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Old November 1st, 2015 (6:06 AM). Edited December 12th, 2015 by Spherical Ice.
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Hack of the Year 2015 - Nomination Round


Welcome to the Hack of the Year competition for 2015! Each year we celebrate some of the greatest hacks on PokéCommunity by voting for them in several different categories and eventually bestowing the Hack of the Year title on the best of the best. The hard work, effort, devotion and even love that hackers have put into their works throughout the year show their results here.

This year's competition will continue on from last years with having a secret ballot. The link to PM the account can be found at the bottom of this post. This nomination process will remain open for the duration of November, therefore any PMs sent later than 23:59 UTC on the 30th November, 2015 will not count towards the ballot. Following this round, there shall be an elimination round where the top five nominated hacks will be voted on by the community to knock out the bottom two. From there, the top three hacks will be judged and the hack with the highest score will be crowned Hack of the Year for 2015.


  1. You may not vote for your own hack
  2. You may not vote for any of the designated ineligible hacks (see below)
  3. You may only vote once per category
  4. You may only vote once
  5. You must have joined PokéCommunity prior to November, 2015, in order to cast a valid vote
  6. Hacks are only eligible if they have been worked on at some point during 2015
  7. Hacks are only eligible if they have more than three Gyms of progress, or an equivalent amount of playtime
  8. Sideshow Showcase hacks are not eligible for nomination outside of the Sideshow Showcase Hack of the Year category
  9. Do not vote for a hack because you like the author; make your decisions as objective as possible

Ineligible hacks

  • Pokémon Glazed: Winner of HotY 2014
  • Pokémon Liquid Crystal: Winner of HotY 2013
  • Pokemon Light Platinum: Winner of HotY 2012
  • Pokémon Ruby Destiny - Life of Guardians: Winner of HotY 2011
  • Pokémon Sienna: Winner of HotY 2010
  • Pokémon Azure Horizons: Winner of HotY 2009
  • Pokémon rijonAdventures: Winner of HotY 2008
  • Pokémon Prism: Winner of HotY 2007
  • Pokémon Liquid Ocean: Winner of HotY 2006
  • Pokémon Naranja: Winner of HotY 2005
  • Pokémon Ice: Winner of HotY 2004

How to Vote

Hack of the Year 2015, like the years before it, will employ a secret ballot system. In order to place your vote, you will have to fill out the form below and PM it to the Hack of the Year account. If you wish to change your vote please PM a second voting form to the account. If your vote is determined to be invalid then you will be contacted by a moderator and asked to fill out a second voting form. When the voting window closes, no more nominations will be accepted and all valid votes will be counted. Any PMs from 23:59 UTC on the 30th November, 2015 will not count towards the ballot. Be sure to review the Rules section above for voting.

If you have any questions, please PM the ROM Hacking moderators rather than the voting account and a reply should come as soon as possible.

Once again, PM your votes here.

Best Mapping: 
Best Scripting: 
Most Graphical Appeal: 
Best Storyline: 
Best Gameplay: 
Most Engaging Hack: 
Sideshow Showcase HotY:
Hack of the Year:
The explanations of each category are as follows:

Best Mapping - The hack with the best maps
Best Scripting - The hack whose scripts impressed you the most
Most Graphical Appeal - The hack with the best overall visual presentation
Best Storyline - The hack with the best plot/story line
Best Gameplay - The hack with the best features and that was the most fun to play
Most Engaging Hack - The hack that kept you the most interested throughout
Sideshow Showcase HotY: - The best hack you have played from the Sideshow Showcase
Hack of the Year - The best hack you have played

A hack gets one point for every category in which you vote for it. To demonstrate this, here is an example of a vote:

Originally Posted by Example Vote
Best Mapping: Glazed
Best Scripting: Prism
Most Graphical Appeal: Liquid Ocean
Best Storyline: Prism
Best Gameplay: Sienna
Most Engaging Hack: Life of Guardians
Sideshow Showcase HotY: Ice
Hack of the Year: Prism
In this demonstration, Prism has three votes while Glazed, Liquid Ocean, Sienna, Ice and Life of Guardians hold one vote each.

The five hacks which have the most votes overall, regardless of the categories in which the votes are allocated, will progress to the second round where there will be a straight out voting process with the top three progressing to judge voting from there. In addition, the hack which has the most votes in a single category for this initial round will be awarded with a corresponding title (e.g. Best Mapping). The Sideshow Showcase Hack of the Year award will be determined in this nomination round and will not be subject to a judging second round. Hacks that have won Hack of the Month in 2015 are also awarded three additional votes.

You have until the 30th November to submit your votes. So now all of that is sorted, let the voting begin!

Reminder: PM your votes to this account.

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