I'll also keep the game list here.
Here's how it is going to work, for now:
1. Each week of the HSC will begin
2. We will play one game at a time, for one week.
3. For a score to count it must be achieved during that game's week in the HSC.
4. To join the club, just post a score!
5. Each week we will vote on the following week's game. Here's how that will work:
- from the games list we will vote on the top 5 games
- the winner of the voting will be the next week's HSC game
- the non-winning game at the beginning of the list will be moved to the bottom of the list along with the winning game
- so, the following week we will vote again on five games, three of which will be carryovers from the previous week
- this gives every game at least five weeks to be voted in before being moved to the bottom of the list
- feel free to continue to suggest games, they will be added to the bottom of the list as they are suggested
6. At the end of the week, points will be assigned:
- 1st place: 10 points
- 2nd place: 8 points
- 3rd place: 6 points
- 4th place: 4 points
- 5th place: 2 points
- everyone else who participated: 1 point
7. Quoting (freely) from Ze_ro now...
# PLEASE DON'T CHEAT! There are no actual prizes to be won, so this whole thing is just for fun. Please don't ruin it for everyone else.
# PLEASE DON'T ABUSE BUGS IN THE GAMES! Many NES games have loopholes that allow you to easily get huge amounts of points without much work (An example of such "Point Scumming": ?? Maybe turtle trapping in SMB). Not only do these result in somewhat bogus high scores, but it ruins the fun and challenge of the game in the process. I'll try to point out "forbidden" tactics as I become aware of them, but if you happen to stumble across one that I was not aware of, please let me know! (NOTE: If a bug is proven to exist partway through the week, existing scores may be removed if it can be proven that they have exploited the bug even if it was not intentional. If you have triggered the bug accidentally, I would urge to you voluntarily remove your score and post a new one.)
Answers to questions:
Q: Can the games be played on emulators, or only on actual hardware?
A: While I would encourage that you play it on actual hardware, emulator play will be allowed. However, please don't cheat by using slow motion, save states, or any other special features of the emulator that aren't available on the actual hardware. Also, please stay away from "questionable" emulation, such as any plug-n-play joysticks. These games may not be emulated properly (or not emulated at all!), which leads to slightly different gameplay and different scoring. Also, you have to play the actual NES version for your score... scores from (for example) the 5200 or ColecoVision port will not count. However, if these options are easier for you, then it may be worthwhile to practice with these games before taking a real run on an actual system or emulator. NEX and other NES "clones" are allowed unless there are significant compatibility issues with whichever game is being played. We'll play this one by ear.
Q: Do we need to post pictures to prove our scores?
A: No. This is not a requirement. We will assume you are being honest about your scores and leave it at that. If people feel that someone is lying about their score, we will deal with it then. If you want to post a picture that you think is funny or impressive, then go right ahead, but it's not required.
Q: Do I have to be a member to contribute?
A: Not at all! If you want to join in on the cameraderie, feel free to do so. If you just want to express your like or dislike for the game, or contribute tips without bothering with high scores, then go right ahead!
Q: Oh... someone already has such a huge score that I'll never even come close to it. What's the point?
A: Try not to think about it like that. The main purpose here is to challenge yourself to new heights, and try to excel at a game in your own right. Instead of playing solely so you can try to get the highest score, try to play for the fun of it, and enjoy yourself. Ignore everyone else's scores, and focus on trying to better your own score. Who knows? You might find out that you're better at the game than you originally thought, and end up getting 1st place after all! You'll certainly never know if you don't try!
Q: I got the highest score! What do I win?
A: Well... nothing really. This isn't really about winning anything, but more about challenging yourself to new heights, and getting you interested in games that you might never have given much thought to before.
Q: I rolled the score! What happens now?
A: Congratulations! Unfortunately, this leads to a bit of a problem in the way all this works. You see, the power of the NES is rather limited, which means that the games can only get so fast. Since the speed of the game is limited, this often means that the difficulty of the game is limited as well. Once someone gets good enough at the games highest difficulty level, it's entirely possible for them to play (for all intensive purposes) forever! On a number of weeks, we've run into the problem that a number of people were good enough to do this. The problem then is how to decide who gets the #1 place. I don't want to force people to play a game for 10 hours straight just so that they can roll the score that one extra time to get a few extra points. I want people to enjoy the game, not to get sick of it. So, in the case that multiple people are skilled enough to roll the score, then their scores will just be listed as the maximum it can go before rolling, and everyone who does so will just be tied for first place. The person with the highest score who didn't roll the score will be considered as 2nd place and so on. If appropriate, this rule may be waived for certain games (for example, games that roll at 10,000 rather than 1,000,000). However, even though you won't get any extra points for obscenely huge scores, I highly encourage you to record the game and send it to the people at Twin Galaxies! I'm sure they'd love to see it!
3D World Runner
Ms. Pac-Man (Tengen)
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Donkey Kong 3
Flying Warriors (Flying Dragon 2?)
Track & Field
Super Robin Hood (in Quattro Adventure)
Snake, Rattle n Roll
The simpsons Bart vs. space mutants
Mighty Bomb Jack
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ninja Gaiden III
Low G Man
The Karate Kid
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Rush 'n Attack
Wizards & Warriors
Super Mario Bros. 3
Double Dragon II
A Nightmare On Elm Street
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Super Mario Bros.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
Ghosts 'n' Goblins
The Legend of Kage
The Hunt For Red October
Ghosts 'n' Goblins
Guardian Legend TGL mode
Ninja Gaiden II
Note: I've decided to keep the played-games separate for now. I'll reintegrate them at some point when I figure out a good way to do that.
Edited by vdub_bobby, Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:01 PM.