I’m hoping to attract the attention of anyone here that participated in the Java4K contest over the 12 or so years it was running, and also those that were fans but perhaps never participated. I never participated myself, but I was a big fan of the contest, going back to 2006 when I first noticed it. I knew the name Markus Persson through his Java4K entries long before he created Minecraft. I feel a bit embarrassed saying this but I didn’t realise who had created Minecraft until a couple of years ago! I was like “No way!”.
I was sad to see the Java4K contest end last year but understand why it did. I’m a Java dev with nearly 18 years experience now and I know that Java from the browser has been dying for a long time.
I said above that I never participated in the Java4K contest, but I did have a go at creating some 4K Java games over the years as practice for potentially participating at some point. What I found is that porting the Java4K games over to JS, then minifying, and then zipping, and the effort to make it fit below 4K, was quite a similar challenge.
I wanted to announce my intention here to start a js4kgames contest next year, in about 6 months, since a lot of my focus in creating it is to appeal to former Java4K contestants. So I waned to start by discussing ideas here before announcing anything in any of the HTML5 gaming forums.
Let me know your thoughts and whether you think you would participate. In about a week I hope to have something online that will list the rules and advertise the contest. I’d then need to build the backend to support the submissions, which I plan to do using a free Google App Engine account.