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Dec. 17, 2007

Zwingo wins weekly contest

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Two weeks ago, Zwingo was the $250 contest winner. Raft Wars and Button Hunt 2 were the two $150 runners-up.

Dec. 05, 2007

24 contest winners!

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Blame API bureaucracy or just plain laziness, but we finally have October's monthly winners ready to be announced. And here they are:

1st: Portal: The Flash Version
2nd: Bloons Tower Defense 2
3rd: Starfighter: Disputed Galaxy
4th: 5 Differences
5th: Papa's Pizzeria
6th: Treasure of Cutlass Reef
7th: Telepath RPG Chapter 2
8th: Dark Cut 2
9th: Max Mesiria Chapter 2 RPG

The usual breakdown applies: $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth and $250 for everyone else. Implementation of our statistics API was also a requirement.

We also have winners from November as well! And here they are:

1st: Dolphin Olympics 2
2nd: 3D Logic 2: Stronghold of Sage
3rd: Indestruct2Tank
4th: Momentum Missile Mayhem 2
5th: Campaign Game
6th: Anika's Odyssey
7th: Factory Balls
8th: Hero RPG
9th: Sola Rola - The Gravity Maze

The same breakdown and API rule as mentioned above applies here as well.

Last week, Bubbles 2 was the $250 winner, while Brain Bones and Evenator were the two $150 runners-up.

But wait! There's more! Two weeks ago, Anika's Odyssey was the $250 winner, while Lt. Fly vs the Spiders from Above and Ragdoll Laser Dodge were the two $150 runners-up.

Nov. 27, 2007

Site updates!

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Last night, Kongregate saw a lot of fresh new updates. Most awesomely, our APIs now support AS3 and Flash 9! What does this mean? Well, expect to see a good increase in the number of achievements over the next month or so (hopefully).

Also incredibly awesome is the fact that we are now accepting applications for our card game's closed beta! Be sure to check out our cards page for more information.

We also have email notifications available for when users receive shouts in their profile, and users can leave private shouts (whispers) as well.

The badges page also received pagination for increased performance, but we're far from finished with fully fleshing it out.

Also, major props to COCAK for making an official news update regarding these changes before Kongregate's own lazy community manager could get around to it.

Nov. 21, 2007

Campaign Game voted contest winner

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The democratic process on Kongregate elected Campaign Game as last week's $250 winner. Rhythm Fireworks 2 and Book of Mages: The Chaotic Period were the two $150 runners-up.

Nov. 13, 2007

Indestruct2Tank emerges victorious from weekly battleground

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Most competitive week ever. Indestruct2Tank was last week's $250 winner, and it also happens to be the featured game of the month over on COCAK. Momentum Missile Mayhem 2 and Hero RPG were the two runners-up for $150 each. But there are a bunch of games that were certainly deserving of a prize, if not for the ultra-competitive timing. Factory Balls, Sola Rola, N3wton, Colordefense, Towtown Tower Defense and Ether Cannon are all well worth checking out.

Nov. 13, 2007

Premium web games update!

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We've posted an update on the progress of our premium web games, and you can check it out on our forums here.

Nov. 06, 2007

Kongregate Facebook beacon and other features launched, plus contest winners

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Facebook rolled out a new feature today, and we at Kongregate were very pleased to be invited as part of the launch. Kongregate and Facebook profiles are now tied together even more closely than ever before, starting at 10 p.m. tonight, PST. If you have a Facebook profile and you've set it to automatically remember your login information, Kongregate will submit a little bit of information about the games you're playing to your Facebook news feed. Specifically, once per session on Kongregate, any game that you've played for at least 3 minutes with at least a 3-star rating will show up directly on your Facebook profile's feed.

The rest of the site got a few new features as well. Two new game categories have been added: multiplayer and strategy/defense. Users can leave shouts in their own profiles now, and games classified as multiplayer now have their own chat rooms.

Regarding contest winners, last week's big winner was 3D Logic 2 for $250, with Dolphin Olympics 2 and TBA as $150 runners-up.

Oct. 31, 2007

Telepath RPG Chapter 2 wins weekly contest

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The week of twos was upon us! Telepath RPG Chapter 2 was last week's $250 contest winner, while Dark Cut 2 and Covert Front 2 were the two $150 runners-up.

Oct. 30, 2007

Halloween Header!

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Halloween is the best day ever! No other holiday so playfully blends together the concepts of food and rotting human corpses.

To celebrate the real most wonderful time of the year, we asked the members of Kongregate's community to design a seasonal banner. We got a lot of great submissions, but after a fierce internal debate that left two programmers dead, we picked Jindo's submission, plus a bit of modification on our end.

We have some honorable mentions, though. KapKyle, the mastermind behind Kongregate for Girls, made us laugh with a truly terrifying Newgrounds-themed header. We'd love to use it, but Tom Fulp's profile picture leads us to believe that he'd probably have an easy time kicking our asses if we dared.

We liked Ninjacow's for its simplicity and style, and we were impressed by the amount of effort that went into crazycruiser's entry.

Mario's entry was probably the strongest contender for for us, and it made the final decision especially difficult.

To thank everyone for their involvement in this event, everyone who submitted an entry will be awarded 25 points. For their especially solid entries, Mario and crazycruiser will get 50. For his winning entry, Jindo will receive 100. And for being the magical touch-up artist, our UI designer, Theresa, will receive 5 extra minutes in the yard today during her break.

Thanks again to all who contributed!

Oct. 29, 2007

Flash Portal (no, not like the website) wins weekly contest

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Portal: The Flash Version was last week's contest winner for the $250 prize. Bloons Tower Defense 2 and Fold were the two $150 runners-up.

Oct. 19, 2007

Fifteen contest winners announced

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Lots of contest winners to announce, due to intensive slacking on our part. From two weeks ago, Starfighter: Disputed Galaxy was the $250 winner, while Treasures of Cutlass Reef and Tornado Button Smashing were the two runners-up.

From last week, 5 Differences was the winner, and Papa's Pizzeria and Max Mesiria Chap2 RPG were the two runners-up.

And, finally, the winners from September's monthly contest!

1st. Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2
2nd. Tactics 100 Live v1.5
3rd. Manifold
4th. Hexiom
5th. Detective Grimoire
6th. Feudalism
7th. Shape Invasion
8th. Br's Climate Chaos
9th. Impossible Quiz 2

Note that we still have not heard back from the developers of Shape Invasion or Impossible Quiz 2, so if we can't get in touch with them soon, their spots will be dropped in favor of Hotcorn and Sling Junior.

As usual, the contest breakdown is $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth, and $250 for 5th-9th. Implementation of our stats API is a requirement for contest eligibility.

Oct. 03, 2007

Contest excitement

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Two weeks ago, our weekly contest was madness (no, it was not Sparta — it truly was just madness). Hexiom was the $250 winner, and Feudalism was a $150 runner-up along with Ninja Rinseout. Both Hexiom and Feudalism were Dugg on Kongregate, and Ninja Rinseout comes straight from OneMoreLevel.com, created by the founder of the now-famous Addicting Games.

Last week, Manifold was the weekly winner, which also found its way onto the front page of Digg. Sling Junior was a runner-up along with Ninjakiwi's Bloons-style-infuriatingly-addictive Hotcorn.

Sep. 21, 2007

Tactics Live wins weekly contest

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The game in last week's challenge was also last week's contest winner, as Tactics 100 Live took home the $250 prize and continues to dominate in the monthly competition. To continue celebrating SuperFlashBros' appearance on Kongregate, we also might be able to give them a $150 runner-up prize for Detective Grimoire.

The other runner-up prize went to Ocean Explorer, which is jmtb02's very first game published as a full-time, on-site employee of Armor Games down in Southern California. We wish jmtb02 the very best at his new job, as he can now make games all the time without having to attend any pesky college classes!

Sep. 17, 2007

Hiring Lead Unix Sysadmin

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Got Unix skills? Kongregate is hiring a Unix Sysadmin. See the jobs page.

Sep. 13, 2007

Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 wins Super Crazy Maniac Weekly Contest

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Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 was last week's $250 contest winner, with the two $150 runners-up being BR's Climate Chaos and The Impossible Quiz 2. Shape Invasion was close enough to be worthy of an honorable mention, along with Sproing, which was dugg last week right here on Kongregate.

Sep. 10, 2007

Wii colab

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Atomic Noodle is starting up a Wii colab! Anyone interested should check out his thread for more information than anyone would bother reading in this news post!

Sep. 10, 2007

Contests!

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Lots of contest winners to catch up on! A few weeks ago, Amberial was the $250 winner, with Bloons Tower Defense and Monster Master being the two $150 runners-up.

Two weeks ago, Smiley's War was the $250 winner, followed by the two $150 runners-up Johnny Rocketfingers and Oroboros.

Even better, the official results from August are in! And here they are:

1st: Asteroids Revenge III - Crash to Survive
2nd: Momentum Missile Mayhem
3rd: Amberial
4th: Smiley's War
5th: Ball Revamped 5: Synergy
6th: Johnny Rocketfingers
7th: Oroboros
8th: Bloons Tower Defense
9th: Ragdoll Avalanche 2

(Edit: A glitch on our side caused Oroboros to not appear in the list during the initial announcement, with Moster Master listed as the 9th place game. We've corrected the glitch and awarded Monster Master the ninth-place prize anyway. Sorry for any confusion!)

That's $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth and $250 for everyone else. As usual, implementation of our statistics API is a requirement for contest eligibility, and any of the above games that fail to implement the API will forfeit their place to the next in line.

And along that note, due to noncompliance with this requirement for July's contest, Jelly Blocks has been bumped up to the fourth-place, $500 prize, while Terrascape has been bumped up to ninth place for $250.

Aug. 24, 2007

Asteroids Revenge III wins weekly contest

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Last week's challenge game, Asteroids Revenge III - Crash to Survive was also the weekly contest winner for $250. The holy-crap-it's-finally-here Ball Revamped 5: Synergy was a $150 runner-up, along with the classic Ragdoll Avalanche 2.

Aug. 22, 2007

PAX!

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In just a couple of short days, PAX will be graced by the presence of the Kongregate staff. Stop by our booth to play our upcoming card game (the full rules for which were recently announced), take home real-life promotional print-outs of the cards themselves, and compete in a tournament for $1000! Oh, and I guess you can meet the staff too, but we're pretty boring.

Aug. 16, 2007

Super Contest Backlog Extravaganza!

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Our apologies for falling behind on contest updates, but we promise we're not just hoarding all the winnings to ourselves. Below are the top 9 games from July:

1st: Onslaught 2
2nd: Johnny Rocketfingers 2
3rd: More Mindless Violence
4th: Jelly Blocks
5th: Bloons: Player Pack 1
6th: Shield Defense
7th: Nuclear Eagle
8th: Micro Olympics
9th: Notessimo

Note that several of the above games (Johnny Rocketfingers 2, More Mindless Violence and Bloons: Player Pack 1) have not yet implemented our APIs required for monthly contest eligibility. If they fail to do so, we'll simply bump games up to fill their ranks, then move down the line and award prizes for 10th - 12th: Terrascape, Covert Front Episode 1, and Pinch Hitter 2. As usual, our monthly prizes were $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth, and $250 for everyone else.

And we had lots of weekly winners, too. From ancient history, More Mindless Violence was the $250 winner, while Triangles and DayMare Town were the two $150 runners-up.

From two weeks ago, Johnny Rocketfingers 2 took home the $250 weekly prize, while the Kongregate-sponsored Orb Avoidance 2 was a runner-up for $150, along with Dotville Deluxe.

Last week, Momentum Missile Mayhem was the $250 winner, while Blue and Engines of Creation were the two $150 runners-up.