BEEP Shop Programming Contest

BEEP Shop Programming Contest

por Sander en 24-03-2019, 09:42
Tema: Desarrollo
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Beep Shop, well known in Japan for the sale of second hand consoles and games, organizes a game contest with several categories.There are 8-bit, 16-32 bit, Famicom and a special lottery game category.

8 bit category

  • Gold prize: 50,000 yen or MSX turbo R
  • Bronze prize: 10,000 yen
  • Models:MSX series (to 2+) /PC8801, PC6001, X1, FM-7.

Content of the game is free and up to the programmer.

16 and 32 bit category

  • Gold prize: 50,000 yen or X68000
  • Bronze prize: 10,000 yen
  • Correspondence recruitment model :X68000, PC-9801, FM- TOWNS and Tomy Tutor TP1000 (ぴゅう太等).

Famicom compatible section

  • Gold prize: 50,000 yen or a Twin Famicon + a PC engine DUO
  • Bronze prize 10,000 yen

If you develop the Famicom game in an emulator please consider a mapper type that can also be used on the real hardware, it is not mandatory but else Beep Center cannot commercialize your game.

Lottery game section

  • Gold prize: 100.000 yen or a PC-8801FA
  • Bronze prize: 10,000 yen
  • Program must be programmed for MSX

The lottery game is the main line up of this contest. Customers who buy stuff @Beep Akiharaba can win all kinds of coupons and goods (details to be provided by the shop and must be updateable in the final game). The game should end between 5 and 8 seconds after starting, and the operation of the game must be clear and simple. The program must be able to register input from the store owner, like how many prices can be won, what kind of prizes, and the amounts. A price that has been awarded by the program, needs to be deducted from the set inventory in the game).

Operation of the game needs to be simple, character can be moved with cursor keys or joystick (a Panasonic joypad is used on the MSX to play the game), and use only one fire button.
Please put some randomness in the game, like enemies that appear that block your shooting, or your character that goes up in flames after the game ends. High score table is needed, with 12 characters for inputting the players name.

When the game has ended and a price has been won, a sound needs to be played until the game exits to the title screen or the players pressed the joypad to go to the highscore table. Of course, the @Beep store logo is shown in the title screen, during the game and on the high score screen. Programmers must be able to add or change program code based on the feedback of Beep after the contest closes.

The game contest is open for amateurs and professionals. Applicants must pre-register by sending an e-mail to maruyama@pcb-beep.com, stating your name, your contact information (address, email, telephone number), your development environment (emulator, model used for programming) and the target model for the contest. Also, you must state when you will finish the game. The deadline for the games is July 31 2019. Winners will be contacted by Mid-August.

You can send a floppy disk image or cassette tape image with the finalized program on it and loading/ how to play instructions on one A4 sized page (in case of the Famicom it is also allowed to send by CD or USB stick) by regular mail to:

〒 348-0065
Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture Fujii Shimo 171
Addressed the BEEP program contest
Telephone: 048-598-6552

The games will be judged by @Beep and some people from the current game industry.

Games will be scored on:

  • The novelty of the game
  • The interest it generates
  • Usefulness of the game (MSX lottery game section)
  • Perfection of the game

More info (in Japanese) at https://www.beep-shop.com/procon/

Comentarios (16)

Por wolf_

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24-03-2019, 11:52

July 31? That may be a tad bit too soon for folks in their 40's/50's, who've other things to do as well. And pre-registering? Stating target model, finish-date etc. sounds like premature commitment, which is the one thing which creative people dislike. What if you pre-reg one day before submitting the game on July 31? If that's valid, then pre-registering means absolutely nothing.

Nice initiative though, but it needs debugging. Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

Por ARTRAG

Enlighted (6285)

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24-03-2019, 12:32

The contest seems a way to commit a number of developers on a lottery game and pay only the one you like ;-)

Por PAC

Guardian (5320)

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24-03-2019, 13:06

Nice initiative but deadline is very close unless you were already working in a game for some time. They didn't mention anything about international participations though. I would really like to see productions from outside Japan but will they pay the shipping cost if you win a turbo R? Tongue

Por ghost_jp

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25-03-2019, 01:09

I guess you wonder who is the skin-head man at the center of the contest logo graphic. He is one of the legendary game programmers, Mr. Tokihiro Naito, the author of T&E's HYDLIDE.

He is still so active, mainly on Twitter(@tokihiro_naito). Especially every retro PC fan in Japan talks about his recent release, a quite new game for NEC PC-8001 titled "NEW CITY HERO" last year. And now he seems to join in the contest as one of its juries.

Por SLotman

Paragon (1215)

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25-03-2019, 04:39

I don't get it. Why send stuff by mail? A cas / dsk image + pdf with instructions, sent by email wouldn't be better and more reliable?

Also, deadline is July 31 - does that means I can post the game on July 31? Or only what they receive up to July 31 are valid entries?

I'm not going to participate, but those rules makes no sense.

Por The_Engineer

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25-03-2019, 14:41

Quote:

I guess you wonder who is the skin-head man at the center of the contest logo graphic. He is one of the legendary game programmers, Mr. Tokihiro Naito, the author of T&E's HYDLIDE.

Wow! Thanks for sharing that information ghost_jp.
Tokihiro Naitoh seems to have been a legend already in the 80s: Look at the cover of T&E's Undeadline

Por Hydragon

Paladin (697)

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25-03-2019, 17:01

Great initiative, good to see new compos arise!

Por Louthrax

Prophet (2093)

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25-03-2019, 20:11

I have a doubt: can "Let's programming" really be said in English (sounds weird to me...) ?

Por wolf_

Ambassador_ (9778)

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25-03-2019, 20:34

It needs a verb, like 'do'.

Por uberjack

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26-03-2019, 19:19

Louthrax wrote:

I have a doubt: can "Let's programming" really be said in English (sounds weird to me...) ?

Nope, it's grammatically incorrect. It is, however, delightfully Engrish.

Por konamiman

Paragon (1046)

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27-03-2019, 13:05

One of the MegaSCSI tools had an error message saying "Something error happen!". Engrish is indeed very fun. Smile

Por Louthrax

Prophet (2093)

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27-03-2019, 19:25

This definitively adds to the charm and fits perfectly with the picture and announcement Smile

Por uberjack

Master (218)

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28-03-2019, 04:04

Louthrax wrote:

This definitively adds to the charm and fits perfectly with the picture and announcement Smile

Agreed, I was going to say that I'm not sure whether it was intentional or just par for the course Smile

Por Randam

Paladin (916)

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31-03-2019, 19:39

Very cool. Hopefully some interesting entries will emerge because of it!

Por hamlet

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24-10-2019, 20:47

So, what happened?
I heard our forum member Nobuaki Washio gained bronze award in this contest?
He joined with a advanced version of ShoulderBlade Overdrive, the OuterSpace edition. These are great news! Congratulations!

Por N.I

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25-10-2019, 15:16

hamlet wrote:

So, what happened?
I heard our forum member Nobuaki Washio gained bronze award in this contest?
He joined with a advanced version of ShoulderBlade Overdrive, the OuterSpace edition. These are great news! Congratulations!

The rabbit again! The music and the sound effect is really cool. His ability is awesome.