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Community Crunch Contests: ARKitect, ARKVideo & NVIDIA Freestyle & ANSEL


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Hello, Survivors!

Each week we run community contests for all players (all platforms included where possible) where you can win lots of cash prizes! Below is the different type of contests that take place. Try your hand and share some of your creations with us today!type of contests that take place. Try your hand and share some of your creations with us today!

The cut off time for all submissions is Monday at 1PM EST.

ARK NVIDIA Ansel and Freestyle Contest!

This weekly screenshot competition asks players to take in-game photographs from either ARK: Survival Evolved or our new desert themed expansion pack ARK: Scorched Earth using NVIDIA Ansel, and meet the category requirements listed below.

Winners will be announced during ARK’s regular “Community Crunch” blog post. Each winner (4) will receive $100 each and each runner-up will receive $50. Want to enter? Screenshot and video entries should be e-mailed to anselcontest@studiowildcard.com

If you need a place to upload a file for the contest, make use of Wetransfer which will allow up to 2gb for free!

Please note: Nvidia image submissions are limited to a total of 16 per person! Freestyle videos not included in this limit

Three Categories

  • *NEW* Freestyle: These can be images or videos taken using NVIDIA's new Freestyle filters! If videos are submitted, they must have a maximum duration of one minute.

Read up here on how to activate Nvidia Freestyle in game!

  • Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.
  • Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display. Check out your 360 Stereo results on your HMD or on your Android Phone with NVIDIA VR Viewer 
  • Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

When entering the contest please name your entries and make sure that they include:

  • Name
  • Image Title
  • Category

An example would be:

Wildcard Jat - Evolution Event - Super Resolution

Ansel is a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose a shot from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. Learn more about these features in the Ansel Technology page and the NVIDIA blog.

How to run NVIDIA Ansel

First of all, you'll want to make sure you're running the latest Nvidia Geforce Drivers - so head over to http://www.geforce.com/ and get downloading!

Once set up and ready to go, right click ARK: Survival Evolved in your steam library and you'll see the option to Launch ARK with NVIDIA Ansel


Select this and head into a single player game, regardless of the map or the mod. Once you're in game, you can immediately press ALT + F2 to get into Ansel Photography mode and start taking snaps.


or you can type in the following command in the console:

cheat enablespectator

Once that is enabled, hit your DELETE key and it'll open the Depth of Field Options menu where you can play around with the games DOF.


Then hit ALT+F2 and take some awesome Ansel photography!

Here's a little tip from Jesse:


You can also type "enablespectator true" in the console to fly around before you take your shot, and hit the "Home" key to level your camera if you want to keep people from feeling sick on a 360 stereo VR screenshot. 


This is an award ($200 prize for first and $100 for any runners-up) given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judge based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more! At the end of each week, the winners and runner-ups will be featured in our #ARKitect section of the Community Crunch and will be awarded cash prizes! 

Note: We've had a lot of requests regarding the use of mods - go for it! We'd love to see how mods have influenced your bases

Please note: Video submissions are preferred to be 5 minutes in length, if they exceed this, please provide a relevant timestamp in the video. Note that any entries which are longer, may not be entirely watched and we, therefore, recommend you fit into our recommendation, or provide photos as an alternative!


This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Winning this content will net you a $200 prize for first and $100 for any runners-up. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children! Send us in your videos and we cannot wait to watch them! We're really interested in seeing the latest video creations you guys have put together - to show us something fresh!

Please note: Video submissions are preferred to be 15 minutes in length, if they exceed this, please provide a relevant timestamp in the video. Note that any entries which are longer, may not be entirely watched and we, therefore, recommend you fit our recommendation!

Uploading the images

Please upload the images to the gallery section of our New Community Hub - you can create your own album and directly link us to that or attach it to your post! Please remember to post your entry to this thread specifically! If you're not able to upload directly to the gallery, don't sweat as imgur will work fine too!


Looking forward to seeing the entries!

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The Pilgrim-ARKitect-Faith Bringer Titan

This is the Faith Bringer Titan, built to spread the word of the Titan Tamers :) Its a church, castle and a Medieval village all built on to the platform there are barracks, boarding rooms and a bar.

There is a stable and small dock under the village, and a large production area under the church, the castle has a small dino cavalry unit inside and ballista defences. Also, there are libraries, gardens and balconies built throughout.



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These are my ANSEL entries for this weeks Community Crunch.

GP - Death Roll - Freestyle
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/Freestyle_Death_Roll_GP.jpg
Low Res:

GP - Lurking Predator - Freestyle
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/Freestyle_Lurking_Predator_GP.jpg
Low Res:

GP - Charging Meadow - Super Resolution
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/SuperResolution_Charging_Meadows_GP.jpg
Low Res:

GP - Showdown - Super Resolution
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/SuperResolution_Showdown_GP.jpg
Low Res:

GP - Bless You - Super Resolution
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/SuperResolution_Bless_You_GP.jpg
Low Res:

GP - The Lagoon - Panoramic
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/Panoramic_The_Lagoon_GP.jpg
Low Res:

GP - ARK FLU Survival Guide - Freeform
Original: http://gamerperfection.com/images/crunch124/Freeform_ARK_Flu_Survival_Guide_GP.png
Low Res:

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ARKitekt entry: The RGB Base

I've had a lot of fun during my play-through in Aberration, there are so many beautiful things that I was inspired to try something I've not seen done before. Created in the style of Aberration and with only the S+ mod in my pocket I designed this base. It might not be as big as you guys are used to from me, no structure limit was reached ;)


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Take one desolate puddle of water smack dab in the middle of the Ragnarok desert, throw in a scratch built ruined palace, add a liberal amount of elbow grease and what do you end up with?  A lush, life filled oasis with a renovated and modernized palace base at its heart.

There is no time in this short video to explain how I created the build and its surrounding ecosystem, but there is enough time to showcase the end result.  Presenting my entry into the Arkitect contest, Ragnarok "Lost Oasis" Rebuild - 5 Minute Showcase.


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My entries for this week!

Rahthos - Tranquil - Freestyle
Original Link: https://i.imgur.com/W1Q0144.pngW1Q0144.png

Rahthos - Dinner - Freestyle
Original Link: https://i.imgur.com/fdC8OgX.pngfdC8OgX.png

Rahthos - Majestic - Freestyle
Original Link: https://i.imgur.com/SXZmieE.pngSXZmieE.png

Rahthos - Sundown - Freestyle
Original Link: https://i.imgur.com/n3Nv7Gl.pngn3Nv7Gl.png

Rahthos - Spino's Fury - Super Resolution
Full Size: https://we.tl/f3uNWZ5c2143hpvJN.jpg

Rahthos - Sealed Fate - Super Resolution
Full Size: https://we.tl/fab11PmZJ0Owq81ED.jpg

Rahthos - The Floating Islands - Super Resolution
Full Size: https://we.tl/f3uNWZ5c21rSuB3Hz.jpg

Rahthos - Crimson Horizon - Super Resolution
Full Size: https://we.tl/f3uNWZ5c21KQPpL6C.jpg

Rahthos - Blossom - Super Resolution
Full Size: https://we.tl/f3uNWZ5c21jBNaYAu.jpg

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