The Holiday Cook Off will be a one week contest, starting on Christmas Day and ending on New Year’s, that invites Codea users to generate an original app. A word or phrase providing a theme for the contest will be announced at the beginning of the coding period.
the app must be written and executed completely on the iPad (no linking to code on websites, or use of code written on another device).
you may use pre-existing libraries of Codea (such as on-screen controller libraries, shaders) but should avoid building your code on an existing project.
you may use your own artwork, art resources that are included with Codea, or public domain artwork. For any artwork not your own, your project must include attribution of the source.
You may work as individuals, or cooperate in teams as large as you like.
All code must be made available at a publicly accessible site prior to the end of the contest. This does not mean you are surrendering any rights. Neither myself, the contest, or anyone else are claiming any rights to your app. You just have to show your work – and let other developers ohh and ahh over your compact, elegant, and extremely clever code.
This message will be revised to note additional rules… when I think of them.
Scoring will be done on this basis
40% for Funjoybuzziness
Think of it as an index of compelling. Sure, you might chose to do a game about something terribly deep and depressing, or even a non-game app that doesn’t come with candy-colored rewards. So plain old “fun” might not be appropriate. Instead this factor measures “how much do I want to keep doing this” or “how much do I want to see what comes next.” In other words: how sticky is your project?
20% for Sharpitudiness
An overall measure of the “just how did they manage to do that in such a short time” factor. How finished and professional is your project? How much does it look like you started this thing last June and just happened to nail the theme in advance, and speaking of that…
20% for using the #$!# theme appropriately
Can you sketch some spider-web thin line between that Galaga clone you were already thinking of and any theme I pull out of the metaphorical hat? I’m sure you can. But this 20% is reserved for showing that you really thought the theme through, put your own spin on it, and made it part of the project.
10% for Ahcoolitude
The Omigodhowdtheydothat factor. The slick use of shading, above and beyond meshes, extraordinary cleverness of every sort that shows off good use of the platform.
10% for Reportage
The… uh, I don’t think there’s a snarky way to say this. I want you to talk about your project while the contest is in progress. Announce your participation. Tell us what your idea is, give us screen shots from work in progress, snippets of nifty code, flashes of insight, fits of depressing set backs, glimpses of artwork. Show us that three steps forward, two steps back, four steps hair pulling, one moment of triumph. 10% of your final grade comes from taking the time to show everyone how things are working out and how your idea is taking shape.
But wait… things could still change. Less than 24 hours to go before the theme is announced.
The 2013 Codea Holiday Cook Off super secret theme world is… FALL.
It’s a word that can have many implications. Falling down a well, falling in love, the season between summer and winter… FALL. It’s the word for the week. Make good use of it in your project and maximize your points.