In honor of’s fourth birthday, and to celebrate our awesome users which have helped keep the site going, we are going to have an official site contest on June 3rd, 2011*.

The contest will take the form of a 4-hour game making event in which users will have four consecutive hours to make a game and submit it to be judged. To make the contest more accessible to everyone the game can be created during any block of four hours on June 3rd as long as it gets submitted by the deadline. Yes, this means we will be using the honor system – please don’t take the internets too seriously. There will be a theme for the contest that will be revealed at midnight on June 2nd, 2011.

All contestants will receive achievements and the winner will receive a monetary prize ($25). Losers will receive a complimentary t-shirt** and the sudden realization that they are forever alone on a Friday night. We may see what else we can scrounge up for participants.

- no restrictions on engine or graphics
- the 24 hour period will be for June 3rd central time zone
- the event period has now been switched to 4-hours per kentona's suggestion.
- people shouldn't back out because they can't make an "epic" or "worthwhile" game in the 4-hours. Most attempts are either end up being humorous or have some other gimmick. Develop them further after the deadline if you like.

We are having a 4-hour game making contest on June 3rd with a CASH MONEY prize.

* Yes, we realize officially launched on June 2nd, 2007, but we felt that having this on a weekend night may make the contest more accessible.
** Not really.

Click to reveal the theme

"Sequels that should never be made, but that we will make anyways."

REMEMBER - once you know the theme, you have 4 hours to complete your entry! Don't forget to mention that your submission is for the 4-hour contest to help it move quickly through the submission queue!

So we're like three weeks late and for that I apologize. I played many (but not all) the games during the initial weekend period but didn't communicate very well. I also have some very different ideas on how to handle similar events in the future, and some suggestions on some more serious events we will try. However, there were a decent number of responses and some of the games were actually playable!

So without further ado, the winner is...


Fire Emblem 6 - TILoRtQatQfP

That makes Dyhalto the winner of a $25 prize. Contact me via PM to arrange payment and/or to select a charity of your choice to receive the funds.

I'll be honest, the game had a couple of things going for it from the start, like the fact that it was crafted with the Sim RPG Maker 95 engine, of which I love. I was the author of the original English translation patches and spent a lot of time testing the engine back in golden days of the internet. It was a unappreciated maker, but one that had a lot of good ideas that would be picked up in later incarnations of the RPG Maker series. It's definitely aged better than its RPG Maker 95 counterpart.

I am also a big fan of strategy/tactical RPGs though I have never played a Fire Emblem game before. The game was an unbalanced mess but was still pretty fun to play. Some of the units were dramatically overpowered and some were practically worthless. The dialogue was intentionally nonsensical. However, it was pretty cool how new units kept appearing during battle – more than once I found myself redirecting units to prevent surprise flanks.

Fire Emblem 6 - TILoRtQatQfP was ranked the top birthday game by two of the three judges, and was ranked number two by the other.

Runner-up was the RPG Maker 2003 game Sinfonia by Max McGee. It was pretty cool to have an actual attempt at a proper game in a contest obviously designed for blatant use of comedy and tropes.

I'll let the other judges chime in with their thoughts on the games if they are interested.




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Time's up! Uploading to locker first!

Can find it here (not rtp independent, did not have time)

I'm gonna make a game-page now, if that's okay.
I just finished with 6 minutes to spare. Standard RTP but whatever.
Here's another idea: Sonic fangame!

It can't possibly be worse than Sonic 2006, you don't have enough time!
Do we seriously have to wait for it to be accepted before submitting.
Do we seriously have to wait for it to be accepted before submitting.

That's my question.
I don't WANT to make a gamepage for it, honestly. I hope hosting on locker is ok.

In case my previous post was missed:
Well just to have it up here and finalized:

However, I'm gonna submit properly once the game page is accepted.
If you submitted a game for the contest make sure you put in the description that it is for the 4-hour contest!
I submitted mine. It's sorta a spiritual sequel to The Hole.
And if you really don't want to make a gamepage (seriously you should spend the 15 minutes for it and call it done and do what Anky said) for it at least PM one of the judges your entry so it isn't lost in the comments.
I'm a dog pirate
Began at exactly 1:12 pm EST, but I had to go somewhere for an hour. Won't be done until 6:12 PM EST, or about an hour and 20 minutes from now.

Final Fantasy XIII-2k3. RTP.
I'm a dog pirate
Figure I'd add: virtually no balancing is being done! :D
I hope the only option is the 2k3 Autobattle too
I'm a dog pirate
I hope the only option is the 2k3 Autobattle too

Haha I should've done that.

Edit: Must get back to work! Only an hour and 15 minutes to go!
Even more correct: You can only control the main character all allies are on AI control
My brother was play-testing the game and the revive item didn't revive the dead character in battle or out of battle. GRRRRRRR!!!!
Forgot to set the item to work on 'One Ally (Dead)', instead of 'One Ally'. *facepalm*
Yellow Magic
Could I BE any more Chandler Bing from Friends (TM)?
JUST finished. Having a bit of trouble finding my project folder though (...long story short: Windows 7 and RPG Maker 2003...not the best of friends).

EDIT: Until my Gamepage is accepted, here you go

EDIT EDIT: Just realised none of my items work. Whoopsy daisy
Started at 10:30 am and finished at 2:30 pm. Went to work for 8 hours hoping the gamepage would be accepted in that time... Turns out it's taking much longer than I would of hoped. So yeah I'm dumping this here for the time being.
Ugh... I can't say I'm thrilled about the event's theme. I hate being forced to base my work on an existing creation of someone else's...
yeah, this