campaign in which companies will give money to Africa. We might say every time you buyour winners games we will donate 25 cents to Africa (Now the sponsors will pay to have there "logos" as part of the splash screen the people who care about Africa and games will win). Or something nutty like that.

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The basic idea is that corporations such as Microsoft,Google will pony up the prize money. This is to encourage the developers to create a great game, but not only this you will be selling your game as well. For every .25 cents you donate these companies will agree to "match". Under normal circumstances it unlikely your game would sell that well (after only 6 months) but this has the added benefit of using "guilt" about Africa it just might. To add some extra incentive companies will also agree to match every dollar that is sent to you to Africa.


Why would these companies do this? Image is everything. Its so that they can get some "good PR" for a few sheckles to look like they are "socially concise", in goggles case it would look like they are still "cool".

[Edited by - Aiursrage on November 1, 2009 12:25:46 PM]

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I'm not experienced in this also,but may I suggest aproaching the big boys at a later stage in the contest?
Currently its unclear even to ourselves how many participants there will be or how many finished games will be published on the site.
So at this point I suggest promoting the contest to participants instead of sponsors.

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Yeah, it's gonna be pretty hard to get the attention of the big boys at this stage. Perhaps even for this first edition of the contest. If UFEC-1 turns out to have good participation, maybe the big companies will be more interested in contributing to subsequent contests in the following years.
In a way, I still see this as a trial contest.
Still, great job on organizing everything so far :) Hope this contest establishes itself if the official 4E is gone for good.

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The Official Unofficial Four Elements Contest >_>
I guess it's up to GDev to explicitly say "Go on, 4E is from now on in your hands, my sons."

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I was wondering... could you give me links to some other game development sites where the press release could be posted?

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I was wondering... could you give me links to some other game development sites where the press release could be posted?
I can't remember if the decision was ever made - are we accepting Mac entries or not?

If you like, I can send an announcement to iDevGames (the major Mac gamedev crowd), as I correspond now and then with the staff there.

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I can't remember if the decision was ever made - are we accepting Mac entries or not?


So far, no.

But if there is a completely legal and easy possibility of installing a virtual-machine Mac where 3D games work on a Windows machine, then yes. However, I believe that is impossible.

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I found lots of other game development forums on Google and I am going to post something on their Your Announcement forums. Is this alright?

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UFEC
Game Programming Competition

UFEC (Unofficial Four Elements Contest) is a game programming competition where participants have 5 months to create a full game that uses significantly all four elements displayed on the contest website: Proliferation, Evolution, Fire and Water. This contest, though new this year, is based on Gamedev.net's Four Elements, a former annual programming competition that ran for six years. There are no age or nationality restrictions.

The elements were revealed October 30th, 2009 and the submission deadline is March 17th 2010. There are many prizes for you if you participate. Besides the real prizes donated by sponsors (for now, there is IDEA games and Neosoft Tools) you get feedback on your game provided by the judges and you get comments and suggestions from fellow participants.

There is plenty of time yet, so think of a game concept and join!

Official homepage: http://ufec.zymichost.com
Forum (provided by GameDev.net): UFEC Contest's Forum

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[Edited by - Lesan on November 2, 2009 9:47:01 AM]

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But if there is a completely legal and easy possibility of installing a virtual-machine Mac where 3D games work on a Windows machine, then yes. However, I believe that is impossible.
There isn't a simple/legal way, no. However, it shouldn't be that hard to scrape together a few judges with Macs (for instance, I have one), at which point Mac entries would just be judged by a couple fewer judges (much as linux entries are likely to).
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I found lots of other game development forums on Google and I am going to post something on their Your Announcement forums. Is this alright?
Might want to mention that the discussion forum is courtesy of GameDev, but other than that it looks great to me.

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