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This was named Article of the Week in April of 2008.

The 2008 Game Contest Petition was started on Board 8 by Ngamer on April 14th, 2008. The petition was designed to be a show of support for a "Best. Game. Ever. II." Contest, in the hopes of making it very clear to SB that it would be the tournament that B8 (and all of GameFAQs) is dying to see.

The original topic can be viewed at the following link:

Result Edit

After the petition reached its initial goal of 250+ signs, it was sent in for SB's consideration. Shortly afterwards (on August 8, 2008), he announced the start of Character Battle VII, but included a brief note saying

Also just so you know, we'll be doing our next contest early in the year next year. I won't spoil it, but I'll say that it will be really handy if you fill out the My Games section and rank the games. ;)

With that, the petition was declared a success! It didn't result in a 2008 Game Contest as originally planned, but at least served to grab SB's attention, and as a result there was a Game Contest in the Spring of 2009.

The Original Petition Edit

If you would like to see GameFAQs hold a Game Contest in 2008, please make a post saying

*signs*

As to specifics, those who sign in this topic will be making a statement saying they support

  • A traditional 64 game tournament to be determined by Polls of the Day sometime in 2008. (the sooner it could happen the better, of course, but we understand that this is not SB's #1 priority)
  • No division by era. (we've already determined that Mario 3 and Zelda 1 dominate the 8 bit era; the much more interesting question is how well they would hold up against modern competition)
  • No gimmicks. (a standard 1v1 format, no removal of past champions, no limiting by era, no limitations on the nomination form)

Petition Results Edit

The showing of support was signed by 258 GameFAQs users, and anti-signed by 0.

Signs Edit

listed in alphabetical order

Anti-Signs Edit

  • none

Game Contest II - Why Now? Edit

On April 14th, Ngamer explained why he feels Spring 2008 is the ideal time to hold a Game Contest.

  • The last Game Contest kicked off on Friday, April 2nd, 2004. That's right, even though it doesn't seem possible, it's been more than four years since the last time games were in competition here on GameFAQs. Four years ago to the day, in fact, we had already advanced into the 16-bit portion of the bracket, and were watching Link to the Past put up 91% on Gunstar Heroes. We've seen that Character results can change drastically even over the course of a single off-season; imagine how much of a difference four years could have made!
  • The most anticipated game in GameFAQs history was just released. Regardless of where you fall when it comes to the Brawl v Melee debate, every poll leading up to the game's release pointed toward it being the most-hyped we've ever witnessed. It outperformed Twilight Princess, Final Fantasy X, and everything else you could think of in those pre-release polls. Now, whether the game has lived up to that hype is a matter of debate- but we've debated that point too much already, it's time to put in a Contest environment and let it fend for itself!
  • The Champion is once again in question. Is Final Fantasy VII still the crown jewel of GameFAQs? Many would still say yes, but between the overall Nintendo Boost we've been witnessing since 2005, Zelda's unexpected (at least on this board) defeat of Final Fantasy in 2006, and Link continuing to beat Cloud by larger and larger margins every Summer, others are of the opinion that a 2008 Game Contest would be OoT's to lose. Still others would make a case for Brawl as a potential darkhorse... even though those people are crazy, that doesn't detract from the fact that we would most likely witness our most closely-contested Final in history, both in terms of predictions and actual vote results.
  • There have been dozens of well-loved, very interesting games released since '04. This is rather obvious, but still worth stating. Could Resident Evil 4 hang with the Contest heavyweights? Has Portal made enough of an impact to steal an opening round victory? Could a casual favorite like Guitar Hero or Wii Sports make some noise against a high ranked but somewhat cultish title?
  • The 2004 format resulted in some huge snubs that could surprise us in '08. How far would you take Final Fantasy VIII to advance in a bracket? How about OoT's younger brother, MM? What kind of support would an influential classic like Mario 1 receive in the year 2008?

Comments Edit

I love how this is the one thing that can unite all the various factions on Board 8. From the vets to the noobs, from the posters to the lurkers, from the trolls to the outcasts to the clique, this is the one cause we can all rally around as one big happy family. *Hugs everyone*
~ redrocket

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