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This topic contains 17 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  SocksUp 9 years, 7 months ago.

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  • #6320

    SocksUp
    Participant

    I’m delighted to announce that Taito Corporation have given approval for the XNA Ireland 2008 Challenge Competition to honor the 30th Anniversary of SPACE INVADERS (c) TAITO CORP. 1978,2007, more shortly on http://www.xna.ie. The event is being supported by games technology organisations and studios such as Microsoft, Rare, DemonWare, Blitz Games, International Games Developers Association and the Irish Developers Network, and others to be announced shortly.

    The SPACE INVADERS competition will require that entrants build, using XNA, their version of SPACE INVADERS. We plan to issue all entrants with a skeleton project that they use to code their competition entry.
    More soon on http://www.xna.ie

  • #38812

    david4482
    Participant

    Cool, thanks for the heads up erm SockUp.
    Sounds like a fun competition, will have to have a go.

  • #38810

    Kentaree
    Participant

    Is it college students only like you were planning?

  • #38816

    SocksUp
    Participant

    At the moment it looks like 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, I know of students, who are in an award years, in at least 3 colleges, have chosen the competition as their final project. Robocode.ie is already there for 1st years. Second level students (with their computer teacher permission will also be welcome). Industry is being asked to judge the submissions. The basic idea is that they take the skeleton project and produce their own take on SPACE INVADERS(R). We have judges lined up who are programmers, artists and musicians.

  • #38814

    aphra
    Keymaster

    if you send me more info or the full call I can post it up in news..

    just PM me

    Aphra.

  • #38820

    david4482
    Participant

    Well thats me out then. Will have to try something similar though just to get used to XNA.

  • #38821

    SocksUp
    Participant

    Will get more information out on the wire in the coming days. At the moment I’m working on the skeleton project. When the code is released it will be downloadable from http://www.xna.ie. I may create a VSI so it can be imported and used as a starter kit within Visual Studio Express. ( I’m C# new bee but the project is just about ready, hope to get is finished this weekend). It will have the basic game play that mimics the original classic. The idea is people build out on that code ( rip it to shreds to be honest ) so that everyone starts at the same point. They will present their game entry to a team on academic and industry judges who select the top 3 entries. The top three are then asked to make some further presentations before the XNA Ireland Challenge 2008 winner is announced.

    NOTE : The 2009 event is already in planning and will honor another genre ;-)

  • #38822

    irishlostboy
    Participant

    anyone need art assets for this, and is DEFINATELY entering, i may be able to help out. ;)
    check my sig for examples of my work.

  • #38914

    SocksUp
    Participant

    Hope to publish the poster by tomorrow (17th) afternoon. Still working on the skeleton project and need to have the code reviewed before its published. I like the post about game art, a good team ( max 3 ) will have a combination of art, music and programming skills.

  • #38915

    irishlostboy
    Participant

    well i am also a qualified sound engineer, and a reasonable composer (so long as you like dark stuff:) ) , so there are more skills, if anyone wants them, and has concept/programming skills to match.

  • #38969

    SocksUp
    Participant

    Poster has just been approved, for a sneek preview have a look at http://xnaireland.com/poster/XNAIrelandChallenge2008-A5.pdf . The website is being updated, Starter kit will be downloadable from the site shortly.

  • #39548

    Martin Connolly
    Participant

    If anyone needs some drawings/other general design stuff, I would be interested in helping out.

  • #39553

    SocksUp
    Participant

    Looks like there will be 6 – 8 games studios coming to judge the XNA Ireland Challenge event. The source code for the started kit can be downloaded now, see http://www.xna.ie. Remember its a starter kit (its not meant to be a completed game). The first possible refactoring to the code would be to add draw methods to the characters and merge as much as possible the collision detection (if your staying 2D (some teams are going sown the 3D route). The project will be moved to Version 2.0 of XNA as soon as its released. There are about 8 teams already started so make sure to read the rules and get cracking as soon as you can. The current project layout makes it easy to explain the code to people cutting their teeth at programming. Code comments will be added in the coming days. I notice from the post above there is an offer of an artists time (grab it with both hands). The industry judges will be looking at Art, Music, Game play, Innovation (something new that honours the classic) and programming skills. The studios judging the event will be officially announced shortly.

  • #39555

    peter_b
    Participant

    Make sure your ship has big ass guns. A 3d take of space in vaders would be very cool indeed.

    What level of 3rd level is it limited to? Can 3rd\4th years enter?

  • #39564

    SocksUp
    Participant

    The event is currently targeted at 2nd, 3rd and 4th years. Post grads ‘may’ get their own class but for the moment its aimed at under graduates. Had a look at a 3D project this evening, looks very promising. Game play is a bit strange but the initial ‘eye candy’ is catching. I think a 2D game honouring the classic has an equal chance. The game will need something innovative in the game play to stand out (in my humble opinion).

  • #39565

    anthony
    Participant

    Post grads ‘may’ get their own class[/quote:1fee3638bc]

    Here’s hoping!

    @anthonycosgrave

  • #39684

    SocksUp
    Participant

    We met, we talked and finalised the rules for the first XNA Ireland Challenge. The next meeting on the organising committee takes place at the end on January. It will be interesting to get some feedback from the community on the rules, see http://www.xna.ie or http://xnaireland.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!F98783C054F60D82!132.entry

  • #39882

    SocksUp
    Participant

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