With an open call to the gaming community, contestants were challenged to create a computer game under 1 megabyte using the Simple DirectMedia Layer. Contestants responded with a wide range of game types, including clones of Asteroids, Arkanoid, Missile Command, Bomberman, and Connect Four. Original concepts include "Wok", a highly unconventional ball tossing game, "54321", a mind-twisting 4-dimensional puzzle game, and "E-Type", a typing tutor program.
John Hall, a contributing author of PROGRAMMING LINUX GAMES ($39.95, 1-886411-49-2, No Starch Press, http://www.nostarch.com/?plg) wanted to create a forum for resident game developers and newbies alike. "There is no lack of talent and creativity in the free software world, but sometimes people need a little motivation to put their ideas into code. The goal of this contest was to motivate amateur game programmers to bring their projects nearer to completion, and with several previously unseen game submissions, I believe we succeeded."
The contest was sponsored by NO STARCH PRESS ( http://www.nostarch.com), publishers of PROGRAMMING LINUX GAMES, a Linux Journal Press book, LINUX JOURNAL ( http://www.linuxjournal.com), the leading Linux magazine, and LOKI SOFTWARE, INC. ( http://www.lokisoftware.com).
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