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Competitions

General rules

  • All entries must be submitted via our intranet - where applicable.
  • All entries are voted via intranet if not otherwise stated.
  • Only the holders of a weekend ticket have access to the intranet - where voting and submitting are done.
  • Use descriptive filenames.
  • At least one of the authors of the entry or a representative must be present at the party. Fail to be presented during the party before the deadline, organizers have the right to disqualify the entry.
  • Entry running on not supported hardware? You can always bring your own hardware with you!
  • Remote entry is allowed. You must tell us about it before the party by sending an email to competitions@altparty.org
  • There may be pre-screenings during the party. Entries can be disqualified because of their content or, for example, because there is no machine the entry can run on. The organisers have real ultimate right to decide.
  • Internet connection will be avaible for Dynamic Compeitition.
  • Please note that all competing entries will be distributed right after they have been presented. By submitting a contribution you give us and others permission to spread your entry in the best demoscene manner.
  • Alternative Party has the right to use the contributions in its future marketing, events and media productions whether commercial or non-commercial. Alternative Party has the right to use the entries or parts thereof modified or unmodified and to sublicense other entities to produce any such productions. The contributor waives the right to have any compensation from any such use.
  • As a general rule, the entry should be completely your own creation. If you use someone else's work as part of e.g. a demo, it must be either public domain or you should have a written permission packaged with the entry.
  • All entries must follow Finnish laws.
  • Video projector supports HD-ready 720p resolution.
  • You get Plus 10 points for political message in your entry.
  • Bribery is not recommended but it is allowed.

 

Demo Competitions

Alternative Demo Competition

The Alternative Party was founded in 1998 as a protest against demo parties that restricted the allowed platforms or otherwise restricted creativity. Therefore, the Alternative Demo Competition has absolute no restrictions on platform, method or content. Think alternatively!

  • Demos and intros are accepted.
  • All platforms are allowed. Old and non-typical (extraordinary) platforms tend to be more interesting.
  • There are no size limitations, whatever the platform.
  • We will publish the platform of your demo runs on the big screen.
  • Maximum lenght is 8 minutes, or until we get bored.

 

Beginner Demo Competition

Following the last years succeess, purpose of this competition is to encourage new people to start making demos and show them public. It's quite possible to cheat in this by getting too much help from people who are "pros" with demos. We trust you will not do that - it's also very easy to get busted for that you know.

  • Demos and intros are accepted.
  • All platforms are allowed.
  • There are no size limitations, whatever the platform.
  • At least 50 % of the makers of the demo must be absolute first timers. (no previous published entries in any demo competition)
  • It's ok if you have published graphics or music for other than demo and of course if you have only unpublished demos made already you can entry them.
  • Coding is one of the keys so you can't entry to this demo if code is mainly / only made by someone who have done that to demos before.
  • The idea is not to get someone to make this for you but it's ok to ask some occasional help.
  • Maximum length is 8 minutes, or until we get bored

 

 

Dynamic demos

As a special challenge, there is a separate series for dynamic demos, e.g. demos that are different every time they are run. The demos in this category also compete in the Alternative demo competition!

  • Demos and intros are accepted. There are no size limitations.
  • These rules complement the rules in the Alternative Demo Competition.
  • The demo must be noticeably different every time it is run. It can use randomization or evolution or any other technique to accomplish this. Your mind is the limit.
  • Untraditionally for demos, dynamic demos may write to the disk for the purpose of evolution and they may use the network if it is available (in the competition machine there will probably be a network connection)

 

The Alternative Party Revolution Award

The award is given to a demo that creates a revolution within the demoscene and truly shows what digital creativity can archieve. The winner is selected by The Party -- that is, the members of the Alternative Party association

  • Any demo submitted to any other demo competition at Alternative Party 2011 will be considered for the award.
  • The Party may decide not to give out the award if a suitable demo had not been submitted (i.e., not revolutionary enough).
  • The party may decide more than one demo if they are considered to be equally revolutionary.
  • Typical properties of the winning demo are: breaking the boundaries of machine and man, something controversial, something new, something that changes the game.
  • The award comes with a substatial prize.

 

Audiovisual Competitions

Graphics Competition

Compete with a picture which may be drawn by hand, pixelated, rendered or constructed from taken photographs.

  • Allowed: pictures drawn by hand, pixelated, rendered or collages of photographs
  • Submit at least three (3) snapshots of your work in different phases to prove the originality of your work
  • Slight use of royalty free stock images is allowed (eg. textures or background) as long as the main point in the image is your own creativity.
  • Resolution is your choice, but the works will be displayed scaled to the resolution of a video projector. Max resolution is 1280×720 / 24 bit
  • File formats: JPEG / PNG, in case you want to participate with a retro computer or other alternative means, please contact the compo crew beforehand to make sure proper hardware will be available.

 

Executable Graphics Competition

  • Animation or still picture is allowed.
  • Resolution is your choice, but the works will be displayed scaled to the resolution of a video projector. Max resolution is 1280×720 / 24 bit.
  • Max size is 16KB (16384 bytes)
  • Entry must be realtime.

 

Free Music Competition

High-tech, modern beats and melodies with superb sound quality! Draw immense soundscapes and please the ears of all trendy scene-followers at the party!

  • Maximum length is 4 minutes (longer tunes will be faded out)
  • Allowed file formats: OGG, MP3 or FLAC.
  • Audio compression quality must be between 192-320 kbps.

 

Tracker Music Competition (Oldskool)

Remember Future Composer or FastTracker? It's time to create lovely beats with tracking style!

  • Maximum length is 4 minutes (longer tunes will be faded out)
  • Maximum size of the tune is 64KB (65536 bytes) unpacked
  • Recoding of entry is mandatory - Allowed file formats: OGG, MP3 or FLAC. Audio compression quality must be between 192-320 kbps.
  • No pure sample files allowed.
  • Allowed file formats: IT / S3M / XM / MOD.

 

Obscure Music Competition (Executable)

The music competition for true sceners with technical skills to abuse old hardware!

  • Max size is 24KB (24576 bytes)
  • No pure sample files allowed.
  • Entry must be realtime.

 

Abysmal Wild Competition

You can entry with (almost) anything your heart desires - presentation time 10min, presented compo-primetime!

  • Your entry can be a live performance, some music, visuals, or combination of these.
  • If your entry contains a live performance, you must tell us about it before the party! Contact competitions@altparty.org.
  • Maximum length is 10 minutes, or until we get bored.

 

Other Competitions

Do-your-own-compo Competition

Purpose of do-it-yourself competition is to be creative as possible. Only limit is your mind. The goal is that participator is the organizer itself. Most satisfacting and pleasant entry will propably win.

  • Your entry can be pretty much what you desire, following general rules and finnish laws.
  • You must tell us about it before the party! Contact competitions@altparty.org

 

Costume Competition

You're an undercover spy working for Red Machine. Most realistic Stasi spy costume will be awarded! If you don't know what stasi spy looked liked, just read this article about spy costumes.

  • Competition costume must be from 1960 or 1970 period.
  • Register yourself at infodesk before deadline.
  • Competitor will be judged by panel of jury.
  • One outfit per competitor.
  • Photographs for voting will be taken after deadline.
  • Competitor must be present at party.

 

Propaganda posters Competition

Propaganda is the very lifeblood of the whole Red Machine idealogy machinery. It's your duty to help ministry of propaganda to spread the word.

  • Allowed: pictures drawn by hand, pixelated, rendered or collages of photographs.
  • Entry must be submitted in JPEG or PNG format.
  • You must submit 3 different intermediate phases of the picture.
  • Slight use of royalty free stock images is allowed (eg. textures or background) as long as the main point in the image is your own creativity.
  • Competitor must be present at party.

 

Most Obscure Computer Competition

  • The owner of the rarest, mostobscure or otherwise special computer will be awarded by the jury.
  • Most obscure computer platform will be judged by panel of jury.

 

Unofficial Competitions

Event sponsors or organization are able to held their own competitions. You can request help from the competition team if needed (meaning that compoteam have time for it)