And we have a winner

•July 19, 2010 • 4 Comments

I’m happy to announce the close of the first Digital Man competition. We went from 62 nominees to just over 20 finalists, and with the closing of the polls last week we have narrowed those 20 down to just 1.

Alien Arena has won the competition. Congratulations to the developers of Aliena Arena and its gaming community for their continued support. Their community mobilized an impressive voter-turn out that rivaled that of the 2008 election.

There are other games populating the finalist list which we believe have shown their strength in the open source gaming world, and we may contact them alongside Alien Arena to discuss possible porting. All those games which were nominated should be proud of their development teams and their communities.

The turnout was great, the competition intense, and the results clear; Alien Arena has conquered the Digital Man.

The Digital Man: Processing the Results

•July 13, 2010 • 1 Comment

Hello!

The polls just closed for the final bout of the Digital Man competition. We’ll be pouring over the data and announcing the winners in a few days.

We’d like to thank the all of you for nominating, voting, and selecting your finalists. Those of you who first replied with feedback on forums and on this site were especially helpful in our crafting of this competition. We’d also like to give a shout out to the guys at Freegamer and PlayThisThing for their aid.

Stay tuned.

The Final Battle Begins

•July 6, 2010 • 1 Comment

With the results of Round 1, we have created the final poll to determine the overall Best Art, Best Story/World, Most Innovative Gameplay, and the coveted Best Game.

To check out the winners from the last round, click here.

To see the final 4 questions and cast your vote for the final competition, click here.

The Results Are In

•July 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Voting is now closed for the first round of the Digital Man competition. The winners of each genre are:

Platformers

Best Art: Yo Frankie!

Best Story/World: SuperTux

Most Innovative Gameplay: Yo Frankie!

Best Game of the Genre: SuperTux

Arcade

Best Art: Frets on Fire

Best Story/World: Armagetron Advanced

Most Innovative Gameplay: Frets on Fire

Best Game of the Genre: Frets on Fire

Real Time Strategy

Best Art: Complete Annihilation

Best Story/World: Warzone 2100

Most Innovative Gameplay: Complete Annihilation

Best Game of the Genre: Complete Annihilation

Action and Artillery

Best Art: Hedgewars

Best Story/World: Scorched 3D

Most Innovative Gameplay: Liquid War

Best Game of the Genre: Hedgewars

Multiplayer Shooter

Best Art: Alien Arena

Best Story/World: Alien Arena

Most Innovative Gameplay: Alien Arena

Best Game of the Genre: Alien Arena

Turn-Based Strategy

Best Art: Battle for Wesnoth

Best Story/World: Battle for Wesnoth

Most Innovative Gameplay: Battle for Wesnoth

Best Game of the Genre: Battle for Wesnoth

Simulation

Best Art: Flight Gear

Best Story/World: OpenTTD

Most Innovative Gameplay: OpenTTD

Best Game of the Genre: OpenTTD

Puzzles

Best Art: Neverball

Best Story/World: Neverball

Most Innovative Gameplay: Neverball

Best Game of the Genre: Neverball/Frozen Bubbl

Racers

Best Art: SuperTuxKart

Best Story/World: SuperTuxKart

Most Innovative Gameplay: SuperTuxKart

Best Game of the Genre: SuperTuxKart

RPG

Best Art: Egoboo

Best Story/World: Freedroid

Most Innovative Gameplay: Egoboo

Best Game of the Genre: SCOURGE

Competition Update, July 2nd + Independence Day

•July 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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RPG – Freedroid is now tied for Best Game of the Genre with SCOURGE, while still holding onto Best Story/World. Egoboo still claims Most Innovative Gameplay and, in a surprise upset, has now tied with Soulfu for Best Art.

Racers – SuperTuxKart retains its place as king of all 4 categories.

Puzzles – The nominees remain in the positions of yesterday, with Neverball claiming every category but Best Game of the Genre, which Frozen Bubble picked up.

Simulation – OpenTTD is facing some opposition from Flight Gear in Best Art, as the two are now tied. OpenTTD is claiming the other three categories.

Turn-Based Strategy – Battle for Wesnoth and UFO:AI are battling it out, but Wesnoth remains ahead in all 4 categories.

Multiplayer Shooters – Alien Arena remains in the lead in every category.

Arcade and Artillery – Hedgewars has surged back over Scorched 3D, reclaiming Best Art, Best Story/World, and Best Game of the Genre. Liquid Wars gains a lead in Most Innovative Gameplay.

Real Time Strategy – 0 AD has claimed Best Art once again. Warzone 2100 continues its lead for Best Story/World, and Spring 1944 makes its first entrance with a tie against Complete Annihilation for Most Innovative Gameplay. Best Game of the Genre is currently a three way tie between Complete Annihilation, Warzone 2100, and 0 AD.

Arcade – Frets on Fire and Armagetron Advanced are now tied for Best Art. Armagetron Advanced is retaining its lead for Best Story/World, and Frets on Fire keeps its hold on Most Innovative Gameplay and Best Game of the Genre.

Platformers – The game remains unchanged with Yo Frankie! possessing Best Art and Most Innovative Gameplay while SuperTux holds onto Best Story/World and Best Game of the Genre.

For our participants in the United States, happy 234th birthday to the country! Don’t blow off your typing fingers with firecrackers over the weekend.

Note: I am unsure why the mannequin at 1:00 is lighting fireworks as he works at a cafe.

5 Days to Go and a little correction…

•July 1, 2010 • 1 Comment

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Platformers – Yo Frankie! remains in the lead with Best Art and Most Innovative Gameplay, while SuperTux claims Best Story/World and Best Game of the Genre.

Arcade – The arcade war has escalated with Armagetron Advanced now taking Best Art and Best Story/World, while Frets on Fire has clenched its fist around Most Innovative Gameplay and Best Game of the Genre.

Real Time Strategy – 0 AD is still taking the cake for Best Art, while Warzone 2100 holds a lead on Best Story/World. Complete Annihilation and Kernel Panic are currently fighting over Most Innovative Gameplay, while 0 AD has entered a tie with Complete Annihilation for Best Game of the Genre.

Action and Artillery – Hedgewars is claiming the Best Art and Best Game of the Genre categories, with Scorched 3D taking Most Innovative Gameplay and Best Story/World.

Multiplayer Shooter – Alien Arena remains the lead in every category.

Turn Based Strategy – Battle for Wesnoth has defended its position as the all out winner in every category.

Simulation – OpenTTD remains in the lead in every category.

Puzzles – Neverball is winning Best Art, Best Story/World, and Most Innovative Gameplay, while Frozen Bubble keeps its hold of Best Game of the Genre.

Racers – SuperTuxKart is winning in every category.

RPG – Egoboo is now winning Best Art and Most Innovative Gameplay, while Freedroid claims Best Story/World and Best Game of the Genre.

It’s come to my attention that some of the posts I’ve made on game community forums, alerting teams to close matches, have been viewed as an attempt to sway results. This was not my intention in the slightest: I was attempting to promote further competition in a humorous manner. I apologize for the perceived deception and will keep my multi-colored bar graphs to myself from here on out.

Now entertain me with your bloodsport!

-sqm

Competition Update – June 30th

•June 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Note: Voting can be done daily!

The flames of contest have engulfed our gaming communities! Here’s a look at the current standings.

RPG: Soulfu remains in the lead for Best Art. FreeDroid now hold Best Story/World and Best Game of the Genre, and is in a tie with Egoboo for Most Innovative Gameplay.

Racers: SuperTuxKart remains far in the lead in every category.

Puzzles: The puzzle genre remains the same as yesterday, with Neverball bringing in Best Art, Best Story/World, and Most Innovative Gameplay. Frozen Bubble is holding down the Best Game of the Genre title.

Simulation: OpenTTD remains steadily in the lead in every category.

Turn-Based Strategy: UFO:AI has been steadily creeping up in the ranks, but Battle For Wesnoth is still taking the lead in every category.

Multiplayer Shooter: Alien Arena remains far in the lead of all its competitors.

Action and Artillery: Scorched 3D has made a comeback, stealing away the Best Story/World title from Hedgewars and nearly claiming Best Game of the Genre as well. Hedgewars remains in the lead with Best Art and Best Game of the Genre, with Liquid Wars pulling in a tremendous amount of votes for Most Innovative Gameplay.

Real Time Strategy: 0 AD now claims the titles for both Best Art and Best Game of the Genre. Warzone2100 clings to Best Story/World while Complete Annihilation rises to take Most Innovative Gameplay.

Arcade: In a massive upset, Frets of Fire has overtaken Armagetron Advanced overnight. Frets on Fire is now winning in every category.

Platformers: The platform genre remains the same as yesterday, with Yo Frankie! claiming Best Art and Most Innovative Gameplay, and SuperTux taking Best Story/World and Best Game of the Genre.

If you haven’t voted today come here to throw your vote in and boost your favorite games.