The Escapist Presents March Mayhem: Developers' Showdown 2008

The Escapist Presents March Mayhem: Developers' Showdown 2008

We here at The Escapist are proud to introduce March Mayhem: Developers' Showdown, the community-wide tournament to determine which developer gamers really love most.

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Great idea!

But where is Valve?

Blizzard/Valve For president!

I bet on Nintendo vs Lucasarts in round four in Midwest Bracket :P

Argh... though I'm a fan of Wideload myself, I can't see myself honestly voting for them over Nintendo in that first bracket. I'm thinking the league needs to implement some salary caps for next year's draft...

-- Steve

sammyfreak:

But where is Valve?

Fixed! In at No. 4.

I hate to sound whiny but what about Insomniac? Ratchet and Clank is one of the greatest platformers ever and two of the best games for the PS3 right now are from Insomniac!

The east bracket looks entertaining. I'm thinking it will be bungie vs. valve in round 4. I know where my votes going.

Joe:

sammyfreak:

But where is Valve?

Fixed! In at No. 4.

Will Gordon Freeman be making a victory speech when they win?

TFWolf:
I hate to sound whiny but what about Insomniac? Ratchet and Clank is one of the greatest platformers ever and two of the best games for the PS3 right now are from Insomniac!

Like the real tournament, sometimes teams get left out due to space or other voting considerations. Maybe next year!

I look forward to voting option. Very cool indeed. Now I have two types of brackets to look forward to!

I'm glad something I care about is doing a "Final Four" deal. The two good rock stations are doing it, but one has a low-taste audience, and the other has modern rock on it, too.

Well, just give Valve the crown/trophy/whatever already, because they won.

Guys guys guys. Lovely setup and all, but no Atlus? Or even TellTale. For shame. You should put up a little primer with what these guys have done because I don't recognise a whole bunch of names on there.

I repeat what Redpill said. Can we just crown Valve and have done with it?

Here are my bracket winning predictions.
Midwest: Nintendo (by miles, sorry Harmonix)
West: Blizzard (most unpredictable bracket here)
East: Valve (will edge out Double Fine in the final)
South: Capcom (tricky one to call with Ubi, Bioware and Infinity Ward in there)

njsykora:
Guys guys guys. Lovely setup and all, but no Atlus? Or even TellTale. For shame. You should put up a little primer with what these guys have done because I don't recognise a whole bunch of names on there.

I repeat what Redpill said. Can we just crown Valve and have done with it?

Here are my bracket winning predictions.
Midwest: Nintendo (by miles, sorry Harmonix)
West: Blizzard (most unpredictable bracket here)
East: Valve (will edge out Double Fine in the final)
South: Capcom (tricky one to call with Ubi, Bioware and Infinity Ward in there)

The best part about the NCAA tournament each year is the upsets. I think you will find multiple here as well. I don't even have a prediction as of yet because there is so much! Can't wait to see how it turns out

I have cast my votes. The hardest one so far ArenaNet versus Turbine. Guild Wars or Lord of the Rings? Aaaaargh.

It begins! (I just felt like Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat movie)

Very surprised that SOE got a #6 it should be very lower.

I can't believe how close some of these are. And I also can't believe how often I'm checking back throughout the day to see who's winning :)

Finally, a March Madness competition I can relate to!

I've cast my votes!

ahhh my beautiful blizzard..... lol
mmmm valve ftw! I think its bellevue btw not belleview

such a fun tournament

What the heck? I've never even HEARD of Turbine before? And how did Harmonix beat out Valve?

Congrats to Turbine!

REDPill357:
What the heck? I've never even HEARD of Turbine before? And how did Harmonix beat out Valve?

Alot of the votes came from people outside of the Escapist community, Turbine even advertised the contest on their log-in console.

REDPill357:
What the heck? I've never even HEARD of Turbine before? And how did Harmonix beat out Valve?

They have a pretty strong community it seems. I wonder if both developers being from Boston had anything to do with it...hmmmmmm

Yea turned out to be a complete farce in the end but such is the way of these things nowadays

nightfish:
Yea turned out to be a complete farce in the end but such is the way of these things nowadays

A farce? Just because Turbine enthusiasticaly participated?

As appalled as I am that Turbine won (and believe me, I am deeply appalled), I give them kudos for getting into the spirit of the thing, mobilizing their fans and having some fun with it. Maybe next time we'll see some of that enthusiasm from the other devs.

There are either more stupid people out there than I previously thought or this contest was fixed. Harmonix over Valve? WTF. They are the worst developer of the bunch. They have yet to even produce a mediocre game much less a great one.

ingsoc:
There are either more stupid people out there than I previously thought or this contest was fixed. Harmonix over Valve? WTF. They are the worst developer of the bunch. They have yet to even produce a mediocre game much less a great one.

I was going to jump into a ti raid about your statement, but I'll let you look at it one more time before I do...

Enough time? Okay...here we go.

If you were part of the tournament at all you would see that the developers that actually got their communities into it (*points at Malygris for being correct on his part*) ended up doing the best. This is why ALL the #1 seeds lost! The bigger companies may sell a lot of games, but I honestly don't think they have the community support a smaller developer does. If you go back through, Double Fine lost to Valve, but only by a handful of votes and they were a #14 seed. How does that happen? You are only as strong as your community and Double Fine called their army, however small, to arms.

As for The Escapist "fixing" this tournament, I honestly don't think a respected site would do that. Not to mention it doesn't benefit anyone by doing so.

As for you thinking Harmonix sucks, well, that is your opinion but I think you'll find a lot more people who voted during the tournament to disagree with you. Personally I think Rock Band is a riot, regardless of how many little pukes think they can play the guitar now.

As for your comment about more stupid people being out there, I totally agree but thankfully only a couple have found this site.

Like I said, there are a lot of stupid people out there. Flame on.

"Valve ran through the East and barely lost in a squeaker against Harmonix in the semis."

It's too bad Valve didn't get a chance to pit itself against Harmonix this year, 2009, as they were in different divisions this time.

I think its safe to say Zynga had the toughest schedule this year.

Kudos to them for becoming the story of the tourney.

Dendio:
I think its safe to say Zynga had the toughest schedule this year.

Kudos to them for becoming the story of the tourney.

Dude, epic necro...

 

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