Have you ever wanted to see your favorite video game characters duke it out in an arena? Me too! Not having any programming skills and money to cover the inevitable copyright infringement lawsuits, I present to you the next best thing: the VGG Character Tournaments. It is essentially one big popularity contest. It's not about whose the strongest, most interesting, or most endearing character, it's all about who gets the most votes. This is a 64 participant tournament with single elimination rules, modeled after the annual Geek Madness tournament.
A different theme is chosen for each year's tournament to ensure the same characters aren't nominated again and again. We want variety! Don't worry about it too much though, we aren't tight fisted about it and are generally very inclusive in regards to the theme.
How the Character Tournament works:
1. A nomination thread is posted where everyone suggests characters.
2. One to two weeks later a vote is used to narrow the nominations down to just 64 characters.
3. Each of the 64 characters are paired with an opponent.
4. The winners are decided through voting and move onto the next round, of which there are six.
Everything is recorded using an elimination chart and there are no rules or criteria for how someone votes. Your reasons for choosing one character over another are entirely your own. It is also normal to see many characters you recognize at the start of the competition and very few at the end. Each round eliminates half of the contestants, so it's natural to see the number of characters you recognize decrease as well. But don't let that discourage you. The character tournaments are all about supporting your favorites and having fun.
The first character tournament was held by TheEbonyTurtle back in 2012 and was themed around Heroes. A villains themed tournament was planned for the following year and work even begun on the project. Due to the amount of time and effort required to put a tournament together, TheEbonyTurtle was unable to run the event. Nothing further came of it, until 2016 when frumpish revived the project. From 2017 onward, the tournaments have been hosted by Forbidding.
The seeding method denotes how the contestants were paired. Each method has its own pros and cons and we have tried out a few approaches over the years.
Standard: The highest ranking is paired off against the lowest ranking. 1-64, 2-63, 3-62...
Even Pairing: High ranking is paired off against high ranking and low ranking is paired off against low ranking. 1-2, 3-4, 64-63, 62-61...
Random: Totally random match ups.