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Homebrew Bounty 2018 Month 2: Switch Applications

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THE 2018 SWITCH HOMEBREW BOUNTY
MONTH 2: SWITCH APPLICATIONS

What is the 2018 GBAtemp Switch Homebrew Bounty? Read more here. (MONTH 2: WINNERS ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE)

The second month has now officially begun. You have until December 31st (23:59:59 UTC+00) to submit your Switch homebrew application and get a chance to win a massive cash reward! There will be 4 consecutive months, one for each category. We'd like to remind you that this is the second month, and this month dedicated to the following category.

CATEGORY 2: Switch Applications

This category is meant to reward authors of Switch applications, as in, programs that run natively on the Switch itself and serve a specific purpose such as media players, file managers, homebrew loaders, and much more (this short list is non-exhaustive). If you aren't sure whether your project fits in this category, look at the other categories listed in this thread, and if in doubt, simply ask a moderator.

The top 5 highest-voted projects in this category will receive:
#1: $1,000 reward
#2: $500 reward
#3: $300 reward
#4: $150 reward
#5: $55 reward

In order to submit your project, please respect the following instructions:
• Upload your project to the GBAtemp Download Center. Make sure to give a proper description, screenshots, anything you might find useful. This is your chance to showcase your project, the better your page looks, the more chance you may receive votes from judges.
• If your project is not entirely new, it must at least come with a major/significant update, so please describe specifically what new feature(s) the upgrade brings forth.
• After your project is posted to the download center, please post a comment in this thread to link to your project.

After December 31st, two voting sessions will begin simultaneously: a staff vote, and a patron vote (for our backers on Patreon). The results will be announced a week after.



Sponsors

Half of this sum is generously donated by yours truly, GBAtemp!
Thanks to ad revenue and to our Patreon backers, GBAtemp is the biggest donator.
The other half comes from our generous sponsors as listed below.

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Buy flashcard to mod 3DS and Switch | Team Xecuter SX | Sky3ds+ | Stargate 3DS | R4 3DS - mod3dscard

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AXIOGAME.COM
Axiogame | Backup Units, Modchips and more

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And let's not forget Team Xecuter who made a very generous donation too.



Member donations

The bounty isn't only about sponsor companies: you, beloved members of our community (and even guests) can contribute too! If you want to make a donation, simply click the button below to send a payment to our Paypal. Needless to say, 100% of the amount we receive will be transfered to the authors of winning projects.

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Upon submitting your donation, you can indicate whether you want the donation to go to a particular category, or all of them.
Also please note that our Paypal account name is "FILETRIP" - this is normal.

We have already received the following donations:
• Eric C. donated $100 towards the Game bounty
• Pierce T. donated $25 towards the Emulator bounty
• Jonah N. donated $10 to the bounty
• Andrew B. donated £5 towards the Tools and Utilities bounty
• Michael C. donated $5 to the bounty
• Raphael G.V. donated an incredible $0.36 towards, hmm, creating complexity for our accountant?

Thanks a lot guys! To everyone else, feel free to make additional donations, which will go to the other 2 categories.

 
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Submitting SwitchGuide Updater (link to Download Center is in that thread or below).

It's a minimalistic Atmosphere/Hekate/Homebrew Launcher updater written in pyNX.

It's rather recent (initial release was literally end of October), and I've been giving it steady updates. At the moment it needs to use an intermediary (uses my VPS for this) since libssl is just broken for homebrew in general yet, but the intent is to 100% ditch it when possible.

Updates fusee-primary, secondary, hekate and all the fs.mitm stuff

Major feature was added with release 1.3 (made today!), which also lets users update nx-hbloader and nx-hbmenu (the former being the nsp people need to put in the atmosphere folder to redirect the album, the latter being the HBL itself.)

Second major feature was added in release 1.4 (made December 12th) to accomodate for an undocumented change to Atmosphere 0.8.2s file locations.

Other download links below (including the Download Center).

Download(switchbru) (GBATemp download center) | Source code | Serverside source code
 
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I thought the goal of the homebrew bounties was to encourage devs to write new apps, not just submit an app you wrote 4 months ago.

That is a fair criticism, however there was some confusion when they first announced the bounty, I submitted my first copy of DZ to their downloads section when they announced. Then they later clarified they are doing it in stages which is weird.

The fear I see here is, I already know of several developers who have just refused to release anything until the bounty starts to ensure they are eligible for entry without having to follow up with a major update. I think he eligibility should start from the time the contest was announced, not when this months bounty actually started or you will be encouraging devs not to release apps or updates and the community will lose out.
 

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The fear I see here is, I already know of several developers who have just refused to release anything until the bounty starts to ensure they are eligible for entry without having to follow up with a major update. I think he eligibility should start from the time the contest was announced, not when this months bounty actually started or you will be encouraging devs not to release apps or updates and the community will lose out.

I think it says a lot about the devs who are slimy enough to wait until there's a chance they could be paid for their projects rather than submitting them when done. I see it both ways though, you know as well as I do that month to create/test/ect an app is hella crunch time, especially when you see people requesting stuff like Kodi or rewriting the bluetooth stack to support bluetooth headphones.
 

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That is a fair criticism, however there was some confusion when they first announced the bounty, I submitted my first copy of DZ to their downloads section when they announced. Then they later clarified they are doing it in stages which is weird.

The fear I see here is, I already know of several developers who have just refused to release anything until the bounty starts to ensure they are eligible for entry without having to follow up with a major update. I think he eligibility should start from the time the contest was announced, not when this months bounty actually started or you will be encouraging devs not to release apps or updates and the community will lose out.
they could still release a first version of their app initially, and then submit an update with added features for the bounty.
that would just work.
 

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not if they provide a major update. Judges have brains too ;)

Easier to not subject yourself to such an arbitrary determination and just not release. Programmers generally arent stupid :) There will probably be fallout if any developer fails this "major update" test.
 

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I think it says a lot about the devs who are slimy enough to wait until there's a chance they could be paid for their projects rather than submitting them when done.

This is not at you, in particular, but a general homebrew statement.

What I find "slimy" is the fact that many think these devs should work their azzes off and get nothing for it. Not even a Thank You. Constant gimme gimme gimme. Demanding, ungrateful, and entitled users behind a screen name. Never satisfied or appreciative, always wanting more. Meanwhile, these devs have houses, lives, jobs, wives, kids, multiple bills...but they are 'expected' to do thousands of lines of codes for FREE. Not just that, some want it RIGHT THIS INSTANT!

A few devs may have a Patreon {and/or PayPal for a 1 time donation}, but it has $0-$1 in it. All while some users brag about having terabytes of games and multiple Switches.

Cemu's got their following https://www.patreon.com/cemu. And, then there's that FP Switch scene...

The stigma that homebrew devs, simply, MUST slave for the masses for free needs to be ANNIHILATED

Good Luck to all the Devs entering these Bounties. I know some of you get excited to share things, but it may be wiser to keep some things to yourself until the time feels right to you. Keywords: To "YOU".
 

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I just find the entire major update rule kinda uh... stupid?

I get the idea is to prevent the same apps winning each year, but limiting any major updates to only this month just screams for people to wait to release their homebrew programs until December so they can enter it in the bounty.

Expand the major update rule to simply be the full year, that seems much fairer imho. It'll prevent people from entering the same program each year without any major alterations while also not screwing with developers.

Like, the "older apps only count with recent major updates" (and what even counts as recent? Since June? Since September? Since November? Hell, NX-Shell for example got the explicit notice that it's 1.0.0 release meant that only updates made to it in December would count) phrasing itself just feels muddy.

All this makes sure is that Homebrew releases and updates will start to heavily scale towards Christmas as developers will feel less inclined to release it if it means they can't participate to your bounty and excludes potential entrants because they released their Software back in July. It's called the "Homebrew Bounty 2018", not the "Homebrew Bounty December 2018".

Just my input on this admittedly arbitrary rule.
 

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This is not at you, in particular, but a general homebrew statement.

What I find "slimy" is the fact that many think these devs should work their azzes off and get nothing for it. Not even a Thank You. Constant gimme gimme gimme. Demanding, ungrateful, and entitled users behind a screen name. Never satisfied or appreciative, always wanting more. Meanwhile, these devs have houses, lives, jobs, wives, kids, multiple bills...but they are 'expected' to do thousands of lines of codes for FREE. Not just that, some want it RIGHT THIS INSTANT!

A few devs may have a Patreon {and/or PayPal for a 1 time donation}, but it has $0-$1 in it. All while some users brag about having terabytes of games and multiple Switches.

Cemu's got their following https://www.patreon.com/cemu. And, then there's that FP Switch scene...

The stigma that homebrew devs, simply, MUST slave for the masses for free needs to be ANNIHILATED

Good Luck to all the Devs entering these Bounties. I know some of you get excited to share things, but it may be wiser to keep some things to yourself until the time feels right to you. Keywords: To "YOU".

I think you misunderstood my intent. I can't change the attitude of the scene especially since the Switch is a "kiddie console" you get a lot of immature people who don't realize what coding entails. However, you should understand that for a lot of these devs that coding is a hobby, and hobbies are something you do for fun, not for profit.
 

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I think you misunderstood my intent. I can't change the attitude of the scene especially since the Switch is a "kiddie console" you get a lot of immature people who don't realize what coding entails. However, you should understand that for a lot of these devs that coding is a hobby, and hobbies are something you do for fun, not for profit.
The devs have no obligation to release stuff when they are ready. It looks more like a situation "release it now and get fame" vs "release it a few days later, get the same fame and cash". They might even use the time to do a few finetunes.
 
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Devs are under no obligation to release anything at all, but the point of being a part of a scene is to advanced the scene. If you want cash, sell out to TX or some shit.
But it really doesn't make a difference from a dev perspective if you release your stuff one month earlier or later. It doesn't even matter for the people in the scene or the scene as a whole.
Apart from that there are many reasons not to be a "part of the switch scene". Seriously, it's full of crap.

/edit to make my point more clear:
I can't think of a reason why a dev would release something to "advance the scene". It's simply no motivation for them to write homebrew.
 
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