Like Frozen's March Madness idea, I thought it might be fun to run a fantasy pool for games.
The general idea behind fantasy pools in sports is you pick whatever players will have the best season, and then their stats. are added up to create a final score, or something along those lines.
The same idea will be applied here except participants will be trying to pick the best GAMES of the year. The final score is based on the game's overall Metacritic rating. For example, if one of your games scored 8.5 and your second 7.0, your score would be 15.5. Participants will create a list of games, I'm thinking 10 games plus a couple "extras" in case substitutions need to be made, and whoever has the highest score "wins". Not sure if there will be a prize. I have some old 360 and PS2 games. Maybe I'll send one to the winner. Well, that's not the important part.
There will be a gaming draft. Participants will take turns choosing from the top "seeded" games to add to their list. I'm sure we'll have fun determining what games should get seeded. Once a participant chooses a top seeded game, it can't be added to anyone else's list.
Not all games will be considered, but there is generally no restriction on what games you can choose. As long as the game gets a respectable number of critiques on Metacritic (say, 10?), it counts. Even if it's a silly mobile game. If a game you choose doesn't get enough ratings...well, that counts as a zero. Sorry, but the onus is on you to pick both the best games and those big enough to make the list; however, if you're worried your game won't make the cut, you may make a substitution from your sub. list at any time (also pre-chosen). So long as the game hasn't been judged yet, it's still "fluid". This holds true for games that are unexpectedly delayed outside the contest window or canceled altogether: you may sub. those games out.
Rereleases and ports don't count. If you know the PC version of a game scored well, you sort of have an idea of how the game will score on a console. It's just not the same.
The contest will run between the start of E3 to the next E3.
FAQs I totally made up:
Why Metacritic ratings?
Because it's the best way to objectively score games. Gamers have taken to assigning scores of "0" lately as a means to drive the score down, and I can't play every single game out there to score them myself, so I can't trust reader reviews. I also need a place where I can see all the scores in one shot. And I just know Metacritic.
If anyone has a better way to score the games, I'm all ears (or eyes in this case).
Why from E3 to E3?
Because that's where many game announcements come from and the Autumn release dates are pretty sparse before an E3. Games also tend to get moved around, and most games released after the New Year are holdovers from the previous year anyway. While not all games announced at E3 will come out any time soon, it also tends to showcase previously announced games that are about to be released. When you're creating your lists, you will want to review as much game footage as possible to determine how good it will be.
So long as a game is not critiqued before E3, it falls within the contest window and will count (even if the game was announced years before or is released with days after E3). If a game from a previous window falls directly before E3, it counts as part of the previous contest window.
Why a game draft?
Because it would totally suck if all our lists looked exactly the same, save for 1 or 2 differences. Let's face it, we'll all pick Watch Dogs, so I want to prevent that somewhat by hosting a draft. It won't be very big and should fall within 1 drafted game per person. I haven't decided on all the details yet. It depends on how many people participate.
Not all details have been finalized yet because I'm sure there are some kinks that need to be ironed out, but for the most part that's the contest.
So, who is interested? I'm hoping for at least 5 people.