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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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Yeah, if you're willing to create chiptunes for me, you won't have to do much, I've already made some 8 bit sound effects with this program I just found.
You'd probably only need to make like 3 or 4 songs.

Actually scratch that, just thought it over, probably about 2 of them should do.

If you're up for it, send me a PM or something.
Posted by JID January 14, 2012 2:36 - 5.6 years ago
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Cyrus has twisted my arm to enter this. So I will. I probably won't be taking it seriously though.
Posted by Mega January 14, 2012 2:48 - 5.6 years ago
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10. You MUST be at least 15 years old to take part... the competition entries are likely to involve mature content.

Right when I got an idea. I'll do the same as Anthony and help people with background music and basic sprites, if I can with my 14-year old age.
Posted by Iasper January 14, 2012 2:51 - 5.6 years ago
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Oh whoops, let me set that to 13. Derp.

And no Mega, you would be participating purely on your own will.
Posted by Aistarin January 14, 2012 2:53 - 5.6 years ago
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I probably should make a game about a guy who wants to make a game but can't either get it done right or figure out what kind of a game to make.
Posted by Gift of Death January 14, 2012 4:13 - 5.6 years ago
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Quote: Gift of Death
I probably should make a game about a guy who wants to make a game but can't either get it done right or figure out what kind of a game to make.
What kind of game will it be?
Posted by MMOnologueguy January 14, 2012 4:15 - 5.6 years ago
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@MMO, a lovestory between a boy and his computer. Rest is still blurry.
Posted by Gift of Death January 14, 2012 4:42 - 5.6 years ago
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Have you guys played this: Digital: A Love Story?

I got really attached to the characters... I seriously loved that game.
Posted by Acid January 14, 2012 5:31 - 5.6 years ago
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I always end up hating myself and everyone else at these comps. I never finish. People find my games weird and/or unplayable. So after two failed attempts and a load of wasted hours coding features for you guys I only have one thing to say: I'M IN!
Posted by SpectreNectar January 14, 2012 6:09 - 5.6 years ago
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Posted by Mega January 14, 2012 6:14 - 5.6 years ago
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What SpectreNectar said.
Posted by Gift of Death January 14, 2012 7:02 - 5.6 years ago
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If anyone needs a coder or writer I'm willing.
Posted by Toast January 14, 2012 7:23 - 5.6 years ago
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Let's do this thing.
Posted by JuurianChi January 14, 2012 9:12 - 5.6 years ago
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I think Gordy and I are pairing up, (tentatively) add us to participants list :)
Posted by pounce4evur January 14, 2012 11:37 - 5.6 years ago
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Never was good at storytelling, so I'll just sit this one out and see what you guys can do.
Posted by Kunedon January 14, 2012 12:13 - 5.6 years ago
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Oh, yeah, formulating stories I will never capitalize on!

> Boy with abusive girlfriend overlooks signs of love from a depressed AI he created, and spends most of the game helping out, and developing, and teaching. She can't ever leave his computer so she waits every day in his C: for him to come home and tell her everything about his day. There are multiple endings such as the girl leaves you, you live miserably for love with her, she changes to be a better person, or the AI wins out and you go crazy because you don't love a real person, or she deletes herself in the futility of her pursuit, leaving a chokingly sad .txt file on his desktop.

I still have a horrible track record on X Four Digits competitions, so my status as an entrant is up in the air.
Posted by Taizen Chisou January 14, 2012 12:58 - 5.6 years ago
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I'm participating for sure, just got a nice storyline done. So put me on the participants list.
Posted by Iasper January 14, 2012 14:01 - 5.6 years ago
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@Taizen Chisou So pretty much every ending is horrendously depressing? Sounds awesome
Posted by Toast January 14, 2012 14:11 - 5.6 years ago
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Tch, show me a happy ending in anything ever that made people well with emotion.
Posted by Taizen Chisou January 14, 2012 14:14 - 5.6 years ago
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The ending to Up.

Oh but wait, that was a bittersweet ending, so...

Yeah, you got me there.
Posted by BP Scraps January 14, 2012 14:59 - 5.6 years ago
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