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Sonic Hacking Contest 2017

Discussion in 'News And Announcements' started by Spanner, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    Psst. Hey. Guess what.

    We're finally live.

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    Logo by Cinossu - click the image to access our new website which is responsive to all devices.


    We know that the 2016 Contest was rather disappointing in a lot of ways, and to be honest it was a wake-up call to everyone to address things for the following contest to make it as good as it both can and should be. We've made some serious changes as a result, which include the addition of quality control criteria that hacks have to meet in order to be accepted. We've also removed a few trophies, added some new ones that people will hopefully like, and we will also be running a separate Hacking Expo during the Contest Week that will allow for hacks to be showcased without them being judged. Let's get right into things...


    JUDGES
    This year's judges will consist of myself, Ayla, Cinossu, Clownacy, Spanner, SuperEgg, and SSF1991 (Donnie) along with new judges Dandaman955, Dario FF, OrdosAlpha, Selbi and Twilightzoney. This judge list is not final and additional judges may be recruited to replace former judges who have left the contest due to retiring or other reasons. Do not ask to be a judge as that just rules you out. If we think you're up to the job, we'll talk to you.

    This team will be reliable and will be able to deal with contest judging as soon as possible in order for us to progress through the contest and get the results out as soon as possible. Judges will be able to submit their own hacks but will not be able to judge it themselves, nor will they be able to judge submissions that they have been involved with (such as team hacks). Judges will provide more detailed evaluations of the entries at the end of the contest to give opinion, thoughts, and advice they feel is deserved.

    Please note that the final decisions are subject to the Judging Team and may not reflect your own opinion. If one hack wins a whole load of trophies that is what the judges thought should win. Judges may change at any time due to unavailability or other reasons.


    TROPHIES

    First are the normal trophies. Please note that any level specific trophies are now hack specific, meaning they no longer go by individual levels in a hack. Judges will allocate a winner to each trophy and if a particular entry that missed out has enough support as a runner-up an Honourable Mention will be added as well. The same as last year, judges again reserve the right not to award a trophy at all via a Null Vote.


    Hidden Palace Trophy
    Grand prize / 1st place. This is given to the overall best entry in the contest.

    Wood Zone Trophy
    2nd place entry overall in the contest.

    Dust Hill Trophy
    3rd place entry overall in the contest.

    Generations Trophy
    Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted overall.

    Crystal Egg Trophy (NEW)
    Best 8-bit Sonic hack submitted overall.

    Green Hill Trophy
    Hack (or specific level of a hack if non-applicable) that plays most like a Sonic game.

    Botanic Base Trophy (Newly split)
    Best art in a Mega Drive / Genesis hack submitted.

    Windy Valley Trophy (Newly split)
    Best art in a 3D modification submitted.

    Jungle Trophy (Newly split)
    Best art in an 8-bit hack submitted.

    D.A. Garden Trophy
    Best music in an entry submitted.

    Lava Reef Trophy (Newly split)
    Best level layout in a Mega Drive / Genesis hack submitted.

    Speed Highway Trophy (Newly split)
    Best level layout in a 3D modification submitted.

    Gimmick Mountain Trophy (Newly split)
    Best level layout in an 8-bit hack submitted.

    Genocide City Trophy
    Most difficult entry (or specific level of an entry if non-applicable) submitted.

    Azure Lake Trophy
    Best multiplayer entry submitted.

    Advance Trophy (NEW)
    Best handheld game entry overall.

    11000101 Trophy
    Best technical / proof of concept entry submitted.

    Fang Trophy
    Best new enemy/badnik in an entry submitted.

    Eggman Trophy
    Best new boss or mini-boss in an entry submitted.

    Spin Dash Trophy
    Best new ability in an entry submitted.

    Carnival Night Trophy
    Most innovative game play feature in an entry submitted.

    Emerald Trophy
    Best Special Stage in an entry submitted.

    Wing Fortress Trophy
    Best cutscene in an entry submitted.

    Robotnik's Revenge Trophy
    Best fresh concept using existing concepts as the backbone in an entry submitted.

    Casinopolis Trophy
    Most entertaining / fun entry submitted.

    Polygon Jim Trophy
    Most unique entry submitted.

    Tails Trophy
    Most improved entry from last year's contest.

    Blaze Trophy (NEW)
    Entry from this year's contest that is felt to have the most potential.

    Newtrogic High Trophy
    Voted best entry of the contest by the Media Panel.

    COMMUNITY TROPHIES

    These trophies are trophies that are awarded by the community during the Contest Week.

    Hidden Palace Community Trophy
    Best entry submitted overall.

    Generations Community Trophy (NEW TO COMMUNITY JUDGING)
    Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted overall.

    Crystal Egg Community Trophy (NEW)
    Best 8-bit Sonic hack submitted overall.

    Windy Valley Community Trophy
    Best art entry submitted.

    D.A. Garden Community Trophy
    Best music entry submitted.

    Lava Reef Community Trophy
    Best level layout entry submitted.

    11000101 Community Trophy
    Best technical entry submitted.

    Polygon Jim Community Trophy
    Most unique entry submitted.

    Tails Community Trophy (NEW TO COMMUNITY JUDGING)
    Most improved entry from last year's contest.

    Blaze Community Trophy (NEW)
    Entry from this year's contest that is felt to have the most potential.


    RULES
    1. Your entry must be based on an existing Sonic the Hedgehog ROM or game. No homebrew submissions will be accepted in the Sonic Hacking Contest.
    2. Please take a look at the Quality Control criteria below these rules for what is and what is not allowed in an entry to both the Contest and the Expo below these rules. We're being serious over this stuff this year. If you can't meet the criteria then you need more time before you can take part in the Contest. Take some time to look at what you are missing or need to work on and come back in 2018 with an even better entry than your current one. While the Expo will also be subject to the Quality Control criteria, it won't be as stringent as that for the Contest.
    3. No Joke or Meme entries are allowed in the Contest this year. The evaluations from the public have clearly shown that they did not like the abundance of them in last year's contest, so we will not be allowing them this year. However, they will be allowed in the Expo provided that they meet the Quality Control criteria.
    4. No Private entries. If you want to submit to the Contest your entry must be made available completely to the Public. There is no Partial-Private this year for the Contest at all, but that feature will be available in the Hack Expo.
    5. Submissions must either inform of what has been changed or explicitly what has not - zone and act breakdowns to a full change log, if need be - to avoid people playing stock vanilla levels and gameplay that has been left completely untouched. Submissions can also inform of other information such as cheat codes, easter eggs, and other worthwhile information that would benefit your entry when being looked at and judged.
    6. You must include media such as screenshots (absolutely mandatory, and must include a title screen image), videos (YouTube links are fine), and music (MP3, OGG, and VGM preferred). The judges will not waste time making screenshots or other media for you.
    7. E-mailed or direct-messaged entries will not be accepted. All submissions must be completed through the online site.
    8. All entries must be playable and cannot prevent judges from playing them if they have been uploaded. Judges have the right to look at your incomplete work if you have submitted it. However, judges will not allocate trophies based on any incomplete builds, only the last build submitted for the completed entry.
    9. Hacks found with stolen content will not be tolerated and anyone caught will be dealt with severely, the least of which will be their entry being made null and void. If anyone suspects an entry to have stolen content either flag the entry or contact a judge immediately. If you have used things such as music
      packs from the Internet in your entry please be wary of this and be sure to double-check on their origins, as they are known to contain content illegitimately ripped from other hacks.
    10. All entries are viewed equal regardless of who submits them. Do not be put off with people well known in the community potentially submitting that could win trophies - people do not win trophies because of who they are in this community, people win because their entry deserved to win.
    11. Please be aware that not all judges can judge certain games - Sonic Generations, Lost World, and other console based entries, for example - as they do not have the capability to do so. If you submit an entry which is not a standard 8-bit or 16-bit entry please have this in mind.
    12. Judges have the right to remove your entry from the Contest at any time if it does not meet the criteria or if your hack is disqualified for whatever reason.
    13. While these entries apply to both the Contest and the Expo, they will be more stringently enforced for the Contest than the Expo.
    14. These rules can be changed, added to, or removed from at any time. Check back often (or at least once before you submit something) to make sure they haven't since you last looked.

    QUALITY CONTROL CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS
    Pick at least one item from, at minimum, three of the four bullet points:
    • Palette changes, physics changes, SEGA sound changes, and other various small things.
    • Art changes, layout changes, special stage layout changes, and mapping changes.
    • Engine changes, sound driver changes, and special stage functionality changes.
    • Music and sound effect changes.

    Or at least one of the following:
    • A complete change to the rules of a Sonic game. For example: Sonic Bash v2, boss rush hacks, Knuckles Emerald Hunt, etc.
    • A (near-)complete overhaul into a whole new game. For example, Sonic Scorched Quest, Sonic Virtual Adventure, etc.
    • A technical feat. For example, MarkeyJester's Mode 7 Mega Drive experiments, Sonic 4 in 1, etc.
    • A 3D modification that changes features in the playable game itself. Just menu or simple texture modifications alone are not acceptable.

    Your entry will be disqualified if it contains:
    • NSFW content that is accessed through normal means or just playing the game. Easter eggs are okay, however, as they aren't immediately accessible without prior knowledge to their existence. Adding the method of access through your entry description, however, will be considered as accessed through normal means. Please share the method of access through other mediums such as forums or discord.
    • Obscure jokes and/or memes that most people will not understand. If the entry focuses on in-jokes with no appeal to anyone other than those in the know, the Contest or Expo is not a valid place for it to be shown.
    • A joke entry whose soul purpose is to game the rules and exploit any loopholes, if any are found.

    If you are unsure whether or not your hack would pass the criteria, contact a judge for clarification.


    STANCE ON SONIC MANIA MODS
    After the release of Sonic Mania for PC, it did not take long for people to break into the game and modify various pieces of it. Right now, Mania modding is in its very early stages with mostly sound, sprite and models being manipulated. Unless things seriously progress to a point where level editing (for example) is able to be done, all Mania mods may be entered for the Hack Expo ONLY.

    Please bear in mind that we have a Quality Control Criteria that must be met therefore anything of a low quality will very likely be rejected by judges and rejected from exposure at the Contest Week entirely. Simply put, we do not want a free-for-all on Mania mods that could ruin what we put in place regarding quality control. If you're unsure if your mod will be accepted, you are very welcome to submit it – the judges will decide whether or not it will be allowed into the Hack Expo.

    If modding progresses to an advanced state (such as level editing and technical additions), we may permit those mods to be judged, however we expect this will probably not happen this year, but rather in time for next year's contest. We are open to discussion on this issue.

    DEADLINES
    The primary submissions deadline for entries will be the end of Sunday 29th October. You must have submitted a playable build by then to the contest site on your entry in order for it to be accepted past this point.

    You then have a week to refine your entry, fix any issues, and upload your final build. This final deadline will be the end of Sunday 5th November.

    If you are submitting to the Expo rather than the Contest you have until the end of Sunday 12th November to refine your entry and upload your final build.

    Any questions can be asked in this thread wherein a judge will be able to provide some sort of answer.

    Monday 20th November to Sunday 26th November is the Contest Week.
    Like the last few years, the public will have a chance to view this year's entries, download the public hacks and vote for Community Trophies. If you're planning to debut your submission to the public you can do it then, however nobody can be stopped from releasing earlier. If you want to show it off to the biggest audience around the Contest Week is your best time for it. A brand new site is being developed which will have new features and also be more reliable than the previous one.

    We hope to have live streams, mini contests and much more similar to previous Contests - these will be announced closer to the time of the Contest when they have been finalised. We'll also have news coverage this time much like last year. In our evaluation form for 2016 we asked people to provide links to websites and streamers to invite to participate in the 2017 Contest and we will be doing that to ensure that we can get as many people on board as possible.

    We'll let you know when the website is updated for the 2017 Contest so you can begin submitting as some changes to the site will be carried out to improve it. Once again, in order to submit you'll need a Sonic Retro or SSRG full member account, although exceptions may be given by contacting a judge.

    Feel free to like our Twitter and Facebook pages, subscribe to our Twitch Channel and join our very own Discord Server. We also have an IRC Channel which relays from the main Discord channel available at irc.badnik.zone #SHContest.

    The contest rules and features can change at any time - further announcements will be posted in due time.

    So with that, I'll leave you to your hacking.
    Ready, Set, Procrastinate!!

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    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017
  2. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    We've only had the site up a few days and already we've recieved a good number of submissions to both the Contest and Expo, so keep that up! Just remember that we now have uploading fully working, so if you have a ROM then do upload it to the site, the off-site linking is generally preferred for large files such as Generations mods for example.

    Also regarding deadlines, the submissions deadline of the end of Sunday 29th October (where we must have a playable submission by this date) and updates deadline of the end of Sunday 5th November (where you get a week to finish things off and fix any bugs found) apply to Contest submissions ONLY. If you are submitting to the Hack Expo, you only get one deadline, which is the end of Sunday 12th November, as we do not judge those entries. If you can't make the submissions deadline for the Contest, your entry will be moved to the Expo, meaning you get extra time to get your entry done, and you get exposure for your entry, with the expense being your entry won't be judged. You've had since last December to make an entry though, so I would hope most people won't have to miss out on getting judged!

    Please also note, as it's happened a few times, you cannot have the same entry submitted to both the Contest and Expo. It's one or the other. If you want your entry to be judged and be in the running for trophies, it's the Contest. If you don't want to be judged, go for the Expo.

    Stay tuned for further updates regarding the contest and this website which is ever changing, new features are being added regularly. If you have any questions, use the forum threads or Discord which are all linked at the bottom of this page. If you aren't a full member of SSRG or Sonic Retro but want to submit, instructions for getting validated are in a previous news post. We've already had a few people ask to get verified, so don't hesitate to ask!
     
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  3. Speedysanic

    Speedysanic E Rank Member

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    I made an account on the shc website and I verfied for sonic retro and SSRG and for some reason it says i am still not verifyed. can you help me get verified? :emoji_cry:
     
  4. Valeev

    Valeev Russian Croc

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    You can get some tips on verifying your SHC account by checking the very first news article on their website. However, I think for now it's not necessary unless you want to submit an entry.
     
  5. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    First, watch this trailer video, made by redhotsonic:

    Next, let's have a look at this year's Hacking Contest entries. Not as many compared to last year but remember we have the unjudged Hack Expo too which the list for that will be revealed next Monday.

    1. A Generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch
    2. A Rushed Sonic Hack by Unlimited Trees
    3. Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi
    4. Classic Pantufa the Cat DX by VAdaPEGA
    5. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - DX Edition by RadioShadow
    6. Heroes Mod Loader & Tweakbox by sewer56lol
    7. Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil
    8. Mr. Cat's 16 Day Challenge by Mr. Cat
    9. SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94
    10. Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro
    11. Sonic 1 - Comet Edition v2.1 by BCasais
    12. Sonic 1 Back to South Island by PineappleArse
    13. Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo
    14. Sonic 1: Colors Edition by campbellsonic
    15. Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy
    16. Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister
    17. Sonic 3 Chaos Adventure by Jdpense
    18. Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer
    19. Sonic Double Dash by SteamPoweredPixel
    20. Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED
    21. Sonic Halloween by CamManS5
    22. Sonic Legacy by GammaV
    23. Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp
    24. Tails Adventure X-L by lordxernom
     
  6. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    Here is the lineup for the Hack Expo. Obviously bear in mind that these entries are not judged and therefore there may be the occasional entry that may not interest you that much or be of a lower quality than the usual standard. Only one entry was thrown out, the rest are good for show. And yes, you may notice a certain entry in this. The fact that we were able to get that in is quite remarkable for the Hack Expo, you should enjoy all the entries on show this year.
    1. Sonic the Hedgehog Bania: Gold! Edition ~ Promotional Demo by Royameadow
    2. SADX Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory
    3. SA2 Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory
    4. Mario Mania by metalkingboo
    5. Sonic.EXE Mania by haloarbiter117
    6. Spider-Hog Mania by PotterAndMatrixFan
    7. S3K/SKC Random Special Stages by MainMemory
    8. S3K Mania Special Stages by MainMemory
    9. SADX SMPS Mod by MainMemory
    10. Mania SMPS Mod by MainMemory
    11. Mania Random Bonus Mod by MainMemory
    12. Sonic 2 Fine2uned by Clownacy
    13. Sonic: The Return of Shadow by JoenickROS
    14. Sonic 1: Terra Night by SonicBurst
    15. Sonic's Fun and Easy Adventure by Novedicus
    16. Sticks by Slashy
    17. Sonic Limbo by lordxernom
    18. Aurora Garden (Sonic Mania) by AeroArtwork
    19. Sonic 3D Blast Director's Cut (BETA) by gamehut
    20. Super Sonic & Hyper Sonic in Sonic 1 by Clownacy
    21. Sonic Lost World - Snowball Joyride by Dario
    22. Sonic Generations - Classic Green Hill Zone Forces WIP by TwilightZoney
    23. World 1-1 in Sonic Mania by AeroArtwork
    You will be able to play ALL of these entries from Monday 20th November on the website, but remember that these will NOT be eligible for Community Trophies or standard judging.
     
  7. Capper

    Capper Local Arle nut

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    >Sonic 3D Blast Director's Cut
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    Oh man. That's quite an unexpected entry, even if it's just for the expo.
    Either way, I can't wait to play that and hopefully every other hack and mod next week. This ought to be a good one this year!
     
  8. Spanner

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    Spanner E Rank Member

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    The Contest Week has started, you can now download all the entries from the Hacking Contest and Hack Expo, and be able to vote on the Community Trophies too.

    At the time of publishing, the comments section isn't up yet but it will be soon.

    All you need to vote is sign up for an account - you do not need to be verified to do this.

    Here are the streams happening on Monday:
    7pm GMT / 2pm EST / 11am PST: redhotsonic
    9pm GMT / 4pm EST / 1pm PST: MegaGWolf
    12am GMT / 7pm EST / 4pm PST: SomecallmeJohnny
    5:30am GMT / 12:30am EST / 9:30pm PST (wrongly said as 7:30pm PST in the above image, whoops): The Geek Critique


    If you run into any issues, join the Discord server and report them in the #site_issues channel. You can join Discord by clicking on the Discord logo at the bottom of the website.

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  10. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    Just like last year, we want YOUR feedback on this year’s Contest Week as well as providing suggestions on what we can look at for next year.

    This year, we have had a rather positive Contest Week that has been a complete 180 from last year, not to mention how we have had little issues with the website, but of course we want your opinions.

    Please complete the following form; we will have the form open for a few weeks so if you don’t have time to do it right now, please do it when you can.


    If you have completed this form before the Contest Week has ended, don't forget the Results Show will take place on Sunday 26th November on MegaGWolf's Channel at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST! AntDude will be streaming on Saturday at 7pm GMT / 2pm EST / 11am PST too so don’t miss that either.

    Also don't forget to cast your Community Trophy votes before the end of Saturday 25th November at Midnight EST. All you need to do is sign up for an account at http://sonichacking.org/ and go to the entries you want to vote for to cast your votes. No verification is required so you should not have an issue casting your votes.

    Thanks for being a part of the Contest Week this year, it is very much appreciated!
     
  11. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    We're at the end of the Contest Week...just have to announce the results. If you can't make the live stream but want live updates before the forum threads go up with the results being posted, Tails Channel will be live tweeting the results as they happen.

    Join us on http://sonichacking.org/streams/MegaGWolf at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST if you can and find out who wins what!
     
  12. Spanner

    Spanner E Rank Member

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    After a rather successful Contest Week with many commenting that this year was a complete 180 from last year’s showing, it is now time for the results. Who picked up the trophies and honourable mentions? Let’s find out!

    Judged Trophies

    Hidden Palace Trophy

    Grand prize / 1st place. This is given to the overall best entry in the contest.

    Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil


    Wood Zone Trophy

    2nd place entry overall in the contest.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo


    Dust Hill Trophy

    3rd place entry overall in the contest.

    Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED


    Generations Trophy

    Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted overall.

    SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Heroes Mod Loader & Tweakbox β (Tech Demo) by sewer56lol and Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp


    Crystal Egg Trophy

    Best 8-bit Sonic hack submitted overall.

    Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister


    Green Hill Trophy

    Hack (or specific level of a hack if non-applicable) that plays most like a Sonic game.

    Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil

    HONOURABLE MENTION: A generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch


    Botanic Base Trophy

    Best art in a Mega Drive / Genesis hack submitted.

    Mr. Cat’s 16 Day Challenge by MrCat

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED


    D.A. Garden Trophy

    Best music in an entry submitted.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED


    Lava Reef Trophy

    Best level layout in a Mega Drive / Genesis hack submitted.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil, A Generic Sonic 1 ROMhack by CHRdutch


    Gimmick Mountain Trophy

    Best level layout in an 8-bit hack submitted.

    Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister


    Genocide City Trophy

    Most difficult entry (or specific level of an entry if non-applicable) submitted.

    Classic Pantufa the Cat DX by VAdaPEGA

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED


    11000101 Trophy

    Best technical / proof of concept entry submitted.

    SADX Lantern Engine by SonicFreak94

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy


    Fang Trophy

    Best new enemy/badnik in an entry submitted.

    Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer


    Eggman Trophy

    Best new boss or mini-boss in an entry submitted.

    Sonic Egg Factory Remastered by FoxConED

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic Chaos Quest Ultimate by Narcologer


    Spin Dash Trophy

    Best new ability in an entry submitted.

    Sonic 1: Colors Edition (SHC2017 Demo) by campbellsonic

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro


    Carnival Night Trophy

    Most innovative game play feature in an entry submitted.

    Sonic 1: Colors Edition (SHC2017 Demo) by campbellsonic

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic 3 Chaos Adventure by JDpense


    Emerald Trophy

    Best Special Stage in an entry submitted.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo


    Wing Fortress Trophy

    Best cutscene in an entry submitted.

    Sonic Egg Factory ReMastered by FoxConED


    Robotnik's Revenge Trophy

    Best fresh concept using existing concepts as the backbone in an entry submitted.

    Sonic 1: Colors Edition (SHC2017 Demo) by campbellsonic

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil


    Casinopolis Trophy

    Most entertaining / fun entry submitted.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil, Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro


    Polygon Jim Trophy

    Most unique entry submitted.

    Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi


    Tails Trophy

    Most improved entry from last year's contest.

    Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro


    Blaze Trophy

    Entry from this year's contest that is felt to have the most potential.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

    HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS by Clownacy


    Newtrogic High Trophy

    Voted best entry of the contest by the Media Panel.
    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo

    The following Judged Trophies were not awarded:
    • Windy Valley Trophy: Best art in a 3D modification submitted.
    • Jungle Trophy : Best art in an 8-bit hack submitted.
    • Speed Highway Trophy: Best level layout in a 3D modification submitted.
    • Azure Lake Trophy: Best multiplayer entry submitted.
    • Advance Trophy : Best handheld game entry overall.

    Community Trophies

    Hidden Palace Community Trophy

    Best entry submitted overall.

    Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil


    Generations Community Trophy

    Best 3D Sonic game modification submitted overall.

    Sonic Redux (Character Demo) by InvisibleUp


    Crystal Egg Community Trophy

    Best 8-bit Sonic hack submitted overall.

    Sonic 2: Zen Island by Yoshister


    Windy Valley Community Trophy

    Best art entry submitted.

    Metal Sonic Rebooted by Lone Devil


    D.A. Garden Community Trophy: Best Music

    Best music entry submitted.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo


    Lava Reef Community Trophy

    Best level layout entry submitted.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo


    11000101 Community Trophy

    Best technical entry submitted.

    Sonic 2 for PC & New 3DS (PoC) by Clownacy


    Polygon Jim Community Trophy

    Most unique entry submitted.

    Achi (AKA another trend in gaming that is slightly annoying and ultimately pointless) by Natsumi


    Tails Community Trophy

    Most improved entry from last year's contest.

    Sonic & Ashuro by Ashuro


    Blaze Community Trophy


    Entry from this year's contest that is felt to have the most potential.

    Sonic 1 Dragon Edition by DragonWolfLeo


    Evaluation


    Like last year, we want YOUR feedback on this year’s Contest Week so please take the time to fill out this form and let us know what you thought about this year and what we can look at for next year. So we can get planning for next year sorted out and next year’s Contest announced by the end of this year like always, please note the deadline for the evaluation is the end of Sunday 3rd December. It won’t take you that long to fill out this form, so if you are able to, please do so.




    Special Thanks
    • The Judges – which along with myself were Cinossu, Clownacy, Dandaman955, Dario FF, OrdosAlpha, Selbi , SuperEgg, and SSF1991 (Donnie) and Twilightzoney. Despite the challenges this year we were able to get the judging fully completed and evaluated. We had a few newcomers this year who have fit comfortably into the role, and I personally think that we don’t need to bring in anyone new for next year as we have enough people to do the job.
    • Cinossu for his brand new website that finally came to fruition this year. Although he had a significant downtime due to his laptop having issues alongside other delays, he has given us a new site that does the job really well and will last us for a very long time. Although some features were not implemented this year due to not having enough time to get them in such as the Comments Section and Teams, they will be back next year and you can suggest in the Feedback Form of what could be added to the site next year.
    • SuperEgg for organising the majority of the media side of things, bringing you the list below of people in the next section.
    • The Media Panel that consisted of AquelGamerMexicano, AntDude, coopercastille, FoxConED of Sonic SCANF, MegaGWolf, Neo Hazard, premydaremy, RadicalSoda, redhotsonic, SomecallmeJohnny, sonicyoda of SEGADriven.com, The Geek Critique and TheRealFTA of FTCR. Many have streamed during the week or produced videos, any which have not yet, will do so after this week.
    • Bartman3010 from Sonic Retro, VEDJ_F from Sonic Stadium, Ryan from Tails Channel and Tristan from TSSZ News for providing coverage of the contest.
    • SeanieB for providing server hosting and accommodating us well in terms of fixing slight issues and providing statistics. Aside from some brief problems on Monday that were quickly fixed after a few settings were changed, there were no long periods of downtime this year, which I’m sure everyone is pleased with.
    • amphobius, LazloPsylus, Shannon and StephenUK for their previous involvement in this year’s Hacking Contest.
    • Ayla, also for the above reason but for organising the Sonic Hacking Contest for the past 15 years. Unfortunately due to personal reasons she was not able to take part in judging, but was very instrumental in reforming this year’s Contest alongside others including proposing the Quality Control Criteria that changed the Contest for the better. Ayla planned to make this year her final year of judging which will now not happen, but I think everyone should thank her for what she has done over the years and hopefully she has a good retirement from the Contest.
    • redhotsonic for his Hacking Contest Trailer.
    • CpChan, gsoft, Lange, Lil-G, Natsumi, Perfect Chaos Zero, P3DR0, redhotsonic, thevaleev and Volg Shan for providing moderation services during the Contest Week on our Discord server to ensure people got in and not out of line. Also, Titanus on Discord for being awesome.
    • Everyone who submitted to the Contest or Expo, no matter if they won trophies or not, but especially Jon Burton from Travellers Tales who submitted his Sonic 3D Directors Cut Beta to the Expo. To have an original developer submit something was never something we ever expected to happen, until this year. Although he was not able to get involved more this week as he was on vacation, we are planning on doing something with him very soon which a lot of you have wanted to get involved with, more will be announced when we can.
    • And You…for taking part in the Contest Week.



    The End…For Now

    We will be back for the Sonic Hacking Contest 2018. Information for that will be posted hopefully by the end of this year. We have done really well this year, so let’s keep it up the good work for next year!
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
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