Competitions

General compo rules:

  • If a production has already been released it will be disqualified
  • Productions containing content which is offensive, illegal or in violation of copyright laws will be disqualified
  • A production will only be accepted in a compo if at least one of the authors is present at the party place. However, remote entries are allowed in the demo & intro compos, the oldskool graphics compo and the tiny music compo
  • Remote entries: We will not mail compo prizes
  • You can take part in any compo with several different entries. For example, your group can participate in the demo compo with 7 demos, or you can make 3 tracks for the music compo
  • A preselection of the compo entries will be made if necessary
  • If the production can not be shown with the compo machines the author has to bring a suitable, allowed-by-the-rules machine on which the production can be shown. Please contact us in advance, if this is the case. Also you MUST deliver a video capture of the production!
  • The entry must be delivered in a ZIP archive, with descriptive filenames, so it’s 100% clear which file to show/play/run
  • You can test your productions on the compo machine before the compo and we recommend that you do that
  • Deliver Linux productions in two ways: dynamically and statically linked
  • Simulaatio organizers have the right to publish the compo results, with your name/nick, and all the compo entries
  • Disqualified entries and entries not shown in the compo will not be spread
  • Resolution of the video projector will be 1920×1080 (FullHD, 1080p)

The compo rules are subject to change if deemed necessary by the organizers.

Remote entries are welcome to all the realtime compos + Oldskool Graphics and Tiny Music compos. Submit your entry to compo[ae]simulaatio.org.

Questions, comments? Please contact us.

Compo-specific rules:

Newschool Intro

  • The maximum running length is 8 minutes
  • Maximum uncompressed size is 65536 bytes (total of all files)
  • The size will be shown on screen so sizecoding is encouraged!
  • Remote entries welcome!

Oldschool Intro

  • Platform: All computers up to c.a. 1995, software rendering only!
  • See platform list below! If your platform isn’t listed, you need to bring your own hardware! Please contact us in advance.
  • The maximum running lenght is 8 minutes
  • The maximum size is 65536 bytes (total of all files)
  • The size will be shown on screen so sizecoding is encouraged!
  • Remote entries welcome!

Newschool Demo

  • The maximum running length is 8 minutes.
  • No limitations, except compo machine specifications!
  • Remote entries welcome!

Oldschool Demo

  • The maximum running length is 8 minutes.
  • Platform: All computers up to c.a. 1995, software rendering only!
  • See platform list below! If your platform isn’t listed, you need to bring your own hardware! Please contact us in advance.
  • Remote entries welcome!

Artist names will not be displayed on the bigscreen! Submit your entry unsigned. You may include a signed version.

Newschool Graphics

  • You can use any method to create your production as long as most of the work is done using a computer. You may use photos in your entry but the picture must be primarily made of drawn or rendered elements.
  • Submit your entry in PNG format.
  • 4 working stages of the picture must be supplied. You have to provide a screenshot showing the wireframe model of the picture if you enter the competition with a raytraced entry.

Oldschool Graphics

  • Platform: Any 8bit or 16bit platform
  • Maximum resolution is the same as the screenmode, no scrolling allowed
  • See platform list below! If your platform isn’t listed, you need to bring your own hardware! Please contact us in advance
  • You need to deliver PNGs in addition to platform native format/executable
  • 4 working stages of the picture must be supplied. You have to provide a screenshot showing the wireframe model of the picture if you enter the competition with a raytraced entry
  • Remote entries welcome!

Textmode Graphics

  • Combined ANSI, ASCII and PETSCII competition.
  • PC/Amiga entries will be shown with PabloDraw – Topaz for Amiga ASCII and CP437 8×16 for everything else.
  • For PETSCII entries, please include a PNG image of the entry in company with the original runnable PRG.
  • Maximum width for ANSI/ASCII is 80 characters and 40 characters for PETSCII
  • Multipage entries allowed
  • No animations or blinking colors

GIF Animation

  • Submit your entry in in GIF format.
  • Entries have to loop.
  • Maximum time before loop is 10 seconds.
  • Entries will be shown on bigscreen for 30 seconds.
  • The resolution must be 640 pixels in width and 360 pixels in height.
  • Maximum filesize is 2 MB.

Photo

  • Submit your entry in high resolution PNG format
  • Only slight brightness/contrast changes or cropping allowed
  • No editing allowed

Artist names will not be displayed on the bigscreen!

Dance Music

  • Music intended for the dancefloor. Jury makes the final decision and will move the track to Listening Music Competition if necessary.
  • Maximum length: 4 minutes. Longer entries will be faded out
  • Submit your entry in MP3 format, bitrate at least 192kbps. 320kbps CBR recommended.
  • You may include additional versions of the entry (e.g. original tracker format)

Listening Music

  • Music not intended for the dancefloor. Jury makes the final decision and will move the track to Dance Music Competition if necessary.
  • Maximum length: 4 minutes. Longer entries will be faded out
  • Submit your entry in MP3 format, bitrate at least 192kbps. 320kbps CBR recommended.
  • You may include additional versions of the entry (e.g. original tracker format)

Tiny Music

  • See platform list below! If your platform isn’t listed, you need to bring your own hardware! Please contact us in advance.
  • The productions played on the PC are played using latest version of XMPlay
  • Maximum length: 4 minutes. Longer entries will be faded out
  • The maximum size is 131072 bytes
  • MOD/S3M/XM/IT/SID files are allowed.
  • You can also include both the original and a shorter version of your entry in the ZIP file if your production is longer than the limit. Name the files entryname.extension (original version) and entryname_compo.extension. In that case entryname_compo.extension will be played in the compo
  • The production may also be an executable file (softsynth)
  • Remote entries welcome!

Short Wild

  • The maximum running length is 45 seconds
  • Submit in a format that is playable by VLC media player (MP4 h.264 @ 1080p recommended)

Platform specifications:

Primary compo PC:

  • i7 2600k @ 4.3GHz
  • nVidia GTX 970 (DX12, OGL4.5, Vulkan 1.0)
  • 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit

Secondary compo PC:

  • i7 920 @ ~3Ghz
  • nVidia GTX 780 (DX12, OGL4.5, Vulkan 1.0)
  • 16GB DDR3
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit
  • Amiga 500
  • 512 kB Chip RAM
  • 512 kB trapdoor slot fake Fast RAM
  • Kickstart 1.3
  • Gotek floppy drive emulator
  • Amiga 3000
  • 68030 @ 25MHz
  • 2MB Chip RAM
  • 16MB 32bit FAST, 8MB 16bit FAST
  • Kickstart 3.1 / OS 3.1
  • Amiga 1200
  • 68060 @ 50 MHz
  • 128MB RAM
  • Blizzard Phase5 1260 turbo
  • Kickstart 3.1 / OS 3.1
  • Both SIDs will be available
  • 1541u2 floppy drive emulator
  • Intel Pentium 233 MHz MMX
  • 128 MB RAM
  • GUS + SB AWE64
  • MSDOS v6.22
  • ET6000 / UNIVBE loaded