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VideoGameGeek hosts a review contest each month to encourage users to post reviews to the site. Each month features an optional theme so no two months are the same. Whether you enjoy writing reviews or merely want to read the latest reviews posted to the site, we invite you to participate! A link to the current contest geeklist can be found in the tables below, so come and join the fun!

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Any and all reviews posted to VGG during the contest month are eligible for entry into the review contest. There are only two requirements:

    1. The user who submits the review must be the original author of the work.
    2. The review must be written in the contest month. Old reviews from other websites are not allowed even if the user who submits the review is the original author. (The idea is to generate new content for VGG, not pull old content from other websites.)

All entrants in the contest receive GeekGold https://cf.geekdo-static.com/images/geekgold.gif just for participating and additional GG and microbadges if the review places:

  • All participants are eligible for Microbadge: Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest participant.
  • The author of the user-voted 1st place review will win the prestigious winner’s microbadge: Microbadge: Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest winner Microbadge: Two-time Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest winner Microbadge: Three-time Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest winner Microbadge: Four-time Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest winner Microbadge: Legendary Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest winner.
  • Authors placing 2nd through 4th will receive the right to purchase Microbadge: I have placed 2nd in the Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest (and I had to buy this lousy microbadge with my winnings!), Microbadge: I have placed 3rd in the Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest (and I had to buy this lousy microbadge with my winnings!), or Microbadge: I have placed 4th in the Monthly Video Game Geek Review Contest (and I had to buy this lousy microbadge with my winnings!).

2020 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
January N/A N/A N/A - - - -
February N/A N/A N/A - - - -
March† Navel 3 9 ghostpants Rindis Forbidding -
April† Post Apocalyptic 3 9 Forbidding Rindis Aarontu -
May† Parallel Universes 3 6 Aarontu Rindis Forbidding -
June† Historical 3 ? Forbidding Rindis Forbidding -
July† A.I. 2 ? ? ? - -
August† Dark Fantasy 2 ? Sjeng Bending Unit 22 - -
September Weather 0 0 - - - -
October Horror
N/A
N/A

† Geeklist deleted by host.

Themes were brought back in March 2020.

2019 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Other Participants
January Robots 7 19 ctimmins ctimmins Forbidding wizcreations Aarontu, CrazyCatman, tdphillips
February Love 1 N/A Forbidding - - - -
March Music 3 11 Forbidding Rindis Aarontu - -
April Flight 4 13 Rindis Forbidding adularia25 pikkusiili2000 -
May N/A 3 15 M1Tanker Aarontu ghostpants - -
June N/A 4 13 ghostpants Rindis Aarontu Killercod -
July N/A 4 10 Rindis Quaseymoto Quaseymoto Killercod -
August N/A 3 6 Aarontu Sjeng Rindis - -
September N/A 4 8 Rindis Forbidding Sjeng Forbidding -
October N/A 4 10 Aarontu Forbidding Forbidding Rindis -
November N/A 5 13 Sjeng Aarontu Forbidding Forbidding -
December N/A 3 9 Forbidding Rindis Forbidding - -

Themes were dropped in May 2019.

2018 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Other Participants
January Procrastination 4 23 spacewolf009 M1Tanker flaeryn CrazyCatman -
February Somnolent 3 18 M1Tanker YellowLab CrazyCatman - -
March Passing the torch 5 21 M1Tanker Sjeng spacewolf009 CrazyCatman -
April Spring 4 14 M1Tanker Aarontu spacewolf009 CrazyCatman -
May Construction 3 21 M1Tanker Aarontu CrazyCatman - -
June Animal protagonist(s) 4 19 adularia25, thucydides2004 - CrazyCatman Aarontu -
July Vacation 6 22 ctimmins Sjeng Aarontu CrazyCatman, Rindis -
August Leadership 6 15 M1Tanker Forbidding Rindis ctimmins Barad_the_dwarf
September Physics 4 10 Rindis Forbidding Aarontu CrazyCatman -
October Halloween 2 9 Forbidding Rindis - - -
November Board Games 9 10 Aarontu Forbidding pikkusiili2000 aslaksen -
December Holiday Season 5 14 Forbidding Aarontu tdphillips, CrazyCatman - -


2017 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Other Participants
January New Beginnings 13 10 YellowLab JohnRayJr Zimeon wizcreations CrazyCatman, Grimwold, kleric42, ljacone, Yatsuo
February Nostalgia 11 11 YellowLab Aarontu thucydides2004 pikkusiili2000 adularia25, CrazyCatman, ljacone, McKell
March Top 101-200 Games 6 11 adularia25 wizcreations YellowLab CrazyCatman ljacone
April Adventure Games 5 11 Aarontu Sjeng Sjeng CrazyCatman -
May Your VGG Challenge 11 14 Kodeir Aarontu Sjeng YellowLab adularia25, CrazyCatman, thucydides2004, wizcreations
June Unique Game Mechanics 7 13 YellowLab flaeryn wizcreations Sjeng Barad_the_dwarf, CrazyCatman
July Game of the Year 4 11 YellowLab flaeryn Aarontu wizcreations -
August Walking Simulators 5 12 pikkusiili2000 Aarontu Barad_the_dwarf flaeryn Sjeng
September Endless Games 5 11 pikkusiili2000 Aarontu YellowLab wizcreations CrazyCatman
October Pets 3 11 Aarontu pikkusiili2000 pikkusiili2000 - -
November Slow Travel 7 10 Sjeng wizcreations GibbRS ljacone adularia25, Danneq
December Brings Joy 6 22 M1Tanker Sjeng _Kael_ Zimeon YellowLab, CrazyCatman


2016 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Other Participants
January 2015 Releases 11 9 thucydides2004
frumpish
- wizcreations
Katastrophy9
- fbinder, Hirocon, jospanther, Mistefire
February Love 7 12 The Maverick Mistefire
The Maverick
- The Maverick fbinder, frumpish, joakim589
March Scandinavia 4 9 GeneSteeler wagglybean spacewolf009 wizcreations -
April SEGA Games 4 7 Aarontu The Maverick
wizcreations
- wizcreations -
May One-Word Titles 6 7 _Kael_ dokmatrix
Aarontu
- wizcreations thucydides2004
June Sandbox Games 2 N/A Sjeng Sjeng - - -
July Unreviewed on VGG 11 15 Nulli Secundus Sjeng _Kael_ thucydides2004 adularia25, Barad_the_dwarf, GeneSteeler, MontyMooMan, spacewolf009, wagglybean, wizcreations
August Platformers 6 12 Barad_the_dwarf The Maverick
The Maverick
- joakim589
The Maverick
-
September Nine-Character Titles 6 9 Aarontu Double J thucydides2004 thucydides2004 adularia25, wizcreations
October PS4 Games 2 8 Double J Aarontu - - -
November War 3 7 _Kael_ frumpish wizcreations - -
December Shopping 6 9 Barad_the_dwarf
wagglybean
- wagglybean adularia25 -


2015 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Other Participants
January 2014 Releases 8 8 wizcreations Kodeir sbszine Rindis
sbszine
Bifford, msnobody, Zimeon
February Digital Board Games 13 19 wytefang Mr Boris Kattvippa Katastrophy9 andrewhodkinson, Barad_the_dwarf, Bifford, Kezle, paulidale, Renwmn, sbszine, wizcreations
March Horror Games 10 8 Mr Boris wizcreations sbszine Mr Boris adularia25, Katastrophy9, Kattvippa
April Aliens 8 9 spacewolf009 sbszine IceFire1424 N/A adularia25, Bifford, frumpish
May Cel Shading 7 12 sbszine Mr Boris Barad_the_dwarf frumpish andrewhodkinson, jdw734, wizcreations
June 1990s Releases 10 11 Aarontu sbszine
IceFire1424
- IceFire1424 Barad_the_dwarf, frumpish, Fullmetalwwant, N/A, thucydides2004, wizcreations
July Peripheral Play 4 8 Barad_the_dwarf
sbszine
- wizcreations Barad_the_dwarf -
August Gangsters and Crime 5 12 sbszine Rindis sbszine Barad_the_dwarf pikkusiili2000
September Wild West 5 9 Mr Boris SilvaShado
frumpish
- wagglybean sbszine
October Eponymous Protagonist 7 7 Mr Boris frumpish sbszine Forbidding adularia25, bulldog93, Mistefire
November Top 500 on VGG 18 12 Mistefire andrewhodkinson frumpish wizcreations
thucydides2004
wagglybean
adularia25, Barad_the_dwarf, Forbidding, IceFire1424, Kattvippa, Mr Boris, pikkusiili2000, SilvaShado, USP45, Zimeon
December Robots 9 10 Mistefire frumpish Zimeon Mistefire Barad_the_dwarf

The monthly theme was made optional starting in January 2015.

2014 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Other Participants
January New to You in 2013 5* 9 mylittlepwny TheScarletSpider YellowLab N/A† frumpish, fusag, manukajoe
February Boss Battles 5 11 marcosestevo orleansguy22 frumpish N/A† Barad_the_dwarf, msnobody
March Food 6 10 RuneLar frumpish Lord_Kristof N/A† manukajoe, msnobody, orleansguy22
April Build, Make, Create 4 5 frumpish adularia25
Astartus
- N/A† joakim589
May Female Player Character 6 12 thucydides2004 Forbidding msnobody N/A† adularia25, mylittlepwny, YellowLab
June Exclusives 5 12 wizcreations YellowLab frumpish N/A† manukajoe, SkitSkatCat
July Puzzle Games 3‡ 7 adularia25 YellowLab frumpish N/A† manukajoe
August Unlockable Content YellowLab wizcreations Forbidding N/A† frumpish
September Online Interactions 4 9 _Kael_
sbszine
- manukajoe N/A† frumpish
October Globetrotting 5 10 Barad_the_dwarf adularia25
thucydides2004
YellowLab
- N/A† frumpish
November Happiness and Joy 1 N/A frumpish - - N/A† -
December Myths & Legends 2 7 spacewolf009 manukajoe - - -

* One additional entry was ineligible to win as it was submitted by the winner of the December 2013 contest.
† 4th place was added to the contest in December 2014.
‡ One additional entry was ineligible to win as it did not meet the minimum word count requirement.

2013 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Other Participants
January New to You in 2012 9 16 38thDoE
frumpish
- TheScarletSpider
thucydides2004
andrewhodkinson, Cynical, DoomTurtle, N/A, spacewolf009
February Space 7 17 N/A thucydides2004 Ziilch celiborn, Cynical, Lord_Kristof, vazquezramos
March Licensed Games 4 12 Lord_Kristof thucydides2004 TheScarletSpider frumpish
April Empires 4 6 Rindis frumpish frumpish GeneSteeler
May Laws 5 9 thucydides2004 TheScarletSpider N/A frumpish
June Rated 18+ 5* 7 TheScarletSpider
andrewhodkinson
- TheScarletSpider GeneSteeler, thucydides2004, Ziilch
July Time 3 8 supermoneypenny Aarontu frumpish -
August Swords 6 15 andrewhodkinson N/A frumpish fusag, TheLongshot, TheScarletSpider
September Family 6 10 frumpish TheLongshot vazquezramos GeneSteeler, thucydides2004, Zimeon
October Flight _Kael_
The Maverick
- _Kael_ thucydides2004
November Top 200 on VGG 4 8 sirjeyhmis thucydides2004 frumpish -
December Collecting 4 9 frumpish msnobody frumpish thucydides2004

* One additional entry was ineligible to win as it was submitted by the winner of the May 2013 contest.
† An error was made in counting the scores for this poll and a tie was awarded for 1st place.

2012 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Other Participants
January 2011 Releases 13 11 _Kael_ bugeeker Wahoffelmadenga
Lord_Kristof
frumpish, Kodeir, Maevre, paralipsis, TheScarletSpider, TMVM
February Sequels 11* 11 spacewolf009 frumpish wizcreations
Mymil
_Kael_, Abreu, Gnomish Mustard, Lord_Kristof, msnobody, Ncik, thucydides2004
March Public Health Warning 16 19 andrewhodkinson Juleske Cynical _Kael_, celiborn, frumpish, Kodeir, Maevre, TheScarletSpider, Wahoffelmadenga, wizcreations, wtan1
April What an Animal 13 10 Cynical banyan frumpish
Gnomish Mustard
celiborn, spacewolf009
May First Person 4 14 Bullseye71 _Kael_ gittes frumpish
June Driving 6 12 frumpish
rgatti
- Lord_Kristof Bending Unit 22
July Sports 5 19 Gnomish Mustard Ncik mylittlepwny Michael Dorosh, thucydides2004
August Superheroes 6 11 Cynical thucydides2004 frumpish Ncik, TMVM
September Multiple Personalities 5 8 msnobody thucydides2004 frumpish _Kael_, Wahoffelmadenga
October The Supernatural 7 9 Cynical Lord_Kristof spacewolf009 DoomTurtle, frumpish
November Movember: Beards and Moustaches 6 11 DoomTurtle frumpish
banyan
Cafeine _Kael_
December Peace on Earth 3 11 Lord_Kristof mylittlepwny frumpish -

* One additional entry was ineligible to win as it was submitted by the winner of the January 2012 contest.

2011 Contest Themes and Participants

Month Theme Entries Voters 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Other Participants
January 2010 Releases 6 25 Ziilch Ncik* Hirocon* Deleted042515, Hida Mann, slowcorner
February Unranked on VGG 8 10 Hirocon Lord_Kristof* Aarontu* bacusgod, Cheesechick , Deleted042515, Hida Mann, Tanuki
March Remastered 2 12 Lord_Kristof
Mymil
- - -
April Fools (games with at least one joke) 6 22 Broods Youngest _Kael_* greatredwarrior* awakeneddragon, bugeeker, spacewolf009
May Cooperative Games 4 11 greatredwarrior 38thDoe spacewolf009 awakeneddragon
June RPGs 12† 17 JohnRayJr Mymil Aarontu 38thDoE, awakeneddragon, Barad_the_dwarf, Brutilus, frumpish, greatredwarrior, Lord_Kristof, rgatti, TMVM
July Strategy Games 15 11 thucydides2004 bugeeker 38thDoE _Kael_, Aarontu, Barad_the_dwarf, Gnomish Mustard, mylittlepwny, rgatti, Rindis, spacewolf009, TMVM
August Unreviewed on VGG 11 7 gittes spacewolf009 Rindis Asdnart, Barad_the_dwarf, frumpish, Juleske, Sexy Boy, Sorohn, TheDudeAbides, TheScarletSpider
September No contest was held this month N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
October Japan 7 11 _Kael_ TheScarletSpider
Asdnart
- Barad_the_dwarf, frumpish, Juleske, thucydides2004
November Handheld Games 10 9 frumpish Barad_the_dwarf bugeeker thucydides2004, TMVM
December Winter Wonderland 7 9 awakeneddragon Ncik
Juleske
- Barad_the_dwarf, Gnomish Mustard, TheScarletSpider

* 2nd and 3rd place was retroactively awarded.
† One additional entry was ineligible to win as it was submitted by the winner of the May 2011 contest.

History of the VGG Review Contest

Rule Revisions

April 2011 A tiebreaker rule was added after the March contest had a tie for 1st place. Ties would be broken by the number of votes for 1st place, followed by votes for 2nd place and so on. This rule was later removed in October 2011 when a tie for 2nd was allowed to remain tied. The tiebreaker was reinstated in January 2017.
May 2011 2nd and 3rd place was added to the contest; there was only a 1st place winner for the contest for the first 4 months. 4th place was added in December 2014. 2nd and 3rd place awards were retroactively awarded when those positions were added to the contest. 4th place award was not retroactively awarded.
May 2011 With the addition of 2nd and 3rd place came the addition of a geekgold bonus for the 2nd and 3rd place finishers. This month also saw the creation of the geekgold door prize simply for entering the contest.
July 2011 The first month in which participants submitted more than one review to the contest. This was henceforth considered acceptable as it promoted more reviews to be written and added to VGG.
December 2014 An increase in geekgold prize winnings to accompany the addition of the 4th place award.
January 2015 The monthly review theme was made optional. Prior to this revision, reviews were only accepted in the contest if they fit the monthly theme. In May 2019 the thheme was removed.
January 2015 1st place winners were no longer required to abstain from the contest in the month following their win.
January 2015 All contest reviews required a minimum word count of 500 words. This rule was converted to a suggested minimum word count.

Contest Moderators

January 2011 The VGG Review Contest was initiated by Mymil.
September 2011 TMVM took over as contest moderator.
December 2016 wizcreations took over as contest moderator.
January 2018 adularia25 began moderating the contest.
March 2018 Sjeng took over and is the current moderator.

If you would be willing to help run future review contests, please contact one of the VGG admins and we will add you to a list of contacts. If or when the current contest moderator is no longer able to continue hosting the event, we will get in touch with you.

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