SDL Game Development Contest Winners Announced

All entries are now available for download.

No Starch Press is pleased to announce the winners of the SDL Game Development Contest. Michael Speck won first place with LBreakout 2, an Arkanoid-genre game. Andreas Roever came in second place with Tower Toppler, a tower climbing game. And Bill Kendrick won third place with Vectoroids, an incarnation of Asteroids. All 25 entries are now available for download on the No Starch web site.

With an open call to the gaming community, contestants were challenged to create a computer game under 1 megabyte using the Simple DirectMedia Layer. Contestants responded with a wide range of game types, including clones of Asteroids, Arkanoid, Missile Command, Bomberman and Connect Four. Original concepts include Wok, a highly unconventional ball tossing game, 54321, a mind-twisting 4-dimensional puzzle game, and E-Type, a typing tutor program.

John Hall, a contributing author of Programming Linux Games, ($39.95, 1-886411-49-2) wanted to create a forum for resident game developers and newbies alike. "There is no lack of talent and creativity in the free software world, but sometimes people need a little motivation to put their ideas into code. The goal of this contest was to motivate amateur game programmers to bring their projects nearer to completion, and with several previously unseen game submissions, I believe we succeeded."

The contest was sponsored by No Starch Press, publishers of Programming Linux Games, a Linux Journal Press book, Linux Journal and Loki Software.


One Click, Universal Protection: Implementing Centralized Security Policies on Linux Systems

As Linux continues to play an ever increasing role in corporate data centers and institutions, ensuring the integrity and protection of these systems must be a priority. With 60% of the world's websites and an increasing share of organization's mission-critical workloads running on Linux, failing to stop malware and other advanced threats on Linux can increasingly impact an organization's reputation and bottom line.

Learn More

Sponsored by Bit9

Linux Backup and Recovery Webinar

Most companies incorporate backup procedures for critical data, which can be restored quickly if a loss occurs. However, fewer companies are prepared for catastrophic system failures, in which they lose all data, the entire operating system, applications, settings, patches and more, reducing their system(s) to “bare metal.” After all, before data can be restored to a system, there must be a system to restore it to.

In this one hour webinar, learn how to enhance your existing backup strategies for better disaster recovery preparedness using Storix System Backup Administrator (SBAdmin), a highly flexible bare-metal recovery solution for UNIX and Linux systems.

Learn More

Sponsored by Storix