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Introducing: The SMWC Hall of Fame


Today, I'm happy to officially announce the establishment of the SMW Central Hall of Fame, as well as the first two classes of inductees!

The Hall of Fame is a way for us to curate and showcase the work of the community, and to help players answer a simple question: "What should I play?" Inducted hacks are ones that inspire those who play them, the hacks that friends would recommend to their friends. In essence, we view each class to be a time capsule, summarizing the year in hacks on the site.

A class of inductees will be inducted each year, around the start of Winter C3. For these first few classes, we will also be inducting historic classes, starting with 2018. More historic classes will be added until we have fully covered the entire SMW Central timeline.

In addition to being featured permanently on the site, we are renaming and rebooting the Featured Hacks column to be a Hall of Fame column. This will allow you to quickly find Hall of Fame-recognized hacks, will be designated as “Hall of Fame members” in the database so you will be able to quickly find and enjoy them. This won't happen right away, but we'll be making these changes soon. (edit: The database is updated.  Telinc1 is amazing and deserves all the money cash.) Authors of recognized hacks will also receive a special trophy for their profile, which we've already nicknamed the "Chuckie." It's not quite done yet, but we will be distributing these as soon as it is finished.

Hall of Fame hacks will be chosen each year by a committee of SMW Central staff members, and experienced players and makers of hacks. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the inaugural committee, who helped define standards and processes that will be built upon going forward:  Alex,  Amethyst,  BeeKaay, cardboardcell, GbreezeSunset, katun24,  Fyre150,  idol,  Lazy, lolyoshi,  LouisDoucet,  patcdr, Stucat, and Wyatt. I also want to specially thank  GlitchCat7,  shovda,  TheJavabrew, SilentSnake20, and lincolnic for helping us provide write-ups for each inductee.

You can find the Hall of Fame in the Main Menu, or by clicking this link.

Congratulations to the first inductees into the SMWC Hall of Fame!


We credit Doomworld's Cacowards for being both an inspiration and a model for this new addition to SMW Central..
I'm not a doctor.

Is there a list of what hacks had the Featured status before the Hall of Fame?
Also it's kind of odd how hacks have lost their status and won't regain it for at least 1 year or even more.
How far back will the historic classes go? Will it be 2013 with the start of the new Hack section, 2007 with the start of rebooted SMWC, or even back to 2005? Would the Kaizo trilogy hacks count as 2017 hacks?
Check out Team Hack Fix/Translations' thread full of fixed and translated SMW hacks!

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Originally posted by ASMagician Maks
Is there a list of what hacks had the Featured status before the Hall of Fame?


Here's a list for you right here.

Originally posted by ASMagician Maks
Also it's kind of odd how hacks have lost their status and won't regain it for at least 1 year or even more.


After talking to the committee and evaluating how this process went, the goal is to do historical years much, much more often than once per year. No hard promises, but we are planning for at least one and maybe more historical classes this year alone.

Originally posted by ASMagician Maks
How far back will the historic classes go? Will it be 2013 with the start of the new Hack section, 2007 with the start of rebooted SMWC, or even back to 2005? Would the Kaizo trilogy hacks count as 2017 hacks?


We are still discussing the best ways to categorize those classes, but our intent is for every hack in the database to be considered. There are some other case-by-case basis examples, like the Kaizo trilogy, where the date in the database and their actual release date don't line up. In those cases, the committee will decide the best way to categorize deserving hacks. Ultimately, though, a hack must either be in the database or in waiting to be considered (unless the committee decides to make a special exception).
I'm not a doctor.

pretty sick. always felt like the featured status was kind of deprecated or ignored, so this is a welcomed improvement to the site.

while i think the year concept is cool, at a certain point i think it'd be better to have a legacy section for well respected, past-a-certain-year older hacks (or other hacks not on the site with weird statuses or whatever). kaizo mario world 1, tsrp (reloaded or the original), etc etc. maybe even smw redrawn, which i've just found out is in the graphics section and isn't being counted as an actual hack, lol. my point is nobody remembers hacks like these for being released in the year they were released in, but they're pretty damn iconic. a hall of fame for the hall of famers, i suppose.
We've opened a thread for Hall of Fame feedback and discussion - we would love your feedback, as well as give you a space to talk about the HoF, the inductees, and the process: https://smwc.me/1632804
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