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2020-05-25 13:08:41 - Last edit the 2020-05-25 15:13:40  
Reminder of decision taken the last 09th May 2020:

Cases of unavailable games and uncompetitive records

If the situation of unavailable games has always existed, it has become more acute since the advent of mobile and digital games, on PCs and consoles alike.
Moreover, on VGR, competition must remain fair and it is not considered fair play to have games that are no longer available, nor different according to the versions of the game or the consoles, etc.

So in the next version of VGR, it will be made possible to "disable" games that are no longer available so that they are no longer taken into account in the overall ranking. They will however remain available so that players wishing to play them can still post their records.

Beyond their availability, these games (especially mobile games) will also have to be played in the same way and therefore with the same version to have a fair competition.


Now I suggest you to put here the list of games you know, that are now unavailable, and which should be deactivated (soon, theorically) for rankings:

Tetris (IOS/Android):
not available since April 21th, 2020

Galaga Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition (IOS/Android):
not available since June, 30th 2016
source: tekken fandom

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2020-05-25 14:05:45 - Last edit the 2020-05-25 14:06:48  
Nice.
I suggest to add the URL of all store for all support in the game request to verifiy the availability like (for mobile games and digital games)

iOS : App Store link https://apps.apple.com/us/app/super-mario-run/id1145275343
Android : Google Play Store link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nintendo.zara&hl=fr

If there is no link available, yes unrank the game.

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2020-05-25 15:25:07  
What about if a game is not listed in the store but still avaible from external websites?

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2020-05-25 15:32:03 - Last edit the 2020-05-25 15:32:48  
If it is the same game with same options, gameplay, etc... then no problem.
If there is any difference compare to the "real" or original game, then you should propose a new version of the game, like "Game Name (external website name version)".
Remember basics for adding games: when you propose to group or not different systems, you need to be sure that the mixed versions that you propose are exactly the same, in order to fairly compete in it.

2020-05-25 17:26:52  
Nice. I recently received a proof request for a game that I thought I still had installed on my phone. I tried to look for it and I couldn't download it anymore. It turns out they removed it from the Play Store and discontinued it years ago.
It is Defense Witches.

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2020-05-25 23:44:16  

DJ Atomika :

What about if a game is not listed in the store but still avaible from external websites?


What we COULD do, but we have to discuss about it, for the Android/ios... games, is having the same apk. for every members, and only playing this one, if the game is not available anymore.

Let say a game is not available anymore on the app store. However, somebody still have the apk. on his laptop, and it run perfectly on every phone.
Then, we could link the apk. into the page of the game itself on VGR, or letting a link on how getting it if ppl want to compete on it.
It could work if the game is desactivated, or if it's not.

That just an idea that came in mind.
But, it can't exist for softwares like PC or xbox (virtual consoles) games, because you can't "store" them as you can for mobile games.

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2020-05-25 23:57:21  
That's a nice idea.
Tell us more when you come to a conclusion =)

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2020-05-26 14:49:30  
Piano Tiles Arcade X: Here

Piano Tiles: Here


Can't find them. If you did, please quote my message with a download link. Thanks  

2020-05-26 17:28:39  
There is many mobile games that isn't available on the official play store anymore, yet I can find their original apk easily on other apk stores.

I propose that these games have a download link from only certain bigger unofficial stores like: APKPure; ApkMirror; Aptoide and Apk-DL. (For safety)

I will make a list of games I can't find anywhere soon  

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