They don’t happen all that often, but when they do, boy do they push the boat out…

Dust off your whitewall keyboards and don your finest coding goggles! The Retro Remakes 2008 Competition is now running and you’ve got just over three months to create the finest pieces of modern retro gaming known to man. As if the fame of competing in such a prestigous event wasn’t enough, there’s a fortune to be had as well – the selection of prizes is bloody stupendous, if I do say so myself, and I fear for the sanity of all those who have organised the event.

However, as always, there’s a real-world benefit to the competition; one of the six categories into which you can enter your game is aimed directly at helping SpecialEffect, a UK charity whose goal is to help young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. The competition has a category for their “A Game for Helen” project and you can find the rules for that, and the other 5 categories, by following the links below.

  • The Main Rules (very important!)
  • The Categories and their sub-rules (something for everyone, I’m sure you’ll agree)
  • The Judges (see who you’re trying to impress)
  • The Prizes (once more, ‘cos you can never have enough loot)
  • The Forum (the place to bandy ideas about with fellow entrants)

I’ll be hoping to enter – with what, and into what category, I still don’t have much idea. But I’m sure a bolt of inspiration will strike at some point :D

Anyhow, the clock is ticking… good luck to all who take part!

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