Okay, this is an idea I've essentially repurposed from Easy Allies's Hall of Greats
, but I think it could make for a great thread.
The idea behind this is to make a list of some of our favourite games over the course of time. It'll serve as a great way to highlight our tastes in games as well as having some fun (hopefully) along the way.
The idea behind this is basically a combo of our long-form discussion threads like Cappa's 3DS Chatting Bollocks thread and a traditional vote thread.
Here's how it's going to work:The Nomination Stage
Each forumite who wants to take part tells me over PM or Twitter DM which game they'd like to champion. It'll be on a first come, first served basis so jump in quick if there's a game you want to represent for the thread. You're more likely to catch me over Twitter, so you can find me @jamesjmoyles on there and get your nominations in.
You can pick nearly any game you'd like, but I'm going to impose a restriction on any game that's not at least 1 year old
yet. I think that should help to avoid recency bias which is something I know I've struggled with! *cough*undertale*cough*
After a period of time, we'll move onto the next stage.The Pitches and Cross-Examination
In a random order, each forumite will deliver a pitch for the game they'd like to see in the GNamer Hall of Fame. This can take the form of a forum post,
like in the aforementioned 3DS Chatting Bollocks thread, a audio recording
of you explaining why your game should make it in or for the truly enterprising among us, a video with commentary
. That could be a Let's Play of a particularly great level with an overall explanation of why your game is HOF worthy or more of a review style format.
Basically, explain why your game is the bee's knees and prepare yourself for the next bit.
The next bit is when the other forumites can chime in and play devil's advocate or genuinely poke holes in the greatness of your game. It's up to you to defend the good name of your game and prove why it's HOF worthy. We'll repeat this stage until everyone has had their turn at pitching and defending their game.
I think part of the fun will be seeing what everyone brings to the table - of course, we'll get the likes of BotW, Odyssey, Galaxy,
SM64, OoT and more, but I hope some people think outside the box a wee bit.
Now, once we've seen our line-up...Voting
Everybody - even those who are lurking and not pitching - will get three votes to assign to three different games. I really hope everyone takes notice of the quality of the pitches and defenses given and doesn't just vote for their favourite out of the list, but I appreciate that biases will be a part of this.
It'll be weighted as follows as an example:
1) Breath of the Wild
- 3 points
2) Super Mario Odyssey
- 2 points
3) Super Mario Galaxy
- 1 point
You cannot vote for your own game! There's a bit of a risk in your pitch though - if you bring a personal favourite in that's unlikely to garner lots of votes, such as myself with The World Ends With You
, and that game picks up zero points, then that game will be banned from future pitches for three rounds. And that's by anyone, not just by you, so if you delivered a particularly shite pitch for BotW and it somehow scored nothing, then that'll be it for BotW for everyone.
Again, I hope people take on board the quality of the pitch - somebody like Cappa might deliver an incredible pitch for Hogs of War
which might be so impressive you'll give it one or two or potentially even three of your points, even if you've never played the game.
Once the votes are tallied up, we'll reveal our first and subsequent inductees into the GNamer Hall of Fame. Depending on how much of a response this gets, we could potentially have one or two inductees per round as such.
And then... we do it all again! Obviously, this'll take a wee while to go through each round, but I think a Hall of Fame deserves a bit of time as opposed to a breakneck vote thread.
If you think this is a shite idea for the forum and I get no uptake on this, no worries! We'll scrap the idea and move on. But I reckon this could be a good thread and one that theoretically should have no expiry date.
Any thoughts or amendments on the rules?
Also, if you're game, fire me your nominated game as soon as you can! I'll decide on a deadline for nominations depending on how popular this proves.