I did not get a chance before I ran off to Siggraph, but I wanted to thank everyone who submitted an entry for the 2.34 Splash Screen contest. Lots of great stuff. Sad that only one could be chosen.
I also want to apologize for the short notice. With all the last minute hustle and bustle of preparing an actual release, the splash screen got neglected.
For those wondering about the judging process, we basically rated each entry on 17 separate qualities. The values were then normalized and treated as a 17-dimension vector. Entries were then ordered based on the vector length.
After that, we sat around on IRC discussing which one we liked best. As I said, there were lots of potential winners. Sadly, some entries were submitted after the deadline. Equally sad, some entries had broken image links at judging time.
Saddest of all, some entries were rejected because they did NOT use the template. Along with colors and fonts and a logo, the template had the CORRECT version number. The unanimous choice of the judges got bounced for this reason.
Yeah, yeah, I know. This is harsh and facist and authoritarian. It is also the way things work in the real world. You may have done an awesome post-apocalyptic space battle in stunning blacks and reds, but if the client wants bunnies and ducks in pastel colors, then bunnies and ducks it is. Next time, please use the template.
Once again, thanks to everyone who participated. Nice work!