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Coming soon 8-BIT DEV a no restrictions game creation contest for all 8-BIT systems everyone welcome to participate...... ;D ;D ;D



Today i am launching the 8-BIT ANNUAL 8-BIT DEV.

It is a no restrictions 8-BIT gaming contest open to ALL ages, genders and skill levels.

The 8-BIT game development contest begins on May 1st, 2018 and ends on the 31st October, 2018.

A full list of rules, information and how to enter can be found below, hopefully this answers any questions you may have.  :D


This 8-BIT Dev competition is open to ALL ages, genders and skill levels! Female coders / developers especially encouraged to enter.

Yes you may code on your own or in teams if you so wish.

The 8-BIT ANNUAL 8-BIT DEV is all about showcasing your creativity, imagination and coding skills on any 8-BIT system. These include: any Amstrad CPC or Plus / GX4000 models, any Sinclair Spectrum, any MSX, any Commodore, BBC, Acorn, Tandy, 8-BIT Nintendo or Sega consoles, Sam Coupe, any Atari and any other 8-BIT machine not mentioned.

8-BIT ANNUAL 8-BIT DEV is a NO RESTRICTIONS 8-BIT developers contest.

Yes you can enter your games from other contests.

All games and content must be your own original work - no plagiarizing others.

Yes you will be allowed to enter your 8-BIT game(s) and creations into other contests during and after the closing date.

Yes you may enter as many 8-BIT games or as much 8-BIT content as you like.

Yes you can enter one 8-BIT game on one machine or you can enter the one game on many different machines. Or you can enter many games or content on one 8-BIT machine or many 8-BIT machines, it is up to you.

Yes you may use coding tools, different coding / development languages etc.

Yes you can develop any game type or game genre but here's a challenge for Amstrad CPC developers have a go at creating sports or racing games rather than the usual shoot em up or platformer.

There are three categories to enter. 1) Basic 2) Advanced 3) Anything Goes.

** Basic category is any game developed in Basic.

** Advanced category is any game developed with assembly / machine code or other.

** Anything Goes category is anything other than a game that showcases your and you're machines 8-BIT capabilities. This can be of anything produced on an 8-BIT machine such as music, loading screens, sprites, general / random works of art and scene demos of any kind.

If you wish to upload images / tunes of your work in progress then please use the 8-BIT ANNUAL FB group link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178301789432318/ or you can post to twitter @CPCGAMINGDEMOS and use #8BITANNUALDEV

Start date is 1st May 2018 - all entries can be made after this date up until the end of the competition which is 31st October 2018.

All entries to be sent via email to eight-bitdev@hotmail.com

Please ensure your entry has the following:

  • Your name.
  • Where you are from / which country you reside.
  • The name of your game(s).
  • What category you are entering your game for - Basic / Advanced / Anything Goes ?
  • What system(s) it runs on ie Amstrad CPC 6128, C64, MSX2, ZX Spectrum, BBC etc.
  • How to load up your game(s) and what emulator(s) to use?
  • Instructions on how to play your game(s) and which keys or joystick control to use if required.
  • Details about your game(s) such as: how much kb is it ? How long did it take to develop? What is the game plot. What inspired you to create this game ? Challenges you faced to develop your game entry ? Any other things about your game that are interesting such as how you made your game(s), tools used, etc etc

All entries (if possible) will be featured in 8-BIT ANNUAL 2019.

Category winners will receive:

- A winners certificate.
- A FREE 8-BIT ANNUAL 2019 hardback.
- An interview in 8-BIT ANNUAL 2019.
- An article / feature about them and their game(s) in online retro website Retro Gaming Mag http://retrogamingmagazine.com/
- A FREE A1 poster of their game with the image put together by the famed artist Lobo - who did the 8-BIT ANNUAL 2018 cover, the 8-BIT DEV image and has worked on many retro projects including the box artwork and manual of Galencia for the C64.

*** All your intellectual property (IP) will be yours, however all entries received will go on to a USB stick and the posters for the winners will be made as an offer to backers for the 8-BIT ANNUAL 2019 kickstarter campaign.

Good luck to everyone / anyone who enters the contest  :) ;) :D ;D 8)


Update i have added a new rule to #8BITANNUALDEV

New rule added to the #8BITANNUALDEV - Yes you can enter any games you may have already created before May 1st 2018 as your entry into the 8-BIT DEV contest. Afterall this is a NO RESTRICTIONS competition and it is all about giving 8-BIT developers exposure and a chance to showcase their 8-BIT creations. If you started a project years ago this may inspire you to complete it for all the 8-BIT community to have a chance to play and get to know more about your coding.



#8BITANNUALDEV The Closing date for the 8-Bit Annual Development competition has been extended, the new closing date will now be Friday 30th November 2018. The closing date has changed to allow people to enter #cpcretrodev as well as the 8-BIT ANNUAL DEV.

So now everyone has even more time to get cracking on their entries   ;D ;D :D



Reminder 8-BIT ANNUAL DEV is open until November 30th. All levels of coding skills welcome to enter  ;D ;D


If you want more exposure for this let me know and we'll see what can be done :)

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