Having seen the fact that the Java 4K has been ended, seemingly due to the Java security model changes at Java 7 and the very specific settings required to get unsigned applets running, I was really disappointed. I only took part in the 2014 competition, making the game “Mostly Newtonian”. It was a buggy mess but it was such good fun to make and it was a great lesson about managing the scope of the project, and I was really looking forward to participating in future Java 4K competitions.
This is the reason that I would like to suggest I organise a less formalised Java 4K competition; really a bit of fun to aim your extreme code footprint reduction skills at. If you have any interest in taking part in this or helping with its organisation, please let me know. If you think this is a good idea, also, please let me know :). I am posting this thread in order to figure out if there’s any interest in this as well as for tips/advice and suggestions on how a future competition could be run (for example, in the interests of fairness should the 4K just be the class file size footprint or should it be the full JAR file size like it was for the Java 4K, or if there should be different areas that people could win in, e.g. gameplay, technical complexity, sound, etc.).
I know this is a really wordy post, and I apologise, I suppose I just want to ask, what do you think to this idea?