Scorechasers Scoreboard - Official Rules

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  1. Trickman

    Trickman Co-Founder of this glorious place Staff Member

    Official Rules of the Scorechasers Scoreboard

    We are offering up this console scoreboard in the name of friendly competition, and we hope it will garner interest among the gaming community. This console scoreboard effort has been in the works since 2011. We officially teamed up with Aurcade (aurcade.com) in March of 2012 with the first Retroids Videolympics LIVE tournament at the Midwest Gaming Classic event. Since then, we have been developing this collaborative scoreboard effort to work with live streaming to get a fair and easy-to-use system out there for submitting scores, and to publicize them as quickly as possible. We had our second LIVE testing phase of the Scorechasers Scoreboard for consoles at Midwest Gaming Classic 2013. It was a subtle test, but it gave us the information and knowledge we needed to move forward with our future live-streaming aspect, using the Aurcade Tournament System. Since this was a success, we will be able to move forward with taking live streaming scores that are submitted to us through Twitch.tv for every home console! [Notice our scoreboard on the front page? This is only the beginning!]

    NOTICE: We are now accepting YouTube submissions! See details below.

    The founders/administrators of Retroids/VGEvo and the Scorechasers Scoreboard are the sole scorekeepers in the score submission process. There are no referees. We feel the high score community is perfectly capable of crowd-sourcing a score's legitimacy. Since video proof is constantly available via streaming services, etc., scorekeepers will only interfere with a score submission if that video is challenged or disputed by members of the VGEvo community. If challenged, the score will be reviewed and if the score is found to be invalid, it will be removed. False reports will be treated as trolling, and as such those users may be banned from participating at our discretion.

    At this time, we are taking submissions for all console platforms (No computers or PC submissions at this time). For arcade score submissions, please visit www.aurcade.com. Submitting a score to VGEvo means you abide by and are subject to all rules in the score submission process. Any home console game is eligible, as long as it has a high score, time, or speed run capability. i.e. RPGs would probably not be good high score games.

    The Score Submission Process

    There are two methods VGEvo uses for their Scorechasers high score attempts—live tournaments and live streaming. This section will cover the live streaming aspect of recording high scores. Only games with scores will be evaluated. Games that use in-game timers instead of scores are also acceptable.

    Before you begin...
    You must have an active Twitch.tv account or Justin.tv account (for live streaming) and an Aurcade.com account (for scoreboard access). Please remember to create a member account on Aurcade.com so we can verify any of your score submissions. After setting up these accounts, go back to VGEvo.com. Go to your Settings, Edit Profile, and add your Twitch.tv ID and your Aurcade.com ID to your Retroids profile. (NOTE: If you would like your live streams to be available for viewing on the home page of Retroids, submit your streaming channel by going to Streams in the top navbar on the front page, and click on "Submit Channel")

    General streaming info:
    You may use the following approved video outlets for your high score attempt: Twitch.tv, Ustream.tv, Hitbox.tv and YouTube. Other video services may be added later, but for now, these are free, easy to use, and will save a copy of your high score attempt for us and the community to evaluate (Choose to save your video forever). About webcams and direct video feeds -- You must have a video camera (or webcam) with a high enough resolution to clearly see the action and your score on-screen. Direct video gameplay feeds are not allowed without an accompanying overview web camera pointing to the TV action on screen as well. In other words, if you plan on having a capture device connected to your console, you must also have a webcam pointed to the action on screen. This is to prevent bogus score attempts that could be modified.

    NEW! YouTube submissions
    We are now allowing high score attempts for the Scorechasers Scoreboard to be uploaded to YouTube. As long as all submission info criteria is done per our rules, you may now take a video of your submission via your iPhone, camera, Flip video or other video camera and upload them to YouTube. Your high score attempt must be recorded straight through from beginning to end, and you must submit the video in its entirety. The same rules apply as when streaming. Any editing that is found within a YouTube video submission will nullify the score attempt. Remember to point to the link to your YouTube video in your score submission thread on Retroids.

    IMPORTANT: Do not edit or change your video recording, even if the service (Twitch.tv, etc.) says you may. Edits to your original video of your score attempt may disqualify it.

    Hardware criteria:
    Only original games will be accepted as legitimate means for attaining high scores (no bootleg, after-market titles will be eligible unless previously cleared with the scorekeepers (Email admin@vgevo.com if you have any questions about allowable game titles).

    No console PC emulators or ROMS will be allowed as a legitimate means for attaining high scores.

    Original hardware is preferred. However, non-original or aftermarket consoles WILL be allowed for a high score attempt so long as the hardware does not trigger any sort of exploit that would change how the game plays.

    Examples of allowable hardware criteria include the following: A Sears Telegames system may be used in place of an Atari 2600, A Super Game Boy adapter may be used in a Super Nintendo system to play Game Boy games and make it easier to get on camera, and a Game Boy Player for GameCube may be used to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance games on a TV. Also, a Master System Converter may be used to play Sega Master System games on a Genesis console. Newly added: Retron, Yobo, Generation NEX and other aftermarket consoles will be allowed as long as they do not use ROMS or change original cartridge game play in any way.

    The use of cheat codes, Game Genie or other peripheral cheat devices, rapid-fire functions or macros is strictly prohibited and will automatically disqualify your score attempt. Cheaters face being banned from submitting further score attempts and/or from VGEvo.com.

    Other situations that may nullify your score attempt:
    • Resetting or turning off your console in the middle of an attempt will nullify your score.
    • Any game glitch that prevents normal play, or unforeseen interruption such as a power outage will also nullify a score attempt.
    • Pausing the game during play will nullify a score attempt (NOTE: If pausing the game screen is integral to the game's normal, progressive game play...i.e. to show an inventory screen, etc...it will be allowed).
    • Handing off controls to another person while in the middle of your game will nullify your attempt.
    After your attempt, please post in the VGEvo forums in the Scorechasers section under the Submissions sub-section with the subject: High Score Attempt - Name of Game, so we can be aware of your endeavor. You must include a link to your video streaming page where your attempt may be found. When creating a submission, please make sure you use the drop-down [Prefix] menu to determine whether the attempt is a Points-based submission or a Speedrun. If it is another type of submission, please note it in the submission thread along with any other important notes for the scorekeepers.

    Note: Only you and the VGEvo admins (scorekeepers) will be able to see your submissions until they are verified and posted in the Videolympics/Scoreboard forums for public viewing.
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    Scoreboard Submission Format
    Please remember to start your thread by choosing a Prefix [Points or Speedrun] and the Title of the thread should read: High Score Attempt - Game Name (name of the game you played for the scoreboard)

    Here's an easy shortcut you can copy/paste into the body copy of your own high score submissions for easy formatting:

    Full name: (First and last name)
    Aurcade name: (Your username on Aurcade.com)
    Game Name: (Title of the game you are playing)
    System/Platform: (Name of console)
    Duration: (If applicable. N/A if not)
    Score: (Your final score without using continues)
    Link to video: Include the timestamp of your submission start and end if applicable (Score at 00:00).
    Any notes you feel may help with score verification: (Notes for scorekeepers go here)

    The preferred method for submitting score is to use the Score Submission Form.
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    Game settings criteria:
    All games must be on their default settings [Aurcade Default Settings (ADS)] when doing a high score attempt unless otherwise determined by Aurcade/Retroids. Check the scoreboard to make sure your settings are correct before proceeding. If a game you are submitting for a score attempt is not listed yet in the Aurcade list of games, please notify us before your attempt.

    These steps are the best way to submit a proper recording. Your score may be subject to disqualification on VGEvo.com if we have trouble watching the stream or cannot verify that it is you playing. We suggest the following camera configurations and steps:

    Single Camera (webcam, etc.)
    Follow these steps in your score submission video:
    1. After starting your video stream, allow a few seconds for the camera to adjust.
    2. Point the camera toward yourself.
    3. State your first and last name, your user account name on Retroids.com, today's date and time, what game you will be playing to attempt a high score, and what system that game is for.
    4. Point the camera to the console and show that it is hooked up properly to the TV or monitor you will be showing in the attempt, including the joystick or control pad you will be using.
    5. Point the camera to the game cartridge, CD, DVD or Blu-Ray you will be playing.
    6. Point the camera toward the console once again, insert the game inside the console and turn it on.
    7. Point the camera toward the TV or monitor with the game on the screen.
    8. Any game settings for the criteria of the high score attempt should be entered at this point (such as Game #3 on Berzerk for the Atari 2600).
    9. Begin your game.
    10. Make sure your camera is pointed at the TV or monitor at all times during the attempt.
    11. After your high score attempt ends, move the camera closer to the screen and focus on the final score. Point the camera toward yourself once more if it is not currently pointed at you, and state your final score.
    12. Make sure the video stream was saved by the video streaming service, or your attempt may not be able to be evaluated by a scorekeeper.
    Multi-camera (console patched in through computer + webcam, etc.)
    If you are patching your console through a device, such as a Dazzle, Hauppage PVR or other personal video recorder that is also connected to a PC, this is great for clarity of action on the screen. However, you must also have a secondary camera (webcam) pointing to the action on screen as well. This is required in order to prevent faking of videos and other sorts of possible cheating. If you would like to have a third camera pointing to you playing the game, that is fine, but not required.

    Once you are set up, just follow the below steps in your score submission video:
    1. After starting your video stream, allow a few seconds for the camera to adjust.
    2. Point the camera toward yourself.
    3. State your first and last name, your user account name on Retroids.com, today's date and time, what game you will be playing to attempt a high score, and what system that game is for.
    4. Point the camera to the console and show that it is hooked up properly to the TV or monitor you will be showing in the attempt, including the joystick or control pad you will be using.
    5. Point the camera to the game cartridge, CD, DVD or Blu-Ray you will be playing.
    6. Point the camera toward the console once again, insert the game inside the console and turn it on.
    7. At this point, the capture card would have kicked in, so you already have a video capture. Point the webcam to the TV, to show that the game has been turned on. You can point the webcam to yourself at this time or leave it pointed to the TV; your choice.
    8. Any game settings for the criteria of the high score attempt should be entered at this point (such as Game #3 on Berzerk for the Atari 2600).
    9. Begin your game.
    10. Make sure that you have a direct video feed of the console at all times, connected to the capture device. If at any point the video gets disconnected, the attempt is void.
    11. After your high score attempt ends, point the webcam to the TV and focus in on the high score. Point the camera toward yourself once more if it is not currently pointed at you, and state your final score.
    12. Make sure the video stream was saved by the video streaming service, or your attempt may not be able to be evaluated by a scorekeeper.
    Note regarding digitally downloaded games: If you are playing a digital download such as a game on the Xbox Live or PSN network, you may skip step 5 & 6, and instead just have the camera point to you turning on the system. Then point the camera to the TV, scroll to the game you will be playing, make sure the proper settings are met and then begin playing.

    All submitted scores will be evaluated in the order they were submitted to Retroids.com. Only one score per submission will be accepted unless otherwise stated. Once one of the scorekeepers evaluates your score and determines that it was obtained using the above criteria, it will be entered on the live scoreboard, which may be found on the front page of the VGEvo website (www.vgevo.com). Again, scorekeepers will do their best to evaluate your score in a timely manner. All recorded streams must be submitted within 30 days of when the recording happened to be considered. No older attempts will be evaluated.

    NOTE: If a score attempt requires specific setting that are not part of a game's default settings, the verification may be delayed, but we will do our best to qualify the score as soon as possible.

    Submission Queue and Forums
    After your score attempt has been submitted properly, it will be put into a queue on our The Scorechasers Forums under Videolympics/Submisssions. This will only be able to be seen by the user that submitted it on VGEvo.com and the scorekeepers.

    DO NOT PUBLICLY POST (COPY/PASTE) YOUR SUBMISSION QUEUE IN THE PUBLIC FORUMS. DOING SO WILL DISQUALIFY YOUR ATTEMPT.

    After the attempt has been verified by a scorekeeper, the score and a link to your streaming media score attempt will be made public in the Scorechasers/Scoreboard forums. At that point, the community can watch the saved score attempt from the streaming media service on which it was saved.

    If there is a legitimate dispute of a posted score, only a VGEvo.com member may challenge the validity of this submission if they feel the submission is in error.

    NOTE: The admins of VGEvo.com reserve the right to re-evaluate, update or change this rule set as they see fit. Any questions or inquiries should be directed via email to admin@vgevo.com.

    Now, get out there and score chase to your heart's content, and above all, have fun!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2013
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