Just a little suggestion for future contests.
When i code on Codingame, i’m alone. I’m not completely alone because i can chat with other codingamers but i’m still alone in front of my code.
When i’m at work, i’m never alone. When you work at school you are never alone (you always work as a team of 2, sometime more). At work if you are stuck on your code, you just ask help and a colleague come to help you. If your dev team must achieve a very complex task, you just do pair programming and code the sh*t out of it.
I love codingame, but i think this website miss a very big part of the developper life : the teamwork. If you want to be a professional developper, you have to know how to work in team. Help each others and support the team. Or you’ll just be slow and not very cost effective. The lonely coder in a cave is just a myth, it doesn’t exist anymore on the work market. If you want to be the best, you have to be a good developer and you have to make developers around you better.
That’s why i bring this suggestion to you : Do a contest with teams ! You have to find a partner before the contest and you register with him/her. It could be easy to make a “solo” puzzle for a team of 2, just make it very hard so you have to be 2 coders to achieve it in time. But it could be frustrating because very good developpers will still be fast enought to achieve the puzzle alone anyway (a 4 hours contest can be resolved in less than 1 hour).
But a multiplayer puzzle for teams should be pretty fun. For example you take Platinum Rift 2 but you are 2v2. We can also imagine more complex puzzle like 2 differents IA (with 2 differents roles) playing in a 2v2 game (or even a 2v2v2v2 game, don’t fear to see big !).
I know it would likely never happen. A team contest will be a colossal work for the CodinGame team and many codingamers will not enter the contest because they’ll never try to find a partner. I’m just a dreamer