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Epic announces the second MSU contest with $1,000,000 in prizes, this time for the Unreal Engine 3

Posted by stenchy on Apr 4th, 2008

Unreal modders start bustin' out those editors, because the next 'Make Something Unreal' contest is on its way. The contest is divided up into four phases, with categories for everything from mutators to level design and asset creation. Educational categories also allow for students to submit school projects as well. According to the rules, judging for the first phase commences June 27, 2008 with the final deadline for submissions of phase four on August 31, 2009. Prizes will include Intel Velocity Micro PCs, software development products and multiple cash purses. The grand prize will of course be a license for the Unreal Engine 3, essentially paving the way to turn your mod into a fully commercial product. Like previous winner, Red Orchestra, you too can go from mod-maker to game developer. For all the details, check out the website for the Make Something Unreal Contest.

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P4TRICK
P4TRICK Apr 4 2008, 3:23pm says:

$1,000,000 .... woooow!!

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M@ty
M@ty Apr 4 2008, 4:05pm replied:

Same as last time... only they haven't adjusted for inflation...

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Phoenix85
Phoenix85 Apr 6 2008, 2:32pm replied:

lol..kids

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M@ty
M@ty Apr 11 2008, 2:31pm replied:

Lol... noobs.
I already have a licensed, retail version of Unreal Engine 3. I don't actually need to enter this contest.

Sucks to be you. Also, I'm older. Kid.

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Apr 7 2008, 8:05pm replied:

...Or accounted for triple the workload next gen engines require.

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DjozeR
DjozeR Apr 4 2008, 3:42pm says:

Yeah, those "Make something UNREAL" events are really crazy.
A very nice thing from Epic :D.

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Carnage17
Carnage17 Apr 4 2008, 3:45pm says:

don't have unreal, But I just might have to learn some tricks, eh?

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Carnage17
Carnage17 Apr 4 2008, 3:54pm says:

Imagine playing red alert: a path beyond on this. O_O....

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SinKing
SinKing Apr 4 2008, 4:08pm says:

I'd rather have zero money, but win the license.

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Hanzie
Hanzie Apr 4 2008, 5:58pm replied:

So this does mean that you enter? ^_^

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Apr 6 2008, 8:04pm replied:

Why? Get 1,000,000 and you can purchase the license and still have so much money left over. haha

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42 Apr 9 2008, 6:37pm replied:

Except when you count in Taxes

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TopPlaya
TopPlaya Apr 12 2008, 2:07am replied:

not much. It would probably cost you about 0.8 or so just for the licence (but you would have that 0.2 left over to buy that ferrari youve always wanted)

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum Oct 2 2008, 4:04am replied:

Because I'm not John Romero. Maybe paying for my kids college fund would be more appropriate.

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SAHChandler
SAHChandler Apr 4 2008, 4:42pm says:

I really can't wait.

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Theater
Theater Apr 4 2008, 4:51pm says:

Awesome.

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hushpuppy
hushpuppy Apr 4 2008, 6:01pm says:

**** yeah, gonna sign my mod for this one.

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Otreum
Otreum Apr 4 2008, 6:22pm says:

I really like how Epic do this. I am not familiar with the unreal engine and it's code, level editing etc, but I know that it's a very flexible engine, and what I like about this competition is that those who were making great mods are really going to go all out on their mods to win the grand prize, this competition gives motivation to modders and I like that, if this gives modders the motivation to push their mod out the door, then i'm all for it.

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Terminal58
Terminal58 Apr 5 2008, 12:38am says:

We'll I'm going to be in it.

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP Apr 5 2008, 12:52am says:

The winner gets the chance to produce console games and crappy PC ports of them :D How very Epic Megagames ;)

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kamahl928
kamahl928 Apr 6 2008, 2:31am replied:

That's a name I haven't heard since Jazz Jackrabbit broke back when I upgraded to Win XP

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stenchy Author
stenchy Apr 6 2008, 4:36am replied:

Red Orchestra isn't on consoles...

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Henley Staff
Henley Apr 6 2008, 8:16am replied:

ryan ryan settle down

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Squeebo
Squeebo Apr 5 2008, 12:56am says:

I'm in! I'll fail, of course... But still!

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h4mx0r
h4mx0r Apr 5 2008, 3:08am says:

THIS IS AWESOME.

Too bad I've only dwiddled with the Source engine, despite my constant nagging of myself to look into the UE. Think I can learn enough of it in time to become a decent participant?

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Harimau
Harimau Apr 5 2008, 10:19am says:

so around a year and a half til phase four submission deadlines.

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Otreum
Otreum Apr 6 2008, 5:05am says:

There are already some really great looking UE3 mods/total conversions that are well on their way to the finish line. They may not be close to that line yet, but they are certainly not going to give up by the looks of things.

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Apr 6 2008, 7:09am says:

It's a very awesome competition and good luck to all who enter! What great way to get big industry professionals to see your work.

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Crispy
Crispy Apr 6 2008, 7:19am says:

Best. comp. evar. Valve need to do something like this.

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 6 2008, 5:19pm says:

Uh guys - it's the *third* Make Something Unreal contest =p

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stenchy Author
stenchy Apr 7 2008, 4:59am replied:

Really? Who won the first one?

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 7 2008, 7:43am replied:

Wish I knew - I wasn't around for that one. The vets over at BeyondUnreal might know though. Even Epic are failing to mention that this is the third iteration of the competition. I think the first wasn't sponsored by Intel, and might not have had all the big prizes.

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stenchy Author
stenchy Apr 7 2008, 3:56pm replied:

Well the one before this was sponsored by Nvidia. Anyways, it's the second to offer a million in prizes.

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RED-FROG
RED-FROG Apr 9 2008, 12:51pm replied:

it's the 2nd contest btw.
First one was created for UT2004.

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 16 2008, 6:30am replied:

No - there *was* a previous contest. Just not as big or as hyped.

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david_Orrick
david_Orrick Apr 6 2008, 8:42pm says:

Not a "Best In Sound FX/Music" to be found. Whilst I realize that this has nothing to do with the engine itself, audio has a huge part to play in all games and mods. Still a fantastic contest though, and good luck to all who enter!

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 7 2008, 4:14am replied:

I concur. It seems to me that almost every category is focused towards mapping, and not really to any other aspects; there are six 'pure' mapping categories, but only one 'pure' programming and 3d category - the rest are team efforts.

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Forceflow
Forceflow Apr 7 2008, 4:43am replied:

Well, since most people's first venture into modding is making maps, it's pretty normal they have so much categories for it. And yes indeed, Valve - this is something to ponder about :)

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 7 2008, 7:44am replied:

But not everyone is a mapper. People like animators (who do such a skilled job), don't get any recognition in this competition at all?

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AJ_Quick
AJ_Quick Apr 7 2008, 4:44am says:

And so it begins ^^

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Otreum
Otreum Apr 7 2008, 6:24am says:

Come on Mr.Kadish, time for some Killing Floor on UE3 !

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DeadlyContagion
DeadlyContagion Apr 7 2008, 8:28pm says:

well, ambershee, for animation, you could do a machinima, I believe there is a category for that.

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 9 2008, 10:45am replied:

Machinima may require animation, but it can easily be done without it. The vast majority of machinima work would be in matinee, and the mapping side of things.

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ferretonfire
ferretonfire Apr 7 2008, 8:31pm says:

I'm not familiar with this competition, but how are you supposed to do this if you don't own the engine?

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Apr 8 2008, 1:43pm replied:

Are you familiar with a little thing called modding?

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Apr 8 2008, 7:22pm replied:

It comes with the game ^_^

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RED-FROG
RED-FROG Apr 9 2008, 12:07pm says:

I could yet not get a total conversion to work with UT3...and they expect us to "make something unreal".
Their UDN help lacks, there is almost no information about programming in UT3, and there is no information about how to create a mod.
It's all been different in UT2004, I can only guess how it could be done, but it never worked. Otherwise I'd have started months ago.
This new engine is extremly awesome, but theres a small problem when there is a thick door which blocks you from entering it o_O

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Share_The_Pain
Share_The_Pain Apr 9 2008, 9:12pm says:

Come on now, no point in participating; we already know Angel_Mapper won.

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ambershee
ambershee Apr 10 2008, 7:00am replied:

As far as I'm aware, Rachel hasn't done much this year, in regards to UT3 - and there have been a lot of fantastic works by other mappers too.

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Share_The_Pain
Share_The_Pain Apr 10 2008, 8:52pm replied:

She's cooking something up. :)

But by all means, sign up. The more people with a motive to make something good the more products we will enjoy.

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TopPlaya
TopPlaya Apr 12 2008, 2:06am replied:

not much. It would probably cost you about 0.8 or so just for the licence (but you would have that 0.2 left over to buy that ferrari youve always wanted)

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TopPlaya
TopPlaya Apr 12 2008, 2:08am replied:

ignore what i just said

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