Welcome to the Atari Age NES High Score League!
Participation: To join the league, you need only to submit a score. While it would obviously be better for you if you start participating from the beginning, you can feel free to jump in at any time.
Game Selection: Games will be announced every Monday. While we will play every game for only one week, there will be a 2-day "grace period" allowed for posting scores. So while a week will technically end on a Sunday, you have an additional 2 days (meaning until Tuesday) to submit a score. This gives everyone an extra little pad in case things come up, the weekend is hectic, or you just plain forget until the next game is announced.
Playing the Game: While it is obviously preferable to use actual hardware, we all obviously have a unique library of games. It is pefectly acceptable to use emulators to play the games, provided that you do nothing to alter the original gameplay experience. Slowdown, save states, cheat codes, etc. are all various forms of cheating and have no place in the NES high score league. There is no way to verify this, so you are all on your honor.
Scoring: Unlike previous seasons, scoring in the league will be dependent on the actual score that a player achieves in the game. After all scores are submitted, the winning player is awarded 100 points, and the other players are assigned points based on how their score compares to the winning player's score. Example:
Player A achieves a score of 102,500. Player B scores 81,200. Player C scores 71,750. Player D scores 42,300. Player A, as the winner, is awarded the full 100 points. Player B's score was 79% of the highest score submitted, so they are awarded 79 points. Player C's score was 70% of the highest score submitted, so they are awarded 70 points. Player D's score was 41% of the highest score submitted, so they are awarded 41 points.
Additionally, point bonuses are awarded to the top two players of the week, who receive bonuses of 10 and 5 points, respectively.
This scoring system may sound more complicated, but places more emphasis on game performance, while still rewarding the top players with additional point bonuses. After the first week of play, the standings would look like this:
Player A 110 points Player B 84 points Player C 70 points Player D 41 points
Submitting your Score: To submit your score, all you need to do is post it in that week's thread. You can post as many scores as you like, as I will only count the highest one. You are encouraged to post a pic or screen cap of your score, but it is not required. As was mentioned previously, you have until two days after the following week's game is announced to submit your score.
Prizes: I will do my best to come up with small prizes to give to the winner of each season. Prizes will be announced whenever I come up with them. In addition to prizes for winning a season, I may give away smaller prizes appropriate for a particular week's game to that week's winner. The prizes will be small, and will certainly be nothing to cheat over! Single week prizes also provide incentive to those who for whatever reason are not in the running to win the season, either due to poor performance or a late start.
Suggestions? If you have suggestions concerning making the league run more smoothly, or just making it more fun, please never hesitate to speak up! You can PM me, or just post in the forum.
Good luck, and have fun!
Edited by Jibbajaba, Wed Jan 6, 2010 10:19 PM.