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Old December 19th, 2008, 11:05 PM
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Hack of the Year 2008 has finally ended, we've had a few problems along the way and I thank everyone for bearing with me with what was unfortunately hurriedly organised. Once again a huge thanks goes to Haruki Hanai for all the awards and ~ The Womanizer ~ for all the banners used in Hack of the Year. Thanks also to everyone that made their voice heard by voting. I know there was limited time to test and compare hacks this year but we still managed to pull out a decent number of votes in all the rounds. Congratulations to all hacks that were nominated and voted for. Recognition of ones work is something coveted by all but only few get it and I'm sure that they were all well deserving of it.

Now that thats out of the way, we can get to what everyones been waiting for; the winner of Hack of the Year for 2008 is...

Hack of the Year 2008

Judging Results Table

Raw Judging Results


Hack of the Year 2008 - Second and Third Place

Hack of the Year 2008 - Second Round Results

Also, somewhat late, here are the results for Round Two:

Hack of the Year 2008 - First Round Results

Last edited by Thrace; December 20th, 2008 at 02:54 AM. Reason: Added more sexy awards
Old December 20th, 2008, 12:11 AM
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My heart was pounding until he told me the result (because I had to make the graphics). I'd have been okay with second anyway. D8

(I still don't see why I got scripting.)
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Old December 20th, 2008, 12:42 AM
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Yeah its pretty awkward when the authors of the hacks that are involved are organising this. :S

Anyway, Congratulations Jake! rijonAdventures definitely deserved to win in my opinion, I'm suprised it was so close actually but in the end the right hack won.

Genesis in the state it was when Hack of the Year first started (and even when the judging round began) did not deserve to win this year. There was so much room for improvement and because of my laziness I chose to ignore it promising myself I'd come back to it later. Anyway, I've restarted Genesis as you might already know, although it'll be the same game, every aspect of it will be improved and it'll be deserving of the position its been given in HotY this year.

Fan Favourite was one award I never expected to win. I honestly didn't think people much cared for Genesis. When I look at hacks like Black&White and Liquid Ocean, Genesis didn't even compare. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. The recognition Genesis has received throughout this whole event has given me more than enough encouragement to see Genesis through to the end.

Oh, also, HackMew will be posting his ratings in a couple of days. He's been pretty busy lately so didn't have time to finish it before the deadline.
Old December 20th, 2008, 02:30 AM
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lolwut. Nice job Haruki and Thrace.
Thrace, lolwut, you won 3 awards in total lolwut.
And it appears Koolboyman Games have some sort of massive hacking appeal that they've won twice in a row.

'Kay, my randomness should stop here.

Congrats you three winners. And the winners of the other stuff.
Brony represent.
Old December 20th, 2008, 02:38 AM
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And so it ended...
Wow, it felt really quick though, but meh~

I still can't believe that zel, thethethethe and Darthatron were one of the judges...

Oh well...
Congratulations, Haruki Hanai, for winning this year's votings and receiving the title as HotY 2008 of your hack project~

Congratulations to the makers of Genesis and Distant as well.
Kinda funny that the makers of the thread, and the ones who organize the votings are also candidates and winners.

Congratulations to the 'Hack of the Year 2008 - Second Round Results' winners as well...

I can't believe Rescue Rangers win the 'Interesting Feature' category though...
But oh well. Thanks to everyone who voted for my hack this year.
Old December 20th, 2008, 08:16 AM
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Haha third place xD
I knew it!
Well, congrats to Haruki and Thrace
Old December 20th, 2008, 08:36 AM
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Just want to say congratulations to Haruki. Rijon Adventures does deserve to win this, for it features a lot of great skills, and potential.

Congratulations to Thrace. I will always like Genesis the most.
Disturbed, congratulations to you too. From the looks of the screens in Distant, I was sure many people will vote for it.
Old December 20th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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Congrats Haruki for the First Place HoTY.

Old December 20th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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I think I should have a phenomenal post, similar to Thrace's. =)

Old Distant:
There is no reason in hell Distant deserved this. I will admit, it had good maps, and good screenshots, but it was horrible overall. There was not a single script done when Malin told me Distant was going to be in the finals this year. I made it in freaking September... quit it for a month and restarted it in late October. Thank you everybody for supporting it obviously, but there was not nearly enough work on it, meaning that it should not of gotten past round one. People have told me numerously that I was wrong about what I am saying here, but I am speaking the truth. I feel people voted for Distant because they were biased. Well, it can't always necessarily be a bad thing, but seriously... hacks like Top Secret, Legend of Fenju, Flame of Rage, Liquid Crystal... those hacks should be recognized.

New Distant:
Yes, I will be restarting Distant, only to make it so it actually deserves third place. Everything will be improved, so stay in touch
Old December 20th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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Congrats everyone! :D

@Thrace: You have two Genesis banners in the second round results.

(x) Tumblr
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Old December 20th, 2008, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by destinedjagold View Post
I can't believe Rescue Rangers win the 'Interesting Feature' category though...
Originally posted by Edward Elric
Please, try to understand...
I expected that, but the others were unexpected, to me. Honestly, I'm very happy with the results.
I want to congragulate everyone for their hacking efforts, even those who weren't entered, and those in the scrapbox (such as myself), and...
Originally posted by Santa Clause
Ho ho ho! Have a merry Christmas!!!

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Old December 20th, 2008, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by destinedjagold View Post

I can't believe Rescue Rangers win the 'Interesting Feature' category though...
Really? I was expecting Rescue Rangers to win that category.

Originally Posted by .Pichu-kun View Post
Congrats everyone! :D

@Thrace: You have two Genesis banners in the second round results.
Uh... thats because I won two categories. Best Storyline and Best Mapping.
Old December 21st, 2008, 02:28 AM
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Congratulations to all three of you. You all did very well, and I hope all of your hacks get finished. Keep up the good work, fella's!

Originally Posted by destinedjagold View Post
I still can't believe that zel, thethethethe and Darthatron were one of the judges...
Why not?
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Old December 21st, 2008, 02:45 AM
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Well, I must say I was expecting something like this. Congrats to all, even if this year's HoTY has been tigher, it has been a good one.
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Old December 21st, 2008, 03:47 AM
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Winners of Hack of the Year (this year and previous ones) have received Emblems. :D

Go visit the profiles of the winners and click on the Emblems tab if you want to see them. Only the top 3 places get emblems. :3
Old December 21st, 2008, 07:10 AM
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I didn't think we'd get emblems out of this, too!
Sweetness! =D
Old December 25th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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O.o whats with the n/a?.
Old December 25th, 2008, 10:36 AM
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O.o whats with the n/a?.
N/A = No answer.
That means they didn't give an answer for that category.
Old January 1st, 2009, 10:54 PM
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 03:08 PM
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Yay!!!! I knew rijonAdventures would win!!!
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:30 PM
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 01:16 PM
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i think that "hacks of the year" should be complete games. I think to participate in this contest you have to actually complete a game, beta's are just no fun. I think rescue rangers should have won. In my opinion it had a great storyline, amazing maps, and a awesome ending.
Just saying but thats how i think it should go....
Old January 5th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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Not like so many hacks get completed per year. It wouldnt be that fun (there wouldnt be too much competition... And DJ would be getting HotYs each year then... XP)

Congrats to rijon, it deserved to be the HotY after seeing the effort it had. Third attempt is the good one, eh, Jake?
I hope to see Genesis' development for this year, as Thrace promises. It'll be a serious candidate if it improves as I'm hoping.
And, well, sorry about Distant, but, perhaps another time it'll have a better luck.

Keep it up guys. I know that getting awards is nice and all, but job's not finished! >.<

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