September 15, 2003 - Winner
Backfire author Chad Lare has selected a label by Phosphor
Dot Fossils (Earl Green) as the winning entry in the Backfire
Label Contest! Earl will receive an autographed copy of Backfire
for his efforts, and his label will emblazon copies of the game
and manual sold in the AtariAge Store.
Congratulations to Earl Green and thanks to everyone
Backfire is a new homebrew game for the Atari 2600 written by
Chad Lare. In Backfire you have two guns, one on the top of the
screen and one on the bottom. To control the gun on the top of the screen,
press up, to switch to the other gun, press down. Once you are controlling
a gun, you can move horizontally and shoot. If you have a clear shot all
the way across the screen, you can accidentally blow up your own gun.
Also if you shoot one of the barriers, your shot is reflected back at
you and you have to get out of the way (hence the name Backfire).
AtariAge and Backfire author Chad Lare are sponsoring a contest
to create original label artwork for Backfire. This label artwork
will appear on all copies of Backfire, which will be available
in the AtariAge Store shortly after the contest. This artwork will also
be featured on the cover of the manual created for Backfire.
Chad Lare has released a public version of Backfire, which you
can download here.
Chad continues to work on Backfire, and has several improvements
in store for its eventual cartridge release.
The winner of the contest will receive an autographed copy of Backfire,
as well as his or her name in the credits as listed in the manual.
The contest will run until Midnight (CST), Sunday, September 14th,
2003. All submissions must be received by this time! After the contest
has ended, Chad Lare will select one of the entries as the label to be
used for Backfire.
Both a main label and an end label must be included with
your submission. For your label to be considered, please understand these
guidelines and conditions. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Artwork - This is the most important aspect of the main label.
There are no restrictions for the artwork so you are free to create
anything your imagination (and artistic skills) can conjure up. Chad
tells us that he is partial to the style of labels Atari used, but that
he will not be prejudiced against labels that don't mimic that style.
Please keep in mind that this artwork will also appear in the manual
created for Backfire.
- Backfire- The game's title must appear on main label and end
- Copyright © 2003 Chad Lare - This text must appear on
the main label.
- For One Player Only and Use Joystick Controller
- This text can optionally appear on the main label.
- Clearly Legible Text - All text on the label must be clearly
legible at the size the label will be printed (see below for actual
dimensions). Please keep this important consideration in mind while
you are designing your label.
- Multiple Submissions - While we will gladly accept multiple
submissions, we ask that each label be unique from your any previous
submissions in some significant fashion. We reserve the right to reject
labels that differ only in color or some other minor attribute from
previous entries. We will gladly replace previous submissions with new
entries if you so request.
- Use of Copyrighted Images - If you use any copyrighted images,
you must seek permission from the copyright holder before using that
image as part of your label. Likewise, any labels that use artwork from
a previously submitted label will be rejected.
- Permission to Reprint - By submitting an entry (or entries)
to this contest, you agree to allow AtariAge and/or Chad Lare to reproduce
your submission(s) without your having to grant permission or receiving
compensation for the right to do so.
Labels should be saved in a non-lossy image format such as PNG, TIFF,
PCX, or BMP. If you need to save your image using JPEG for
some reason, please use a minimal amount of compression. In order for
the label to look good when printed, it should be saved at at 200dpi
or better. If you are concerned about large file sizes you can drop
us a line before mailing the file, but generally anything under 10MB
will not be a problem.
Please take care to make sure your label is proportioned correctly. You
may download these graphics to assist in this effort:
Please do not send your labels already attached to these templates, they
are provided only to help you properly frame your label. We will shrink
and crop your label to the correct size and place it on the templates
for inclusion on this page where others may view them. The original, high-resolution
submissions will be sent to Chad Lare when the contest is complete.
Actual label sizes when printed are 2 3/4" x 3 3/8"
for the main label and 2 3/4" x 9/16" for the
end label. If you have artwork that goes to the edge of the label, you
will also need a 1/4" bleed around the edges. This
bleed isn't necessary for the contest, but if your label design is chosen
as the winner it will be necessary in order to print the label.
Label submissions and questions about the contest must be sent to email@example.com.
We will post submissions publicly on this page as we receive them. The
contest may also be discussed in our Contests Forum. For
some examples of labels submitted in our last 2600 label contests, please
visit the following links:
Remember, the contest ends at Midnight (CST), Sunday, September 14th,