Contest time! And this one’s a good one. Geekadelphia presents… Little Big Philadelphia.
We’ve seen Philadelphia highlighted in a wealth of movies (Rocky, The Sixth Sense, um… Philadelphia) and television (All My Children, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). So why not video games? And no, mentioning the Philadelphia Experiment in the first Assassin’s Creed does not count.
Lucky for us, Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet, a platformer game for Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, centers itself around user-generated content, allowing gamers to create their own unique (and often times gorgeous) levels. From the epic, nostalgia-laced Little Big Contra to the ingenious Little Big Calculator, no limit exists for dedicated LBP level-creators – and that includes Philadelphia-based ones as well.
Here’s the deal. We’re officially throwing down the gauntlet and asking you to recreate Philadelphia in LittleBigPlanet. The level can be Philly inspired (Little Big Liberty Bell?) or a literal representation of the city. Show your love for Love Park! Recreate Philadelphia’s skyline, complete with the Comcast building’s giant Ethernet plug shape! Make an Old City horse and carriage ride! Build whatever you want. Just make it creative. Just make it Philadelphia.
The grand prize winner will receive a PSPgo and a $50 PSN gift card, with two runners-up receiving a copy of LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition and a $25 PSN gift card, courtesy of Sony/SCEA.
The contest will culminate with a party at Studio 34 in West Philadelphia on March 13th, 2010. We’ve joined forces with 8static, Philadelphia’s one and only 8-bit party, for a night of chiptunes and dancing.
At the party, we’ll play the levels created over the course of the contest on a massive screen, and dish out prizes to the winners. All the levels will be available to play, and we encourage entrants to come and meet their fellow developers.
So go. Create your levels and send us your video’s name so we can check it out online. Make a video, and send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post it! We’ll be accepting entries until midnight, EST, March 10th.
We look forward to posting your videos, showing off your skills, and rewarding your love for Philadelphia. Specials thanks to Roger Estes for the cute logo, and Sony for the prizes!
Do I have to be from Philadelphia to enter? Nope! Maybe you’re a former resident, maybe you visited once and loved the city, or maybe you just want a chance to win a PSPGo. All of these are fine. Winners who can’t make it to the Philadelphia party will be Skyped in.
How many levels can I make? Just one please. Take your time, craft something outstanding.