So, I've been thinking a lot about it today, and I want to do something with and for you fine people besides my usual role as the host of the completed games thread. Today is March 1st (Thank you, Captain Obvious.), and as March rolls around, so does the NCAA basketball phenomenon known as March Madness. Well I generally dislike sports and usually want nothing to do with this time, but I thought... Why not use the theme of a elimination tournament as a way to clear out the old backlog.
You see, before the end of last year, my collection was bereft of backlog. I would play games as I get them and nothing more. But over the holidays my adoring and loving wife somehow acquired me a backlog of my very own by buying me a ton of games and such as they went on great sales. I love that she knows me well enough that she buys me games and DLC as gifts, but I'm now stuck with a large amount of games that I want to play, but haven't gotten a chance to do so.
And I hate it.
So, as there is really only one game in March that I want to get (Come here, Bioshock Infinite, you tasty bastage...), I'm going to dedicate the rest of March to cleaning up as much of my backlog as I possibly can and I want you guys to help me. I love the idea of giving back to the community, so I propose this to my fellows
Anyone who wants to participate can do so but after the first week (March 10th) submissions will be closed to new players.
You will be paired up with someone at random to be your competition in the bracket.
The rounds will run one week in length (March 11th-17th, 18th-24th, 25th-31st.), The person with the most points at the end of one week will move up in the bracket and continue competing.
Full games are worth 1 point. DLC is half a point. Points will be reset for each week for the new competition. In the case of a tie, you will both move on to the next tier and be re-paired with someone new.
The tournament will continue until one person is left standing at the end. Points gathered in previous weeks will still accumulate in a meta-game total.
The person left standing will get a prize at the end. If it's me, then the prize will be awarded to the person in second place (I'm not gonna give it to myself. That's cheating!).
The person with the highest (or second highest, if I'm the first) meta-game score will also receive a prize. Unless, of course, you are the winner of the other contest, then your prize will likely just be a bit bigger.
Now, as I want this to be as clean as possible, I'm limiting what you can post to only the things in your backlog as of today. New items won't count (Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, etc. Things that come out in March. Anything that you BUY in March, actually. It's not technically part of your backlog if you just bought it.)... And please guys... Please please please don't make me get anal about this and ask for proof. I trust you guys, just the same way that I trust you with the `Completed Games` thread. If you post something here, I believe you. I will probably get suspicious if you start dumping games on the thread as a way to pad your points. Again, I'm trusting you guys to make this a legit contest.
I don't want to say what the prize will be, but I will make it worth your while to participate.
I'd love to know you guys thoughts on this and hopefully people will join in on this with me. I'd like to see some nice healthy competition here that will drive me to put a nail in this damn backlog.
Thank you, guys!
Oh, One last thing, if you think you're going to sign up, dump a lot of games here, win and bail and not come back, don't bother even signing up. I'm not going to let that happen.