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Author: Leroux
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:11 AM)
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Unfortunately, we didn't hit the goal of 27 reviewers, but 23 isn't too bad.

The following letters went unassigned and are available to claim for any Johnny-Come-Latelys:

NONE

My original position was you couldn't trade for any vacated letter, but considering we don't have nearly as many vacated as I was worried about when I made the rule (and none are what I would exactly consider desirable), I'll drop the restriction. However, to keep from constant swapping, and because I know some people out there like to stick to their assigned letter because it is the manly thing to do, there is a -3 point deduction from your final score for each trade/swap made (both one-for-one or with a vacated letter). Not insurmountable, but enough to make it worth thinking about if you're shooting for first place in this highly competitive pool.

Feel free to complain if you want this dropped. Was a spur of the moment idea.

Anyway, your letters:

# - Asherdeus - 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

A - Espiga

B - Suskie - Beat Hazard

C - True - Condemned 2: Bloodshot

D - Radical Dreamer

E - Ben - Elemix!

F - DarkEternal - Flashback

G - Pickhut

H - Genj - Hourai Gakuen no Bouken

I - Zippdementia - Ico

J - Turducken - Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles

K - Overdrive - Kirby's Adventure

L - Zigfried (-6, late sign up, traded X for L)

M - Nightmare

N - Jerec - New Play Control! Pikmin

O - Honestgamer

P - Dragoon of Infinity - Persona 4

Q - Coarse Dragon - Questron

R - EmP - Red Dead Redemption

S - Wolfqueen - Star Wars: Battlefront 2

T - Yamishuryou

U - Ascultz (-3, late sign up)

V - Sportsman - VVVVVV

W - JoeTheDestroyer (-3, late sign up) - Wizards & Warriors

X - Janus (-3, traded L for X) - X-Men: The Arcade Game

Y - Will

Z - Sho



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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:34 AM)
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I'd like to sign up. Am I allowed to choose from the remaining? If so, I'll take W. If not, give me your worst.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:39 AM)
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I approve of the points docking.

I've never got a decent letter before. I'm not sure what to do with it.


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:47 AM)
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Alright, dumb question: do I choose my own game to review? Never done this before.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:51 AM)
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EmP: You go C one year!

Joe: Yeah. With the exception of one contest, you always choose your own review. In this case, it just has to start with the letter you picked.

I'm quite pleased with S. There's a lot I can do with that. ...Come to think of it, with the exception of A one year, I've never had a decent letter either. Hahahaha.


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Author: Leroux
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:50 AM)
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Yep. It just needs to begin with 'W'.

Here's a rules re-post:

The Details:
The AlphabetOlympics is an annual contest at HG where up to 27 participants enter, are randomly assigned a letter of the alphabet (or the dreaded '#' category), and are tasked with reviewing a game that begins with the same letter. The best review decided by a panel of judges wins, scored out of a 100 total points by each and averaged together for a final score.

Judges
Felix, Leroux, Masters -- hereon referred to as "those old timers that suck"

Deadline
January 8th, 2011 at midnight HG, meaning Overdrive has all day that Saturday to write his review with a hangover.

Rules:
-3 point deduction from the final score for each letter change after the sign-up deadline.


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: December 05, 2010 (09:06 AM)
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W's really not such a bad letter. I've already got some ideas, and I'd like to do a game that I never reviewed for GameFAQs.


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Author: Halon
Posted: December 05, 2010 (10:20 AM)
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Yay, for once I didn't get 'N'! Guess that's what I get for picking 13 every year.


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Author: pickhut
Posted: December 05, 2010 (10:24 AM)
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Damn it, I had this awesome plan for a G review, but the original source material is forever gone. Guess I'll just do another game.


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: December 05, 2010 (11:41 AM)
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Crap. "O" is a pretty aweful letter. Ah, well. Every year I've participated, I've participated with the letter that I was given. This year will be no different. I won with "V" back in the day, so maybe I'll win now with "O."


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: December 05, 2010 (12:25 PM)
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Hmmm... "I" really isn't bad at all! E or G would've fit right in with what I'm currently reviewing, but I can do I.


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Author: jerec
Posted: December 05, 2010 (12:33 PM)
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I can work with N.


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Author: Genj
Posted: December 05, 2010 (12:33 PM)
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H.

That's a letter alright.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: December 05, 2010 (02:09 PM)
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B again? Seriously? Eh, whatever.

Oh yeah, I also like the point deduction idea.


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Author: Halon
Posted: December 05, 2010 (03:05 PM)
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The good news about having 'V' is there are only two games that I can review. The bad news about having 'V' is there are only two games that I can review!

Not a lot of variety, but at least I don't have to spend the next month making up my mind.


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Author: yamishuryou
Posted: December 05, 2010 (05:36 PM)
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the letter t

is titillating

and I think I got this exact same letter last year before I traded for G


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Author: espiga
Posted: December 05, 2010 (07:33 PM)
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I will now announce the name of the game I will be reviewing.

It is named A________.

Fill in the blank with whatever you please.


Your girlfriend's name ends in .jpg


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Author: WilltheGreat
Posted: December 05, 2010 (07:39 PM)
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Y?

Seriously?

...

Maybe I'll do You Don't Know Jack.


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Author: sho
Posted: December 05, 2010 (07:57 PM)
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That's odd, I'm pretty sure I entered this thing.

SNUBBED!!


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Author: asherdeus
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:24 PM)
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Fuck.


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Author: Leroux
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:38 PM)
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Maybe next time leave a post instead of just editing mine the day before without saying anything, Sho.

18 was X, which Zig took already, so take your pick of U or Z with no deduction if you want.


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Author: yamishuryou
Posted: December 05, 2010 (09:19 PM)
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sho could do Zero Wing and make constant jabs at //Zig by talking about the 'zig' fighter

I can tell you what I won't be doing, anything that starts with 'The'


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Author: sho
Posted: December 05, 2010 (08:56 PM)
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I only decided to enter that evening when it became obvious the roster wasn't going to fill up, so I just quickly added myself to the master list under the assumption it would be used to assign the letters once the deadline passed. My apologies to you and Masters for employing unscrupulous staff stealth (but not Felix_Arabia).

Anyway, I guess I'll take "Z." I wouldn't dream of denying brother Zig the opportunity to review quality software like X-Na.


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Author: zigfried (Mod)
Posted: December 05, 2010 (09:27 PM)
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Trying to decide between X-Change, X-Change 2, or X-Change 3.

//Zig


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Author: sho
Posted: December 05, 2010 (09:42 PM)
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You could always take the U and do Urotsukidōji instead. Trust me, the readers want more tentacle rape.


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