Happy new year! I’m not toooo late, am I? I mean, there’s this awful ringing in my head and I can’t seem to find my clothes, but my computer is still in tip-top shape, and that’s what really matters.
One of the first things that I was greeted with upon returning to the Internet this year was a Game.Dev forum thread mentioning the YoYo Games mobile competition. It’s all about designing a game for a handheld device (a fairly broad category nowadays!), and I think that YoYo’s premise is totally sweet: there’s certain minimalist elements enforced (arrow keys %2B 1 button only, no extended libraries, other stuff) that should really tighten up entries across the board and force less experienced devs to start thinking about game systems on a slightly more micro scale. To be honest, I’m starting to get rather attached to the idea of minimalist design — some of the stuff I’ve read about makes a crazyton of sense.
So if you wanna enter, look here for the competition details. Hopeful winners can look for a US$1000 first prize, but games need to be in by March 30th.