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Valentine Four Digits - TIME UP!
Posted on January 13, 2012 at 23:27

Deadline is February 14th, 00:00 PST, 08:00 GMT

Alright you guys, so I've decided to host the compo after Kilin's Frosty Four Digits (which I originally said I was gonna host, but you know how shit happens). This compo, however, will be about Valentine's Day. Which means that this compo will be about...

<3 <3 LOVE! <3 <3

The goal of this compo will be to make the most emotional game, centered around the theme of love. And by "love", I don't just mean "romantic", it can be about love in general. Love between friends and family, pets, acquaintances, etc. There is no bias in the compo if you choose to do something romantic: heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, bisexual, trisexual, quadrisexual, pansexual, transexual, omnisexual or that thing where the chick ties the belt around your neck and tinkles on a balloon, IT DOESN'T MATTER! (Please follow the site rules, however. I'll discuss this in a bit).

I'm expecting the games to put more emphasis on storytelling rather than superior gameplay, but if you can find a balance between the two, that's great! So if your creative writing skills are better than your programming skills, this compo would be appropriate for you. But a storyline is not exactly mandatory, so you should be fine as long as you think you are adhering to the themes of love and emotion.

Your game can be a simple linear RPG/adventure game, visual novel/dating sim, cinematic platformer, etc. Personally, I don't see the point in putting more effort into coding a game with superior and complex game play if the game cannot draw any emotions from the player whatsoever. For reference, look at the numerous artsy pixel indie games that are out there, with these two being very good examples in my opinion (made by the same creator, lol):


Copied from Toast's blog and modified to my liking:
1. The aim of the competition is to develop entirely your own game within the time limit (14th Jan- 14th Feb). You will have to keep up to date with my blog posts to find out how and when to submit your final game.
2. You MUST have stated you are going to enter before the 21st of January 2012 (read further down for details).
3. You MUST submit your final game before THE GAME SUBMISSION DEADLINE (further details to come).
4. You MUST NOT include anything in the game that you don\'t have full permission to use.
5. You must not include anything in the game which has been in a game you have already released on the Internet - within reason and common sense. This rule is only valid until THE GAME SUBMISSION DEADLINE - you can then share your final game entry elsewhere and do whatever you want with it.
N.B. You shouldn\'t release your final game before the 14th of February because of this rule.
N.B. You can still post screenshots and videos anywhere you like - just not the game. If you want to send demos to each other, do it privately!
6. Your final game MUST somehow pertain to the main themes of love and emotion. Romantic, family, friends, whatever. Surprise us.
7. There are no programming language/game engine restrictions except that the game MUST run on Windows 7.
8. Don\'t be a cheater.
9. ONE entry per person.
10. You MUST be at least 13 years old to take part... the competition entries are likely to involve mature content.
11. Content-wise, your game cannot violate the site's official rules (including, but not limited to: excessive swearing, hateful speech that attacks a particular person, ethnic, cultural group, etc., pornography/graphic nudity and extreme sexual themes, and excessive violence). If you need some clarification that your game ideas and content do NOT break the rules, please talk to a site moderator before you begin working on your game.
12. I reserve the right to update or otherwise change the rules and to disqualify any entrant who breaks the rules.


I'm planning to have the compo finished by February 18th, and the deadline will be Valentine's Day, February 14th, 00:00 PST (February 14th, 08:00 GMT). NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS, SO YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAUL ASS IF YOU WANT TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY.


Q: What is your stance on adult content and themes within our entries?
A: If you choose to implement adult themes within your game, please keep it to a reasonable level. As in, no unnecessary/explicit/prolonged nudity, such as what you would see in a sex scene in an R-rated movie. So let's try to keep things around here high-end PG-13.

A good perspective is to put yourselves in a moderator's shoes and ask yourself if you'd accept your game to 64digits. So don't expect us to accept a full-on eroge or something. But I guess you could get away with nudity if you keep things classy, but this is subject to moderator discretion. Just because one moderator is fine with it does not mean that others will be as well. So in the end it's really up to them.


- [user=JID]
- [user=MMORPGguy]?
- [user=Unaligned]
- [user=Gordy] and [user=pounce4evur]
- [user=Kilin] and [user=Purianite]
- [user=Mega]?
- [user=Iasper]
- [user=Gift of Death]?
- [user=SpectreNectar]
- [user=JuurianChi]
- [user=DaggerHog]?
- [user=Taizen Chisou]?
- [user=Panzermancer]?
- [user=Qwilderwibben]
- [user=Stevenup7002]
- [user=colseed]
- [user=svf] and [user=XSGBrettB]
- [user=dswscorpion]
- [user=thernz]
- [user=Rolf_Soldaat]
- [user=Rez]
- [user=SMP]?
- [user=LoserHands]
- [user=sir Xemic]
- [user=Zac1790]
- [user=Toast]
- [user=Acid]
- [user=Mairu]
- [user=2DEmotion]

Jesus Christ, 64D.


- [user=anthonyloprimo], music, sound effect, basic sprites?
- [user=Toast], coding and such
- [user=LAR Games], graphics


- USD $25.00 from me (all at once not guaranteed)
- USD $20.00 from svf
- USD $20.00 from SpectreNectar
- random Steam game from Kilin
- a Steam copy of either Terraria/Dungeon Defenders/Nation Red for one of the winners to choose from, from Unaligned
- Donations from the community? I dunno.

More marshmallows (and info) to come.

Oh, and in unrelated news, I made myself a mod in the Minecraft server for the purpose of using MCEdit and setting warp points. Feel free to demod me if you want, but I just want to make it easier for myself to make large projects.


EDIT: The V4D Avocado Plant (updated Feb. 7th, 2012):

Updated once a week until it sprouts, then it will be updated every day for the next three weeks until the deadline. Perhaps if the plant grows big enough, we should offer it as a grand prize for a compo (or at least a shoot of the plant people can use to graft onto something).

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Posted by colseed January 13, 2012 23:29 - 5.6 years ago
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...Wait, we've already been over this!
Posted by Kilin January 13, 2012 23:32 - 5.6 years ago
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Posted by Aistarin January 13, 2012 23:50 - 5.6 years ago
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Cyrus, y u no wait until content is written before posting blog?
Posted by StevenOBrien January 13, 2012 23:56 - 5.6 years ago
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My body is ready...

To code a game.
Posted by JID January 13, 2012 23:56 - 5.6 years ago
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Sorry guys, I prematurely eblogulated.
Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 0:01 - 5.6 years ago
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Like I said before: I'll enter and try to make a game but partway through I'll find some secret stash of vodka or something and spent the rest of the time doing that instead. I wish. Disclaimer: assume for poserbadass purposes that I am completely lucid about how pathetic I tend to sound/be.
Posted by MMOnologueguy January 14, 2012 0:43 - 5.6 years ago
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Stop trying to act like a badass, MMORPGguy...

...perhaps you can make a game about a guy dealing with alcoholism?
Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 1:07 - 5.6 years ago
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You must not include anything in the game which has been in a game you have already released on the Internet - within reason and common sense

So we can't use any music or sound effects that we used in a previous game?

If not, then I am sadface. :(
Posted by JID January 14, 2012 1:34 - 5.6 years ago
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I mean, I'd understand the confusion if you're using stock sound effects or public domain music. But Toast originally said that to encourage you guys to create new content for your entries. So I'm afraid you'll have to be careful if you're gonna use a soundtrack from a previous game. But yeah, feel free to recycle sound effects.
Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 1:39 - 5.6 years ago
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Posted by Unaligned January 14, 2012 1:41 - 5.6 years ago
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Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 1:41 - 5.6 years ago
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No participatory sex scenes then?

Edit: Also, in and that was a joke.
Posted by Acid January 14, 2012 1:50 - 5.6 years ago
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wait, so it starts today, but we have to verify our participation by the 21st?

well, im in nonetheless.
Posted by Gordy January 14, 2012 1:50 - 5.6 years ago
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@Stevenup7002: Y U NO POST THE IMAGE WITH THE CAPTION ALREADY IN IT? There's sites for that, y'know.
Posted by Amarin January 14, 2012 1:51 - 5.6 years ago
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Yeah, but that saves bandwidth.
Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 2:10 - 5.6 years ago
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no pornography/graphic nudity

Posted by Kenon January 14, 2012 2:13 - 5.6 years ago
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I'm going to need someone who could compose some chiptunes.
Posted by JID January 14, 2012 2:14 - 5.6 years ago
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I need to take a break from competitions. F4D was fun but yeah. Too much at once (work and competition). Lost sleep and I'm still recovering my sleep pattern.

HOWEVER - I may be willing to contribute services (If it'd be allowed). I could attempt to come up with some music (MP3 only) or some basic SFX (wav). Also MAYBE some basic sprites if you guys need anything.

I'm not promising it but I might be able to help out in that department. (Perhaps you can post it in the main blog, Cyrus?)
Posted by anthonyloprimo January 14, 2012 2:32 - 5.6 years ago
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Sure why not.
Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 2:35 - 5.6 years ago
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