Computer games represent the ultimate display of technological expertise and artistic expression. Games push the boundaries of hardware and software design, transform art into living visual media , provide a rich foundation for interactive storytelling and offer a new depth of experience that integrated with sound and music. Game that embrace the balance between these elements open up new worlds and in these worlds the designers and developers dictate the rules.
The Digital Games category is designed to recognize and reward teams that have worked hard to produce a functional game, that enriches our lives by challenging and entertaining us. Teams or individuals can enter complete games, written in any language and designed to run on any platform. A completed game is considered at least one playable level with a start and end screen. Games will be judged based on all aspects of computer gaming, but most importantly how these games come together into a final product.
Originals and Mods
Games entered into the Game Showcase will be further divided into three judging categories:
- Original Works Traditional - 2D or 3D Games
- Original Works New Tech - VR or AR Games or Experiences
- Game Mods - Modifications to a preexisting published game
- All teams must pre-register for this event. Registration opens in February
- All entries must be a fully functional game (a game with at least one playable level, title and end screen)
- For Original Works all game components (programming, art, music, etc..) must be developed by the game development team.
- Copyrighted images, audio, footage and characters can not be used. (ie. Celebrity photos, movie screen grabs, drawings of copyrighted logos, characters, etc. and so forth).
- Creative Commons / Licensed external , publicly available , libraries (For example Java libraries or free assets from the Unity Asset store) can be used.
- Game Mods refer to modifications to preexisting published games
- Games may be built in any language and using any engine
- All submissions must be appropriate for all viewing ages
- MUST NOT contain any offensive language, graphic content, and suggestive themes (ex. sex, drugs and alcohol).
- All submissions must include a Game Proposal (Youtube video)
- All game submissions must be submitted by March 31, 2021.
Game Proposal (3 to 5 MINUTE video)
All submissions must include a Game Proposal (Youtube video).
The game proposals should include the following information
- Premise - overview of the game
- Target Market - describe demographics and game genre. (Remember that not everyone will not play your game)
- Game Features - unique selling point
- Game play Overview - demonstrate the a little bit of the game for the judges
- Development Team - who are the people who built this game and their roles
- Project Summary - Provide a summary of your submission
Game Proposal videos must be submitted via a public Youtube link
- Videos visibility settings must be set to public for viewing
- When uploading the Youtube video (under details , tags) you must include the tag #CSGC2021
These videos will be aired throughout the day of competition on the main hall projector and CSGC will also reserve the right to publicly share these videos across our social channels.
All submissions must be displayed during the exhibition day (April 17) of CSGC. A maximum of one functional set-up for the submission is required. Entrants must bring their own equipment to display their game demos for judges and expo attendees during the event. See full competition rules and regulations for details about set-up and equipment.
Judges will review all submissions prior to the day of competition. All submissions must be submitted by March 31, 2021. All submissions must be displayed by the entering team on April 17, 2021, for the entirety of the exhibition. Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony following the exhibition; winners must be present to receive award.
Below are the judging criteria for the Game Showcase
- Creativity - Is the game unique? Does it provide a new twist or an out of the box idea
- Game Mechanics - Is the game functional, does the structure / game boundaries make sense
- Gameplay - Is the game fun to play? Is there an invitation to the player (reason to play)
- Technology - Does the game make use of interesting or advance techniques, technology, engine or language
- Art Style - Is the art style consistent and appealing? Does the art style match the game's premise and or target market. Value will be given to teams who have quality art concepts; however judges will not place weight on the level of completion or complexity of the art. Instead focus will be placed on art as an isolated element relating to the overall project.
- Game Pitch - Quality of the game pitch, how well the entrants were able to present their game and respond to judges questions.
- Other - If present judges may take note of in additional feature such as audio and musical score.