A few years have passed, and this is the forth edition of the Scenery Beta. We have received a really possitive feedback, so we have decided not to change a lot of things, and improve some details to enjoy the party.
Once more, we have a new platform for the contest: PS3. This year our users will have the oportunity to win a 4GB pendrive again, just the same that the winners are going to receive, if they help us to spread the Scenery Beta 2011.
Our modest homage is becoming an importan appointment in the summer time for coders all over the world, and sign of it are the 80 homebrews which were presented into the Scenery Beta 2009, and more than 80 which were presented on 2010. We hope that the Scenery Beta 2011 will bring to us even more Homebrews than the last festival. We will keep the essence, so the new coders can share theis works, and the old ones can show to all of us what they are able to do. We will give again money, trophies, pendrives and diplomas. And this year pins as well.
Scenery Beta 2011 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, PC, Android and iDevices and this year also for PS3.
SceneBeta.com welcomes you to Scenery Beta 2011. Let's get this party started!
We want to summarize the changes since the Scenery Beta 2010, 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:
We have also heared to the participants when they spoke us about the prizes: most of them prefer money. When this Scenery Beta 2011 finishes we will send again a questionnaire, to check which changes have been nice and how we can improve future events.
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 SceneBeta.com 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:
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 6 platforms on which we have an active community at this moment: PSP, Nintendo DS, Wii, PC, iDevices, Android or PS3. 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.
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.
As a novelty, this year our users will have also the opportunity to obtain prizes, two 4GB pendrives exactly like the ones of the winners of the Scenery Beta 2011 and two pins with the new logo of SceneBeta.com. You only have to add in your blog or in the front page of your website an article about the Scenery Beta with a link to this article. You can get aditional information in the official thread "Friends of the Scenery Beta".
We will also try to give some presents to the users who help in the votings, we will look into it when the votings arrive.
You have more details at the end of this article, Scenery Beta 2011 Rules.
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.
This is the third year that the Scenery Beta awards our loved coders, and we want to award even better Homebrews this year. That is why we will give some presents to those users who help us to spread our modest homage to coders.
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!