The Retro Remakes 2008 Big Competition

It’s the Retro Remakes Competition 2008 !

Press Release

Monday 1st September 2008: For Immediate Release
Retro Remakes Competition 2008 Launched
With the assistance of Barrie Ellis of and in support of the Special Effect “Games For Helen” project Retro Remakes are proud to announce the launch of their biggest competition yet.
Thanks to the kind generosity of 23 sponsors, we have prizes ranging from a £1,165 gaming laptop courtesy of Walker ITC and Kobalt Computers through development languages, game development kits from Andre LaMothe , 3d modeller packages, indie games and edutainment titles, there’s a prize for most peoples tastes.
When you tally it all up, that’s over 5,000 Earth Pounds worth of prizes up for grabs happy statistic fans.
Entrants have the choice to enter any one (or more) of six categories, ranging from retro styled games (hey, we all love that 8 bit look), to creating a game for the Games For Helen project and more.
Previous competitions have resulted in the most accessible game outside of academia being created (which is a good thing, in case you’re not so sure) and over 70 one switch playable games to help less abled gamers. Of course, they’ve also resulted in some damn fine games being put out into the world regardless, many of which you’ve doubtlessly already seen on “recommended freeware” lists over the past few years. Over 400 games have been created in the past 5 years for Retro Remakes competitions and we’d like to see if this year, we can break the magic five hundred or more.
The Retro Remakes competition runs from 1st September 2008 to December 6th 2008 with the results being announced in January. For more information please visit the competition website at or Retro Remakes itself at
About Retro Remakes
Retro Remakes is a cornerstone of the indie scene with over 5 years of serving news on Retro Remakes from around the internet (and we’re pretty good at running competitions too). We’ve been featured in magazines across the world including famous and fantastic UK publications PC Gamer, PC Zone and Retrogamer magazine (amongst others) who have all said very nice things about us without us having to pay them. We also got a very nice mention on the Frontier Developments news page once, but that’s only because we voted Elite as the best game ever made.
When not doing any of this, we like to promote furthering accessibility in gaming.
About One Switch
One Switch aims to spread the word that there are many fun games and creative outlets for people able to use a single switch – no matter the disability.
About Special Effect
SpecialEffect is a charity dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. For these children, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play, and we can help them and their parents to find out which games they CAN play, and how to adapt those games that they can’t.
Weblinks and further information:
Competition Website:
One Switch:
Special Effect Games For Helen Project:
Kobalt Computers:
Andre LaMothe’s XGamestation:
Complete list of sponsors:

Written by RobF

September 2, 2008 at 6:45 pm

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