Epic Announces, Details Latest Unreal Mod Contest

By Chris Faylor, Apr 03, 2008 9:58am PDT Developer Epic Games has revealed the details on its latest $1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest, which challenges its participants to create a mod for the PC edition of Epic's Unreal Tournament 3 using the Unreal Engine 3 toolset.

Sponsored this time around by hardware manufacturer Intel, the contest offers over $1 million in prizes, with the grand prize being an Unreal Engine 3 license. Other prizes include Intel software development products and Velocity Micro PCs.

"To all you aspiring game developers out there--this is your chance to get in the big leagues," said Epic VP Mark Rein. "We have categories for all kinds of creatively talented people including programmers, artists, 3D modelers, designers and even aspiring film directors."

Rein added: "Unreal Engine 3 is used by many of the industry’s leading game companies, so this is truly a chance to prove your worth and get your foot in the door of the game business while having your work potentially exposed to millions."

Judging will begin this June and end in fall 2009. For more details, check out the official site at www.makesomethingunreal.com.

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  • First post and I am sorry to say it's negative. I went back to look at previous articles about UT3 to get a feel for how players are receiving it. Overall it seems most people are disappointed with UT3 and I am one of them. The more I play UT3 the more I think "fail, fail, fail".

    UT2004 was my first entry into the series and I am with CrossFire56. UT2004 is better in every way.

    My main gripe is pacing. UT3 is slower and it's worse off for it. The game does not feel right. The fast pace and jumpiness of UT2004 was better. Yes. That's right. The jumpiness was better. The intensity of a UT3 CTF match doesn't even come close to the CTF matches of UT2004. Sigh. CTF-Thorns. Those were some fun rounds.

    The orb doesn't add anything to the game. I am sure it sounded like a good idea at the time but Onslaught was better without it.

    Assault has been removed. How are the mod makers going to implement Hellbender race when the game doesn't support assault?

    Every dollar, every hour they spent on the single player campaign was wasted. Trying to build a single player campaign around bot matches is retarded. I don't know what the lead designer for single player was thinking. UT is about multiplayer. They should have poured all their energy into that. I don't care if 50+% of UT2004 players never went on line. Single player should never enter into the picture of a UT game.

    Art direction. The screenshots looked cool but seeing it in motion I now say that the cartoony look of UT2004 was better. UT3 looks too much like Gears of War. I like all the vehicles and the overall design of the maps but the characters are all bulky, blocky, heavy boots, shoulder pads, etc. There should have been more variety. UT2004 shipped with a much wider selection of avatars. Quite a few of those avatars looked silly but at least it was variety. In UT3, everyone is a Gear. UT3 looks like it only employed 1 concept artist.

    Little details have been lost too. The shock cannon is pretty much my favorite video game weapon of all time. Not only do the shock cores travel at a much slower rate but their explosive blasts are no longer transparent. Catching someone in a blast (especially when they were jumping) and watching them sail high up into the air, screaming the whole way, was immensely satisfying.

    UT3 has been in the works for 3.5-4 years. With such a long gestation, I don't know what else to say other than I expected more; better somehow. The game didn't even ship with Face-Classic and the newly released version of Face should have remained in space.

    The community is dead from what I can see. According to gamespy, more people are playing UT2004 and Crysis than UT3. I am seriously thinking about selling my copy and moving on. The player base would have to double or triple in size to regain a shimmer of what it was during UT2004 days. What are the odds of that happening? Zero I'd say.

    So, what says the shack? Am I just another whiner who is full of shit?