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Another stick contest update!

xatblogs.net exclusive!

I’ve got good news, bad news and even BETTER news regarding the Stick contest!

First the good news. Today I got word and now know which Stick animation was chosen as the winning entry. I also know who the five runner ups will be.

Bad news, I need to post them. I have a small request that I’ve put in to Xat to see if we can get the code needed to embed the animations right on the site. I’ll wait a day or two at most and then post with or without it.

The “better” news is that the five runner-ups will also be receiving prizes. Yay for that! I’ll announce what it is as soon as I post everything else.

Thanks everyone for being so patient!

Best Stick Animation Purple Contest – Update!

How long does it take to sort through and watch 527 Stick entries? About 4 hours!

Right off, thank you to everyone that participated in and/or mentioned the Stick animation contest to someone else. We had a pretty good turnout and it was actually kind of fun to go through all the entries. Surprisingly, there was only one “pornographic” entry labeled “cleaning” – cute! :) I won’t erase it.

Anyway here is some preliminary data while we now wait for Xat.com to make some decisions:

We started with a total 527 entries (English and Spanish combined). Two hours later that number was reduced to 95; primarily discarding those animations that were either too jerky, jumpy, or simple. We tried to focus more on those animations that tended to be smoother, more unique, and creative. About an hour later we reduced the number of possibles again, this time down to 43; it was getting harder and harder to eliminate. 15 minutes later we again reduced the number but this time only to 30. Our last and final elimination round, some 15 minutes later, brought the number down to 27 and well, we quit! LOL! It just got too hard to decide beyond this point and we’d rather hand it off to Xat.com so that they have some variety to choose from.

More stats:
Xatworld entries: 374
Mundoxat entries: 153

Longest entry goes to Ryan (English) with a whopping 1982 characters!

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear from Xat and we’ll post the final 27 along with the winner. Thanks again everyone and good luck to all of you!

Best Stick Animation Purple Contest – Update!

How long does it take to sort through and watch 527 Stick entries? About 4 hours!

Right off, thank you to everyone that participated in and/or mentioned the Stick animation contest to someone else. We had a pretty good turnout and it was actually kind of fun to go through all the entries. Surprisingly, there was only one “pornographic” entry labeled “cleaning” – cute! :) I won’t erase it.

Anyway here is some preliminary data while we now wait for Xat.com to make some decisions:

We started with a total 527 entries (English and Spanish combined). Two hours later that number was reduced to 95; primarily discarding those animations that were either too jerky, jumpy, or simple. We tried to focus more on those animations that tended to be smoother more unique or creative. About an hour later we reduced the number of possibles again, this time down to 43; it was getting harder and harder to eliminate. 15 minutes later we again reduced the number but this time only to 30. Our last and final elimination round, some 15 minutes later, brought the number down to 27 and well, we quit! LOL! It just got too hard to decide beyond this point and we’d rather hand it off to Xat.com so that they have some variety to choose from.

More stats:
Xatworld entries: 374
Mundoxat entries: 153

Longest entry goes to Ryan (English) with a whopping 1982 characters!

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear from Xat and we’ll post the final 27 along with the winner. Thanks again everyone and good luck to all of you!

It’s Official! The Best Stick Animation Wins Purple Contest!

xat stick contest

Just before the new year I quickly posted a blurb here on xatblogs.net (Of course! Where else would I post it!). That was just before I ran off for some much needed R&R; skiing actually (Psst! Don’t tell Ziggy! *wink*). Anyway I’m back now, and I have all the details. I might add, the details are GOOD! :)

Everything you’ll need to know is right here:
http://www.xatworld.com/stickcontest/

Good luck everyone!

It’s Official! Best Stick Animation gets Purple – Contest!

xat purple contest

Just before the new year we mentioned the possibility of having a contest for best Stick animation. We were light on details at that moment but have since worked everything out. So…without further adieu, here it is!

Xatworld/Mundoxat’s official “Best Stick animation wins a Purple (and more) contest!“. Note that all Xatworld entries must be submitted as a comment to this same post.

Also, while you’re here, don’t forget two very important but unrelated things:
1. Sign up for and follow the official Xatworld Twitter feed (actually this one IS related as we will be posting contest updates here(
2. Visit our friends over at Xatblogs.com and get your own Xat blog right now!

Thanks everyone and good luck to all!

Update 1-15-2010: Comments have been closedand we’ll be sorting through all the entries over the next few days and will post the five finalists and the winning entry then.

Thanks to everyone that either took the time to participate and/or tell anyone else about the contest. Good luck to all!

Best Stick Animation Wins Purple – Coming!

We are unofficially announcing and preparing everyone for a BEST STICK ANIMATION contest. We are working out a few of the details but what we do know we’ll share with you now.

We know:
- the contest will be for best Stick animation
- prize will be 1 (one) Purple
- our understanding (waiting for confirmation) is that the winning design will become and be used for the official Xat Stick power smile (very cool!)

We don’t know:
- who will judge it
- how long the contest will be open to submissions

As soon as we get confirmation on this, we’ll make the official announcement here on Xatworld.

Get your Stick power, stay tuned and start practicing!

Xat Stick and Countdown Power – Coming!

A few days ago Xat announced that it would soon have details on two new powers that are actively being developed; they are Stick and Countdown.

We were turned on to the new Stick power about a week ago but were understandably gagged asked not to blog about it; surprises are always good!

xat stick power

Since the cat is, so to speak, “out of the bag”, we will confirm and reiterate what many have already found out. Stick allows a user to create single (this is important), stick figure animations. Contrary to what we were hoping for, Stick does not allow you to create your own multi-character animations. Still, with a little ingenuity, we don’t see why you couldn’t include two or more such animations and push the creative boundaries of this new power.

Stick will be accessible via the vertical tabs located at the left of any chatbox. Just look for and click on the Games tab, then on the Stick figure.

xat stick power

Once open, the Stick interface will allow you to create frame by frame animations of your stick figure.

xat stick power

From our conversation with Xat staff, we understand that they were shooting for something that could be unique to each user. We think that they’ve done it!

Xat’s second power, Countdown, which at the moment we know nothing about, may be an answer to Xat’s own power countdown clock. That’s our educated guess!

Example:
** 500 CLEAR POWERS ** in 8 hours (22:00 UTC) Count down: http://xat.com/h?348982

We’ll have to wait and see :)