|Rule changes for PGD Annual 2009|
|In order to clarify one or two issues with the rules for the competition, some minor changes have been made. Please read the rest of this article for more details.|
The general terms and conditions of the site have been changed to include clear guidance about whether you can submit projects you started before the competition start date with the addition of clause 13.
13. Your entries should be written specifically for the competition they are being entered in. You cannot submit an entry that was started before the competition began unless stated otherwise by the competition rules. Anyone found to be breaking this rule could be subject to disqualification.
The general terms and conditions of the site now make it clear about which hardware/operating systems competitors entries must support with the addition of clause 14.
14. Your entries should run on the hardware/operating systems used by the competition judges. If your entry does not run on the hardware/operating system used by the judges, or the judges cannot get it working by following the instructions in the user manual then you will score no points for that submission. This rule does not exclude the use of emulators for alternative platforms such as the Nintendo DS.
Note:- This was temporarily added to the competition rules, but it has been moved out to the general site terms and conditions as it applied to all competitions.
And finally, the last general terms and conditions change specifies a limit on the size of submissions with clause 15 and the required archive/file formats with clause 16.
15. Unless stated otherwise in the rules of a competition, your entry submission files should be limited to the following sizes:- (a) Install archive should be no bigger than 48MB, (b) Source archive should be no bigger than 48MB and (c) Screenshots should be no bigger than 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels high and should be no more than 2MB in size.
16. All Install and Source archives should be packed using one of the following formats:- (a) ZIP, (b) RAR, (c) TARBALL or (d) 7Zip. Screenshots should be submitted in JPG, GIF or PNG format.
There are also a couple of changes to the actual competition rules.
Section 1.ii - The number of control inputs (e.g. Up, Down, Left, Punch, Kick, Punch 2 etc.) has been increased from 8 to 10.
Section 2.ii - 'You should normally pay money to play it' has been removed for clarity. If your game fully supports the 'credits' mechanisms typical of arcade machines, then that will be assed under Bonus Point 2.
Bonus points have been changed. Bonus point 1 and the bonus point 2 have been merged. The revised bonus points are:-
- Make you game multiplayer (e.g. allow multiple players on muliple PC's, or multiple players on a single PC by way of a splitscreen mechanism - Note:- These are just two examples of multiplayer mechanisms)
- Make your game arcade cabinet ready (i.e. Provide full configuration options such that it could be loaded on a PC in an arcade cabinet and then be stuffed with quarters).
- Provide an on-line high score table for your game.