Wolverine Soft 48-Hour
Game Development Contest 7
The theme is Restraints
You can include the theme in any manner, form, or sense that you wish. Just make absolutely sure that you are able to explain how your game relates to the theme, because you will be judged on it.
- Zoo Escape by Brian Ford, Billy Laurain and Anthony Ghita
- The Mad Magician by Curt Lawrence, Doug Strait and Roy Zhang
- Valentine's Day by David McAllister, Mark Bosko and Thomas Thiem
- Avian Abduction by Joe Mitchell and Andrew Pinson
- Robot Restrain by Dale White, Nick Seltzer and Alex Soule
- Rest Train by Nate Slottow and Zach Renner
- Critter-cal Mass by Edward Chen, Sean Sheehan and Sirius Gu
- TaintedRestraint by Christopher O'Grady, Kevin Meyer and Adam Aleksa
A breif documentary was made about the event, mostly focusing on Sid Meier and his involvement with the contest.
WHEN: Friday, February 12, 2010 -- 6:00:00 pm EST
WHERE: Windows Classrooms 1 & 2, 3rd Floor, Duderstadt Center, North Campus
WHO: Contest is open to all current students and alumni (having graduated in the past 6 years) of universities in Michigan (excluding those who have entered the video games industry).
WHY: Fun, Fame, Fabulous Prizes!
- Friday, February 12, 2010 -- 7:00:00 pm EST - Theme Announcement 3rd Floor Duderstadt Center.
- Sunday, February 14, 2010 -- 7:00:00 pm EST - Judging and Award Ceremony 3rd Floor Duderstadt.
Registration, Suggestions and Questions
Rules are subject to change, especially lists of allowed libraries and platforms.
Contest Coordinators will have final say in all disputes.
A theme will be announced at the beginning of the contest. Contest participants must incorporate this theme into their games and will be scored on how well they accomplish this. Entries which do not incorporate the theme as a central part of development will be disqualified. Contest Coordinators will be available to consult on theme usage.
Contest is open to all current students enrolled at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, or any college or university in Michigan. Alumni who have not entered the video games industry are also free to enter if they have graduated within the past 6 years. Programming skills are not necessary and we strongly urge artists and musicians to enter. Those who wish to participate are urged to pre-register.
On the day of the contest, groups of three will be created. Coordinators will help create teams for individuals who want to work in a
team, but did not pre-register with a teammate. Contestants may choose to work alone or in a group of two.
Individual entrants inexperienced at game development may choose to be assigned to existing teams by the Contest Coordinators. The Contest Coordinators will decide if an individual is "inexperienced".
All entrants must register with the Wolverine Soft Contest Coordinators before they can enter the contest. Registration is open from now until the start of the competition. You may sign up with a teammate. If you registered with a teammate, an additional person will be assigned to your group on the day of the competition. You may register with a coordinator onsite during the contest, however participants are urged to pre-register. To pre-register, send an email to with the following information:
- School ID (or Uniqname):
- Relevant Skills & Proficiency Levels:
- DX Framework:
- 3DS Max:
- Sound Effects:
- Game Design:
- Quality Assurance:
- Other (________________):
- Other (________________):
- Other (________________):
- Number of Years in Programming:
- Number of Years in Music:
- Number of Years in Art:
- Number of Years in Game Development:
- Number of Games Created & Your Contributions to Them:
- Number of Teammates Desired (0-2):
- Teammate #1 (Optional - Make sure your teammate includes you in his/her registration as well):
- Teammate #2 (Optional, Not Guaranteed):
Please be as accurate as possible. Also, feel free to include any libraries or platforms that you would like to submit for approval (see lists below).
Frequently Asked Questions
"Do I have to be present the entire 48-hours?"
No. You only have to create most of your code and artwork on-site. Feel free to go home to sleep, shower, eat, etc.
"I'm an artist and/or musician, can I still enter?"
Yes! We are definitely looking for artists and muscians. The best thing about video games is how they are such a convergence of so many different aspects--art, science, technology, music, creativity and entertainment-- and we're really trying to promote that during the contest. Hence, all of these aspects will be considered as part of the overall game evaluation.
"I would like to work on a team, but I don't have a team. What should I do?"
No problem! On the day of the competition, you will be assigned two other teammembers.
"I don't know how to program games, how can I participate?"
Don't worry! We can put you on a team of veterans, so that you can get some good experience and guidance. Think "Lead/Assistant Programmer" paradigm from The Mythical Man Month.
"What software do the Media Union machines have?"
PC Training Rooms
Advanced Graphics Room
Most programming and art must be created onsite, during the 48-hour period. Music that is developed during the 48-hour period can be produced and recorded off-site. Participants may bring in laptops, desktops, consoles, or any other development environment that they wish.
Entrants may develop games for any platform they wish, provided that they
can be played in the Duderstadt Center, use approved libraries, and that the platform
is available to all participants for playing (judgment of) their final game.
In the case of a MOD, a copy of the original game must be available to
install. (MAKE SURE THE INSTALLER WORKS ON A CAEN MACHINE, OR MAKE
PLANS WITH THE CONTEST COORDINATORS!)
If you are willing to provide a non-Win32 PC platform (e.g. dev-ready Xboxes, PS2's, GBA's w/flash cartridges, etc.), please let us know.
Available Platforms Onsite:
PC Training Room Loadset
... (more as wsoft members/contest entrants provide more platforms)
All significant libraries and pre-made code must be submitted to the contest coordinators by February 5th, 2010. After that, any exceptions made may impact the scores of the participants.
Otherwise, all code and assets must be created within the 48 hours of the competition, with the following exceptions. Outside music and sound effects will be allowed. Copyrighted music may be used as long as the entrants ask for permission from the copyright holder. They do not have to receive a response within the 48-hour period, but they must receive permission before we can post the game on the WSoft website. (If they are unable to receive permission, they must remove or replace the copyrighted materials.) Sound libraries (outside sound effects) may be used, as long as they are publicly available, and listed below.
Publicly available code libraries will be allowed, provided they are approved by the contest coordinators and listed below. If you have some personal, general code that you would like to use (e.g. DX or input device initialization routines, collision or physics routines, etc.) package your code as a library, and send a .zip file to the coordinators for approval.
Things that will help your library be accepted: clean code, informative comments, additional documentation, submitted before the contest begins, the more generally useful code, the better, and make sure it compiles without error! Remember, it has to be available to everyone else to use.
Submit http links and .zip files of libraries to be approved to
Libraries and Engines
The Zenipex Library - Using SDL, SDL_libraries, Direct3D 9, OpenGL, and lib3ds, it provides a reasonably feature complete cross-platform game development framework. Great for rapid prototyping as well as for long term projects.
Dan Demp's 48 Hour Contest 6 Addon - Offers some additional collision detection and physics support
Andrew Pinson's 48 Hour Contest 6 Addon - Sets up a title state with some buttons
Framework for Adobe Flex - includes a mechanism for different levels and a sound engine
- DX Framework (Engin Engine) / Pre-Contest Workshop DX Framework Demo / Hayden Special Edition / Retro AE
- XNA - The latest and greatest from Microsoft - C# code portable to XBox 360.
- Unreal Development Kit
- MFC (Microsoft Foundation Classes)
- SDL SDL_image SDL_sound SDL_mixer SDL_net SDL_ttf SDL_gfx
- HAAF's GAME ENGINE
- OGRE (3D API)
- Crystal Space (3D API)
- Blender Game Engine (3D API)
- PIL (Python Image Library)
- Lightweight Java Game Library (OpenGL/OpenAL wrapped)
- GLUT(OpenGL Utility Toolkit)
- Open Scene Graph(Cross-platform graphics stuff)
- OpenGL Performer(More cross-platfomr graphics stuff)
- Demeter(3D terrain engine)
- libpng(read/write PNGs)
- libmng(read/write Multiple-image Network Graphics)
- fmod (audio)
- BASS (Audio API)
- DUMB and DUMBOGG (audio)
- Core Audio (Mac Audio API)
- libmikmod(.mod, .s3m, .it, and .xm library)
- Boost (C++ Libraries)
- TinyXML (XML Load/Save API)
- INFORM (Text-adventure engine)
- Adventure Game Studio (graphical adventure game engine ala King's Quest or Monkey Island)
- ODE (physics lib for rigid body dynamics)
Mods of Commercial Games
Submissions must be downloadable .zip archives.
Submissions must be under 50 MB. Final product - not including starting ingredients. (but try to keep them small, don't use uncompressed audio, use .png's instead of .bmp's, etc.)
Submissions must include a copy of or link to ALL "starting ingredients" including SDK's, libraries, etc. (a separate .zip file from submission, or hyperlinks)
Submissions must include an HTML or text info document containing:
- Project name
- Project team members
- Project description
- A paragraph or so describing how the game fits into the theme of the contest
- Project "ingredients list"
- Full credit for any libraries and anything else on the ingredients list
- Project screenshots
- Submissions must be freely redistributable (and will be posted on the Wsoft website)
Submission forms will be available at the event.
The final game submissions will be judged by a panel selected by the
Wolverine Soft Contest Coordinators.
Additionally, each participant will write down and submit his/her top 3 (not including his/her own) favorite entries. These votes will be factored into the evaluation.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- Adaption of Theme
Prizes will be awarded to participants based on performance, and rest assured that prizes will be 1337er than years past.