Do more contests!
I'd like someone to do the 4k or 8k contest again.
I'd like to see more 'novelty' contests, such as 'Most Obfuscated Code' or 'Most Convoluted Code' or something.
Well lets see, there is 4k, 8k, Game in a Day, all of which are short term contests really. Long term contests don't do so well because people just forget about them...
I'm talking short term as in a few months, longterm is 6 months plus.
I did the 8K Cartridge Classic (which I'm strongly considering doing again)
As part of this I offer this brainstorming challenge: What sorts of contests--gaming contests and developer contests, because both are fun--do you think will be fun to have? Feel free to just scattershot some ideas because even a simple idea can inspire someone to get a contest started.
Although you didn't care for it, I personally loved taking part in the "Game in a Day" contest. It can be quite refreshing if you're not being too ambitious.
Digi's Game in a Week idea sounds pretty good. That'd be very fun to participate in as well. It gives you the ability to be ambitious and leaves you with plenty of time to debug and finalise a small game.
I probably wouldn't be able to take part in the 4k and 8k challenges (unless I like, did something lame like remake Puzzle Game + 1, or make like... Puzzle Game + 2). But you never know, ideas can strike I suppose.
That particularly large BYOND competition you guys held in 2005 (?) was interesting. I didn't have a clue what was going on, or where to start, but hey, many others seemed to enjoy it. Could always give that a shot.
The competition WorldWeaver held for BYOND RPG a while back was a pretty good success. Find willing developers and have them place something with-in their game that users must locate to get to the clue.
A contest which involves the much ignored DMCGI would be very interesting to take part in as well. But setting that up would be much more difficult, what with finding server space everyone can use etc.
The two button competition yielded some interesting candidates last time it was held. Maybe it can do so again?
How about a scenario of providing a set of graphics that the developer must use, and having them design the best game they can with those graphics?