Announcing the Digital Beatdown Custom Contest
The local arcade closed its doors years ago, a storm just knocked the power out, and the battery in your handheld is dead, so, if you want some virtual fisticuffs, you're going to have to make your toys duke it out. The goal of this challenge is to create a custom figure of any character that appears in a "versus" style fighting video game. For the purpose of this contest, that will be roughly defined as any game that involves two, or more, combatants slugging it out against one another, usually in timed matches, within a tournament-like structure.
Art of Fighting, Battle Arena Toshinden, Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Eternal Champions, Fatal Fury, Guilty Gear, Justice League Task Force, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters, Last Blade, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat, Power Stone, Samurai Shodown, Shaq Fu, Soul Calibur, Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Tekken, TMNT: Tournament Fighters/Smash Up, Weaponlord, World Heroes, and Virtua Fighter are just some of the many fighting games out there that you could potentially choose from. Additionally, combat games focusing on real world sports, like wrestling, boxing, or mixed-martial-arts, are also acceptable.
- You may also make characters from unreleased/canceled fighting games (Primal Rage II, for example), or characters that were cut from finished games (i.e., Hobocop in Clayfighters 63 1/3), provided that there's documentation that they existed at one time (screenshots, press coverage, dumped Betas, concept art, etc.)
- You must make the characters look like they do in the video games, not some other adaptation from live-action movies/television, cartoons, comic books, etc.
- Sidescrolling beat-em-ups, like Double Dragon, Final Fight, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, etc., don't count, because that's a separate genre. However, some of the characters from those properties do appear in versus-style fighting games, which would then make them legal (several Final Fight characters can also be found in the Street Fighter series, for example).
- M.U.G.E.N., and any other unofficial fan-made programs/mods, are forbidden as subject matter, simply because that would open the floodgates for almost anything, which would distort the intent of the challenge.
There are no limitations on size or scale and you may use whatever parts, materials, or tools you like to create customs of your favorite pixilated brawlers.