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2019 Atari Homebrew Awards

Nomination Results

Celebrating the best in Atari Homebrew

presented by

ZeroPage Homebrew, The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion, Mark/Space | Project Argon and AtariAge

 

 

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Congratulations to all the nominees this year!

 

Voting Begins: January 18, 2020 @ 00:00:00 PT  January 23, 2020 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 8PM GMT

Voting Ends: January 25, 2020 @ 23:59:59 PT  EXTENDED TO: January 28, 2020 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 8PM GMT

Awards Show: February 1, 2020 @ 12:00PM PT | 3PM ET | 8PM GMT on the ZeroPage Homebrew Twitch Stream

 

Nominations Downloads:

Atari 2600 Completed, Atari 2600 WIP, Atari 2600 Packaging, Atari 7800 Completed, Atari 8bit/5200 Completed

 

VOTING OPEN!! Atari Homebrew Awards Voting Categories:

 

Atari 2600: Best Homebrew (17)

  • A Roach In Space by Vladimir Zuñiga (aka John Von Neumann) "vhzc"

  • Aardvark by Oscar Toledo Gutiérrez "nanochess" and Thomas Jentzsch (design and coding), Nathan Strum (graphics and packaging)

  • Amoeba Jump by Dion Olsthoorn "Dionoid"

  • Bass Fishing Tournament by Anthony Quinlan "TwentySixHundred"

  • Bitquest II by Brian Wayne Shea "metalbabble"

  • Caverns by Harold Thijssen

  • Dare Devil by Lewis Hill "Muddyfunster" (MuddyVision), RushJet1 (Title Music)

  • Dog Walk by Vojta "nooly"

  • Dragons Descent by Todd Furmanski "Revontuli"

  • Evil Magician Returns II by Todd Holcomb "Byte Knight"

  • Galagon (Galaga) by Champ Games

  • Heist by Timothy Marsh

  • Hugohunt 4K by "angelsoft"

  • Space Game 2KB by Karl Garrison "Karl G"

  • Spies In The Night 2 by Jared Gray West "graywest"

  • The End 2600 by Carlos "RaymanC"

  • Wizard of Wor Arcade by Champ Games

 

Atari 2600: Best Graphics (11)

  • Aardvark by Oscar Toledo Gutiérrez "nanochess" and Thomas Jentzsch (design and coding), Nathan Strum (graphics and packaging)

  • Bass Fishing Tournament by Anthony Quinlan "TwentySixHundred"

  • Bitquest II by Brian Wayne Shea "metalbabble"

  • Dare Devil by Lewis Hill "Muddyfunster" (MuddyVision), RushJet1 (Title Music)

  • Dragons Descent by Todd Furmanski "Revontuli"

  • Evil Magician Returns II by Todd Holcomb "Byte Knight"

  • Galagon (Galaga) by Champ Games (graphics by Nathan Strum)

  • Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom by Andreas Gustafsson "Sdw" & Vanja Utne

  • Spies In The Night 2 by Jared Gray West "graywest"

  • The End 2600 by Carlos "RaymanC"

  • Wizard of Wor Arcade by Champ Games (graphics by Nathan Strum)

 

Atari 2600: Best Music & Sound (12)

  • A Roach In Space by Vladimir Zuñiga (aka John Von Neumann) "vhzc"

  • Aardvark by Oscar Toledo Gutiérrez "nanochess" and Thomas Jentzsch (design and coding), Nathan Strum (graphics and packaging)

  • Amoeba Jump by Dion Olsthoorn "Dionoid"

  • Dare Devil by Lewis Hill "Muddyfunster" (MuddyVision), RushJet1 (Title Music)

  • Evil Magician Returns II by Todd Holcomb "Byte Knight"

  • Galagon (Galaga) by Champ Games (sound and music by Ross Keenum)

  • Ms. Galactopus by Ric Pryor "KaeruYojimbo"

  • Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom by Andreas Gustafsson "Sdw" & Vanja Utne

  • Spies In The Night 2 by Jared Gray West "graywest"

  • The End 2600 by Carlos "RaymanC"

  • Water Diver by "zdan"

  • Wizard of Wor Arcade by Champ Games (sound by Mike Haas with Ross Keenum)

 

Atari 2600: Best Packaging (10)

  • A Roach In Space by Vladimir Zuñiga (aka John Von Neumann) "vhzc"

  • Aardvark by Oscar Toledo Gutiérrez "nanochess" and Thomas Jentzsch (design and coding), Nathan Strum (graphics and packaging)

  • Amoeba Jump by Dion Olsthoorn "Dionoid" (packaging by Nathan Strum)

  • Dragons Descent by Todd Furmanski "Revontuli"

  • Galagon (Galaga) by Champ Games (packaging by Dave Dries)

  • Jay Walker by Ross Adkin "TidusRenegade"

  • Pro Golf by Edward A. Smith

  • Rally Racer by More Work Games

  • Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom by Andreas Gustafsson "Sdw" & Vanja Utne

  • Wizard of Wor Arcade by Champ Games (packaging by Dave Dries)

 

Atari 2600: Best Homebrew ≤4K (10)

  • Amoeba Jump by Dion Olsthoorn "Dionoid"

  • Arcade Pong by David Galloway "djmips"

  • Caverns by Harold Thijssen

  • Death Race by Michael Salzman

  • Do Re Mi by Vladimir Zuñiga (aka John Von Neumann) "vhzc"

  • Dog Walk by Vojta "nooly"

  • Hugohunt 4K by "angelsoft"

  • Ms. Galactopus by Ric Pryor "KaeruYojimbo"

  • Space Game 2KB by Karl Garrison "Karl G"

  • Water Diver by "zdan"

 

Atari 2600: Best WIP (9)

  • Avalanche by John Champeau (Champ Games)

  • Bag Boy by Kevin Kelley "KevKelley"

  • Cannonhead Clash by "bluswimmer" (was Bomb Game)

  • DK Arcade 2600 by Michael Haas "iesposta" & "Byte Knight"

  • Ninjish Guy in Low Res World by Vladimir Zuñiga (aka John Von Neumann) "vhzc"

  • Penult by Karl Garrison "Karl G"

  • Robot City by Thomas Jentzsch

  • Tower of Rubble by Dion Olsthoorn "Dionoid"

  • Zoo Keeper by Champ Games

 

Atari 7800: Best Homebrew (3)

  • Rikki & Vikki by PenguiNet "TailChao"

  • Baby Pac-Man by Bob DeCrecenzo "PacManPlus"

  • Draker Quest II by Clark Otto "frankodragon"

 

Atari 8Bit/5200: Best Homebrew (10)

  • Adventure Ponies - Daniel "Gibstov" Blevins, Krzysztof "Kaz" Ziembik
  • Berks Four - Jon Wiliams
  • Castle Defender - Martin "MatoSimi" Simeček, Piotr "Piesiu" Radecki, Michał "stRing" Radecki (original game by Chris Bradburne)
  • Gravity Worms - Krzysztof "xxl" Dudek, Jakub "Aceman" Szeląg, Kamil "Vidol" Walaszek
  • Imogen - Frantisek "Fandal" Houra, Petr "HardCore" Postava, Lukas Bezdek, José Pereira (original game by Michael St Aubyn)
  • Jet Set Willy 2019 - Terence "Tezz" Derby (original game by Matthew Smith)
  • Monty on the Run - Krzysztof "Rastan" Wróbel, Marek "Konop" Konopka, Michał "Miker" Szpilowski (original game by Jason Perkins, Terry Droid)
  • The Rescue Expedition - Kamil "Gorgh" Trzaska, Krzysztof "Kaz" Ziembik, Michał "Caruso" Brzezicki
  • Star Vagrant - Rafał "MADRAFi" Czemko, Rafał "Broniu" Broniarek, Krzysztof "Kaz" Ziembik, Michał "Caruso" Brzezicki
  • Wasteland - Michael Jaskula

 

 

 

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We now have Monday 20th, so I suppose the voting should start really soon?

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5 minutes ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

We now have Monday 20th, so I suppose the voting should start really soon?

The voting plug-in used last year was for an older version of the forums unfortunately. A solution is being worked on and will be implemented very soon. Sorry for the delay.

 

In the mean time feel free to play through all the nominees to narrow down your favourites so you're ready to vote when the polls open! 🙂

 

-James

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Congrats to all the nominees 👏👏👏

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1 hour ago, scrummy said:

Is there a central file repository for this years candidates?  

You bet! I've now linked all the nominated games binaries and downloads in the original post.

 

Nomination Downloads:

Atari 2600 Completed, Atari 2600 WIP, Atari 2600 Packaging, Atari 8bit/5200 Completed, Atari 7800 Completed

 

Voting is coming very, very, very soon!

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5 minutes ago, Nathan Strum said:

Disappointed that no manual interiors were included in the Packaging category materials.

Agreed, I would have liked more packaging material too.

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2 minutes ago, Karl G said:

Are downloads for best graphics, sound and <= 4K coming later?

It looks like they're all in the Atari 2600 Competed link, just not organized by category.

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2 hours ago, Nathan Strum said:

Disappointed that no manual interiors were included in the Packaging category materials.

 

2 hours ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Agreed, I would have liked more packaging material too.

 

I agree. Next year we will be reaching out to each developer for all of the materials to be include for the packaging category. It's a little more work but I think it'll be worth it. This year we included only publicly available materials. See the amended rules below for the 3rd Edition (games released in 2020) to ensure we have a photo of ALL the materials included in the release.

 

1 hour ago, Karl G said:

Are downloads for best graphics, sound and <= 4K coming later?

 

1 hour ago, KaeruYojimbo said:

It looks like they're all in the Atari 2600 Competed link, just not organized by category.

 

That's correct, all the binaries and instructions are all together in the Completed Games folder as they are eligible for multiple categories.

 

52 minutes ago, Muddyfunster said:

Surprised Tyre Trax wasnt included in packaging, last year only some box art was available, not the actual packaging with label and manual.

 

Tyre Trax was nominated in 2018 for Best Packaging and is unfortunately not eligible to compete again in 2019. We've amended the rules for next year (for games released in 2020) so that the game has to be physically released to compete in the Best Packaging category and the entries must be photographs and not renderings so to clear up any ambiguity. Here is the updated rules (so far) for 'Best Packaging' for next year.

 

 

Best Atari 2600 Packaging:
 

Nomination should be based on the quality of the packaging, manual, cartridge label and other associated promotional materials for a completed game during the year. This category is restricted to physical cart releases only. Games released in a physical form in a previous year are not eligible. Re-releases or updates to a previous physical release of the game are ineligible. WIP, Hacks and Demos are not eligible for this category. Each entry must include photos of all physical items, not renderings or mockups, included with the cartridge including the cartridge label, back/front/each page of the manual (if exists) and front/back box art (if exists).

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Thanks James, understood & no problem.

 

For clarity, Tyre Trax only received a physical release with box and manual in 2019 at PRGE. The binary was released in 2018.

 

[edit]

 

Also the instructions included for Dare Devil are very out of date. The last edit to the development thread was 31st December 2019 so those instructions would be better.

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34 minutes ago, Muddyfunster said:

Also the instructions included for Dare Devil are very out of date. The last edit to the development thread was 31st December 2019 so those instructions would be better.

 

Thanks! I've copied the updated instructions from the thread and will have them updated shortly in the Nominated Games downloads folder. 🙂

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I'm happy to have be nominated however i really think Bass Fishing should have made the cut in best Music & Sounds category 😉

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1 hour ago, TwentySixHundred said:

I'm happy to have be nominated however i really think Bass Fishing should have made the cut in best Music & Sounds category 😉

It does have some mighty fine beeps when you catch those fish!

 

- James

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Not easy to choose for the homebrew Atari 2600: Best WIP.

 

I still hesitate between three games. 😅

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I am trying out a bunch of games but I see that the bin for Spaceman Splorf is missing.

 

-edit-

Never mind, I just discovered the video ;-)

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The ROM is not released, but you should be able to evaluate sound and graphics from the available video.

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9 hours ago, chavert said:

Not easy to choose for the homebrew Atari 2600: Best WIP.

 

I still hesitate between three games. 😅

I know it's too late to do it this year and it would make tabulating the votes more complicated, but I'm wondering if it would be possible instead of voting for one game in each category to rank a top 3 or top 5 or something and award points based on ranking. While I have a far and away favorite in some categories, it's basically a coin flip in others.

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I had the same problem last year already. The problem is the voting plugin, which would have to support multiply choices. It looks like such a plugin either does not exist or cost quite some money.

 

Alternatively there could be e.g. three votes per category (one for 1st, one for 2nd and one for 3rd vote). But these could be abused (voting for the same game three times). 

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If it weren't tied to the forums, you could easily do this with Google forms (or similar). But then you couldn't restrict it to AA members.

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1 hour ago, Nathan Strum said:

If it weren't tied to the forums, you could easily do this with Google forms (or similar). But then you couldn't restrict it to AA members.

We definitely need some kind of protection. Else, due to our rather small community, the poll could be manipulated very easily.

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5 hours ago, Nathan Strum said:

If it weren't tied to the forums, you could easily do this with Google forms (or similar). But then you couldn't restrict it to AA members.

 

4 hours ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

We definitely need some kind of protection. Else, due to our rather small community, the poll could be manipulated very easily.

Was thinking along that line pollcode.com but then heard what james said on ZPH that they want to keep result private until award ceremony then there is what thomas said keep it restricted to AA members

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