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Old January 5th, 2016 (12:07 AM). Edited January 5th, 2016 by Spherical Ice.
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Hack of the Year 2015 - Results

Category Awards

From the results of the secret ballot in the nomination round, these are the hacks that have had the most votes in each category.

Pokémon Gaia has received the most votes in the ballot's Hack of the Year category, and also the greatest amount of votes from the first round!

And out of all the hacks in Sideshow Showcase, Red++ was voted the community's favourite!

Hack of the Year

A total of 5 judges have played each hack and rated it in four categories. The reviews and reasoning behind the ratings can be found in the thread here. The hack with the highest total rating in each category will get 3 points, the second will get 2, and the last 1. The hack with the highest total of points from each category is the Hack of the Year!

Here's the breakdown for each category:




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Totals and points

Pokémon Gaia has won Hack of the Year, congratulations! Thanks to everyone for participating, and especially to the judges, and to Achromatic for designing this year's awards.

Congratulations to all the winners, and happy hacking!

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Old January 5th, 2016 (6:36 AM).
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Interested in seeing the raw data for this year's competition? In the interest of transparency, the spreadsheet used to tabulate and keep track of the competition this year has been made public.

You can pour over the data by clicking this link!
Old January 5th, 2016 (6:58 AM).
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Congrats to everyone! It's great to see Gaia getting the recognition it deserves.
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Old January 5th, 2016 (8:12 AM).
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Well deserved win for Gaia, was on a totally different level to the other hacks. Not to take anything away from those hacks. Just they were never going to get close to winning! Gratz to Red++ for showcase win and to Pokemon Life :D
Old January 5th, 2016 (8:30 AM).
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Gaia deserved it played it and got an extremely good expression from it 👍👍
Old January 5th, 2016 (1:36 PM).
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Cant believe Adventure red got so few points it does make me wonder of the type of people who "judges" these games...
Old January 5th, 2016 (3:09 PM).
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Originally Posted by johnyboy169 View Post
Cant believe Adventure red got so few points it does make me wonder of the type of people who "judges" these games...
All the judges laid out their reasoning in detail in the previous thread. I think their scores are pretty reasonable, a complete hack does not always make a good one.
Old January 5th, 2016 (4:07 PM).
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Cant say i agree with all the judge but who care

Im gonna play all these hack anyway

Thank you all rom hackers ))
Old January 6th, 2016 (2:45 AM).
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Congrats everyone!!! Although I didn't participate in voting because I haven't played any of recent hacks, I'm really impressed by Gaia and Life!! I hope they'll be completed soon
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Old January 6th, 2016 (3:06 AM).
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Congratulations Spherical! And Christos and Aesthode for placing which is really impressive already! I've been loving playing through Gaia a bit and watching the youtube content produced for all three of them!
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Old January 6th, 2016 (3:49 AM).
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Gaia deserves the award.I think Adventure Red is getting repetitive. Though it was a good hack but still Pokémon Gaia is way cooler and so far the greatest hack I have ever played.
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Old January 6th, 2016 (5:09 AM).
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Congrats to the winners! Surprised to see Gaia sweeping away almost all the awards and glad to see Red++ winning the Sideshow one.

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Old January 6th, 2016 (5:11 AM).
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Congrats to Gaia.

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Old January 6th, 2016 (6:18 AM).
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i'm surprised. i considered previously that adventure red would win the first or second place of the HOTY lol
Old January 6th, 2016 (6:29 AM).
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Congrats to Spherical Ice. I have yet to try Gaia, but maybe now I will give it a try
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Old January 6th, 2016 (8:15 PM).
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Congrats to gaia!! Never played pokemon roms for a year now.. Its nice to be back
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Old January 10th, 2016 (2:24 PM). Edited January 10th, 2016 by Coolboyman.
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Old January 10th, 2016 (2:50 PM).
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Congrats to Gaia!
Old January 15th, 2016 (10:22 AM).
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Adventure Red should have won.

Old January 15th, 2016 (12:36 PM).
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I played gaia and it's great!
Old January 16th, 2016 (7:35 AM).
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Mods favouring the mods. Especially that "seeker" guy. Adventure red deserved to win.
Old January 16th, 2016 (7:54 AM).
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Placing is generally good enough for a hack, your opinion is that you prefer Adventure Red and obviously not everyone shares your opinion so that is that.
Well done to all the hacks that placed, it is well deserved and your effort was definitely not wasted!
Old January 16th, 2016 (2:32 PM).
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Originally Posted by garg_priyansh View Post
Mods favouring the mods. Especially that "seeker" guy. Adventure red deserved to win.
It should probably be mentioned that "mods favouring the mods" makes no sense, given that I am not even a staff member on this site.

Christos and Spherical Ice made it to this point in Hack of the Year because they each made fantastic hacks. End of discussion. The fact that their username colour is different to the average user has nothing to do with that. Their blue names did not create Gaia or Eclipse; the hard work and dedication of Spherical Ice & Christos did.

Adventure Red appeals to many people, but I upheld my objective viewpoint with a detailed response on each hack. My votes were based on my experience as someone who has studied game design, worked in the video gaming industry, been a ROM hacker before, makes games and overall enjoys playing them. I simply did not think that Adventure Red - while having an extreme amount of work put into it - was not worthy of a Hack of the Year title this year. Even if I gave Adventure Red a perfect score it still would have not won.

While personal preference will always be a subjective point of view; it's hard to argue many of the points made for and against the three hacks nominated this year. Rest assured, the hack creators' username formatting has nothing to do with their ability in creating ROM Hacks and consequently the outcome of this competition.
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Old January 18th, 2016 (5:16 AM).
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Have to say a while back red was the best out of the lot, but after Gaia and Eclipse then its rating was lower as Gaia and Eclipse did a lot more than what Adventure Red does. I play all 3 and have done a while so i know the ups and downs of all 3.

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Old January 21st, 2016 (3:57 PM).
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Congrats for Gaia!

Btw, it was good that Eclipse didn't won, its victory would've easily caused nasty drama because one judge was apparently bribed, I noted this on the judging thread:
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Guys these scores are out of 5, not 10. The final score is out of 20, not 40. I did this because I wanted to look like a tough judge and give out low numbers. Also, 10 and 40 is too mainstream. As for why I rated Eclipse so high, it was because I was bribed. I feel like I've failed everyone who counted on me to be a fair judge, but the bribe tactics were very powerful.
I know this contest is just for fun but that shouldn't be tolerated because it's potential drama bomb.
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