International Obfuscated C Code Contest Winners Posted

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The International Obfuscated C Contest – the contest to create the most useful, useless, or unique program in absolutely unreadable C code – has just posted the winners of the 2013 contest.

Of the entries of note, a few really stand out. The pic at the top of this post, for instance, comes courtesy of this submission. It’s an iterative ray tracer stuck inside an infinite loop that, when left running overnight, is able to produce amazing renders.

An IOCCC contest wouldn’t be complete without some ASCII art C code, and this entry fits the bill. It’s a Tetris painting tool that creates images made out of tetronomoes. Each image is built up one line at a time from the bottom up, using Tetris’ lack of physics to create a picture out of un-cleared lines.

One of the most impressive entries for this (last?) year’s contest is a tiny 8086 PC emulator/virtual machine written in only 4043 bytes of code. It’s a fully functional 80s-era PC emulator that can run vintage copies of AutoCAD, Windows, Lotus 1-2-3, and SimCity.

All the submissions are awesome, but like any IOCCC contest, there aren’t actually any winners. Or they’re all winners. The Obfuscated rules aren’t very clear in that regard.

Comments

  1. Ryan says:

    “absolutely unreadable C code”
    I should probably enter some of my works

  2. Kris Lee says:
  3. Axemarauder says:

    Anyone tried cable1? There’s some black magic in that one.

  4. The winner should be the Linux Kernel, by far.

    • Blue Footed Booby says:

      I know you’re joking, but it’s still a disservice to the madness in some of these entries. Past entries have done stuff like include themselves 1.3 million times, or generate code that generates code that generates the actual output.

      The record holder for shortest quine was completely a blank file.

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