Rules, Regulations, and Other Crucial Points
function of this page is to outline the regulations of judging for the
sixteen people who will fill that roll. As I said before, judging
necessitates participation in the round of nomination, which has now
concluded. In other words, no new judges will be added to the roster I
have already accumulated.
Information as to the structure and time frame of the
tournament can also be found here, though. In that spirit, I recommend
that you read at least those portions of the listing so as to
familiarize yourself with the way in which this tournament will elapse.
The rules are broken down by subject heading.
-Rules Specific to Judging-
I am a judge, just to give fair warning.
The judges for each match will be chosen at random (I
literally draw names out of a hat.) The only provision of this is that
I will keep those names already selected for a certain round out of
said receptacle until everybody has been chosen. If after that point
more judges are still necessary for the voting period, I will begin the
For each assigned match, the task of the judge is to
choose which of the two games he considers superior. Neither seeding,
the views of parties other than the judge, nor chance-based factors
(e.g. flipping a coin) should influence this decision making process.
No single judge is required to vote on every match in a
given period. Rather, judges will be notified via e-mail of the matches
they have been assigned. These messages will be BCCed to prevent
open-forum discussions on the topic (I want this to be an individual,
Once you have voted, your selection may not be changed.
Tim Connolly's analyses are not intended to be resources. Rather, they are here for entertainment purposes.
I will not release the names of the judges of a given
match, even after it has concluded. I do, however, plan to thank each
of the judges by name at the close of the tournament. Any judge not
wishing to have his name/e-mail address divulged should notify me
Judges are encouraged not to vote if they are unfamiliar
with one of the games they are chosen to judge, but I must be notified
of that unfamiliarity so as to assign the match to another judge.
In the event that a selected judge does not vote in a
given match, a new one will be appointed. This measure, however, will
not be employed if the new judge's vote would not influence the outcome
of the match (i.e. if a simple majority has already been reached.)
Absence from three successive assigned matches will
result in the judge in question's removal from the list. These
individuals may be reinstated at any time by simply mailing me and
requesting such an action.
Judges who wish to be removed from the list may request that of me at any time.
-Time Frame and Match Format-
Each voting period lasts
three days. Exceptions will be made in response to sudden changes in my
schedule, but I will endeavor to make such occurences as infrequent as
The first voting period begins Monday, June 21st.
In each match, the game receiving a majority vote will
win, but matches will not conclude upon reception of that majority if
there remain judges who have not voted.
For the opening round, each region will be voted upon
separately. In the second round, regions will be paired, resulting in
the same number of matches per each period. Thereafter, each voting
period will encompass the entire competition.
In order to allow time for the preparation of Tim's
analyses, I will not begin a voting period immediately after the
closure of its predecessor. Exceptions to this rule are made during the
first two rounds, when the matches will be apparent well in advance of
their voting periods.
The field of competitors is divided into four groups --
in the manner of the NCAA Tournament. I have elected not to call them
"regions", as it is difficult to divide video games along geographical
The number of judges for each match will increase as the
rounds progres, but it will always be odd so as to prohibit ties. A
table of these values is below.
RoundNumber of JudgesMajority Vote
First & second rounds32
Round of 1653
7th Place Match53
5th Place Match74
3rd Place Match95
Because sixteen judges are participating in this competition, I will,
rather than draw names and slight one individual, merely exclude myself
from the championship.
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