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IMG uDevGame 2003 Picks
December 9, 2003 | Jean-Luc Dinsdale
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Despite the troubles that plagued their official server, Mac gaming resource website iDevGames has successfully wrapped up the third annual uDevGame contest. The contest, designed to encourage and showcase game programming on the Mac, rewards individuals who can throw together a homemade game of any shape or form in two months. Once the games are completed, each entry is made available for download, and members of the public vote for individual entries based on several characteristics - Gameplay, Originality, Polish, Graphics, and Sound & Music. At the end of the judging period, the votes are tabulated, and the winning entries are awarded prizes donated by prominent individuals or companies in the Mac gaming industry.

This yearís contest was the biggest yet, with forty-three games entered into competition, from simple platform jumpers and puzzle games to elaborately detailed RPGs and 3D network tank battles. The contestís sponsors also poured in an incredible amount of support, donating over $27,000 worth of hardware, software, and game design resources. Sponsorship for this yearís event was so generous that contest organisers were even able to award five winning entries per category. iDevGames editor-in-chief Carlos Camacho, along with radio personalities Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg, announced the winners Monday night on the weekly internet radio show The Gamesome Mac.

In an effort to honour the many designers, programmers, graphics gurus and sound engineers who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this yearís uDevGame contest, Inside Mac Games news reporters Mike Apps, Galen Wiley and Jean-Luc Dinsdale took on the task of plunging deep into each of the forty three entries, emerging with a hand-picked list of their favourite three. In the next few pages youíll see their favourite picks, what the games are about, and why they merit special notice. And if you havenít already, skip on over the the uDevGame website, where the games are available for download.

Congratulations to all of this yearís winners, and a big thanks to the programmers and game designers who participated. Extra special thanks to all the sponsor for their generous show of support, and, of course, thanks to the iDevGames crew for running the event.



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