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Java 4K Game Development Contest 43

Posted by Zonk
from the what-else-do-you-have-to-do dept.
mrseigen writes "Java Unlimited has been running a contest since Dec 1 to develop a game in Java using only four kilobytes of bytecode and resources. You have until March 1 to finish your entries, and it's worth looking at the entries for last years' contest."
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Java 4K Game Development Contest

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  • Uh.... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Well if you are going to have a 4k email signature, you might as well have it be an attached Java game, not some lame graphic.

    I sense productivity will reach all time highs ...

  • I looked around the site linked, and while they have 50 games archived from last year, there is no mention I can find of who won.

    Anyone know where that is?
  • SCREENSHOTS (Score:3, Informative)

    by Eightyford (893696) on Tuesday January 03, 2006 @07:27PM (#14388225) Homepage
    Everybody loves screenshots... [javaunlimited.net]
  • Having moved to the Mac a few years back, I haven't found many demos which run natively on my machine. I feel like I've been missing out. Demos like the product [theproduct.de] are great.

    Is this a sign the demo scene may just kick off big time for J2SE? I wonder if anyone has thought about J2ME.

    With such a rich API available, we're going to see some great (playable!) demos.

    • Re:New Demo Scene? (Score:5, Informative)

      by AKAImBatman (238306) <akaimbatman@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday January 03, 2006 @11:38PM (#14389564) Homepage Journal
      Having moved to the Mac a few years back, I haven't found many demos which run natively on my machine.

      Try Robotron 4096. It was developed on a Mac, then tested on Windows. ;-)

      Is this a sign the demo scene may just kick off big time for J2SE?

      This contest is currently running into its fourth year. It garnered quite a bit of attention the first year, but the quality of the entries was pretty low. The second year two competitors really tore up the contest with full graphics, sound support, and full screen applications. The third year gained attention from many professional game developers. taking the contest into 3D, real-time raytracing, and other areas that it had never been before.

      The fourth year is shaping up to be even bigger and badder than ever before. Visit JavaGaming.org [javagaming.org] for more info.
  • Useful... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 03, 2006 @09:15PM (#14388876)
    because on a machine that has to run a JVM, memory is tight.
    • Re:Useful... (Score:4, Informative)

      by AKAImBatman (238306) <akaimbatman@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday January 03, 2006 @11:33PM (#14389538) Homepage Journal
      It does have real use for Cell Phones and other J2ME devices. The types of tricks used in this contest are precisely the types of things you'd do for J2ME. The only difference is that J2ME further constrains you on total system memory, not just download size.
    • because on a machine that has to run a JVM, memory is tight.

      On small machines the JVM is just an interpreter, like any other (but don't let facts stop Slashdot anti-Java bias).

      There is an advantage of Java bytecodes is that they tend to be smaller than the equivalent machine code instructions for something like X86. This is one reason why Java is so popular for embedded systems.
  • at 4k, even if the games aren't good, they'll load quick. I'm off to try!
  • by Dark Coder (66759) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @12:27AM (#14389761)
    For the uninitiated and clueless, there is no HOWTO or FAQ on how to run these Java program from Mozilla/Firefox or its mime action file.

    Just how does one go about getting JNIP file to execute from a 'single-click' standpoint of view?

    When one clicks on the website's 'Run Webstart', an open dialog box indicating that this JNIP file extension is identified as a 'Java Network Launched Application', but offers no executable for this...

    What is the correct executable for this?
  • 4k? (Score:2, Informative)

    by PeterAllen (883320)
    Anyone know what happened to the 5k? used to live at http://the5k.org/ [the5k.org]
    • by ajb673 (862254)
      According to the last archived page on archive.org ( http://web.archive.org/web/20050401093814/http:// www.the5k.org/ [archive.org])

      "As those of you following the saga at home will know, the 5k has been in flux for a long time on account of the people who organize it are too busy and stressed. But that will not be the case for long: the infinite resource known as SIGGRAPH will soon take it over, to the betterment of all."

      So who knows...
    • Stewart Butterfield, the founder of the5k, went on to develop gameneverending (now defunct) and flickr [flickr.com], and he's now a wage slave to Yahoo!.

      -- yeoz

      p.s.: yo ;o

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