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2022 VGS NES Weekly Contest - Tournament Finals


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1 minute ago, docile tapeworm said:

@Dr. Morbis I can never play rush n attack again. No death low score. Fucking melted my brain that week. I got through it but every time I see that game i get that feeling like the first time you get real sick off goldshlager or jager when you were like 15 and get goes bumps and the quick shiver everytime you see/smell it…..

I wasn't around for that challenge, but I took time off to watch the World Cup, so Monday to Wednesday were a couple hours of that followed by hours and hours of Code Name Viper on the hardest difficulty!  I actually threw my controller down a couple of times - totally brutal!  So I'm feeling the same way about CNV: I don't want to play that damn game ever again...

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2 minutes ago, Dr. Morbis said:

That's my favourite too: the seeded bracket that makes your relative performance in the regular season actually matter, while at the same time giving everyone a fair 50/50 chance of getting through each round since you only have to beat one guy, so you never feel like you're out.  The way this year's tourney went, it was a foregone conclusion heading into the final round, so majorly anticlimactic, which is the opposite of what you would want to see...

elite 8 would work perfect with three games.

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10 minutes ago, Dr. Morbis said:

That's my favourite too: the seeded bracket that makes your relative performance in the regular season actually matter, while at the same time giving everyone a fair 50/50 chance of getting through each round since you only have to beat one guy, so you never feel like you're out.  The way this year's tourney went, it was a foregone conclusion heading into the final round, so majorly anticlimactic, which is the opposite of what you would want to see...

The problems with ncaa tourney style i

1) genres. Good luck to the poor soul who gets very high seeded tapeworm in a shooter week

2) some very good players dont participate much leading to high seeds that are actually favorites. Bert sampson was slated for like a 7 seed last year or 2 years ago

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3 minutes ago, NESfiend said:

The problems with ncaa tourney style i

1) genres. Good luck to the poor soul who gets very high seeded tapeworm in a shooter week

2) some very good players dont participate much leading to high seeds that are actually favorites. Bert sampson was slated for like a 7 seed last year.

Yeah, there's no perfect system, but having higher seeds choose the genre I think is a fair reward for participating more all year long, which is what you want most as an organizer: participation.  Plus the low seed still has a 50% chance of going through since he only has to beat one guy.  The bracket system is not perfect, but there's a reason it's so popular the world over...

EDIT - and having the high seed choose the genre helps to offset a great player being seeded low, since the high seed will at least be playing a genre he is strong in...

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2 minutes ago, NESfiend said:

The problems with ncaa tourney style i

1) genres. Good luck to the poor soul who gets very high seeded tapeworm in a shooter week

2) some very good players dont participate much leading to high seeds that are actually favorites. Bert sampson was slated for like a 7 seed last year.

I agree.  I thought this setup was pretty good... I don't think the tournament structure itself is the reason for any apathy, that preceded the tournament.  I'll have to see the total end results to get a better idea, but it does seem like the effort applied in the tournament games correlates with the standings results.

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12 minutes ago, Krunch said:

I agree.  I thought this setup was pretty good

It was awesome to see I got to play all 3 weeks regardless of finishing position. And with the last week being weighted twice as heavy and the min score requirements being legit, plenty of reason to keep playing and see what happens. 

And all those games were damn good. I was thrilled we got batman returns. Would have sucked to miss out on dk jr and viper if I hadnt made it far enough 

Edit: and @PIIbringing up racing cat again made me jump out of my chair with my hands up. Let me race him again. I will lose gracefully but fight hard. 

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15 minutes ago, NESfiend said:

The problems with ncaa tourney style i

1) genres. Good luck to the poor soul who gets very high seeded tapeworm in a shooter week

2) some very good players dont participate much leading to high seeds that are actually favorites. Bert sampson was slated for like a 7 seed last year or 2 years ago

 

12 minutes ago, Dr. Morbis said:

Yeah, there's no perfect system, but having higher seeds choose the genre I think is a fair reward for participating more all year long, which is what you want most as an organizer: participation.  Plus the low seed still has a 50% chance of going through since he only has to beat one guy.  The bracket system is not perfect, but there's a reason it's so popular the world over...

EDIT - and having the high seed choose the genre helps to offset a great player being seeded low, since the high seed will at least be playing a genre he is strong in...

Anybody is going to have trouble with a specialist though. And that is a double edge sword I mean blowbot could knock me out if I’m playing a puzzle game. I love sneaking in as a low seed having the opportunity to knock out a high seed early but like morphius said getting to pick combats that. 
 

id actually like to see the organizer pick one game each week and all 8 players play the same game knocking out each other that way.

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5 minutes ago, docile tapeworm said:

id actually like to see the organizer pick one game each week and all 8 players play the same game knocking out each other that way.

That could work for a bracket or for another great option: one game, eight players, then top six go through to second round, then top four scores from second game go through to Grand Finals, and the best score of that final game determines the champ.  That way, you have a 75% chance of playing at least two weeks and a 50% chance of playing all three weeks if you're willing to put in the effort to get decent scores in the early rounds...

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Events Team · Posted

Final Round Results :

Donkey Kong Jr. :

1st   docile tapeworm   69,900 = 10 points
2nd  NesFiend              63,900 = 8 points
3rd  Krunch                   62,200 = 6 points
4th  Dr. Morbis              59,100 = 5 points

5th  Pii                           54,300 = 4 points

Code Name: Viper :

1st  Dr. Morbis Cleared/66,270 = 10 points
2nd Krunch      Stage 6/53,850 = 8 points
3rd NESFiend  Stage 6/29,690 = 6 points
 

Tournament Final Standing :

1st  Dr. Morbis           = 31 points
2nd Krunch                 = 17 points
2nd NesFiend             = 17 points
4th docile tapeworm = 15 points
5th Pii                         = 11 points
6th the_wiz_666       = 8 points
7th mbd39                 = 4 points
8th JamesRobot       = no point

 

Congratulations to @Dr. Morbis for winning the 2022 Nes Weekly Contest Tournament, defending his 2021 VGS championship!

Special mentions to @NESfiend @Krunchfor upping their standing in the final bout for a second place tie!

As always, thanks to everyone playing and participating in the Nes Weekly Contest! We'll all see you next year with a fresh lineup of Nes games to compete in! Never forget that YOU GUYS ROCK!

 

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5 hours ago, guillavoie said:

Final Round Results :

Donkey Kong Jr. :

1st   docile tapeworm   69,900 = 10 points
2nd  NesFiend              63,900 = 8 points
3rd  Krunch                   62,200 = 6 points
4th  Dr. Morbis              59,100 = 5 points

5th  Pii                           54,300 = 4 points

Code Name: Viper :

1st  Dr. Morbis Cleared/66,270 = 10 points
2nd Krunch      Stage 6/53,850 = 8 points
3rd NESFiend  Stage 6/29,690 = 6 points
 

Tournament Final Standing :

1st  Dr. Morbis           = 31 points
2nd Krunch                 = 17 points
2nd NesFiend             = 17 points
4th docile tapeworm = 15 points
5th Pii                         = 11 points
6th the_wiz_666       = 8 points
7th mbd39                 = 4 points
8th JamesRobot       = no point

 

Congratulations to @Dr. Morbis for winning the 2022 Nes Weekly Contest Tournament, defending his 2021 VGS championship!

Special mentions to @NESfiend @Krunchfor upping their standing in the final bout for a second place tie!

As always, thanks to everyone playing and participating in the Nes Weekly Contest! We'll all see you next year with a fresh lineup of Nes games to compete in! Never forget that YOU GUYS ROCK!

 

Congratulations on the championship @Dr. Morbis! Awesome showing by @Krunch and @NESfiend too. Even a solid effort by @docile tapeworm! I'm proud of you man!

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Events Team · Posted

And with this, we end our 2022 season.

Congratulations to @Dr. Morbis for winning the tournament and to @Krunch, @NESfiend and @docile tapeworm for the strong show up at the tournament.

Thank you all for partaking in it. Once I deal with some serious family stuff here, I will post a post mortem thread about the 2022 season so we can discuss what went well, what didn't and how we can improve for 2023.

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4 hours ago, mbd39 said:

I was happy just to no-death Life Force, a game that taunted me for a long time.

Life Force was actually taunting you?!?  Like, what was it saying?  Was it calling you a piece of shit or something?

I guess you had the last laugh though, with your no-death run.  I can only imagine you threw a good taunt back at the game after finally succeeding... 🙂 

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50 minutes ago, Dr. Morbis said:

Life Force was actually taunting you?!?  Like, what was it saying?  Was it calling you a piece of shit or something?

Pretty much. Life Force and Super C were the two "easy" games that I could never beat until recently. I appreciate them much more now too.

 

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Dr. Morbis said:

I wasn't around for that challenge, but I took time off to watch the World Cup, so Monday to Wednesday were a couple hours of that followed by hours and hours of Code Name Viper on the hardest difficulty!  I actually threw my controller down a couple of times - totally brutal!  So I'm feeling the same way about CNV: I don't want to play that damn game ever again...

I want to go back now and play from the beginning on default settings. It will probably feel like a slow mo cakewalk. 

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What am I supposed to play tonight when my kids go down? Ive apparently become addicted to the guidance. 

What are the other regulars doing

@Dr. Morbis @docile tapeworm @Bearcat-Doug @PII @mbd39

@the_wizard_666 @Krunch

Switching up to another system? Time to start an RPG? Going cold turkey on gaming for a while?

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31 minutes ago, NESfiend said:

Switching up to another system? Time to start an RPG? Going cold turkey on gaming for a while?

All of the above.  If you kick stuff all day pretty soon you don't wanna stop kicking.  After the Weekly ended my brain was still kicking hard on various details of the competition in spite of it being over and how tired out I was, so Tournament time this year was basically a decompression sequence for me.  Moderate effort Batman/moderate-small effort Q*bert/small effort DKjr....

So far: I'm mostly holding off a bit on buckling down on lots of tougher games on other systems that I've been wanting to start or get back to, eg. Sega CD, SNES, PS1, N64, Colecovision in favor of something more relaxing.  So I've gotten back into "Dragon Warrior V", which I started a while back and got distracted from.  I have quite a few 8-bit RPGs in fact, lined up in no particular order that I've been meaning to get to for far too long and I usually don't want to sacrifice that kind of time, but I feel like its been forever since I've played one...

Also, been spending a lot more time reading actual physical books as opposed to gaming or reading online, which is Awesome.

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I'm trying to motivate myself to even play a game.  I'm at 61 new NES/Famicom completions on the year, which means I'm 15 away from beating @Dr. Morbis's all-time best year, but I haven't played anything NES since round 1, and haven't played a game since beating Brigandine for the Playstation completion thread.  I barely want to get out of bed these days.

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