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The Scenery Beta 2009 International Homebrew Showcase

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Original en español (this new in spanish)

A whole year has passed since the first Scenery Beta 2008, and our particular Homebrew Festival has returned with the summer time. This time we are glad to announce that we will give real trophies to the winners of each category. We hope that the Scenery Beta 2009 will bring to us even more Homebrews than the last festival (specially in sections like Wii and NDS). In order to achieve this purpose our Homebrew Festival will dristribute as much money as the last year (2.400€ even despite the global crisis), new model and capacity for the pendrives (4GB each one), new trophies, commemorative stickers and official diplomas.

Scenery Beta 2009 is not a competition, it is just a festival (similar to cinema festivals) which not only pay tribute to all those great coders who make the scene bigger and bigger, but also make the rest of us enjoy with new games and applications for our favourite consoles: PSP, Nintendo DS, Wii and PC. welcomes you to Scenery Beta 2009. Let's get this party started!


Changes since the last Homebrew showcase

We want to summarize the changes since the Scenery Beta 2008, specially for those who toke part on it. We have considered our experiences after the last showcase, and all the suggestions that we received from the participants, who complianed about the Staff scale and votings from one coder to another, just for being friends. So this year:

  • There are no Staff scales.
  • We will only accept Homebrews that have been accepted in the previous Scenery Beta 2008 only if there are major changes, or better funcionality. The organization will reject all the works which do not include substantial changes.
  • Users voting will be more important, because the Homebrew are offered just for the general public. Besides, an user will not vote for only his favourite Homebrew, he will choose his 5 favourite Homebrews, in the correct order.
  • Coders voting will remain present, but they will be less relevant for the final score to avoid that a friend can vote to another.
  • The organization is testing these days different methods to avoid that some coders can get votes from the new users.
  • This year we will send some marvelous trophies, designed by Nova Rosa.

We have also heared to the participants when they spoke us about the prizes: most of them prefer money. When this
Scenery Beta 2009 finishes we will send again a questionnaire, to check which changes have been nice and how we can improve future events.



What is Scenery Beta 2009?

It's a Homebrew Festival, an "exhibition" or "fair" where we'll make know the works of coders from all around the world, and some of them as world novelty (hey, but always at coder's choice, that's absolutely only if you want!).

They may get to win cash prizes, which will be awarded by the score given by their fellow coders, and the related community and its users. You've got the details in the Scenery Beta Rules (link at the bottom of this new).

We want to warmly thank to all our sponsors their support and trust which has made this showdown possible:

Soporte optico, Zona Virtual,, Informatica y telecomunicaciones, Discochip, Supercard, PlayOcio, Centroconsolas, Neo Consolas, PlayConsolas, RunnerHD, SpainSellers, Super VideoGames, e-Nuc, ConsolasyPC, XipNet y OcioyFigura

I'm a coder, can I enter the showdown?

Any coder can enter the showdown, of whatever country, as long as is willing to show his/her work. The only requisite is that the Homebrew has been under development during last year (or, of course, has been created purposely for this event!), and is available to some of the 4 platforms on which we have an active community at this moment: PSP, Nintendo DS, Wii or PC. You can see the submit periods and schedules at the end of this new).

Even more, we've open an "off-contest section", let's think of some SceneryAlpha, where to show those works which are proofs of concept, purely experimental, still unfinished or whatever, so you can get a broader audience and impact in the international Scene. We think that there is a huge load of really great ideas that get lost due to lack of, put simply, someone seeing them. And, yes, we think about giving some kind of award for great "off-contest" ideas.

We also want to tell you that you can publish your Homebrew in other Scene websites, even if it takes part in the Scenery Beta. But you should keep the Splash of the contest. It would be nice if you speak about the Scenery Beta in other websites, doing so the showcast will be better known and if an user checks your work and likes it, maybe he can vote for you in the contest, so it will also benefit you.

I'm an user of this community. What good is this to me?

You'll have access to brand new in the world contents, and you'll have the international Scene latest goodies in front page, detailedly explained by our Staff. Besides, if you've always dreamt of somehow giving a prize to that coder who's made those works you've had so much fun with, well, now you can, because some of his/her work's score will come from our user's appraisal.

What are you looking for with Scenery Beta?

First and foremost, to pay homage and respect to the scores of anonymous or little-known coders who daily struggle to make our machines more and more useful. Also, we hope that the thousands of users who visit us every day have lots of fun checking and playing with the works, comfortably sitting at home.

In a nutshell, Scenery Beta is a great homebrew fair, with cash prizes for those people who give us something to talk about in these pages.

Cheers to the Scene!


Here's the link to the Scenery Beta 2009 rules.

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