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Exciting new Game of the Month Changes
Topic Started: Jan 2 2018, 01:23 PM (244 Views)
stinger9142
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7 years ago, I revived a previously failed concept called game of the month. The original idea was to of course promote discussion. Despite some slow periods, I feel it has accomplished the goal. Ultimately fighting a continually more limited selection month after month, I'd say it out performed my original expected longevity. Who would have thought it would have lasted so long? January would be the 85th installment in the series, but it won't be.

A lot of our more active members have not been around for 7 years. The same could be said for 5 years ago even. A lot of the real meat and potatoes of the N64 library had already won and been discussed before a lot of our current members had a chance to participate.

So how do we remedy this? We relaunch it, and improve it. One of the original concerns was that the best seller games would predominately get picked and the other games would not be the focus. So I made it where the top 20 was only selectable once a year or on special occasions. A nice idea, but only 8 of the top 20 have been used in 7 years. That is too far to the other end of the specturm. Another thought was to
have region restrictions. Games had to be available in both Pal and Na regions to be eligible. This is a nice idea, but I am no longer adhering to it. Availability of the game is not a big issue to me. A lot of folks (myself included) do not typically play the winners, we just discuss them. Perhaps we don't have the time, or perhaps we don't have the funds to chase down a copy. It does not stop us from wanting to discuss the game or learn what others think about it.

So here is my plan of action:

1 - Reset the list, Wave Race will serve not as the 85th winner of Game of the Month. It will instead be 1st on an entirely new list.

2 - The top 20 in sales list will be eligible more often. In fact they will be eligible on any month where a top 20 game didn't win the previous month. Also top 20 games cannot win more than 5 months out of the year. This ensures that some of the top 20 games make it through the first 4 years of a cycle. For instance, Wave Race will be game one on this new list. It is a top 20 game, so they are ineligible next month. Also it means that up to 4 more top 20 games can win this year before the rest become ineligible.

3 - The NA/Pal region restriction is over. If a game unavailable in your region is nominated and wins, perhaps take the chance to read and learn what you missed out on. JP region exclusives are still not eligible.

4 - Also to spice things up a bit, I want to honor those who participate frequently. I will be keeping track of a points system to reward someone at the end of the year. Members will get a point each month that they nominate a game. The member(s) who nominate the winning game will get another point. Anyone who comments on the winning games post to discuss the winner will get another point PER POST (while that game is the active GotM, and as long as they are meaningful posts). At the end of the year, I will tally the points and name the winner the "2018 Nintendo 64 Forever Game of the Month MVP". That person will receive a Nintendo/PSN/Xbox gift card of their choosing of at least $20 in value (I will try to do more if I can). I will be making this retroactive to include the January GotM nomination topic, and will of course include the Wave Race Topic I just started.


I hope this news excites you all, and helps generate more forum activity. A special thank you to the rest of the staff for offering ideas on changing the format :yeah:
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ItalianBaptist
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Quick question/possible suggestion:

For games that have multiple years with little to no change to them per year (a la Madden, NFL Quarterback Club), can we count them as one game? I feel it would make for better discussion than potentially the same game multiple months.

Games with sequels like Tony Hawk Pro Skater that add things that are really different wouldn't qualify as this, just the annual roster updates.
Edited by ItalianBaptist, Jan 3 2018, 07:38 AM.
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stinger9142
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I don't have a problem with that. Perhaps when nominating the game(s) the poster could state they are nominating the group. Thank you for the suggestion.
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Great idea! Nice work Stinger! You know Iíve been banging on the drum about region specific for far too long now. To deprive games of a vote, due to region specifics is criminal. Anyone who is fortunate enough in the world has the ability to access those games be that being fortunate domestically, importing it or not personally promoting it, but emulation or use of a Everdrive and what not.

I think what we will find is we will hopefully see increased participation and certainly more discussion. More months where it really is neck and neck etc.

To that end, I know what my first vote will be. Itís been nearly 4 years Iíve wanted to vote for this! Wow.
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Shellshocker18
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No more region locking is e most exciting part of this. I can vote for anything. Taz Express, Habu Shogi, Indiana Jones, you name it. Doesn't mean people will vote them but it is still exciting
Edited by Shellshocker18, Jan 4 2018, 06:35 AM.
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Good to see that changes are being made. :yeah:

To be completely honest, I believe this whole site deserves an overhaul to better reflect the N64 scene going forward. By that I mean, if people are going to continue playing N64 software in the future, it probably won't be on the original hardware. Such changes would really help make this site more engaging to new enthusiasts who may discover the N64 if Nintendo launches a Classic Edition this year. I don't mean this to offend but rather just as constructive criticism because it's obvious the retro gaming world has changed dramatically due to legal and less-than-legal emulation.
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stinger9142
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Thanks for the support everyone. Glad to hear it has been well received. Grizz - I imagine that is ultimately true. We will do our best to change as we need to :yeah:
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