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2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Kong Wen » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:09 pm

Wow, can you believe it's been 3-4 years? The ridiculous and entertaining "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project is back for the fourth time. And I've tried to make it easier to participate this time:

You don't need to be a member of This Old Neon forums to nominate or vote—everything will be done with Google Forms hosted on the main page at https://thisoldneon.com/bge

Most of you will remember, this contest involves everyone nominating the games they think are the best ever, for whatever reason they want (most nostalgic, best quality, most personally meaningful, most influential, etc.). All the games are then seeded into a huge bracket-style elimination tournament.

Everyone is welcome to nominate games, vote in the brackets, and as a new feature this year, we're also taking category submissions from participants (e.g. best soundtrack, best Mega Man game, etc.). The category submission form is on the BGE site right now and will be open until Friday, 1 Feb.

Please join, let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to use this thread for discussion of the contest and any good category ideas you come up with. :)
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Sun Fin » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:24 pm

Exciting! I was actually looking at an old BGE thread the other day! Will put together a nominations list later!
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Kong Wen » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:34 pm

Sun Fin wrote:Exciting! I was actually looking at an old BGE thread the other day! Will put together a nominations list later!


Definitely! You could get a list prepped for the main event for sure.

Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing what new side-events people submit.
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:14 am

Looking forward to this years votes
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Kong Wen » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:51 pm

Some great topics have come through so far. Interestingly, no one has really gone all in on a specific series/console yet. Most people seem to be focusing on genre or time period. Lots of room for some interesting games to bubble to the top!
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Kong Wen » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:45 pm

Last day to submit a category. :)

Nominations for all categories and the main event will open on Monday.
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Kong Wen » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:34 pm

The categories are all finalized, and open for nominations!

Again, you don't need to join the forum to participate. There's a list of categories, rules, and a link to the Google Form where you can make your nominations right here: https://thisoldneon.com/2019/02/nominations/

You can come back and edit your responses any time before Friday, 22 February, so don't worry if you want to leave your Main Event nominations incomplete while you browse the other categories.

Here's a list for easy planning:

Main Event (“BEST GAME EVER!!!)
Best Mech Customization (Kong Wen)
Most Innovative Mechanics (VictorViper)
Best Game that You’ve Never Played (Ever) (Kiwi the Tortoise)
Best Game Trilogy (MerlinDrazziw)
Best Light Gun Game (Han Solo)
Best Game Not Available on Any Digital Service (Pluvius)
Best Mascot Racing Game (evildevil97)
Best Strategy Game (SakaeWu)
Best Boss Fight (Skullomancer)
Best Shareware (Corwin)
Best Game Released in the Noughties (2000-2009) (Slurmee)
Funniest Game (Sharecrow)
Best Game of the Last 5 Years (The Shoemaker)
Best Social Gaming Experience (Claytone)
Best First-Game-in-a-Series (Tayclone)
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Kong Wen » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:35 pm

Here are my tentative nominations as of Thursday, 6 February. I'll definitely be coming back to add to these over the next couple of weeks!

Main Event (“BEST GAME EVER!!!)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1)
  • Shining Force (Genesis)
  • Super Meat Boy (XBLA)
  • Tetris (Game Boy)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
  • Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  • Super Metroid (SNES)
Best Mech Customization
  • Front Mission 3 (PS1)
  • Robotrek (SNES)
Most Innovative Mechanics
  • SpyParty (PC)
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (PC)
  • Demon's Souls (PS3)
Best Game that You’ve Never Played (Ever)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
  • Half-Life 2 (PC)
  • World of Warcraft (PC)
  • Planescape: Torment (PC)
  • Pokémon: [Red/Blue] Version (GB)
  • Shadow of the Colossus
Best Game Trilogy
  • Dark Souls
  • Final Fantasy Legend (GB)
Best Light Gun Game
  • Duck Hunt (NES)
Best Game Not Available on Any Digital Service
  • Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
  • Destiny of an Emperor (NES)
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga (Saturn)
Best Mascot Racing Game
  • Crash Team Racing (PS1)
  • Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Best Strategy Game
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1)
  • Shining Force (Genesis)
  • Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GCN)
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms II (SNES)
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny (SNES)
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI (PS2)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization II (PC)
  • XCOM: Enemy [Unknown/Within]
Best Boss Fight
  • Black Knight (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
  • Mother Brain (Super Metroid)
  • Velius (Final Fantasy Tactics)
  • Ornstein & Smough (Dark Souls)
  • Old Monk (Demon's Souls)
Best Shareware
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Scorched Earth
  • Doom
Best Game Released in the Noughties (2000-2009)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
  • Demon's Souls (PS3)
  • Spelunky (XBLA)
  • Mega Man 9 (Wii)
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GCN)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
  • Portal
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
  • Metroid Fusion (GBA)
Funniest Game
  • Portal 2
Best Game of the Last 5 Years (Roughly 2014-2019)
  • Destiny (PS4)
  • N++ (PS4)
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Celeste (PS4)
  • God of War (PS4)
Best Social Gaming Experience
  • Destiny (PS4)
  • Monster Hunter: World (PS4)
  • Team Fortress 2 (PC)
  • TetriNET (PC)
  • Pokémon Go (Mobile)
  • Rock Band 3
Best First-Game-in-a-Series
  • Warsong (Genesis)
  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • Mega Man X (SNES)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Dark Souls
  • Shining Force (Genesis)
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Sakae Wu » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:33 am

That's a pretty good list of games you got there.
I submitted some earlier, but still thinking about some of the other catergories. I haven't really played any mech customization, light gun or mascot racing so I'm not sure if it's better to leave blank or just go with one I'd like to try.
Looking back at some of the classics, it seems the mid to late 90's was the golden age of console gaming. Still many good ones coming out nowadays, but I think the earlier ones just had a certain style and charm that's been hard to duplicate.
Anyways, it should be interesting how the voting goes!
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Re: 2019 "BEST GAME EVER!!!" Project

Unread postby Sun Fin » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:59 am

These are the games I'm currently thinking about for nomination:

Main Event
Timesplitters 2
Sonic The Hedgehog
Final Fantasy VIII
Pokemon Blue/Red
Dynasty Warriors 5
Dynasty Tactics 2
Tetris
Warriors Orichi
Pokemon Ruby/Saphire

Best Game that You’ve Never Played (Ever)
Final Fantasy VII
Dynasty Warriors 3

Best Light Gun Game
Timesplitters 2

Best Mascot Racing Game
Sonic Riders
Mario Kart Double Dash
Sonic Drift

Best Strategy Game
Master of Orion III
Romance of The Three Kingdoms VIII
Medieval Total war 2
Dynasty Tactics 2

Best First-Game-in-a-Series
Sonic The Hedgehog
Pokemon Red/Blue

I'm sure there are some other big ones I've forgotten though!
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