Judges are checking entries to check for Quality Control purposes whether they meet the requirements of the Contest, get moved to the Expo, or are rejected.
Anyone whose entries get moved to the Expo or get rejected will be emailed as to why.
Updates can be entered until the end of Sunday 19th September.
The non-Judged Expo is still available to submit until the end of Sunday 26th September.
If you want to enter to the Contest, you MUST make an entry on the website, and ensure you have a fully playable build by the end of Sunday 12th September.
Again, you have one week to refine your entry and fix any issues you find, and this has to be submitted and marked as Complete by the end of Sunday 19th September.
Judges will be making use of next week to determine whether or not entries meet the Contest criteria, get moved to the Expo, or rejected altogether.
Any moves will be advised through email. If you submitted to the Expo but want to swap it to the Contest (or vice versa), again we need to know by the end of today, as some have requested swaps.
Expo entries and trailer clips will still be accepted until the end of Sunday 26th September, where there is no updates deadline and what is submitted by then must be marked as complete.
If there's any issues with submitting something through the website, let us know.
And a reminder, the deadlines are final, there will be no bugfix uploads allowed unless they are severely game critical, but you should be using the updates deadline / expo deadline to fully test out your entry.
This is a reminder that you have until Sunday 12th September, at the end of the day, to submit something to the Sonic Hacking Contest.
You must submit a fully playable entry of your submission by this date.
After that, no further submissions will be accepted, however Expo entries (which are not judged) will still be accepted until the end of Sunday 26th September. There is no updates period for Expo entries.
All Contest entries have until the end of Sunday 19th September to refine their submission and update it, then afterwards the Judges will be looking at them, for evaluations and trophies.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the submitter to test their own entries for bugs, the deadline is the deadline, we do not normally accept any fixes beyond that date unless they are game critical, and even then it is a case by case basis, to avoid any more changes than what is needed. So please test your entry prior to finalising your submission.
We are receiving a good amount of entries to the Contest and Expo so far, but there's still a few weeks away before the first deadline for the Contest.
However, I must state that there has been an attempt to dodge the submission rules, which are in place to have an enjoyable Contest Week.
This time, we have had someone register multiple accounts to submit multiple Kaizo hacks to the Expo, with the same IP address.
You are only allowed one account per person. Duplicate user accounts for the purpose of evading the submission rules are not tolerated, and any caught are banned from submitting to SHC with their entries being disqualified.
Please refer to our rules regarding Kaizo hacks:
4. All entries should be enjoyable for all to play. Please refrain from submitting monotonous, off-putting, or insanely difficult entries (such as "Kaizo" hacks). While these are enjoyable to some we want everyone here to be able to enjoy your entries, and unfortunately these just do not do so to most. If you feel you must submit one of these, please stick to the Expo rather than the Contest.
Submitting one of them, provided they were of an acceptable quality, would have been fine, as much as people do not like them. Submitting a series of five poor quality entries under duplicate accounts however is not.
Also, SAGE 2021 is now live as of this post, so feel free to check out their games on offer during this coming week.
It's been a few days since the website has been up for submissions and we're already getting in a good amount of entries. Please submit if you have something good to enter, including short demos of one or more levels!
In the Rules and Guidelines page we have added a line regarding updates for 2DPC and 3D mods. Please apply this to avoid your entry from being automatically updated during the judging period and Contest Week.
Please note that if you have implemented the Mega Drive Splash Screen, a fix has been made to the files to address a DMA window issue.
Another fix was also updated to the Mega Drive Splash Screen later in the day of Sunday 15th August due to VDP issues, so please download and use the new binary file for your game.
The Sonic Mania splash screen has now been ported over to other RSDK games (Sonic 1 / 2 / CD) so all RSDK games can now take advantage of the SHC Splash Screen.
Finally, can I remind people to check the submission rules and guidelines before you submit to either the Contest or Expo. You must ensure that each entry will meet the Quality Control Criteria.
Also, all entries MUST be based on a Sonic game or ROM. Sonic character ports into other non-Sonic games do not count as acceptable entries for SHC. Although there is the argument out there that these could be allowed in the Expo, we don't want it to be a free-for-all where everyone finds a game they can put Sonic into and put it into an entry. There may be other websites where those kinds of games can be submitted to instead.
Judges are scanning over entries as they get submitted and if there is anything that will not meet the criteria or is not eligible for submission, we reserve the right to reject said entry and email the submitter about it.
If anyone comes across any further issues or have any questions, you can join the Discord server. We have a ModMail bot which you can DM, and the Judges will see your response and reply where need be.
It's taken a while longer than expected to get this open, but we are now ready to accept submissions to the 2021 Contest and Expo!
Please note as a result of the delay in getting the site live for submissions, please check the new deadlines as they have been revised.
There's so much to mention this year, so it's best that we just link to the newsletter article for all the information you need regarding SHC2021!