[stella] Programming Contest?

Subject: [stella] Programming Contest?
From: Chad Schell <gamer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 18:19:14 -0700
Hello everyone,

I've been thinking about this for a while, but I'm just not sure how well it would actually work. I'm considering holding a programming contest with the prize being a free Cuttle Cart.

The contest would involve the creation of a 2600 game which uses the driving controllers. You see, my all time favorite 2600 game is Race / Indy 500. The Tag and especially hit the box games are just too much fun! However, these poor controllers were otherwise ignored and I'd like to see them get used. (I know, Bob Colbert's Stella Sketch used them, but that's not available anymore.)

Anyway, I don't like writing games - so I'll never create a game that uses them. So I figure this is possibly a way to get some more games out there. However, because throwing together a 2600 game isn't trivial, I'm not sure how many people would actually enter or how long the contest would have to run to give people a chance.

So I thought I'd ask the collection of people who do the most 2600 programming. Is such a contest worth holding? Would anyone here be interested? Would it help if hacked versions of current games counted, like Race with more courses, or tag on ice, or Gyruss with driving controllers etc?

Anyway, please let me know what you think,
Chad Schell
Like the Atari 2600?  Check out the Cuttle Cart.

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