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Post #1 · Posted at 2011-04-11 11:53:12pm 8.6 years ago

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The biggest simfile event of the year is back!!! This time it's bigger and better then ever before!

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What is the Summer Contest?
For people who did not enter last year, it is the biggest simfile collaboration project of the site. Each week, a theme will be announced. (Example: DDR Edit, License song, ect) At the end of the week, a vote will take place to deiced the winner of that week. After that, a new theme will be announced and so on. This contest is made to bring simfile makers together and to encourage new smifile makers!

CONTEST STARTS MONDAY MAY 2ND

Changes A few small changes have been made for this year.

1. Last year, the theme for the next week was announced a week before submissions could be taken. This year, themes for the week will be announce the same week of submissions. In other words, you will not know next weeks theme until the week of

2. As the winner of the ZIv Tournament, "Tyma" will have admin rights in this year's contest.

3. The winner of each week will get to enter a "ONLY ONE SUMMER" song. This will be at the final week of the contest. This is a contest after all, so there will be a winner this time around!

Voting
Voting has changed a little bit as well. You will now vote for 5 songs. winner for each week is the song with the most points/votes.

1st: 5pts
2nd: 4pts
3rd: 3pts
4th: 2pts
5th: 1pts

This to avoid more ties

RULES
1. You can NOT vote for your own song
2. ALL SONGS WILL BE PAD CHARTS. They can be DDR or ITG style.
3. Autogen steps of ANY sort will NOT be allowed.
4. 3 songs per user a week is the limit
5. must have at least Light-Heavy charts
6. Banners and Backgrounds are not required, but they are suggested. Other members can help you out with GFXs
7. When submitting your simfile, it needs to be the weeks theme, then the song title. EXAMPLE: [DDR EDIT] - New Decade
8. All songs must be under 2:30. (unless the theme of the week says other wise)
9. All songs must be under the old 1-10 DDR and/or ITG's 1-13 Rating system.
10. You are required to vote or else your entries will be disqualified. refusal to vote = disqualification for the week. this is so people vote.
11. Any trolling or constant violation of the rules will result in disqualification for the entire summer contest and all files submitted by the member will be deleted

How do I enter?
Just state you want to enter in this thread or send me a PM and I'll set you up. You don't have to enter the 1st week. You can enter anytime during the contest.

Deadline for every week will be Monday @ 5PM EST You if enter your file a few hours or so off, I'll still count it. However I will stop doing this if this becomes a constant theme.

As for now, state any theme ideas you have for this years contest!

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Me and Tyma will switch off on who announces themes pretty much Tyma picks themes for old number weeks, I pick them for even number weeks.

Questions or flaws you see in the rules, say so ASAP.

Let's make this a summer this site will never forget! Surprised

Post #2 · Posted at 2011-04-11 11:57:03pm 8.6 years ago

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Theme ideas:

Slow song theme. Songs must be under 100 bpm
Fast song theme. Songs must be over 200 bpm
Boss song theme. Song must be a "boss song" style, rated 9 and up (old scale).
TV theme week. Song must have been popularized or created for the theme of the television series (NOT Japanese animation, American animation acceptable).
Classical/Orchestral song theme. Song must be a cover or remix of a classical or orchestrated song (see Turkey March, V, Polotsvan Dance and Chorus, etc)
Challenge chart theme. Edits of DDR songs that were given a rating of 7 feet or below (old scale, 10 or below new scale).
Amateur dj theme. Song must come from an amateur DJ that has not had any major releases or media appearances (i.e. Darwin and DM Ashura re not acceptable, DJ Bouche would be).
Gimmicks done right. Chart has to be gimmick based, speed changes, pauses, mines, rolls, hands, anything that's not "standard" DDR fair.

Post #3 · Posted at 2011-04-12 12:28:21am 8.6 years ago

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I'd like to join this time Very Happy
although admittedly, i'm quite nervousSad

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Post #4 · Posted at 2011-04-12 12:46:54am 8.6 years ago

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I'd like to join this time Very Happy
although admittedly, i'm quite nervousSad

Don't be! Talk to a few of the other authors, and I'm sure they'll be able to give you tons of advice. I just entered my first contest, and even though I didn't really get much feedback on any of the files, everyone was happy to explain things like crossovers and double-stepping to me. I'm certain that my songs got better and better each week, and that's all thanks to people taking the time out to give me tips and advice along the way.

I've noticed that the rounds which let people copy songs from an OST without cutting them always get a higher number of entries than other rounds, so in order to get in as many entries as we can, I will cut songs for anyone who cannot do it themselves. Just PM me a link to the song you want to use, and I'll try and get a cut back to you ASAP.

Post #5 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:03:41am 8.6 years ago

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Are singles edits okay? I don't really do doubles that well.
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Post #6 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:10:04am 8.6 years ago

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It must have single-Light and single-Heavy, doesn't need anything else, although people sort of expect single-Standard as well.

Post #7 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:14:41am 8.6 years ago

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uh-oh, I only have 2 single-Challenge right now.
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They're edit specials, they're all i've got at this point.Sad

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Post #8 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:21:14am 8.6 years ago

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Light-Heavy as in Light Standard and Heavysingle charts.

Post #9 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:22:56am 8.6 years ago

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I'm in, but since when is May 2nd summer?

Post #10 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:23:08am 8.6 years ago

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Then I'm gonna need some help with this.Neutral
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Post #11 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:25:24am 8.6 years ago

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Obligatory I'm in from me.

No theme ideas for the moment as all the ones I could think of have already been stated. Do like the gimmicks done right one though.

Also major thanks for the advance notice that you will cut songs for us Tyma. I will definitely be using that since I suck at cutting songs.
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We hope you enjoyed this journey through sound

Post #12 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:28:56am 8.6 years ago

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Don't want to join in, sorry but i just don't seem to do the "simfile" thing Neutral

BUT, i can suggest themes:

Meme week:
Choose a "memetic" song and step chart it. As a bonus, add some magnets (mines or random shock arrows) for added effect.

Old-School Week:
Choose songs (hits or unheard) from the 80's and 90's and step chart it.

New Trance Week:
Pick any trance song that was released from January 2011 till May 2011 and step chart it.

Z-I-v Records Week:
Choose songs from our very own Z-I-v artists and step chart them (if that hasn't been done already).

Go GaGa Week:
Choose any Lady GaGa song and step chart it.

The Mau5 Week:
Choose any Deadmau5 track and step chart it.

Around The World Week:
Pick an international song and step chart it.

The Flying 50's Week:
Pick a 1950's song and step chart it.

Do You Remember....Week:
Choose a song from an artist(s) that no one remembers now, but did remember at one point, and step chart it.

Saturday Morning Tunes Week:
Pick your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon Intro or Outro Song and step chart it.

New Artists Week:
Pick an up-and-coming artist, choose a song, then step chart it.

And now for a slight "twist" in themes:

Replicant-D-Zenius Week:
Choose Any RDA (or you can also choose a IIDX or DDR Boss song) and re-edit the step chart or create your own step chart. MUST INCLUDE CHALLENGE STEPCHARTS.

EVOLVED Week:
Choose any song, make three versions out of it, and step chart each version.

Can You Pass This? (a.k.a The 20 Footer) Week:
Choose any song and create the most diabolical step chart you can possibly imagine. HAS to be passable on pad (could be a problem though seeing that we have NO idea how bad and awful a 20 Footer would be...).



And that's all i can think of for right now, pick and choose, pick and reject, or pick and build upon the idea for that week's theme. Not going for a "GH DJH" week again, although it would be nice seeing that they won't be making anymore games, at least a "Hero Homage Week" to pay homage to "America's" best music rhythm series...and have songs from GH:WoR and DJ Hero 2 (DLC is acceptable too). But i know no one would give a rat's ass about it :/

Post #13 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:38:17am 8.6 years ago

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& I just got an Idea for a theme Very Happy
The video game BGM theme all entries must be from another video game besides DDR or ITG.
(example: Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, or Whatnot, it can be anything other than DDR)
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Post #14 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:40:01am 8.6 years ago

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Going to add these two theme's as well for good measure:

Pump It Up Crossover Week:
Choose any PIU song and stepchart them DDR or ITG style

DJ MAX Technika 2 Crossover Week:
Choose any DJMT2 song and stepchart them DDR or ITG style.

Post #15 · Posted at 2011-04-12 01:53:22am 8.6 years ago

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lol these are great! keep them coming. Smile

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Sign me the hell up NAOW

Post #17 · Posted at 2011-04-12 02:07:38am 8.6 years ago

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I don't have any specific themes to add, but I will add the general note that themes should be very wide. One of the problems with last year's contest was that we had generally wide themes that were offset by incredibly narrow and niche themes. If the contest is to be successful (assuming we correlate success with the number of participants), then a vast majority, if not all themes, should be very wide.

Examples of wide themes would include:
Free weeks (obviously)
Licenses
Non-English Songs

In addition, there are wide themes that actually don't encompass many songs, but still have enormous drawing power to people who would be entering the contest. An example would be BEMANI crossovers. While the number of BEMANI crossover songs would not even begin to reach the number of songs available for the themes above, those participating in the contest would be familiar with and, given that this is a BEMANI game fansite, actually like the songs.

Examples of non-wide themes would be pretty much any of the ones that Max proposed.

When thinking of themes, one should ask themselves "Does this theme include a vast enough array of songs that it would be relatively easy for a participant to find and select a song?" and "If this theme does not include a vast number of songs, would the theme have enough appeal to the participants to draw in as many participants as a theme that did include a vast number of songs would?". Remember, if someone skips one week, it is more likely for them to skip other weeks as well. We don't want to repeat the disaster of last year's contest, where Round 1 (DDR Edits) had 40 files and Round 2 (Video Game Remixes) had 11.

By the way, I would also suggest limiting the number of entries per round to one file.

Anyways, just my two cents.

Post #18 · Posted at 2011-04-12 02:10:51am 8.6 years ago

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I'm in.

Also, expect some original songs from me.

Here's a couple ideas that I had:
DJ Hero 2 Week
Dubstep Week
Hardcore Week
Beatles Week (Why not?)
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I don't have any specific themes to add, but I will add the general note that themes should be very wide. One of the problems with last year's contest was that we had generally wide themes that were offset by incredibly narrow and niche themes. If the contest is to be successful (assuming we correlate success with the number of participants), then a vast majority, if not all themes, should be very wide.

I already came up with most of the themes for the contest, and yeah, you got this spot-on.

Post #20 · Posted at 2011-04-12 02:15:11am 8.6 years ago

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We are also going to need another amazing banner for this contest as well. Wink
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