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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 mb will be given out to everyone who was present for game number 40K! It doesn't matter if you participated or not.

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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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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: Tournament of Sidekicks/Companions Definitive Thread List

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Which Sidekicks/Companions should compete in the Tournament?
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Ada Wong (Resident Evil)
16.0% 4
The Adoring Fan (Elder Scrolls)
16.0% 4
Aela the Huntress (Skyrim)
16.0% 4
Agro (Shadow of the Colossus)
24.0% 6
Alistair (Dragon Age)
12.0% 3
Alyx Vance (HλLF-LIFE²)
20.0% 5
Angela Deth (Wasteland 2)
8.0% 2
Angelus (Drakengard)
4.0% 1
Arokh (Drakan)
8.0% 2
Baby (Metroid II: Return of Samus)
4.0% 1
Barney Calhoun (HλLF-LIFE²)
4.0% 1
Barry Wheeler (Alan Wake)
4.0% 1
BT-7274 (Titanfall 2)
4.0% 1
Cassandra Pentaghast (Dragon Age)
8.0% 2
Cha-Cha (Monster Hunter)
4.0% 1
Chai Xianghua (Soul Calibur)
4.0% 1
Chloe Elizabeth Price (Life is Strange)
16.0% 4
Ciri (The Witcher)
12.0% 3
Clank (Ratchet & Clank)
36.0% 9
Claptrap (Borderlands)
44.0% 11
Companion Cube (Portal)
44.0% 11
Corporal Hart (TimeSplitters)
0.0% 0
Cullen (Dragon Age)
8.0% 2
Curie (Fallout 4)
4.0% 1
D-Dog (Metal Gear V)
16.0% 4
Dandelion (The Witcher)
16.0% 4
Daxter (Jack and Daxter)
24.0% 6
Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong)
40.0% 10
Dog (The Bard's Tale)
8.0% 2
Dog (Shadow Dancer)
8.0% 2
Dogmeat (Fallout 4)
32.0% 8
Drippy (Ni No Kuni)
8.0% 2
Dupre (Ultima)
4.0% 1
Dusty (Gravity Rush)
4.0% 1
Elena Fisher (Uncharted)
16.0% 4
Elizabeth (Bioshock: Infinite)
24.0% 6
Emil (NieR)
4.0% 1
Emmy Altava (Professor Layton)
8.0% 2
Epona (Zelda)
20.0% 5
Faendal (Skyrim)
20.0% 5
Fenris (Dragon Age)
4.0% 1
Frederick Cooper (République)
4.0% 1
Galmora (Bayonetta)
4.0% 1
Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)
24.0% 6
Imoen (Baldur's Gate)
4.0% 1
Iolo FitzOwen (Ultima)
4.0% 1
Issun (Okami)
12.0% 3
Jaheira (Baldur's Gate)
4.0% 1
Jerome "Doc" Louis (Punch-Out!!)
4.0% 1
Jezebeth (Might & Magic)
4.0% 1
Johnny Gat (Saints Row)
8.0% 2
Josephine (Dragon Age)
4.0% 1
Kai (Suikoden)
8.0% 2
Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie)
20.0% 5
Khalid (Baldur's Gate)
4.0% 1
Lady (Devil May Cry)
4.0% 1
Leanna (Dark Messiah of Might and Magic)
4.0% 1
Lucien Lachance (Elder Scrolls)
4.0% 1
Luigi (Mario)
40.0% 10
Luke Triton (Professor Layton)
16.0% 4
Lydia (Skyrim)
28.0% 7
Max (Sam & Max)
32.0% 8
MacCready (Fallout 4)
4.0% 1
Metal Gear Mk. II (Snatcher)
4.0% 1
Midna (Zelda)
16.0% 4
Mikhail (Drakengard)
4.0% 1
Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog)
32.0% 8
Minsc (Baldur's Gate)
12.0% 3
Mona Sax (Max Payne)
12.0% 3
Morte (Planescape: Torment)
8.0% 2
Mud (Gothic)
4.0% 1
Myau (Phantasy Star)
12.0% 3
Mysterious Stranger (Fallout)
12.0% 3
Navi (Zelda)
24.0% 6
Nei (Phantasy Star II)
16.0% 4
Nick Valentine (Fallout 4)
8.0% 2
Pigsy (Enslaved: Odyssey to the West)
20.0% 5
Preston Garvey (Fallout 4)
8.0% 2
Ria Silmane (Elder Scrolls)
0.0% 0
Riki (Xenoblade)
8.0% 2
Rollo (Xillia 2)
4.0% 1
Rucks (Bastion)
32.0% 8
Rush (Mega Man)
32.0% 8
Russell Northrop (Canis Canem/Bully)
4.0% 1
Rydia (Final Fantasy IV)
4.0% 1
Scarecrow (Folklore)
4.0% 1
Sherry Birkin (Resident Evil)
4.0% 1
Shadow (Dead to Rights)
0.0% 0
Shamino Sallé Dacil (Ultima)
4.0% 1
Sword Familiar (Castlevania)
4.0% 1
Tali'Zorah nar Rayya (Mass Effect)
8.0% 2
Tenko (Toukiden)
4.0% 1
Thane Krios (Mass Effect)
8.0% 2
Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII)
16.0% 4
Tom Sheldon (Just Cause)
4.0% 1
Trico (The Last Guardian)
12.0% 3
Tripitaka (Enslaved Odyssey to the West)
12.0% 3
Trish (Devil May Cry)
4.0% 1
Triss Merigold (The Witcher)
20.0% 5
The Unnamed Cop (Streets of Rage)
0.0% 0
Varric Tethras (Dragon Age)
4.0% 1
Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Uncharted)
20.0% 5
Vivi Ornitier (Final Fantasy IX)
20.0% 5
Wheatley (Portal 2)
44.0% 11
Xana (Dark Messiah of Might and Magic)
4.0% 1
Yennefer of Vengerberg (The Witcher)
16.0% 4
Yorda (Ico)
24.0% 6
Yoshi (Mario)
56.0% 14
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This poll is now closed.   25 answers
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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 mb) and the Tournament of Villains (2016 mb).

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No
Maybe
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If we host another character tournament what category or theme should we use?

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Male protagonist
Female protagonist
Sidekick/companion
Other - please leave a comment
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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.



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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Dungeon Crawler
Metroidvania
Neither One
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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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Yes
No
Indifferent / No Opinion
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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.

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.
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The Final Stretch to 40K

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We have hit the 39k mark! 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.

Unfortunately we are unable to run a final push like in years past due to real life responsibilities and a lack of free time.

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POLL: What DLC should we accept?

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Downloadable content has become more prominent in the video gaming hobby since VGG first started. When our DLC rules were initially put in place it was done as a way to exclude anything that did not contain story or gameplay elements: skins, texture packs, new items and characters, etc. We are considering changing the policy but would like your input.

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Additional/unlockable characters and items
Additional/unlockable skins and texture packs
Additional/unlockable music and language packs
Additional quests and story packs
Additional maps, missions and game modes
All of the above - accept all DLC
Other - please leave a comment
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New races, factions or units/troops fall under new characters.
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40,000 Games in the Database

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We are approaching 40,000 video games in the database. As in the past (20k in 2011 and 30k in 2014), we will be handing out a special microbadge for a limited time to anyone who is present for game number 40k. Additionally there will be an exclusive microbadge given out to whomever submits game number 40k.

As of right now there are 37,721 games in the database. I will post updates here when we hit 38k, 39k and 40k.

Update #1: We have hit 38k!
Update #2: We have hit 39k!
Update #3: We have hit 39.5k!

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POLL: Restart The Gift Guide?

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VGG released a gift guide during the holiday season for just two years. It was dropped starting in 2013 due to the amount of work required to put it together and a lack of community interest in the project.

Is it time to bring it back?

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Minor Update (November 7): New Franchise - Vaporware

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We have a new franchise: (Unreleased Games - Vaporware). A banner and placeholder image are in the works.
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Yes I know we are still not done celebrating Halloween yet (btw: did you change your avatar?) but we are already preparing for the next big event and this always takes some time: Christmas!

Two of our traditional celebrations have opened up to sign ups!

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Send cards to other VGG'ers and bring joy to everyone's heart at the right time of the year.

2016 VideoGameGeek Christmas Card Exchange

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Get a target and surpise him or her with awesome videogames for their christmas. But who is going to get you a present? (In my case probably Jonna)

2016 VideoGameGeek Secret Santa
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