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2001 Qlympics Overview

(10/19/2000) QBasic/QuickBasic News brings back one of two of the biggest QB programmer's competitions this season (the other being the 2001 QB Gaming Golds). Sign up your QB games now!

The biggest QB programmer's competition is back? Let the games begin.

A long time ago, during the first year of QuickBasic on the Internet, a man named SonicBlue had a vision. What about a programmer's competition held annually to symbolize the perfectionism and pride typical of a QB programer? What about a contest among the programming gurus to answer the question, "Who is the best among the QB community?"

So since that first year, there was an annual competition between QB programmers called the Qlympics. In this programmer's competition, programmers would submit their latest creations to a panel of judges. The judges would choose the best among these projects and hold them up proudly for all the world to see, as if to say "These QB projects currently represent the standard for which all QB games now and the future will be judged."

This annual competition continued for a few years. It wasn't until an abrupt stop when the Qlympics was being hosted at QB affiliate Neozones Productions that the Qlympics just disappeared and ultimately lost some of it's popularity.

Fortunately, another one of our QB affiliates QBasic/QuickBasic News asked SonicBlue for permission to re-kindle the Qlympics. Enter Qlympics 2001. Basically, Qlympics 2001 is just like all the other Qlympics past, but with a few key changes to reflect the increasing role of teamwork in the QB community as a whole. The event will still be quite competitive but the rules are different.

First, to enter your QB project into the Qlympics, you must submit your program to the folks at QBasic/QuickBasic news. All programs will then enter the preliminary round, where a panel of judges will determine if each project is technically brilliant, QB authentic, and entertaining enough to enter the Qlympics. Also, each QB project received must qualify for at least one of these thirteen categories:

Action Game
GFX Demos
GFX Utility
QB Library
Role-Playing Game
Sound game
Sport game
Strategy game
QB Tutorial

The submission process started in October 20, 2000, and will conclude in December 3, 2000. Note that the Qlympics is a QB programmer's tournament, so any type of QB project can enter the contest, even if it isn't a QB game. If you're interested in submitting your QB projects to the Qlympics, or you'd like to know more details about the event, go to the official 2001 Qlympics website at

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