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Old 1st Nov 2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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Make Something Unreal Live Contest

I was certainly surprised to see this one float into the Inbox this morning... Epic Games and Train2Game announce the Make Something Unreal Live Contest. Those of you who've been around a while remember the legendary series of contests Epic has conducted over the years, in which contestants create Unreal Engine content and vie for big prizes. The twist this time around is that the content will all be created for the iOS. The winner receives an Unreal Engine 3 license for that platform.

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Epic Games, Inc., creators of the billion-dollar "Gears of War" franchise and the award-winning Unreal Engine 3, announce Make Something Unreal Live, an independent game development competition co-sponsored by Train2Game, the UK's premier game development distance learning resource. This unprecedented event will take place over the course of six months and culminate in a spectacular real-time conclusion at Gadget Show Live 2012, the premier consumer show taking place from April 11-15, 2012 in Birmingham, UK. The winner of Make Something Unreal Live will receive a commercial Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS.

Winners of the Train2Game and Epic Game Jam, happening November 4-6 at the University of Bedfordshire, will compete in the event next April. In both competitions, all games will be developed for iOS devices using Epic's Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 which has been installed on more than 1 million unique machines.

Following this week's game jam, development teams will benefit from a six-month incubation period in which a range of senior industry veterans will nurture projects by reviewing key milestones, providing guidance and shaping scope. During this time, talent will prepare for the final showdown at the Gadget Show Live, where more than 100,000 attendees will watch them bring to life Unreal Engine 3-powered creations in real time.

"We are looking forward to working with Epic Games and Train2Game to bring a completely new element into the Games Zone at GSL 2012," said Gadget Show Live Event Director Matt Hodgins. "A huge number of our visitors are into gaming, and will undoubtedly be excited to see how new games are developed and brought to life at the event."

"Once they're out there in the real world, our students will flourish based on their ability to create fantastic experiences under pressure," said Train2Game Course Director, Tony Bickley, "this is one of the best opportunities they?ve had so far to prove themselves and create something they can be proud of that will springboard their burgeoning careers in gaming."

"In a mere five days, these developers will kickstart their careers in an intense competition that will ultimately result in one team walking away a professional studio, with a full source Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS in hand," said Mike Gamble, European territory manager, Epic Games.
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Old 2nd Nov 2011, 02:41 AM   #2
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Old 2nd Nov 2011, 04:56 AM   #3
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Wondering what stopped them from making this a UDK contest on all supported platforms...
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Garbage, not worth posting on the front page and should be removed. This isn't news worthy.

1) Train2Game is one of those god-awful for profit schools that couldn't teach you out of a paper bag. They don't even offer real qualifications, they're completely made up and utterly worthless.

2) This isn't even an open competition. You can't enter it unless you win their other competition, which you have to pay 35 for the priveledge of entering - not that you can enter it anyway because 'registration is closed' and access to it was heavily restricted anyway.

3) Epic have really gone down in my estimations with this one. Have they even looked at what they're sponsoring?
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Are you kidding me iOS ?
Hey Train2Game, talent cannot be learned, its spirit. I have a feeling like some stupid dumbass whos never create something interesting search someone who can
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Yeah, the barrier to entry on this one is massive. Not only do you have to pay the entrance fee, but you have to own at least one Mac, at least one iOS device, pay Apple the developer fee for each developer on your team...

What happened to "no cost for entry"?
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Old 2nd Nov 2011, 09:11 AM   #7
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Old 2nd Nov 2011, 09:22 AM   #8
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Yep - this goes straight into the junk mail trash can.
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The best part is that they are claiming all projects end up under the 'creative commons' license, which is in contradiction to the terms of UDKs EULA in the first place - and that project they work on for six months can't be distributed.

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Yeah, the barrier to entry on this one is massive.
The barrier to entry is infinite, because in order to enter you have to win a different competition, which is closed for entries.

There's no point publicising a competition noone can now enter - on top of the other crap.

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Not only do you have to pay the entrance fee, but you have to own at least one Mac, at least one iOS device, pay Apple the developer fee for each developer on your team...

What happened to "no cost for entry"?
You also missed 'you have to travel to the University of Bedfordshire with and house yourself for two nights during the first competition'. 10 hotel rooms for 2 nights isn't cheap - in the UK that will set you back around 1200 / $2000 minimum.

Per 10 man team:
Competition 1 entrance fee: 350
Apple Developer Fees: 990

Yeah, the math isn't pretty.
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Yeah, I'm all for Make Something Unreal competitions, though I think judging should be handled differently. But this one just doesn't make sense.
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Garbage, not worth posting on the front page and should be removed. This isn't news worthy.

1) Train2Game is one of those god-awful for profit schools that couldn't teach you out of a paper bag. They don't even offer real qualifications, they're completely made up and utterly worthless.

2) This isn't even an open competition. You can't enter it unless you win their other competition, which you have to pay 35 for the priveledge of entering - not that you can enter it anyway because 'registration is closed' and access to it was heavily restricted anyway.

3) Epic have really gone down in my estimations with this one. Have they even looked at what they're sponsoring?
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Yeah, they're getting a bit of negative reception about this one.
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But they train you to game, man. Not everyone is good at gaming.
Seriously though, I've never even heard of this Train2Game thing.
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It's a 'DeVry' style school.
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I was foolish enough to try one of those schools once. You pay and then give up on the material a few chapters in out of utter boredom. My knowledge was light years ahead of the garbage they were teaching.
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Pretty much. It's actually worse than a school like DeVry, because you don't even come out with a recogniseable diploma of any kind (even if it is a crap one). A 'TIGA' is not a real qualification of any kind, at least DeVry earns you a 'Bachelors Degree'.
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