Upcoming AADL-GT Events: Retro Octathalon & State of Gaming Panel
OK, so the new branch is open and running well, it's time to get back to AADL-GT! We've got some very cool and very different events coming up in April. First, on Friday, April 14th, the first day of Spring Break, we've got the first ever AADL-GT Retro Octathalon, an olympic-style event featuring 8 vintage (pre-1990) games, and some great prizes for the best overall players. Then, on April 23rd, we'll be having a panel discussion on the State of Gaming, where we will engage in a definitely spirited and possibly civil conversation about where games are now, and where they are going, especially as we teeter on the precipice of the next generation. However, we need to flesh out some details for both of these events, so read on and add your comments.
Here's how I envision the Retro Octathalon working. We've got three time slots for qualifiers for different age ranges, teen, kid, and adult. Each contender will rotate through all 8 games. We will keep track of the high scores for each game and each age bracket, and the players with the highest total scores for all 8 events combined, in each age brackets will win small prizes, and will qualify for the championships at 8:00. So, you can get glory by having the highest score for a single event for your age bracket or overall, but you've got to do well at all 8 games to qualify for the 'medal round'. With me so far? You know how I love these complex tournament schemes. Somewhere, EJK is sweating. =)
Ok, so what we need to decide on is what these 8 games will be. Here are the constraints:
- The game must have been released before 1990
- The game must provide a score
- The game must be legally obtained (no mame roms)
- The game must not be too open-ended (i.e. no pacman or defender which can go on forever)
- The tournament attempt should be completable in around 5 minutes
- Minimal Randomness is preferable
- All qualifying events will be in single player mode
So, to get you started, here are the ones I've been thinking about:
- Super Mario Bros., worlds 1-1 through 1-4, highest score
- Hogan's Alley Trick Shot (Duck Hunt is too easy)
- Marble Madness
- Circus Atari
- Root Beer Tapper
- Star Wars Arcade (1 death star run only)
For the finals, I was thinking about some of these:
- Atari Combat or Pong
- Super Sprint
- Mario Bros.
Like most of our tournaments, your overall seed will determine your opponent, but I like the idea of head-to-head finals. So, what do you think? What should stay? What should go? What did I miss? Cough it up!
Then, we've got the State of Gaming panel coming up, where I will select a set of around 5 of you to be on a panel that I will moderate. If you'd like to be on the panel, let me know here by posting a short paragraph on what you think the next generation of consoles will offer gamers. You have the best chance of being chosen if your opinions are well-reasoned, articulate, and clever. While you all know I'm about the biggest Nintendo fanboy ever, don't pander to that; say what you think, and back it up.