VGR council: report of the councils 3 and 4Issued by kloh
Note: this text has been translated from French with Deepl.
Tournament with other communities
To develop communication and partnerships, Foxof proposed to make tournaments with other communities.
These tournaments could involve various games (Rocket League, Super Smash, Mario Kart...) in teams of 3 or 4, depending on availability and motivated players in each community.
If this project is well followed and represented, it could lead to a form of tournament (inter-community match with tables/chickboards) and/or integrated directly on the site.
Several needs have been identified to allow us to better promote the site:
- Need to recruit one or more people who can manage the communication (articles, social networks), in French and English. If you have the soul of a communicator, don't hesitate to show up!
- Add on the site links to Twitch and Discord to redirect more people on these places of exchanges.
- Promote VGR's Youtube channel and make it more attractive and lively.
- Make a trailer for the site (a bit like Arcade did a few years ago).
Separation of original games and virtual consoles
It was decided by the council to separate the original games (NES, Megadrive...) from their virtual console version (Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Switch...).
This separation will therefore lead to the creation of a new game, which will then be affiliated to the corresponding platform and would no longer be assimilated with the original game.
For the separation of the already existing records of the members on these games, this will be done and taken into account later, the priority being to separate and make the competition fairer and more equitable on VGR, which was not necessarily the case with the games are grouped.
In the same idea, the "mini" consoles will appear on VGR as a platform in their own, since the game conditions are different (rewind, saves...).
They will therefore be offered with only the official catalogue provided by the publishers and developers: i.e. the 20 games of the PlayStation Classic or the 21 games of the SNES Classic Edition, for example.
In addition to these changes, members will be able to add a "proof" to show that they own a console or a game. As with the proofs for records, proving possession of consoles/games will not be mandatory, but another member will be able to request proof.
This point has led to some thoughts on photos/videos related to the players' collection. This could lead to a new feature on the latter on VGR in the future.
Evocation of emulation on VGR
Emulation on VGR has been mentioned in both councils, but its arrival is not expected on the site at the moment. The main reason is that other sites do it (very well) and the diversity of emulators that can be found everywhere makes it difficult.
Moreover, VGR's will has always been to offer legitimate records on the various commercially available games and consoles.
The "Flow" games
Beyond the competition, VGR wants to be an encyclopedia of video game records. As such, "Flow" games have their place on VGR. But we are aware that the interest of certain records in terms of competition (such as moves) is limited.
To limit the negative impact of these records on the competition, two actions are therefore envisaged:
- Add the possibility of no longer taking into account a record/group/game in the general ranking. The point "Case of unavailable games and uncompetitive records" below describes the principle in more detail.
- Revise the formula of the points earned on the records allowing easily to have a gold medal. More details in the point "Redesign of the management of gold medals for tied games".
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.
Redesign of the management of gold medals for tied games
Also with the aim of providing fair competition, records that allow for easy accumulation of gold medals (such as moves in Flow, for example) were discussed, including a review of the management of gold medals and the points they earn.
In order to reduce the impact of such records on the rankings, it was decided to implement a formula to reduce or even nullify the points brought by a record if too many players are tied with a gold medal.
The idea would be to set a limit of tied players on a record to apply a formula that would reduce the points in proportion to the number of tied players, taking into account the ratio of the number of tied players to the total number of players posting a score.
The precise formula has yet to be studied for application on the next version of the site.
The next council will address the issue of financing VGR, what can be found/done to help the site at this level and to improve its attractiveness.