myApertureInnovations First Official Mapping Contest

Hello employees, Cave Johnson here. You all have permission to take a temporary break from your work to listen to this important company-wide announcement. That is, I gave permission for a mandatory break. Stop what you’re doing or you’re fired. Also, your pay stops until the break is over.

Every time I look at our little community here, I am reminded of the old site. Now, it wasn’t big. Just a simple mapping site. A simple mapping site that produced great maps. These maps were the backbone of the activities on the site. Make ‘em from scratch. Spare no expense. And never cut corners. Well, except for when making fancy custom aesthetics with rounded edges, obviously you cut them there. Point is, we had a pretty good thing going. Until, one day, the site up and died. Just like that. And I thought to myself, “Cave, that won’t do at all.” So I went and I built this site from scratch, with just a text editor and an FTP client. Inspiring stuff. Oh, and some other people helped too. Point is, we’re almost done! Still some spit-shine left to put on, but I think it’s high time we put ourselves back out there as a portal mapping community. So that’s why we’re having a contest to promote the site.

Allow me to introduce the first official mAI Mapping Contest! Community building event, with some advertising thrown in. The theme of the contest is Custom Content. A good map doesn’t just have a difficult puzzle, it also makes itself look real pretty. Hold on… Greg tells me that the contest also allows audio content. Point is, make your map something special, so the judges will like it. That’s right, you’re being judged. Stand straighter.

All right, any questions? That was a rhetorical question, as this is a pre-recorded message. All right, get back to work. And get started on those maps!

You can view the contest details here.

92 thoughts on “myApertureInnovations First Official Mapping Contest

  1. A $30 dollar game doesn’t seem like enough incentive in order to spend weeks on creating a map for Portal 2 which involves hard work in creating custom sounds / textures / models / stuff.
    Just sayin’.

    I might, however, create a small something to pop in the contest.

    P.S. Hi.

  2. ChickenMobile wrote:A $30 dollar game doesn’t seem like enough incentive in order to spend weeks on creating a map for Portal 2 which involves hard work in creating custom sounds / textures / models / stuff.
    Just sayin’.

    Well pardon us for not being Valve sponsored and having a small budget related to our website’s smallness. (8-))

  3. ChickenMobile wrote:A $30 dollar game doesn’t seem like enough incentive in order to spend weeks on creating a map for Portal 2 which involves hard work in creating custom sounds / textures / models / stuff.
    Just sayin’.

    I might, however, create a small something to pop in the contest.

    P.S. Hi.

    We have been looking into alternative prize options. Watch this space ;)

  4. vanSulli wrote:The video on the front page is listed as having been removed by the user. Otherwise, a relatively clean beginning. :oops:

    Also forgot to set the contest server var to true last night when I put everything up. I really shouldn’t have done it at 11 PM. Trying to roll with the punches, though, if anyone sees any other embarrassing oversights, do let me know and I’ll try to get it fixed up ASAP.

  5. Good news guys! I emailed Mary and she’s gonna ship over a signed poster that I can use for the first prize in the contest (this will be on top of the $30 steam item).

    I will update the contest page with then new information once I receive it.

  6. Ok, so I have a few questions regarding the contest:

    1. Does it have to be the length of 3 chambers like you mention in the Competition Rules? Since I can’t be bothered in putting in a $300 effort for a chance of $30 and a signed poster, it is going to be short.
    2. If I do include custom content does it have to be made by me? I want to include a heart thumping noise and I believe that may be a bit hard to record myself – probably would use stock sounds for it.

    Don’t threat about me not making custom content. I have already made a custom script and are planning to record custom Voice acting. :duck:

  7. ChickenMobile wrote:Ok, so I have a few questions regarding the contest:

    1. Does it have to be the length of 3 chambers like you mention in the Competition Rules? Since I can’t be bothered in putting in a $300 effort for a chance of $30 and a signed poster, it is going to be short.
    2. If I do include custom content does it have to be made by me? I want to include a heart thumping noise and I believe that may be a bit hard to record myself – probably would use stock sounds for it.

    Don’t threat about me not making custom content. I have already made a custom script and are planning to record custom Voice acting. :duck:

    Your map will be judged based on what content you do create. Any stock sounds, music, etc. will not be considered in your score.

    And no, the 3 chambers is only if you want to, as some users expressed a desire to submit multiple maps.

  8. ChickenMobile wrote:Ok, so I have a few questions regarding the contest:

    1. Does it have to be the length of 3 chambers like you mention in the Competition Rules? Since I can’t be bothered in putting in a $300 effort for a chance of $30 and a signed poster, it is going to be short.
    2. If I do include custom content does it have to be made by me? I want to include a heart thumping noise and I believe that may be a bit hard to record myself – probably would use stock sounds for it.

    Don’t threat about me not making custom content. I have already made a custom script and are planning to record custom Voice acting. :duck:

    You can do something like Tornate, have 3 short maps that showcase custom content. Of course, it would need to be better then Tornate if you wish the contest. But that an idea on what we are looking for.

  9. Kopeke wrote:
    Colossal wrote:Image
    Sup bro who the judges be?

    Last time I heard it was P0P, Reep and you…That might have been false information…

    I’ve got Reep, Colol, and…I think it was t3x. Correct me if I’m wrong on that third count. I will update the contest page with the new informations today…maybe. Definitely by tomorrow.

  10. vanSulli wrote:Colol and Reep fo’ shure. Forgive me for being a jerk (or don’t), but what are t3x’s koalifications? Its always nice to have famous people (or Reep and Colossal if that fails).

    Both him and kek (it was one of them) have shown they are capable of both producing and evaluating quality mapping work. As I recall, one or both of them were reviewers in the Days of Yore.

    …which reminds me, I should set up some sort of Official Review System at some point.

  11. p0rtalplayer wrote:
    vanSulli wrote:Colol and Reep fo’ shure. Forgive me for being a jerk (or don’t), but what are t3x’s koalifications? Its always nice to have famous people (or Reep and Colossal if that fails).

    Both him and kek (it was one of them) have shown they are capable of both producing quality mapping work

    Image

    Anyways, I am definitely not a judge. I plan on entering.
    Kek is gone for a weekend, so you might wait to get the word from him, but I am certain he intended being a judge.
    As far as my understanding goes – judges were supposed to be reep, p0p, kek and omni absolutely not.

    And yes, back then me and Kek were local mods of the map reviews section at mAL.

  12. Yeah I’d like to judge if there’s a slot open, and, to be honest, pop told me I’d judge with colossal and reep
    So yeah, that’s the last I heard and that was last saturdaychat…

    Posting from mobile btw, sorry if it turned out bad

  13. Keklolzor wrote:Yeah I’d like to judge if there’s a slot open, and, to be honest, pop told me I’d judge with colossal and reep
    So yeah, that’s the last I heard and that was last saturdaychat…

    Posting from mobile btw, sorry if it turned out bad

    things haven’t changed, I just forgot whether it was you or t3x or offered.

  14. LambdaCore 21 wrote:OH FACK YEAH!!!!!!!!!
    i am SO going to map for this!!

    *looks at Collosal being a judge*

    Image

    t3x wrote:
    I don’t know, but the rumors say she had a little lamb.

    I can fairly say she got a load of me :ugeek:

    Behave. i don’t want you to harass anybody.

  15. FelixGriffin wrote:I’m going to be throwing a couple of other references into the map as well (using lines such as the "We do all our science from scratch!"), but it would be nice to use a custom elevator video.

    Hold it right there good sir

    Here. Elevator video by me, textures by Colossalol. I said reepblue contributed cause he made the logo in the first place.

  16. Looks like we got one entry so far and with 15 days to go! It’s better to have at least one already submitted. (:D)

    I will not play any maps until the deadline. Gonna do a complete run through on all the maps on that one day. Makes it easier to compare them.

    Also question about the elevator videos. How do you make them work now? I have trouble getting them to work with and without scripts since the PTI update.

  17. My SDK is broken still despite multiple reinstalls and restarts. Every few days I can get it to start with a configuration other than Half-Life 2, but my map might not be done by the time the contest is closed, I fear. :(

    The one entry so far looks cool though.

  18. Coppermantis wrote:My SDK is broken still despite multiple reinstalls and restarts. Every few days I can get it to start with a configuration other than Half-Life 2, but my map might not be done by the time the contest is closed, I fear. :(

    The one entry so far looks cool though.

    What’s your issue?

  19. reepblue wrote:Also question about the elevator videos. How do you make them work now? I have trouble getting them to work with and without scripts since the PTI update.

    So have I, but the new version of Brainstone’s hardcode instances works. I’ve been modifying them for all my elevator needs. :P

  20. reepblue wrote:Looks like we got one entry so far and with 15 days to go! It’s better to have at least one already submitted. (:D)

    I will not play any maps until the deadline. Gonna do a complete run through on all the maps on that one day. Makes it easier to compare them.

    Also question about the elevator videos. How do you make them work now? I have trouble getting them to work with and without scripts since the PTI update.

    Even before PTI I just modified the instance

    does that not work any more?

  21. reepblue wrote:
    p0rtalplayer wrote:Even before PTI I just modified the instance

    does that not work any more?

    How did you modify it? Asking here because it maybe helpful to others. :P

    Can’t recall exactly but basically I hard-specified an elevator video rather than going through the instance parameter (which as I recall doesn’t work)

  22. The elevator instance actually hasn’t changed however the script for the elevator videos has (overrides the original script in portal2/scripts by the dlc2/scripts). And it decides to use a random elevator video instead of the one you specify.

    I would try to use Brainstone’s instance (as he manually set the values needed in order to display the video properly) or you could try and use the one I made specifically for the TWP advertisements here as you can pack scripts into the .bsp using pakrat: http://forums.thinkingwithportals.com/c … t6896.html
    Instructions included of course.

    For specific changing of what media to display on the screens, you need to change the actual video value inside the video_master entity. (Sorry but I cant recall the exact name of the entity or what it is called because I am currently not at my Home computer).
    SaveAs the original instance and find what entity you need to change the ‘Video’ keyvalue for.

  23. Coppermantis wrote:My SDK is broken still despite multiple reinstalls and restarts. Every few days I can get it to start with a configuration other than Half-Life 2, but my map might not be done by the time the contest is closed, I fear. :(

    Same here :C

  24. Coppermantis wrote:My SDK is broken still despite multiple reinstalls and restarts. Every few days I can get it to start with a configuration other than Half-Life 2, but my map might not be done by the time the contest is closed, I fear. :(

    The one entry so far looks cool though.

    Kopeke wrote:Same here :C
    reepblue wrote:What’s your issue?

    Meaning, what error codes does it say, what does it do, what does it display, etc. You may need to manually config Portal.

  25. It doesn’t say any error message, when you click in the drop down menu and select Portal, it sticks with EP2. It only time to times have Portal selected when the SDK is launched.

  26. It’s sort of working more or less now. Occasionally it will slip up but it’s configuring for Portal more regularly.

    This may have been addressed before, but how will the prizes be distributed between team entries? I’m going to assume that there won’t be a signed poster and $30 game for everyone.

  27. Coppermantis wrote:It’s sort of working more or less now. Occasionally it will slip up but it’s configuring for Portal more regularly.

    This may have been addressed before, but how will the prizes be distributed between team entries? I’m going to assume that there won’t be a signed poster and $30 game for everyone.

    The poster will have to be for only one of the members, I’ll let you decide how that works out. The nonspecific prizes will be for each team member.

  28. p0rtalplayer wrote:
    Coppermantis wrote:It’s sort of working more or less now. Occasionally it will slip up but it’s configuring for Portal more regularly.

    This may have been addressed before, but how will the prizes be distributed between team entries? I’m going to assume that there won’t be a signed poster and $30 game for everyone.

    The poster will have to be for only one of the members, I’ll let you decide how that works out. The nonspecific prizes will be for each team member.

    I just hope there is not just one map to play after the deadline. :cry:

  29. Glad to hear we’ll have at least a few entries :D

    Working my ass off with this ~secret~ map, I suppose even if I don’t finish it by the contest deadline I’ll still release what I have around then (it’s rather holiday-specific)

  30. I hope I will be entering, but I will not have a chance of winning. Custom content is not my forte. Also my map will probably be terrible since my SDK only just recently started working at all, and it’s still inconsistent.

  31. Sorry to bother you peoples, but just a question regarding the submission of maps (I like to be annoying and in-depth) :ugeek: Pretty much I’m ready to post my stuff to the contest.

    Can I upload it to the workshop/TWP as well as to mAI – or would this break some kind of submission rule? Because I would like to upload it to the workshop and post a link to the workshop page, that way I get ratings and plays straight away.

    + I am going to list everything custom made with references to everything else.

  32. ChickenMobile wrote:Sorry to bother you peoples, but just a question regarding the submission of maps (I like to be annoying and in-depth) :ugeek: Pretty much I’m ready to post my stuff to the contest.

    Can I upload it to the workshop/TWP as well as to mAI – or would this break some kind of submission rule? Because I would like to upload it to the workshop and post a link to the workshop page, that way I get ratings and plays straight away.

    + I am going to list everything custom made with references to everything else.

    It’s fine if you upload it other places, in fact I encourage you to do so, however I would like to request you at least mention it was made for this site, if not have a link – it is mostly a publicity contest, after all ;) It’s fine if you don’t, it would just be great if you did.

  33. Ok so I submitted my map and then realised that it doesn’t take code tags.

    I cant edit it because it I get this error:

    Untitled-1.jpg

    Also I must be blind because I see no option to delete the map and re-do it.
    Is there an uploading guide / managing thread somewhere? I tried both looking in announcements and searching.

  34. Congratulations friend, you have discovered the mess that is the site’s filesystem right now

    I’m on it. Hang tight.

    Edit: okay, it’s a code sanitation thing. That is to say, I have none of it. The brackets and slashes in the bbcode are ducking up the SQL query.

    Edit2: Temporary fix, I’ll update your post manually from the admin panel, you can fix it as you see fit.

  35. I still can’t edit it, even if I just put a couple of words in the description and one tag. – though it does change if I put a very small description (though still getting the error). I think it may have something to do with putting links into the description.

    It doesn’t matter for now. I got all I needed in it.

  36. p0rtalplayer wrote:Congratulations friend, you have discovered the mess that is the site’s filesystem right now

    Does this mean he will get a medal? Be a big shame if he did not.

    Three days left, looking forward to it. :D

  37. Hopefully, -hopefully-, it should all be working now

    Workshop autodetection isn’t, but I’ll get to that tomorrow, along with a couple other things I need to clear up before the contest is over.

    Pleasedon’tbreakpleasedon’tbreakpleasedon’tbreak

  38. Coppermantis wrote:Lots of wind here, unrelated to the Hurricane though. Power’s sketchy. If my power, and thus my internet go out preventing me from uploading will it be acceptable to apply for an extension?

    Yeah, sure thing. No more than a day or two, though.

  39. p0rtalplayer wrote:
    Coppermantis wrote:Lots of wind here, unrelated to the Hurricane though. Power’s sketchy. If my power, and thus my internet go out preventing me from uploading will it be acceptable to apply for an extension?

    Yeah, sure thing. No more than a day or two, though.

    Yeah, wasn’t expecting more than a day of no power. The wind seems to have died down with only some flickers (Although I hear the school nearby lost power for a little bit) so there probably won’t be any need.

  40. FelixGriffin wrote:Hm, I think I found a glitch in the database. When I try to comment on a contest entry map, it says that I am "not authorized to access this forum".

    whoops…I think that should be fixed.

  41. vanSulli wrote:Won’t be releasing the contest entry because it isn’t finished; you should all be thankful because I basically won all the things with what I was doing.

    Yeah, unfortunately the deadline crept up.

    Do expect to see it later in november maybe #nopromises

  42. I came really close to not being able to submit because my computer can’t interface with the site well. Download and Upload do not work for me, so I had to quickly run to another computer for upload. 4 minutes left on the clock when it went through. :crazy:

  43. I’m giving kopeke an hour or two because he was really close to finishing at the deadline. During this time, if you feel it’s necessary, you can go ahead and polish/bugfix if you want, the submission will remain open till around 6PM PST

  44. All right, time is now officially up! Thanks for participating, everyone, it’s been a great turnout, and it looks like we’ve got some pretty fun maps. I’ve already got 6 out of the 18 judge reviews in, so hopefully the results will be in fairly quickly.

  45. reepblue wrote:I wish I can play these super cool maps but the database does not respond after a while when downloading. :cry:

    Godaddy support says they found nothing wrong with our connection

    Can you tell me percentages / megabytes before it fails?

  46. p0rtalplayer wrote:Godaddy support says they found nothing wrong with our connection

    Can you tell me percentages / megabytes before it fails?

    Its different everytime. I was able to download Heuristical, but when I tried to download something else, it gets to a point and then the download speed drops at a consent rate.

    There is a chance it may be me, but I have been doing the usual things plus streaming music samples in the meantime.

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