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Format War turns five! :: 16 Aug 2014

Since the 16th of August has rather arbitrarily become Format War's "official" birthday, here's another excuse to buy a nice cake, pose it with an Breadbin (where else would you keep a cake for a retro gaming website's birthday?) and then eat it. It was a very nice Victoria sponge with strawberry jam filling and don't worry, these birthdays aren't just an excuse to binge eat a cake or anything because I only had a quarter of it and the rest went to other members of the family.

Yay, cake again!

There hasn't been much news of late (although the news poster has just been upgraded to match the one added to Oldschool Gaming last month) but I was quite proud to see a new version of Format War's first collabortition Edge Grinder released for the ZX Evolution and taking second place in the fifth annual Your Game competition. Perhaps this is a good time to be thinking again about a second collabortition...?

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RGCD 16K compo announced :: 05 May 2013

The now annual RGCD 16K Cartridge Competition was launched a few days ago. For those who haven't followed the previous installments, the rules are pretty simple; each entry has to run from just 16K of cartridge ROM. Previous years have seen some excellent games such as Molusk, C64anabalt and Jar's Revenge. In fact there's already four entries announced including Max Hall's Cosmic Ark and Rocket Smash, both of which we've been quietly following during development. More information, a list of entries and the complete competition rules are over at the RGCD website.

  • External link:   16K Cartridge Competition at RGCD

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Amstrad CPC 16K ROM Dev compo :: 02 Jan 2013

We love a good game coding competition here at Format War so were pleased to see one announced for the Amstrad CPC over at the CPCWiki forums (that link aims directly at the relevant thread). Here's a borrowed couple of paragraphs explaining the rules:

"After seeing the success of this kind of competitions in other platforms, we would like to announce the first Amstrad CPC 16KBs ROM Game Development Competition."

"The reasons for the size limit are mainly for opening the compo to more participants. Small games are more probable to get finished than big games. We feel that the focus will be in the playability, originality and making fun games. And a nice feature of the size is that we can fill a gap in the CPC catalog, the lack of "rom games"; there is a lot of romboards these days (Megaflash, Symbiface, ...), but no games. We want to change this and hope, it will help to bring new CPC+ cartridges to the public soon."

Hopefully this'll take off like the ABBUC or RGCD competitions have previously.

  • External link:   Amstrad CPC 16K ROM Dev at CPCWiki

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Happy Birthday to us! :: 16 Aug 2011

So a few weeks ago I was renewing the domain when I realised that this site's second birthday was due - Format War's forum went live along with the domain around the 16th August 2009 (with the actual website coming quite a bit later) so that's two whole years. And like any other two year old it's slightly whiny, doesn't go to bed when told to and has demanded a cake... and to prove said confectionary isn't a lie, here's a photo of the one purchased just yesterday, balanced on a tasteful cake stand...

Mmm, cake!

...and rather gorgeous! But to actually celebrate the event properly we've got the official announcement that the first Format War collabortition is up and running (yes, I forgot to post about it okay?!) and I've spent the last couple of days making the first group of comparative reviews that I threatened promised last year ready to actually go live.

So we'll just cut the decorative ribbon on the 8-bit computer game reviews section with a ridiculously oversized pair of scissors, thank James Monkman over at RGCD for proof reading the text, Trevor Storey and Sean Connolly for their excellent work on Edge Grinder and indeed offer around virtual cake to all the lovely fluffy forum bunnies who've helped to make Format War a quiet but surprisingly fun place to be on the interwebs - who knows, maybe an actual argument will break out eventually?

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