Become a Rock Star Flash Contest Winners Announced

Jun 2, 2008 7:44 PM

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Captain Skyro Videogame

Mochi Media and Gaia Online's winners of its "Become a Rock Star" Flash game contest include "Captain Skyro" created by Daniel Adijans (first place) for the judged portion of the contest. "Captain Skyro" follows a daring pirate captain as he slingshots his way through the clouds with the aid of his green parrot. The second-place award went to "Earth Defense," a retro shooter created by Philip Maxey. "Amberial: Nebulosa Realms," a space-themed platformer created by Jesus Cuauhtemoc, rounds out the top-three winners.

The contest was launched in January and received more than 200 game entries from Flash game developers during the four-month contest period. The contest challenged developers to create innovative, high-quality games with the goal of identifying up-and-coming Flash game developers. Five winners were selected by a panel of industry judges, while an additional 10 winners were selected by Gaia Online's virtual community. Contest participants were given a chance to win more than $25,000 worth of cash and prizes, as well as the opportunity to secure a game development contract with Gaia.

In the second portion of the contest, Gaia community members voted on contest entries during April. More than 800,000 votes were cast by the Gaia audience. Receiving the first-place prize was "BoomsticK," an action shooter game by Zach Young of Abduction Studios. The second-place prize went to "CannonMan" by Philip Maxey, an action game with the objective of shooting a man as far as possible out of a cannon. "Blockarelli" by Tony Paldra, an addictive block puzzle game, took third place.

The contest showcased the latest services provided by MochiAds, including a custom API allowing developers to create games with custom leader boards and the ability to communicate with publisher sites. As the sponsor for the contest,

All contest entries can be viewed on the Gaia site at www.mochiads.com/contest/jan08.






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