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written by Neuzd on Jan 15, 2013 15:54
I was recently invited (cough! more than 4 years ago, cough!) to see if I could revive the Noctis screenshot contest, so here I am.
I had an idea for a minor twist that I think could get the attention of consumed explorers and kithas as well and should also (at least in my intentions) stimulate exploration.

Anyway, this is only the preliminary thread to evaluate the interest in this, and collect suggestions about this new contest, which will be named:

Photographic Assignment Lookout - the Noctis Thematic Screenshot Contest
The rules are simple:
Every <period of time> a theme gets proposed by the winner of the previous edition and the submissions must adhere to the new topic.
Every one (or just the paticipants?) will vote for their favourite and so on.

Suggestions for managing the votes and submissions are greatly appreciated, as well as experiences and issues from the previous contests which I should be aware of.
Also any ideas to spice it up are welcome, that's why I'm posting this in the Forum Games thread.

In all sincerity, I registered in 2007 when the screenshot contest popularity was already in decline, if not already over, so I'm not sure if something like this was already tried (yeah, it's not the most original idea).
i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Jan 15, 2013 16:48
I don't remember a thematic idea like that...

I mean, sometimes I think there was theme, but always proposed by the staff or something.

I want to suggest the first theme: purple trees.
written by Cryoburner on Jan 16, 2013 01:27
Speeder said:
Walking trees.

This was brought up some time back, and I had also thought of starting a similar themed screenshot competition, though the C-disk wasn't working properly at the time, so the idea got set aside. Here were my thoughts on it then...

Cryoburner said:
I also recently planned on starting a thread-based photocomp, but have been holding off until full C-disk access is restored. If the C-disk isn't used, there is little point in creating any sort of a permanent gallery, as it won't be long before it's full of broken links. I would suggest we hold off on the photocomp until we can get Alex to stop by and fix the C-disk folder permissions. Maybe someone can bug him about it and get him to return. : )

I agree that it would make sense to keep it open to all versions of Noctis and NICE, since not everyone can run the same version. For the actual image sizes, I don't see any reason why someone should have to use anything other than the default resolutions. Also, I think images edited outside of Noctis should be limited to occassions where it's related to that week's theme, or else it might become more of a fan art competition than a photo gallery. The 'theme' I'm referring to would be a general topic that would change from week to week, to help keep things interesting. Some weeks it would be open to anything, while other occasions would have themes like 'orbital shots', 'wildlife', 'barren worlds', or panoramas. I think having a guideline like this would make the competitions more varied, and help maintain interest.

For the actual format of the competition, there should be a thread for posting and discussing images, and another containing the weekly poll and winners gallery. The first post of the poll thread would contain the active poll, along with each submission. At the end of that week, the poll and entries would be replaced with new ones, and the winning image and results would be featured in a subsequent post. Both the poll and submissions could operate simultaneously, so when one week's entries close, they are voted on the following week, while submissions for the next competition are open.
So, the basic format could work with two threads, one for staff to update with the current week's submissions and past winners, and the other for discussion and entries. When one week's entries end, the next's could begin a day or so later, while votes are gathered for the prior week. If the winner doesn't submit a new theme within a day or so, the theme they eventually select could be added to a queue, while the current week's theme could be drawn from that queue. We could start it on a weekly basis, but require a minimum number of submissions, such as three for example, otherwise it will extend for another week until it meets or exceeds the minimum. That way, it can update frequently, but still adjust to accommodate slower weeks.

I believe the old photocomp used an anonymous submission process, though I'm not sure how well that would maintain activity with the Noctis community not being quite as active as it was. It may be best just to keep submissions publicly posted by the submitters to encourage discussions and other entries. Also, everyone should be able to vote, whether they made an entry or not, otherwise you will be more prone to ending up with multi-way ties when there are few submissions. : P
i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Jan 16, 2013 12:17
Note: I count as "staff" Cryo, RJ, Alex... and someone else I forgot I think.
written by 4616599 on Jan 16, 2013 15:21
I've been sitting on trying to get Noctis working on my current lappy for ages. Interested!
i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Jan 16, 2013 17:50
I cannot take pics, unfortunately.

(I don't own any x86 machine right now!


I have only ARM devices...

And x86 asm obviously don't work on ARM devices...)
written by Kristos on Jan 16, 2013 21:38
If I had all the free time in the world I would port Noctis to something stupid like Java.
written by Logicalerror on Jan 24, 2013 01:19
I would love to engage in such a competition, there is just the difficulty of running noctis on any machine i own
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