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As you may know, our intended Hacking Contest Week was set for Monday 6th to Sunday 12th November.

It has now been announced that Sonic Forces will be released during this period. As to not inconvenience some of our Media Panel who would be now no doubt be occupied with Forces stuff, we are delaying this year’s Hacking Contest to a later period of time.

Although the Forces release is a reason as to the delay, we were going to have to do this anyway as development on the new website in the works that handles submissions and a bunch of other stuff including new features had stalled due to serious laptop problems which are taking longer than usual to fix. We don’t want to go back to using the old website due to issues that worsen every year, so we are giving our website developer extra time to recoup from lost time due to these laptop issues.

With that being said, here are the new dates to remember for this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest:

(updated on first post)


Please remember the Quality Control Criteria explained in the first post of this thread – judges WILL be looking at your entries to ensure they meet the criteria of the Hacking Contest and Hack Expo. Judges reserve the right to move your entry to the Hack Expo or decline your entry should they feel that it is not up to the Hacking Contest standards of this year.

You have all been given extra time this year, do NOT disappoint us!

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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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Sorry for double post, gotta post the list of Contest and Expo entries this year. Difference between Contest and Expo, one is judged, the other isn't. All will be available to play on our website from Monday 20th November, go on there for all the latest updates and feel free to post your thoughts on entries you play in this thread too!

Contest Entries:

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

Expo Entries:

● Sonic the Hedgehog Bania: Gold! Edition ~ Promotional Demo by Royameadow
● SADX Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory
● SA2 Physics Swap Mod by MainMemory
● Mario Mania by metalkingboo
● Sonic.EXE Mania by haloarbiter117
● Spider-Hog Mania by PotterAndMatrixFan
● S3K/SKC Random Special Stages by MainMemory
● S3K Mania Special Stages by MainMemory
● SADX SMPS Mod by MainMemory
● Mania SMPS Mod by MainMemory
● Mania Random Bonus Mod by MainMemory
● Sonic 2 Fine2uned by Clownacy
● Sonic: The Return of Shadow by JoenickROS
● Sonic 1: Terra Night by SonicBurst
● Sonic's Fun and Easy Adventure by Novedicus
● Sticks by Slashy
● Sonic Limbo by lordxernom
● Aurora Garden (Sonic Mania) by AeroArtwork
● Sonic 3D Blast Director's Cut (BETA) by gamehut
● Super Sonic & Hyper Sonic in Sonic 1 by Clownacy
● Sonic Lost World - Snowball Joyride by Dario
● Sonic Generations - Classic Green Hill Zone Forces WIP by TwilightZoney
● World 1-1 in Sonic Mania by AeroArtwork
 

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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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Sorry for the lack of replies, the stream schedule was the same for Wednesday and Thursday.

Please take a look at the entries and you can provide feedback of the entries in this very thread!

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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!

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Streaming schedule for the weekend

Saturday: AntDude at 7pm GMT / 2pm EST / 11am PST and a bonus stream from coopercastille at 12am GMT / 8pm EST / 4pm PST
Sunday: Live Results Show with MegaGWolf playing the winning entries at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST

I'd also like to remind everyone that the deadline for the Community Trophy voting is Today at Midnight EST, so make sure to get your votes in before then.

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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!

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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!

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