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"Welcome to the $150,000 Make Something Unreal Contest, the ultimate Modding Competitition brought to you by GT Interactive, Epic Games, 3dfx, Aureal, and Mplayer.com. If you're a builder or a player of Unreal Mods, you'll find plenty of opportunity here to contribute to the growth of the Unreal community and to compete for some hefty cash and prizes. The four nav buttons below are your gateways to all the info you could possibly need in order to take part in this unbelievably cash-bloated contest."
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This is an overview of the first edition of the Make Something Unreal Contest, which was about third-party content for Unreal and Unreal Tournament.


Overview Edit

The contest was announced on June 8, 1999.[1] Sponsors of the contest were GT Interactive, Epic Games, 3dfx, Aureal and Mplayer.com. Contestants had until November of that year to submit their entries.

Press release Edit

" New York, NY, May 5, 1999 – Think you have what it takes to be a computer game designer? Have some cool ideas that you think would make a game more intense and exciting? Then Epic Games, GT Interactive Software (Nasdaq: GTIS), 3dfx Interactive, Aureal and Mplayer.com have the contest for you -- the “$150,000 Make Something Unreal Contest” located at http://www.unrealcontest.com/.

The “$150,000 Make Something Unreal Contest” asks fans to submit their best game modifications for the million-unit, global best-seller, Unreal, or Epic’s eagerly anticipated next game, Unreal Tournament in an ongoing contest that awards its top prize at the end of November 1999. For a few creative gamers, this is the chance to win industry-wide recognition and more than $100,000 in cash. Unreal game fans across the Internet will also have the opportunity to preview contest submissions and vote in Popularity Polls. Those who register and vote also have the chance to win a variety of sweepstakes prizes.

"During the year since Unreal was released, people have done some amazing things with our product," says Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "Epic is grateful to GT Interactive, 3dfx, Aureal, and especially Mplayer.com for creating and sponsoring a contest of this magnitude for the Unreal Community."

Starting today, aspiring game designers may sign-up and submit their best new Unreal game modifications (mods), such as new maps, new in-game character designs (skins), or imaginative new weapon packs. Action game fans and a team of the industry’s leading entertainment and technology leaders will play and evaluate the submissions to determine the best new enhancements to the game. Ultimately, one savvy designer will take home a grand prize of $25,000 cash for the “Best Overall Design” from a total cash prize pool of $100,000. Who knows? Maybe a hot new game design career will be launched!

Background

Released last year to much acclaim, Unreal broke new ground for 3D action games by offering intense game play and incredible graphics. Unreal also included an unsupported beta version of the Unreal Editor, a set of development tools that allows game fans to create, change, or modify Unreal levels, characters and weapons. A tremendous value-added incentive, the Unreal Editor has yielded an incalculable number of levels and design modifications that can be found at over hundreds, maybe thousands, of fan-created Web sites.

This year, Epic Games and GT Interactive are releasing Unreal Tournament which has the unique ability to play nearly all of the user created content posted on the Web. In that regard, Epic, GT Interactive, 3dfx Interactive, Aureal, and Mplayer.com are teaming up to reward the winning creators from perhaps the largest cash prize pool ever given for a contest of this type.

Tournament Details

The “$150,000 Make Something Unreal Contest” officially launches today and will run through November 1999, giving fans plenty of time to hone their creative skills. In addition to competing for the grand prize, aspiring game designers can also compete in a variety of categories including:

· Best Early-Bird Entry ($2,000 first through fifth places)
· Best Skin Pack ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Texture Set ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Unreal Tournament Deathmatch Map ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Unreal Tournament Domination Map ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Unreal Tournament Assault Map ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Unreal Tournament Capture the Flag Map ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Partial/Complete Game Conversion ($5,000 first place, $3,000 second, $2,000 third)
· Best Weapons Pack ($4,000 first place, $2,000 second, $1,000 third)
· Best Overall Winner ($25,000 grand prize plus six $1,000 honorable mentions)

Judge and Win!

For folks who love action games but don’t have content to submit, “The $150,000 Make Something Unreal Contest” offers them the opportunity to register and vote for their favorite contest entries in the Popularity Polls at http://www.unrealcontest.com. The Popularity Polls allow fans to cast their votes for the chance to win a variety of prizes, including 50 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 graphics accelerators; 200 3dfx T-shirts, 20 Mplayer.com PLUS one-year memberships, and 250 Aureal Vortex2 SuperQuad PCI Sound Boards. In addition, all gamers who register and vote by May 7, 1999 are automatically entered into a random drawing with the chance to win one of 200 copies of Unreal.

Submitting and Judging Creative

To enter, creators must register at http://www.unrealcontest.com. Complete details on the contest, submission categories, rules, and prizes can be found at http://www.unrealcontest.com.

About Epic and GT Interactive

Epic Games Inc. is a privately held company based in Raleigh, North Carolina with a wholly owned subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Established in 1991, Epic produces, markets and distributes cutting-edge PC games. Previously known for Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball, the company is now best known as the creators of the hit PC 3D action game Unreal and the Unreal engine which it has licensed to several top PC game developers for games in a variety of genres. Epic distributes its products directly to end users using the shareware model and through worldwide retail distribution with major game publishers. Additional Company information can be obtained through Epic's World Wide Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.

Headquartered in New York, with 1997 calendar year revenues of $531 million, GT Interactive Software Corp. (Nasdaq: GTIS) is a leading global interactive entertainment software company that develops, markets and distributes consumer software. The company has seven internal development studios: Humongous Entertainment, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac, Oddworld Inhabitants, Bootprint Entertainment, Legend Entertainment and Reflections. The company also has five software labels: GT Interactive, Wizard Works, CompuWorks, MacSoft and Slash. GT Interactive's e-commerce system provides secure online transactions through each of the studios' Web sites and www.gtstore.com. GT Interactive also owns the subsidiary OneZero Media that operates a specialized entertainment portal, www.getwild.com, which acts as the Entertainment Zone on AltaVista; and produces the nationally syndicated television program, “Wild Wild Web.” GT Interactive can be found on the Internet at www.gtinteractive.com.

About Mplayer.com

Mplayer. home to over 3 million registered members. Launched in October 1996, Mplayer.com is a live games and entertainment community that offers a broad range of online games, communications tools, and events to millions people throughout North America. The service also offers access to a free, real-time live audio communications community -- giving people a place to talk, sing, share stories, play music and hold free conference calls with other people across the country. Through partnerships with LG InterNet and Fujitsu Limited, Mpath is extending the Mplayer brand and services to Korea and Japan. Mplayer.com is a product of Mpath Interactive, Inc., a company dedicated to providing technology and services for the creation of live communities on the Internet."
Press release[2]


Categories[3] Edit

  • Best Early-Bird Entries: "This category is open to all Unreal content in the categories of Skins, Maps, complete Game Modifications as described in the Early Bird Detailed Rules. There is a total of $10,000 in this category given to the top-5 entries. The contest submissions are due by 05/19/99, community judging from 05/21/99 to 06/01/99, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[4]
  • Best Original Skin Pack: "You submit at least 10 original skins to replace those on Unreal characters, or original characters. You must submit an Unreal level with your skins placed on the characters and those characters placed within that level. The composition of the level itself is NOT being judged so you're welcome to keep it very simple. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 05/26/99, community judging from 05/28/99 to 06/07/99, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[4]
  • Best Original Texture Set: "You submit at least 30 original textures in a UTX texture file and corresponding Unreal level containing ONLY your original textures. The purpose of the level is to illustrate the best possible usage of these textures. Although the playability of the level itself is not a main consideration, how well your textures can be used within Unreal or levels is an important consideration to determine how useful these textures are. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 06/02/99, community judging from 06/04/99 to 06/21/99, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[5]
  • Best Deathmatch Map: "You submit an original Unreal Tournament level designed for Unreal Tournament Team Deathmatch play with bots and on-line. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 01/18/00, community judging from 01/21/00 to 02/01/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[5]
  • Best Domination Map: "You submit an original Unreal Tournament level designed for Domination play with bots and on-line. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 02/08/00, community judging from 02/11/00 to 02/22/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[6]
  • Best Assault Map: "You submit an original Unreal Tournament level designed for assault play with bots and on-line. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 03/07/00, community judging from 03/10/00 to 03/21/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[6]
  • Best Capture the Flag Map: "You submit an original Unreal Tournament level designed for CTF play with bots and on-line. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 04/04/00, community judging from 04/07/00 to 04/18/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[7]
  • Best Original Weapon Pack: "You submit at least 4 original weapons to replace those from Unreal or Unreal Tournament. They must be completely original. They may bear similarities to Unreal or Unreal Tournament weapons, for example you can do a weapon that is similar to the Razerjack, but they must be modified significantly enough in the areas of mesh, skin, sound effects and graphical effects to consider them original works. You must submit an Unreal or Unreal Tournament level with your weapons and their associated original ammunitions pick-ups placed and available to use in a deathmatch game. The composition of the level itself is NOT being judged so you're welcome to keep it very simple. There is $7,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $4,000, 2nd place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000. The judges are looking for the most original weapons that are gratifying to use, useful in a deathmatch environment and could be reasonably balanced with the existing Unreal or Unreal Tournament weapons. The contest submissions are due by 06/13/00, community judging from 06/15/00 to 06/22/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[7]
  • Best Partial/Total Game Conversion: "Conversions are complete packages (maps, models, and skins) that focus on exciting single player, team/class-based, or just about anything you can think of. Single player conversions get the heart pumping and wow the user with each new map, weapon and model. Team/Class conversions concentrate on balance and aren’t only about Deathmatch. Each team could have several different classes (i.e. light infantry, medium infantry, heavy infantry). The idea is that each class has unique strengths and weaknesses that will, in turn, require each team to TRULY function as a team if they're to be successful. If you have something that isn't quite a single player or team/class based conversion, then, this category will allow you to enter and WOW the judges. Get it? Good. There is $10,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $5,000, 2nd place receives $3,000, third place receives $2,000. The contest submissions are due by 06/27/00, community judging from 06/30/00 to 07/07/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[8]
  • Best Overall Entry: "Winners from each of the previous categories of this contest are eligible to win the "Best Overall Entry" award. There is $31,000 awarded in this category. 1st place receives $25,000 and 2nd - 5th place receives $1,000. The contest submissions are due by 07/21/00, community judging from 07/24/00 to 07/31/00, with the top contenders being judged by a panel of experts to be named later."[8]

Winners Edit

Early-Bird Winners[9] Edit

  • 1st. place: DM Incizor
  • 2nd. place: Unreal4Ever
  • 3rd. place: Infiltration
  • 4th. place: CMS: Shadows of Na Pali
  • 5th. place: Unloaded

Skin Pack Winners[10] Edit

  • 1st. place: SomeSkins
  • 2nd. place: RealCTF Skin Pack
  • 3rd. place: El Drago's Skinpack

Texture Set Winners[11] Edit

  • 1st. place: DMRockNRoll
  • 2nd. place: Ancient Futures
  • 3rd. place: Beaconis_Obscura

Deathmatch Map Winners[12] Edit

  • 1st. place: DM-Faith
  • 2nd. place: DM-Unreality][
  • 3rd. place: DM-Organic

Domination Map Winners[13] Edit

  • 1st. place: DOM-Reliquary
  • 2nd. place: DOM-Hysteria
  • 3rd. place: DOM-Syncronicity][

Assault Winners[14] Edit

  • 1st. place: AS-Bridge
  • 2nd. place: AS-Asthenosphere
  • 3rd. place: AS-CrashSite

Capture The Flag Map Winners[15] Edit

  • 1st. place: CTF-Conquest
  • 2nd. place: CTF-DiamondSword
  • 3rd. place: CTF-Palace

Weapons Pack Winners[16] Edit

  • 1st. place: Unreal4ever Tournament Version 4.01
  • 2nd. place: Chaos UT
  • 3rd. place: n-labs UT Weapon Pack

Total Conversion Winners Edit

  • 1st. place:
  • 2nd. place:
  • 3rd. place:
  • 4th. place:

Overall Winners[17] Edit

  • 1st. place: Unreal4ever Tournament Version 6.00
  • 2nd. place: 1941 Demo
  • 3rd. place: SWAT
  • 4th. place: Infiltration
  • 5rd. place: DM-Unreality][
  • 6th. place: Conquest
  • 7th. place: DMRockNRoll

External links and references Edit

  1. "Are You For Real?". IGN (June 8, 1999). Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. "$150,000 Make Something Unreal Contest Press Release". Unreal.com (May 5, 1999). Archived from the original on Jaunary 22, 2000. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  3. "Categories At a Glance". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on April 5, 2001. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Best Early-Bird & Best Original Skin Pack Detailed Rules". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on March 6, 2001. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Best Original Texture Set & Best Deathmatch Level/Map Details". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 10, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Best Domination Level/Map & Best Assault Level/Map Details". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on March 6, 2001. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Best Capture the Flag Level/Map & Best Original Weapon Pack Details". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 10, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Best Partial/Total Game Conversion & Best Overall Submission Mod". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on March 6, 2001. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  9. "Early Bird Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on October 3, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  10. "Skin Pack Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 10, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  11. "Texture Set Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on October 5, 2001. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  12. "Deathmatch Map Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 13, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  13. "Domination Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 13, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  14. "Assault Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 3, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  15. "Capture The Flag Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on December 3, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  16. "Weapons Pack Winners". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  17. CosmicFire (October 5, 2000). "Unreal4ever the best UT Mod". $150.000 Make Something Unreal Contest. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
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