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January 2006 Contest — Win an Xbox 360

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. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
[<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 />
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. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
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
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 />
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.
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. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
Brad, link on the default page still points to the old contest info.
Works for me.
Luis Martin
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Resubmitting the code is no problem. In regard to contest information, users need to go here for new information. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
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. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
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
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 />
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=’:)‘ />
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.
Just an update, we are still working on judging the contest. The winners will be announce the last week of February. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
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
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>)
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. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
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
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.
Thank you Luis [<img src=’/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif’ alt=’:)‘ />]
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>)
Congrats Mirko,<br />And congrats to all as well[<img src=’/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif’ alt=’:)‘ />]
Thanks Frank and Ranjit.
Congrats Mirko. Where can I see your code? Madhivanan Failing to plan is Planning to fail
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.
Congratulations to all the winners. cheers
Pali
Everything happens for your own good.

Finally, I have posted the winning entries at:http://www.sql-server-performance.com/tsql_games.asp —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP
Webmaster
SQL-Server-Performance.Com
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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