Compo categories

Fast compos/collaborations you may find during the event

GENERAL RULES

  • All entries must be previously unreleased.
  • Remote entries are allowed, send them this way.
  • The top 3 voted entries of each category are going to be awarded a certificate.
  • Remix and derivative work is allowed, but not identical or obvious copies.
  • Up to 2 entries per person are allowed for each category.
  • The entry must be provided as a .ZIP file with all its assets included, as well as a .txt file stating competition cateogry, title, description and author/group of the entry, e-mail, according to this template.
  • The organizers reserves the right to reject or not show entries they may consider inappropriate or not compliant to the rules, or because of unexpected organization issues.
  • The organizers may change the stated category of an entry if they consider the one proposed by the entrant is not the most adequate.
  • When the event finishes the entries will be freely distributed under creative commons, taking part of the compos implies consent for such distribution.
  • If a physical prize is awarded, it will only be given to those present at the event during the prize giving or who send someone in their place to retrieve it.
  • Certificates will be handed out at the event, those that may be retrieved will be kept safe and the entrant will have  the responsibility to retrieve them.
  • Deadline for remote entries: thursday september 20, 23:59 argentine time (GMT -3).
    For attendants to the event: 2 hours before the start of the compo's showcase according to the schedule.

How to send your remote entry

Send your remote entry/entries via e-mail to flashparty (at) gmx (dot) com as an attachment if the file size is smaller than 10 MB or sending it through a file sharing site (wetransfer, google drive, dropbox, your own server, etc.) and sending us a link if the filesize is bigger than 10MB.

CATEGORY SPECIFIC RULES

 

ACCELERATED DEMO

  • We'll have a PC with Windows and Linux (Ubuntu, SDL installed) with the following specs:  i7-4790K, 32GB RAM, Video NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB VRAM OC (a bit old but we're 3rd world, sorry!). If your demo runs on MacOS, Android, iOS, playstation or other operating system/hardware with video acceleration you have to bring it yourself.
  • Must be executable real-time generated and must be able to exit by pressing the ESC key.
  • Total filesize from 64kb to 500Mb.
  • All non-standard libraries must be included in the same package/zip file.
  • In case of less than 3 entries presented this category will be fused with Retro/Alternative platform DEMO
  • No duration limit, but the organizers reserve the right to halt reproduction in case of considering the rest of the entry repetitive or irrelevant.
  • Optionally you can include a real resolution video of the entry, in case of difficulties with the execution we might use the video for the projection.


RETRO/ALTERNATIVE PLATFORM DEMO

  • Executable animation completelly generated by the device in realtime.
  • Any retro platform without video acceleration is allowed: C64, MSX, ATARI, AMIGA, NES, GAMEBOY, SEGA, PC retro without video acceleration, etc.
  • In this category we also allow other unusual low-power platforms:PSP, Nintendo DS, arduino, Pico8, etc.  No video acceleration allowed.
  • No limit for quantity of files, disks, cartridges, etc.
  • Arrange the entry for easiness of execution in the most standard way including all necessary files, for example, for Amiga 500 deliver a bootable .ADF file straight into the entry, for Commodore 64 give us a .D64 that can be loaded with LOAD”*”,8,1 and so on for each platform within the possibilities and using the best criteria in each case.
  • Send instructions about how to execute the entry in the .txt file inside the package.
  • In case of more than 3 entries presented for a specific platform (C64, MSX, ATARI, Amiga, etc.) they will have their own separate category.
  • In case of less than 3 entries for this category altogether, it will be fused with ACCELERATED DEMO in a single DEMO category.
  • No playtime limit, but the organizers reserve the right to end execution in case of considering the rest of the entry to be repetitive or irrelevant. 
  • Mandatory: Include a video capture of the whole entry in real resolution. In case we won't be able to play it in real hardware, we will use the video for projection.

 

ACCELERATED 64KB INTRO

  • We'll have a PC with Windows and Linux (Ubuntu, SDL installed) with the following specs:  i7-4790K, 32GB RAM, Video NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB VRAM OC (a bit old but we're 3rd world, sorry!). If your demo runs on MacOS, Android, iOS, playstation or other operating system/hardware with video acceleration you have to bring it yourself.
  • Must be executable real-time generated and must be able to exit by pressing the ESC key.
  • Max file size: single executable up to 64kb (no other files inside the folder can be loaded during execution).
  • In case of less than 3 entries presented it will be fused with Retro/alternative platform intro in a single compo.
  • No playtime limit, but the organizers reserve the right to end execution in case of considering the rest of the entry to be repetitive or irrelevant. 
  • Optionally, include a video capture of the whole entry in real resolution. In case we won't be able to play it in real hardware, we will use the video for projection.
     

RETRO/ALTERNATIVE INTRO 

  • Executable animation completelly generated by the device in realtime.
  • You can choose the size limit within these parameters: 256B / 1 KB / 4 KB / 64 KB
  • Any retro platform without video acceleration is allowed: C64, MSX, ATARI, AMIGA, NES, GAMEBOY, SEGA, PC retro without video acceleration, etc.
  • In this category we also allow other unusual low-power platforms: PSP, Nintendo DS, arduino, Pico8, etc.  No video acceleration allowed.
  • In case of more than 3 entries presented for a specific platform (C64, MSX, ATARI, Amiga, etc.) they will have their own separate category.
  • In case of more than 3 entries presented with the same file-size limit, they will have their own separated category.
  • In case of less than 3 entries presented this category will be fused with ACCELERATED DEMO in a single demo category.
  • Include all the necessary files for the entry together with instructions in the .txt file on how to execute it, taking care not to exceed the size limit of the executable content.
  • No playtime limit, but the organizers reserve the right to end execution in case of considering the rest of the entry to be repetitive or irrelevant. 
  • Mandatory: Include a video capture of the whole entry in real resolution. In case we won't be able to play it in real hardware, we will use the video for projection.

 

PROCESSING AND/OR PUREDATA ANIMATION

  • Must be generated with Processing, PureData or any other tool or graphical programming environment or their combination.
  • This category includes shader animations that are not compiled as an executable file (.exe, .com, etc.)
  • Total filesize 100 Mb.
  • Deliver a .zip file with the entry inside and instructions on how to execute the entry in the .txt file inside the pack.
  • No playtime limit, but the organizers reserve the right to end execution in case of considering the rest of the entry to be repetitive or irrelevant. 
  • Mandatory: Include a video capture of the whole entry in real resolution. In case we won't be able to play it in real hardware, we will use the video for projection. 

FREESTYLE GRAPHICS

  • Graphics created in any resolution with any technique.
  • This category allows 3D renders, photo retouching, drawings and any other type of image that can't be considered pixel-art.
  • Send it in a popular image file format (JPG, PNG)
  • Include work stages.
  • In case of less than 3 entries presented it will be fused with the 8 bit / pixel art category.

 

8 BIT GRAPHICS / PIXEL ART

  • Max resolution 320x256
  • Max 256 colors
  • PNG format
  • Include workstages
  • In case of a retro platform include executable file (.PRG para C64, etc.)
  • In case of more than 3 entries presented for a specific category, it will have its own separate category.
  • In case of less than 3 entries presented it will be fused with the Freestyle Graphics category.

 

TEXT ART

  • Any type of text-art in any style ASCII, ANSI, PETSCII, etc.
  • If there're more than 3 entries presented for a single platform/style it will have its own separate category.
  • No size limits.
  • Together with the original file, send a capture of the entry in real size in PNG format.

STREAMING MUSIC

  • MP3 320kbps format.
  • An important part of the musical piece must be generated by electronic means.
  • No playtime limit but the organizers reserve the right toe interrupt the playing if they consider the piece to be excesively repetitive or monotonous after the 3 minute mark.
  • The organizers reserve the right to make a pre-selection in case an excesive number of entries are presented.
  • Exhibition will be anonymous, only the song title and order number will be shown on screen.
  • If less than 3 entries are presented in this category it will be fused with TRACKER/RETRO/CHIPTUNE MUSIC.

 

TRACKER/RETRO/CHIPTUNE MUSIC

  • Allowed platforms: MOD (Sound/Noise/Fast/ProTracker), XM (Fasttracker II), S3M (ScreamTracker 3), IT (ImpulseTracker), DIGI (DigiBooster), AON (Art Of Noise), MED (OctaMED), FC (Future Composer), AHX/THX (AHX), HVL (HivelyTracker), DMF (DefleMask), FTM/NSF (FamiTracker), SID, PT3, GBS (Gameboy), etc.
    Also any format for the following platforms/devices:
    SID (6581/6582/8580), VIC, TED chips (Commodore), POKEY, TIA (Atari), PSG chips: YM2149, AY-3-89xx, SN764xx (Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive), Philips SAA1099 (SAM Coupé, Game Blaster, Silicon Graphics), Yamaha FM chips: OPL, OPN, OPM families (AdLib, Turbosound FM, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, fancy Japanese computers/arcades), Game Boy products family (GB, GBC, GBA), DAVE (Enterprise 64/128), Ricoh 2A03/2A07, Ricoh 2C33 family (NES, Famicom Disk System), Konami RC, VRC6, VRC7, Nintendo MMC5, Namco 163 (NES cartridges), Konami SCC/SCC+ (MSX cartridges), Hudson Soft HuC6280 (PC Engine)
    The list is open, if you want to send us something not on the list, deliver it to us together with instructions on how to play it in an emulated environment.
  • Maximum file size is 2MB.
  • Mandatory, include an MP3 320kbs version of the entry, in case we are unable to play it in original hardware.
  • PC/Amiga format entries will be played using XMPLAY (if the format is not supported by XMPLAY another player, emulator or real hardware will be used).
  • Send an executable in case  the platform requires it.
  • If more than 3 entries are presented for any single platform it wil have its own separate category.
  • Exhibition will be anonymous, only the song title and order number will be shown on screen.
  • If less than 3 entries are presented in this category it will be fused with STREAMING MUSIC.
     

WILD / ANIMATION

  • All that is not included in the other categories: audiovisual entries, 3d/2d animation, exotic platforms, music disks, slideshows, interactive, games, etc. produced with electronic platforms and the alike.
  • Send the audiovisual entries in a popular video format playable with VLC or similar video player.
  • En case of an interactive entry, you can send a video of how it works or show it live bringing your own device/s.
  • The use of other people's image without their consent is forbidden, entries that don't comply will this will be disqualified.
  • No playtime limit but the organization reserves the right to interrupt reproduction if the entry is unnecessarily long.

FAST COMPOS

  • Rules for this compos will be provided at the time and place of the Flashparty moments before the activity begins.