Oh man, just read your spoiler, that sucks, feel for you. Fingers crossed for you that you'll get it out some day soon.
Man, I'm really tempted to run my own Genesis 2 competition, and only allow you to enter it, just to make you feel good.
My prizes would be significantly less though, like ten dollars, as I'd be the only sponsor of it.
Thanks for the positives feelings. I'm better now! The deadline passing freed me to work on something less stressful, and I may not have got top 3, even if I had finished the full story based one. Honestly, I learned a lot and surprised myself at what I could get done since the bulk of the engine was built in less than a week. And I DID come up with the story for the game solely because of this competition. I definitely like it enough to make this game at some point. In hindsight, a positive experience. It'll probably end up on PC for ease of development, though, unless more extreme financial incentive comes around for PSP/NGP if that's what the next one will be for.
More on topic, I'm really interested in the results now. I completely respect the judges for taking the time to put all this together, and then judge the ~100 entries. I've barely tried 4 of them, and even that took a lot of time. Not to mention having to compare entirely different things, like games and plugins. I haven't played enough of them to have a favorite for the competition, but I will probably only be trying the games anyway.