Game Development Contest

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MTV-U is hosting this game development contest called GamORZ Ball: Developers Tour 06. All you need to do is submit an original video game to http://www.mtvu.com/games/. The winner gets $5000. I am thinking about entering it. It would be a good chance to get some publicity. Anyways, good luck to anyone else who competes.
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Flash only, and max. 3 minutes gameplay?!
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OneSadCookie Wrote:max. 3 minutes gameplay?!

3 minutes is a life time for the MTV generation - how can you expect someone to keep their mind on something any longer than that Sad
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You have to sign a license agreement that hands over the intellectual property rights to your game/concept/code to RPI, the company behind this IP-trolling scam of a contest. No rights, no royalties, and you give them the power to edit anything and everything, including the game credits, not to mention the right to sell or give those rights to anyone they wish without payment to you.

I'm seeing contests like these more and more- a company dangles a big check in front of naive kids who want to make it big in games, and then make them sign off their creations regardless of whether they win or lose. For one $5000 check they get tons of new IP.

Stay away from this.

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Andrew Sage Wrote:3 minutes is a life time for the MTV generation - how can you expect someone to keep their mind on something any longer than that Sad
I'll just point out that many games posted in contests here have 3 minutes game play, and some have less.

For instance, Robotron, any pong/asteriods/etc clone. Escort wing, Rotrix, Illuminations, NBall, Ragdoll Masters, Penguin Rampage, etc etc.

3 minutes is quite a long time for small games, if you think about it.

I would enter if I could, having flash and friends who don't mind designing things they'd lose their IP over...
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socksy Wrote:I'll just point out that many games posted in contests here have 3 minutes game play, and some have less.

For instance, Robotron, any pong/asteriods/etc clone. Escort wing, Rotrix, Illuminations, NBall, Ragdoll Masters, Penguin Rampage, etc etc.

What the hell are you saying.....

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Eh?
Keith and Andrew are disappointed by the amount of gameplay time allowed - I was just pointing out that there are plenty of games that are played at this length and it isn't that much of a limit.
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socksy Wrote:Eh?
Keith and Andrew are disappointed by the amount of gameplay time allowed - I was just pointing out that there are plenty of games that are played at this length and it isn't that much of a limit.

It's not the length of time that bothers me-- it's the fact that they have a written-in-stone rule about it. What if the player is extremely good at the game? Naturally they'll last longer than three minutes. Maybe it's for an "average" player? What if the player hides in the corner and just dodges everything, lengthening the game? Stupid, arbitrary and unforceable rule, and I like 3 minute games.

Quote:...don't mind designing things they'd lose their IP over...

IP includes rights to your code and algorithms, too. You're better off entering a game into uDG and then turning it into shareware. If the game is good enough to win in this sham of a contest, it's good enough to earn over $5000 in prizes and sales very quickly via uDG and publication, the difference being that you'll KEEP earning money on sales, and you'll retain all rights to your game.

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Could be worth entering for the advertising, but from the rules "Games must contain no external links"... c'mon! All flash games have a link to the author's site - sponsor.

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That's not a contest, that's a clever method of getting a lot of games to make a lot of profit with for only $5000 investement.
They keep the rights to all the games participating, no matter if the games wins or not. This means: Once you enter the contest, your work is gone forever, they could even sue you if you later create a game similar to your contest-game.
That sucks!

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OK, enough of this. Since we all agree this is a bad take and not a contest, there's no further need to discuss it.

Case closed.

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