|In a world wracked with internecine tanks-falling-out-of-the-sky-in-the-desert warfare, you are the elitest of the elite, the crackest of the crack, the creamiest of the crop. Inexplicably falling yet again onto a mountainside undamaged, you open the hatch of your main battle tank to look out on the serene desert landscape turned warzone. As the early morning sun glints off the barrel, you begin to wonder whether it's all worth it...whether it will ever end...and whether you will ever see your family again. Suddenly the stillness of the morning is shattered by a shrill whistling sound from high above which gets louder by the second. You swing the hatch shut, turn to your crewmates, and shout that all too familiar refrain:
Those of you who keep tabs on the Atari 2600 homebrew scene may be familiar with Incoming! We first posted news about the game back in 2001, and author Ben Larson announced a final version of the game earlier this year. If you've ever played Artillery Duel on the 2600 (not to mention many similar games on various systems and computers over the years), then you'll be right at home with Incoming! If there's already a game of this nature on the 2600, why make another? Well, Ben has addressed many of Artillery Duel's shortcomings with Incoming!, including:
- One player (vs. the computer) and two player modes
- Two levels of computer difficulty in one player mode
- Vector based velocity-acceleration-gravity physics model
- Randomly generated, asymmetrical playfield terrain and random starting positions - never the same game twice!
- Adjustable terrain roughness using the difficulty switches
- Terrain damage
AtariAge and Ben Larson are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for Incoming! This label artwork will appear on all copies of Incoming!, which will be released at the beginning of December in the AtariAge Store. This artwork will also be featured on the cover of the manual created for Incoming!
If you'd like to try the game out before beginning on your label masterpiece, you may download the latest publicly available version here (PAL, PAL60, NTSC and SECAM versions are included).
The winner of the contest will receive a copy of Incoming! in cartridge form, featuring their winning label design. The winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate in the AtariAge Store. The contest will run until 11:59pm (EST), Sunday, November 16th, 2008 and all submissions must be received by this time! After the contest has ended, Ben Larson will select one of the entries as the label to be used for Incoming!
How to Enter
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 email@example.com:
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 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 Ben Larson 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 1/8" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will post submissions publicly on this page as we receive them. The
contest may also be discussed in our Contests Forum. For some inspiration, you can view some of the many labels submitted in previous label contests.
Remember, the contest ends at 11:59pm (EST), Sunday, November 16th, 2008!