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January 2006 Contest -- Win an Xbox 360

Discussion in 'SQL-Server-Performance.Com Contest [Archived]' started by bradmcgehee, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. bradmcgehee New Member

    Starting January 1, 2006, we will begin a new series of monthly contests. In January, Red Gate Software and SQL-Server-Performance.Com are giving away a FREE Xbox 360, and a couple of SQL-Server-Performance.Com logo-wear shirts.

    To win the Xbox360, you must write a game in T-SQL. The person with the best game (as judged by our judges) wins.

    The contest information is at:http://www.sql-server-performance.com/contest-jan-05.asp

    If you want to see what sample T-SQL game looks like, see this one written by a Red Gate Software developer:http://blogs.red-gate.com/blogs/lionel/archive/2005/12/30/91.aspx

    Each month we will have a different contest, and I hope as many people as possible participate.

    Please provide your feedback and questions here.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  2. FrankKalis Moderator

    [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />
  3. bradmcgehee New Member

    We have already received some entries. I want to point out that to participate in the contest, you must submit actual games written in T-SQL code, not ideas for games as one contestant did. If you have any specific questions, please ask here.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  4. Chappy New Member

    Hi, Ive still not managed to dedicate any time to this fun event yet. Heres hoping though, but its a tight deadline <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-6.gif' alt=':(' /><br /><br />Would an entry which implemented a reasonably well-known game in T-SQL, be less valued than an original idea (assuming it was well implemented)? I have an idea of a nice game I could write, but I didnt invent it.<br /><br />Thanks
  5. FrankKalis Moderator

    Well, as I understand this, nobody mentioned that the game should be a new one. <br /><br />I also agree about the deadline. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-6.gif' alt=':(' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />
  6. mmarovic Active Member

    I submitted basic code for simple,well known game. However I didn't have time to add a fancy features, like high score list and slightly better "user interface". If I have time I'll submit improved version of the same game. I don't think I'll have time to figure out original game or more complex game. I guess re-submiting code wouldn't make a problem.
  7. bradmcgehee New Member

    Original or old ideas are fine, as long as the code is original. Not too many people have submitted games yet, so it looks like anyone who does submit will have a good chance of winning. In other words, there doesn't seem to be a lot of competition, which means your chance of winning are fairly high.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  8. mmarovic Active Member

    Brad, link on the default page still points to the old contest info.
  9. Luis Martin Moderator

    Works for me.


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  10. bradmcgehee New Member

    Resubmitting the code is no problem. In regard to contest information, users need to go here for new information.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  11. bradmcgehee New Member

    Now that the contest is over, it is up to the three judges to determine the winner. This may take several weeks, as the judges are spread all over the world. But once we declare the winners, we will publish all of the entries for everyone to see.

    Unfortunately, there were not too many entries. I guess this contest required a little too much work. On the other hand, since so few entries were made (the total number will be announced later) this gives those who entered a much larger chance of winning.

    Thanks for those who participated. February's contest is much easier, so hopefully a lot more people will participate.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  12. benwilson New Member

    Im looking forward to seeing the entries! Unfortunately, January was far too busy for me to devote time to developing a game [V] (also, i had trouble thinking of a game i could develop!) I would have loved to be in with a chance for the xbox!


    'I reject your reality and substitute my own' - Adam Savage
  13. FrankKalis Moderator

    Same here. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-6.gif' alt=':(' />]<br />I started on a game, but as things go something came in between and suddenly time was over. Bummer!<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />
  14. Chappy New Member

    Not too much work, just too short a deadline I think <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-6.gif' alt=':(' /><br /><br />Was a fun competition idea though, much better than top posters and also requires people to work a little for their prize, which is nice <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />
  15. mmarovic Active Member

    Yes, it wasn't too much work, but a short deadline, I agree. I needed maybe half an hour to polish the first game I submitted, but I had other more demanding deadlines, so I didn't.
  16. bradmcgehee New Member

    Just an update, we are still working on judging the contest. The winners will be announce the last week of February.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  17. benwilson New Member

    and the winner is?!?! I'm keen to have a play of some of the entries!

    'I reject your reality and substitute my own' - Adam Savage
  18. FrankKalis Moderator

    Well, the "last week of February" is over tomorrow. <br /><br />..but I'm eager to know the winner, too. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]<br /><br />--<br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />Ich unterstütze PASS Deutschland e.V. <a target="_blank" href=http://www.sqlpass.de>http://www.sqlpass.de</a>)
  19. bradmcgehee New Member

    We are still working on the contest, believe it or not. We needed some clarification of the instructions, which we have now received. We may be a few days late in announcing the winners.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  20. bradmcgehee New Member

    Sorry for the long delay, but we now have the winners in the January www.Red-Gate.com T-SQL game contest.

    The winners are below:


    Game Name---------------Winner's Name--------------Prize

    Minefield---------------Ken Inglis---------------Xbox 360

    Snake Game---------------Charles Mallabarapu---------------SQL-Server-Performance.Com Polo Shirt

    Master Mind Numbers---------------Mirko Marovic---------------SQL-Server-Performance.Com Tee Shirt


    The winner's games will be published in a couple of days on the website.

    Thank everyone for their participation.

    In April, Red Gate Software will be sponsoring another, different contest, so don't forget to check it out.


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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  21. Luis Martin Moderator

    Congratulations to all, and good to see one frequently member in the list.


    Luis Martin
    Moderator
    SQL-Server-Performance.com

    Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
    Leonardo Da Vinci

    Nunca esperes el reconocimiento de tus hijos, eso ocurrirá luego de tu muerte


    All postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties for accuracy.



  22. mmarovic Active Member

    Thank you Luis [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]
  23. FrankKalis Moderator

    Congrats to all! Looking forward to see the games. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />Heute schon gebloggt?<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de/blogs>http://www.insidesql.de/blogs</a><br />Ich unterst�tze PASS Deutschland e.V. <a target="_blank" href=http://www.sqlpass.de>http://www.sqlpass.de</a>)
  24. ranjitjain New Member

    Congrats Mirko,<br />And congrats to all as well[<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]
  25. mmarovic Active Member

    Thanks Frank and Ranjit.
  26. Madhivanan Moderator

    Congrats Mirko. Where can I see your code?

    Madhivanan

    Failing to plan is Planning to fail
  27. mmarovic Active Member

    The code is not posted yet AFAIK. I don't own the code anymore, so I think we have to wait for Brad to post it.
  28. chaloner New Member

    Congratulations to all the winners.

    cheers
    Pali


    Everything happens for your own good.
  29. bradmcgehee New Member

  30. mmarovic Active Member

    Thanks chaloner and congratulations to winers of the first two awards. Their games are really more advanced then mine. It is interesting that I considered writting both games they implemented even using approach of second award winner. I also considered implementing navy battle game for which I have prepared interesting strategy, but i just didn't have time for it. My game is not even pure sql game, it is more set of stored procedures ready for .Net game to be called from. I made that game because I found interesting method computer narrows posible choices. I had in mind more advanced method but even simple method implemented makes it hard for human player to win.

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