Intel has an App Store for Netbooks called the AppUp Center. It’s new, and scheduled to start being preinstalled on Netbooks from numerous computer OEM’s this year. So, Intel’s running a fun little promotion this month to get some more apps. Details about the contest can be found here:
In summary, 250x $500 cash prizes (Visa gift vouchers), 100x royalty profit matching deals (with a $2 value given to free apps), and further prizes to be announced March 9th.
Timeline: March 1st to March 31st (for the first 2 prize categories).
Join the Developer Program here.
No doubt you’ve seen the App madness of the iPhone App Store, and after seeing some of the apps thought “I could do better than that”. Well, here’s a good place to do it.
My thought has been, if you have a good LD game you can polish up (or two), you should consider doing something like that for the contest. Or even shape a MiniLD 17 entry towards this. We all know how talented the people in this community are, so really, those prizes are yours for the taking. Remember, you can even enter a free minigame, and if you’re one of the 100, you can still earn up to $2 per download (capped at $5k).
I actually won and am a winner in their last contest, and will be doing some interviews with them at the show. I wasn’t asked to post this, but my time GDC week will be short, and I wanted to give you all a good head start on this.
Great! So what’s the down side you ask?
The SDK is technical, and currently only supports C and C++. *********
There might be some *cough* creative solutions to that though.
Still interested? Here’s some tips.
- Must use Intel’s SDK (DRM), which currently only supports C and C++
- On Windows you MUST use Visual Studio 2008 (grab a working 90 day trial here)
- On Linux you use GCC
- Must support Intel GMA 945 (950) graphics chip. i.e.
- Fixed-Function OpenGL (no shaders)
- Limited Shading support with DirectX 9
- or Software Rendering/Sprites
- On the Linuxes, SDL comes preinstalled
- Must support multiple full-screen resolutions and aspect ratios
- Netbooks come in a variety of weird resolutions and aspect ratios. 1024×600 is the “standard”, but there are some slightly lower, higher, and wider. See section 4.4 of the validation guidelines for a list of resolutions Intel tests.
- You could just “black bar” it, but actually filling the full screen will look better.
- Full-Screen is required.
- Think of the Netbook as a game console, but with PC controls.
- A trackpad or touch screen (most will have track pads, but if you can be inclusive of touch screens, all the power to you)
- A full laptop keyboard (with arrow keys, but no numeric pad)
- Make navigating the game or menus clear and obvious. Have a clear way to exit.
- Target OS’s include Windows XP, Windows 7, and MeeGo (formerly known as Moblin, i.e. Linux)
- Pick one, two, or them all.
- Yes, you can do Linux only, or Windows only.
- Windows 7 (and Linux) requires you to store save data in the “correct” place
- Read the submission docs carefully, to be sure your app meets their requirements! Read them now!
- Must have a proper .MSI Windows installer, and it should be capable of silent install
- Visual Studio 2008′s built in Installer-maker does this automatically, and it’s pretty easy to use
Netbook owners are parents, students and kids. Some may be core gamers, classic gamers, or casual gamers. The potential market is pretty crazy if you think about it. These silly little computers are cheap enough to be given to a kid as a first computer, so a fun exercise might be to think about your first computer, and the kind of things you enjoyed playing on it.
So hey, you’ve got 30 days left to make/port something. 250 and 100 are pretty good chances at winning a prize. I can’t say how many entries the contest had last time, but “nudge nudge wink wink”, if you know what I mean.
And best part, you don’t have to only release it for the App Up store. The only rights you give up is the right for them to promote your game. You can port it or sell it on anything else after you’re done. So if you’ve been looking for compo with prizes as a motivator to kick you in to gear, here’s one for ya.