Retrospectiva: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Q: It is valid to enter the contest with a work I had already shown in a private forum or only to my friends/colleagues in a social network, chat or instant messageing service?
A: Yes, a work is considered unreleased and therefore valid to enter the contest as long as it has not be previously published at a place accessible to the general public. Releasing to a closed group of friends/colleagues is not against the rules.
- Q: Do I retain the rights over my work?
A: Of course, the only condition to enter the contest for your works to be free to download from this site.
- Q: Can I derive a commercial, physical version of a work I presented in the contest?
A: Yes, once again the only condition is for the contest version to continue to be free for download.
- Q: Is there a memory size limit for the game?
A: No. You can use all the available BASIC memory, or load extra data from disk or tape. As long as the game remains as pure BASIC, without calls to machine code routines outside those present on the chosen platform ROM.
- Q: Can I use a cartridge based BASIC variant?
A: Only if such variant is of common use for the chosen platform, or there is a disk or tape version available. (Ie: TI Extended BASIC, Simons’ BASIC)
- Q: Can I enter the contest with a game for CP/M, GEOS or another operative system for 8-bit computers?
A: Only if a native BASIC interpreter and/or compiler exists for that OS.
- Q: Can I enter the contest with NES, Gameboy or another 8-bit game console music?
A: Retrospectiva is mainly aimed at micro and homecomputers, but it’s open to any device powered by an 8-bit CPU, be it computer, game console or programmable calculator.
- Q: I’m from <INSERT_COUNTRY_NAME>. Can I participate in the competition?
A: Yes, Retrospectiva is open to participants from the whole world. Only condition is for the text in all entries to the BASIC game category to be in English or Spanish.
- Q: I took a picture of my dog. Can I run the image through a converter and enter the competition with the resulting image?
A: Converting a picture that has not been modified in a creative way by the author goes against the competition’s spirit: to promote the creative use of old computers. We reserve the right to refuse graphic entries that look like straight conversions.
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Starting today, you have eleven months to submit your entry.