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2020 Holiday Events

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The VGG holiday event sign ups are closing soon:

Christmas Card Exchange:
Microbadge: 2020 VGG Christmas Card Exchange participant Send cards to your fellow VGG'ers and bring joy to everyone's hearts this year.
Ends - November 18 (Midnight PST)

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Secret Santa:
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Ends - November 18 (Midnight PST)

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POLL: New Genres

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There have been requests for new genres and we want your input:

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Which genre(s) should we add to VGG?
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Rail Shooter:

Rail Shooters follows a specific route, limiting the player's movement around the screen as they shoot targets. These games often feature an "into the screen" viewpoint, with which the action is seen from behind the player character.

Metroidvania:
Metroidvania or Castleroid is a portmanteau name of the games that inspired the genre.

Metroidvanias have interconnected maps with locked doors and/or other obstacles blocking access to some parts of the world map. Special items, tools, weapons, or abilities are used to gain access to restricted areas and may also be used to locate shortcuts and secret locations. The careful design of levels and character controls encourage exploration and experimentation, and returning to earlier parts of the game to progress is practically genre defining.

Hack and Slash:
This will be for the Musou/Musō (E.g. Dynasty Warriors) type of "hack & slash" and not the ARPG kind, which should already be covered by Action RPG.

Hack and Slash gameplay requires quick moves and devastating attacks to take out massive hoards of enemies relatively quickly. Swords or other melee weapons are typically used, but projectile based weapons may be present. Combat and violence is usually emphasized above all other game or plot mechanics. A dodge mechanic may not always be present, as the player is expected to repeatedly "hack away" at their opponents.

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Volunteer Needed

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Holiday Events Ending Soon & Policy Update

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Our yearly holiday event sign ups are ending soon:

Microbadge: 2019 VGG Christmas Card Exchange participant Send cards to your fellow VGG'ers and bring joy to everyone's hearts this year.
Ends tomorrow - November 21 (Midnight PST)

2019 VideoGameGeek Christmas Card Exchange

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Ends today - November 20 (Midnight PST)

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Image Policy Update

Concerns have been raised recently about the viability of the screenshot limit for game galleries. The image limit was first put in place back in 2010 and originally allowed for 7 screenshots at most. This was increased to 12 in 2011 and then to 24 in 2015. To bring VGG into line with the BGG and RPGG policies, the image limits have been removed entirely from the VGG image policy.

The reasons for the change are as follows:

• BGG and RPGG have never used limits in their rules.

• It is hard to keep track of the limit without manually counting each image. The image number displayed on a game gallery can not be used because it includes logos, creative works, promotional images, box art, media bundles, bug images, and so on.

• The limit does not account for things like good quality screenshots added to a game with bad tv camera screen-captures.

• The limit gives the impression that it is enforced by the system. Like everything in the image guidelines it relies entirely on the community's understanding (or interpretation) of the rules and a majority vote through the flawed system that is GeekMod.
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Holiday Events - Registration Closes on November 20

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Two of our traditional celebrations have opened sign ups!
Registration closes on November 20 (Midnight PST) for both events. This is an international event. Everyone from any country is welcome to join.

Microbadge: 2019 VGG Christmas Card Exchange participant Send cards to your fellow VGG'ers and bring joy to everyone's hearts this year.

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Microbadge: 2019 VGG Halloween avatar dress up participant The Halloween avatar dress up event will remain open until November 1st.

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As you all know we have been doing some community goals, in which we try to play games in different challenges and formats. As 2018 is drawing to a close we are close with a number of those goals but have not yet made them. An overview as where we stand:

Beat 1800 videogames

https://videogamegeek.com/geeklist/235210/videogames-beaten-...

At the moment we are only just above 1500 games beaten. But every game helps. Did you beat games but have not entered them, do it now!

Play the top 201-300 games on the VGG ranking list

https://videogamegeek.com/geeklist/234718/community-goal-201...

Very close to this. 8 games are still on the list to get played, no need to beat them 5 hours of game time is more then enough:

206 / Call of Duty
218 / Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U - Cricky 1 hour (26th Dec)
231 / God of War (2005) - Taibi (possibly)
253 / Suikoden - Taibi (possibly)
254 / Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
259 / Battlefield 3
269 / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations - Cricky 1 hour (26th Dec)
276 / Paper Mario - andrewhodkinson 3 hours (24th Dec)

Play games on 5 different platforms

https://videogamegeek.com/geeklist/235508/community-goal-201...

We have 19 users at the moment, but we need 30 who have played on at least 5 platforms. So we are still looking for 11 users. Not yet on the list, go over there and do so now.

Collectively play on 51 different platforms

https://videogamegeek.com/geeklist/235516/community-goal-201...?

45 platforms have been played on and logged this year. Please help us with the last 6!
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Game Number 40k

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We finally reached 40,000 games in the database. The game queue was flooded with over 100 submissions in mere hours during the final stretch of the event. surprise Good job everyone! This microbadge Microbadge: I was there for video game number 40,000! will be given out to everyone who was present for game number 40K! It doesn't matter if you participated or not.

There is also an extra special microbadge Microbadge: I uploaded video game number 40,000! that will only ever be possessed by a single person, and that person is the one who submitted game number 40,000. Who was it? Drum roll please...




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Game number 40,000 was Dale Hardshovel HD, submitted by Cricky!


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August Events & Activities

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This is just a quick notice about some of the events and activities taking place this month.




2017 VGG Multiplayer Event

One of the great things about video games is the ability to play with anyone anywhere, especially your fellow VGGers. So we are celebrating this in our yearly multiplayer event. What do you have to do? Just play games with other people and then tell us about it in the weekly geeklist or another topic. As it is summer we are going to extend this event until the 15th of august!

Main thread: 2017 VGG Multiplayer Event

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Frumpish's Fifth Annual Browser Game FLASH-O-RAMA!

During each of the four weeks of August, a new browser game entry will be added to the FLASH-O-RAMA GeekList. Play it and then post a screenshot of your highest score in the scoring thread. At the end of the week the person with the highest score will earn 4 points. The people with the second and third highest scores will earn 3 points and the people with the fourth, fifth and sixth highest scores will earn 2 points. All other entrants will earn 1 point.

Main thread: Frumpish's Fifth Annual Browser Game FLASH-O-RAMA!

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40K Games in the Database

We are very close to hitting 40k games in the database. Just 112 games left to go! Whomever submits game number 40k will receive an exclusive microbadge. We will also be handing out a special microbadge for a limited time to anyone who is present for game number 40k.

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Want to help us reach 40k, expand the database and earn yourself some GG in the process? Here are some great sources of missing games:

Upcoming Releases Section
Games Missing from the Database List

Tournament of Sidekicks/Companions

The nomination round of the event is over but the voting round to decide which characters will compete is still on-going. The poll will be active until August 10th. Then the tournament begins in earnest.

Main thread: [geeklist=228078][/geeklist]

A special microbadge will be handed out to participants. Microbadge: Tournament of Sidekicks 2017

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Which Sidekicks/Companions should compete in the Tournament?
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Ada Wong (Resident Evil)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
The Adoring Fan (Elder Scrolls)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Aela the Huntress (Skyrim)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Agro (Shadow of the Colossus)
24.0 percent
24.0% 6
Alistair (Dragon Age)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Alyx Vance (HλLF-LIFE²)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Angela Deth (Wasteland 2)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Angelus (Drakengard)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Arokh (Drakan)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Baby (Metroid II: Return of Samus)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Barney Calhoun (HλLF-LIFE²)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Barry Wheeler (Alan Wake)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
BT-7274 (Titanfall 2)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Cassandra Pentaghast (Dragon Age)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Cha-Cha (Monster Hunter)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Chai Xianghua (Soul Calibur)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Chloe Elizabeth Price (Life is Strange)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Ciri (The Witcher)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Clank (Ratchet & Clank)
36.0 percent
36.0% 9
Claptrap (Borderlands)
44.0 percent
44.0% 11
Companion Cube (Portal)
44.0 percent
44.0% 11
Corporal Hart (TimeSplitters)
0.0 percent
0.0% 0
Cullen (Dragon Age)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Curie (Fallout 4)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
D-Dog (Metal Gear V)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Dandelion (The Witcher)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Daxter (Jack and Daxter)
24.0 percent
24.0% 6
Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong)
40.0 percent
40.0% 10
Dog (The Bard's Tale)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Dog (Shadow Dancer)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Dogmeat (Fallout 4)
32.0 percent
32.0% 8
Drippy (Ni No Kuni)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Dupre (Ultima)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Dusty (Gravity Rush)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Elena Fisher (Uncharted)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Elizabeth (Bioshock: Infinite)
24.0 percent
24.0% 6
Emil (NieR)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Emmy Altava (Professor Layton)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Epona (Zelda)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Faendal (Skyrim)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Fenris (Dragon Age)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Frederick Cooper (République)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Galmora (Bayonetta)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)
24.0 percent
24.0% 6
Imoen (Baldur's Gate)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Iolo FitzOwen (Ultima)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Issun (Okami)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Jaheira (Baldur's Gate)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Jerome "Doc" Louis (Punch-Out!!)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Jezebeth (Might & Magic)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Johnny Gat (Saints Row)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Josephine (Dragon Age)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Kai (Suikoden)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Khalid (Baldur's Gate)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Lady (Devil May Cry)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Leanna (Dark Messiah of Might and Magic)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Lucien Lachance (Elder Scrolls)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Luigi (Mario)
40.0 percent
40.0% 10
Luke Triton (Professor Layton)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Lydia (Skyrim)
28.0 percent
28.0% 7
Max (Sam & Max)
32.0 percent
32.0% 8
MacCready (Fallout 4)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Metal Gear Mk. II (Snatcher)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Midna (Zelda)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Mikhail (Drakengard)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog)
32.0 percent
32.0% 8
Minsc (Baldur's Gate)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Mona Sax (Max Payne)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Morte (Planescape: Torment)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Mud (Gothic)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Myau (Phantasy Star)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Mysterious Stranger (Fallout)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Navi (Zelda)
24.0 percent
24.0% 6
Nei (Phantasy Star II)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Nick Valentine (Fallout 4)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Pigsy (Enslaved: Odyssey to the West)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Preston Garvey (Fallout 4)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Ria Silmane (Elder Scrolls)
0.0 percent
0.0% 0
Riki (Xenoblade)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Rollo (Xillia 2)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Rucks (Bastion)
32.0 percent
32.0% 8
Rush (Mega Man)
32.0 percent
32.0% 8
Russell Northrop (Canis Canem/Bully)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Rydia (Final Fantasy IV)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Scarecrow (Folklore)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Sherry Birkin (Resident Evil)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Shadow (Dead to Rights)
0.0 percent
0.0% 0
Shamino Sallé Dacil (Ultima)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Sword Familiar (Castlevania)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Tali'Zorah nar Rayya (Mass Effect)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Tenko (Toukiden)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Thane Krios (Mass Effect)
8.0 percent
8.0% 2
Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Tom Sheldon (Just Cause)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Trico (The Last Guardian)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Tripitaka (Enslaved Odyssey to the West)
12.0 percent
12.0% 3
Trish (Devil May Cry)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Triss Merigold (The Witcher)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
The Unnamed Cop (Streets of Rage)
0.0 percent
0.0% 0
Varric Tethras (Dragon Age)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Uncharted)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Vivi Ornitier (Final Fantasy IX)
20.0 percent
20.0% 5
Wheatley (Portal 2)
44.0 percent
44.0% 11
Xana (Dark Messiah of Might and Magic)
4.0 percent
4.0% 1
Yennefer of Vengerberg (The Witcher)
16.0 percent
16.0% 4
Yorda (Ico)
24.0 percent
24.0% 6
Yoshi (Mario)
56.0 percent
56.0% 14
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[POLL] Character Tournament

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If we run a character tournament this year will you participate?

Previous tournaments included the Tournament of Heroes (2012 Microbadge: Tournament of Heroes 2012) and the Tournament of Villains (2016 Microbadge: Tournament of Villains 2016).

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If we host another character tournament what category or theme should we use?

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How the Character Tournament works:

1. A nomination thread is held in which everyone suggests characters.
2. Then a vote is used to narrow the nominations down to just 64 characters.
3. Each of the 64 characters is paired with an opponent. The winners are decided through voting.
4. The winners move onto the next round, of which there are six.

Everything is recorded using an elimination chart.

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Tournament of Heroes Champion: Mega Man
Tournament of Villains Champion: Death (Gauntlet)
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POLL: Metroidvania or Dungeon Crawler?

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We have been mulling over the idea of adding Metroidvania and/or Dungeon Crawler as a genre(s) and would like your input:

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Which genre(s) should we add to VGG?
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EDIT: While were at it, I figured we should get the community's input on the Hack & Slash genre.

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Should we add Hack & Slash as a genre to VGG?
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Genre Definitions:

Dungeon Crawler:

A dungeon crawler has the player navigate a labyrinthine environment such as a dungeon while battling various monsters, disabling or avoiding traps and looting any treasure they may find. Dungeon crawlers are usually party based and typically feature a first person view window. They have traditionally lacked meaningful plot or logical consistency despite often being paired with the RPG or roguelike genre.

Endless procedurally generated dungeon terrain and randomly placed monsters and treasures are common. The 1980s may be seen as the "golden era" due to the simplistic graphic style and the need for repetitive tiles or similar-looking graphics. Some distinguish "dungeon crawlers" from rogue-likes and RPGs with stories and character-interaction, while others use the term to describe any game which features ample amounts of dungeon exploration.

Metroidvania:

Metroidvania or Castleroid is a portmanteau name of the games that inspired the genre. Metroidvania games generally feature a large interconnected world map the player can explore, though access to parts of the world is often limited by doors or other portals that can only be opened after the player has acquired special items, tools, weapons or abilities within the game. These can then be used to defeat more difficult enemies and for locating shortcuts and secret areas.

Metroidvania games include tighter integration of story and level design. Most of the time a Metroidvania game doesn't have discreet levels that you can't return to; returning to earlier parts of the game to progress is practically genre defining. The careful design of levels and character controls encourage exploration and experimentation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroidvania

Hack and Slash:

Hack and Slash, or hack and slay refers to game-play, typically with a sword or other melee weapon that requires quick moves and devastating attacks to take out massive hoards of enemies relatively quickly. Combat and violence is usually emphasized above all other game or plot mechanics. A dodge mechanic is not always present as the player is expected to repeatedly "hack away" at their opponents. The genre has it's origins in the pen-and-paper RPG Dungeon and Dragons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hack_and_slash
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