What is the policy on applications that rely on external applications or hardware? Say... a person makes a game that absolutely requires (for whatever reason) a joystick, or another application that requires an mp3 player, webcam or something even more
obscure (LCD panel, gps, etc)?
Also, is it safe to assume that any judging will be done on Windows XP machines?
The judging panel will test the applications on Windows XP. As far as 3rd party applications as long as you are operate within the appropriate terms specified by the 3rd party application and we're not prevented from trying out your application then its fine.