uDevGames 2008 Winners Announced

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[prMac.com] Vernon Connecticut - iDevGames announces the winners of the uDevGames 2008 Contest. uDevGames is a Mac game development contest that requires teams to create a Mac game in just three months. The contest began on December 2, 2008 and features 20 games by Mac developers from around the globe.

"Laserface Jones vs Doomsday Odious" by Justin Ficarrotta was announced as the winner of 'Best Overall Game.' This category was chosen by public voting (including participating developers) which ended on March 12, 2009. Developers also scored games in six additional categories: Gameplay, Graphics, Audio, Story, Presentation and Originality. The winners will divide a prize pool of over $20,000 donated by the sponsors of uDevGames 2008.

"I'm completely psyched. The last three months have been a rollercoaster, but uDevGames 2008 has been a really amazing experience. There's something about the pressure of the deadline and tangling with scores of other talented developers that gets the brain juice flowing, and motivates me to create things that may otherwise have never existed. My career kicked off from uDevGames 2004, so it was a pleasure to be able to come back and compete again. Big thanks go out to Ben, Dan, Bruce and Steve who all provided awesome content for the game, Carlos and the uDevGames volunteers, fellow developers for making me sweat for it, and to all the friends, family and Mac gamers who played and voted for Laserface Jones, and spread the word!" said Justin Ficarrotta, winner of Best Overall Game of uDevGames 2008.

uDevGames was established by iDevGames with three underlying objectives in mind: create, educate, and succeed. The goal is to motivate developers to create fun games for the Mac platform, and then to release the games under an OSI open source license.

uDevGames actively helps to educate Mac developers, and aspiring new developers to the Mac platform, in technologies such as OpenGL and Objective-C. In addition, the contest helps spotlight developers that create unique and exciting games for the Mac, as well as help introduce the best and brightest talent to game publishers.

"With the success of the Apple iPhone and iTouch, there's never been a better time to be a game developer for Apple's platforms. This new found interest in gaming for Apple's devices and computers, means that uDevGames is positioned to play a vital role in spotlighting tomorrow's top game developers, as well as motivating our developer community to reach new heights in their programming and marketing skills. This year's Best Overall Game, 'Laserface Jones vs Doomsday Odious' by Justin Ficarrotta, highlights the increadible talent that is within our community. Justin's entry, along with past winners Turtle Turmoil, Kiki the Nanobot, Argonant 2149, and ShineBug, reinforces the mission of the uDevGames Contest - encourage the development of original Mac games while educating programmers on the pressures of the game publishing industry", said Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief, iDevGames.

iDevGames would also like to thank and acknowledge the generous support provided by uDevGames 2008's sponsors: Araelium Group, Aspyr Media, Inc., Atomicon Music & Sound, Bare Bones Software, Inc., BeLight Software, BIAS, Inc., Big Nerd Ranch, BitRock, DAZ 3D, EazyDraw, Freeverse, Frictional Games, Frogames, GamingBaboons, Geek Culture, Graphic Remedy, Graveck Interactive LLC, GUD Publishing, Luxology LLC, M Cubed Software, MacTech Magazine, Manning Publications, MAXON, MW 3D-Solutions, Nevercenter, Partners In Rhyme, Inc., REAL Software, Rogue Amoeba, Runtime Revolution Ltd, Sawblade Software, Skorpiostech, Inc, Stone Design Corp, The Omni Group, tribalmedia llc, Unity Technologies ApS, VMWare, Xgaming and Zhang Games / Layout Center.

A listing of all entries including descriptions, screenshots, and downloads can be found at the official uDevGames website.

Established in 1998, iDevGames' mission is to educate, support, and enhance the Mac and iPhone game developer community. We also hope to facilitate the exchange between developers and designers so that the Mac and iPhone game market can expand and improve. iDevGames features articles, the latest industry news, tutorials, an active forum, downloads, and much more for Mac and iPhone game developers.

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