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Thread: RayStorm (PS1 Working Designs): Did anyone ever win the $10,000 contest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zborgerd View Post
    You'd think that nobody in Japan wants to sell games anymore. Not sure what happened since the PS1 era, when it seems like anything could get picked up if someone wanted to bring it over.
    It's always been somewhat challenging, but with dialogue and persistence you could make things happen. Now, it's difficult to even get the dialogue happening. SO much of the IP has been consolidated into monolithic companies that would rather sit on the IP until they have a use for it, or to never use it and remove competition for their other IP that there's a ton of valuable stuff just rotting away. And this is in companies that have financial issues! It's crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsukoblue View Post
    they're letting the same thing happen to their own games as well

    Eidos has alot of good games that are rotting away too
    Like Revenant from 1999. I'd kill for a release of that game on GoG that actually worked without issues on a modern PC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Pirates View Post
    They're busy dumping on the series with some crummy MMO :\.
    I know, right? Why? Why do they hate us so much ;_; !

    Quote Originally Posted by vicireland View Post
    It's always been somewhat challenging, but with dialogue and persistence you could make things happen. Now, it's difficult to even get the dialogue happening. SO much of the IP has been consolidated into monolithic companies that would rather sit on the IP until they have a use for it, or to never use it and remove competition for their other IP that there's a ton of valuable stuff just rotting away. And this is in companies that have financial issues! It's crazy.
    Do think that if a localization/re-distribution company would be willing to shell out enough cash they'd be willing to budge? I think it's sad that IP just dies like that... don't Japanese companies believe in preservation of the medium? I mean sure business is business but heck drawing the line somewhere would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicireland View Post
    It's always been somewhat challenging, but with dialogue and persistence you could make things happen. Now, it's difficult to even get the dialogue happening. SO much of the IP has been consolidated into monolithic companies that would rather sit on the IP until they have a use for it, or to never use it and remove competition for their other IP that there's a ton of valuable stuff just rotting away. And this is in companies that have financial issues! It's crazy.
    This is really weird and depressing. You think if anything they would want money.
    Bad media connoisseur and frequent avatar changer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicireland View Post
    That one was a shocker. We only got a few entries and ALL of them arrived after the deadline. Not hours late, but days late, so no prize. Only time that happened with a contest we did.
    is this right? I thought that was what happened with Raycrisis. Except the prize for that was a Revenge From Mars pinball machine (which almost seems better than $10k)

    I actually remember submitting a modest score for Raystorm and having it accepted only to be absolutely destroyed by (unsurprisingly) an Asian guy who somehow managed to get like 50x the score of everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetsweetfugu View Post
    is this right? I thought that was what happened with Raycrisis. Except the prize for that was a Revenge From Mars pinball machine (which almost seems better than $10k)

    I actually remember submitting a modest score for Raystorm and having it accepted only to be absolutely destroyed by (unsurprisingly) an Asian guy who somehow managed to get like 50x the score of everyone else.
    Wait, maybe you're right about that. I forgot we had two contents Raystorm/Crisis. The one with no winner was definitely RayCrisis and the Revenge From Mars because we had already bought it in anticipation of awarding it and with no winner, it became an office Pinball.

    It's been so long ago it's hard to remember, but I know on one of the contests (not Shining Wisdom for sure) the winner was a pain to deal with. Might have been the RayStorm one, since the one I'm thinking of was a cash prize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicireland View Post
    It's been so long ago it's hard to remember, but I know on one of the contests (not Shining Wisdom for sure) the winner was a pain to deal with. Might have been the RayStorm one, since the one I'm thinking of was a cash prize.
    well, off the top of my head in order (I must be pathetic for remembering all of these), all the WD contests were

    Shining Wisdom ($10k prize)
    Raystorm ($10k prize)
    Elemental Gearbolt ($10k prize)
    Thunder Force V ($10k prize)
    Raycrisis (Revenge from Mars pinball)

    the rules were the same for each one. entry submissions were merely sending in a picture of the final results screen after beating the game. I think finalists for the first few places had a playoff or sent in a vhs tape to prove their scores.

    I know for a fact Raystorm had valid submissions. I actually placed and won some meh prize I never got despite feeling like I sucked at the game. The winner for that contest had a score that destroyed everyone else while still being believable. I also remember the Thunder Force V contest where the winner had an impossibly unbelievable score, but it must have checked out because he won it.

    It must have been Ray Crisis no one made a submission to. I honestly don't even remember there being an announcement or fanfare for a winner once the contest was up. Then again I wasn't really paying much attention because I was too intimidated to submit a score that had any hope of winning. Guess I was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetsweetfugu View Post
    well, off the top of my head in order (I must be pathetic for remembering all of these), all the WD contests were

    Shining Wisdom ($10k prize)
    Raystorm ($10k prize)
    Elemental Gearbolt ($10k prize)
    Thunder Force V ($10k prize)
    Raycrisis (Revenge from Mars pinball)

    the rules were the same for each one. entry submissions were merely sending in a picture of the final results screen after beating the game. I think finalists for the first few places had a playoff or sent in a vhs tape to prove their scores.
    Wow, your memory is pretty amazing - and thanks for correcting mine! At least now we have a better record of what happened when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicireland View Post
    It's been so long ago it's hard to remember, but I know on one of the contests (not Shining Wisdom for sure) the winner was a pain to deal with. Might have been the RayStorm one, since the one I'm thinking of was a cash prize.
    I understand that we probably can't get more info on this, but I can't imagine anyone being difficult to deal with when they're receiving 10K.

    I remember who the winners were of the Shining Wisdom and Elemental Gearbolt contests, and I seem to remember seeing the tape from the winner of Thunder Force V. Can't recall the Raystorm winner though.

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    Was it paid out in cash and then you had to sign a form for tax purposes?

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