Video Game Fantasy League Update: November 2012

The VGFL is our terrible attempt at applying the principles of fantasy sports to the world of gaming. For full rules and the original draft, see here.

Thanks to a recent stretch of high-profile releases and the announcement of the VGA nominations, the points are rolling in to the Video Game Fantasy League quicker than New York Jets fans are jumping off the team’s bandwagon. Fireman Ed, you’re welcome with us.

The standings thus far…
Team Phegan, 56 points
Team McAnus, 51 points
Team Yacht Captain, 51 points
Team Koziol, 49 points

Scoring Update
VGA nominations – Each nomination is worth a single point. It’s possible our highly scientific scoring system is overvaluing Spike’s questionable awards ceremony, but it’s not like there’s a better set of gaming awards out there. Yet.

Team Koziol, 9 points: Max Payne 3, 4 points; Diablo 3, 2 points; GTA 5, Tomb Raider, and South Park: The Stick of Truth, 1 point each

Team McAnus, 11 points: Dishonored, 5 points; Black Ops 2, 4 points; SpecOps: The Line and FIFA 13, 1 point each

Team Phegan, 13 points: Halo4, 7 points; Guild Wars 2 and Torchlight 2, 2 points each; Bioshock Infinite and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, 1 point each

Team Yacht Captain, 15 points: Borderlands 2, 7 points; Assassin’s Creed 3, 6 points; The Last of Us and New Super Mario Bros. U, 1 point each

Black Ops 2 sells over one million copies in its first week (Team McAnus, 10 points) – Of course it did.

Halo 4 sells over one million copies in its first week (Team Phegan, 10 points) and spawns a melodramatic commercial (5 points) – Ditto. Has there been a more ridiculous video game commercial than this, which stars a bunch of tough looking youths training to become Spartans? At least we didn’t get an advertising campaign featuring Cortana working a bunch of shady “modeling” gigs to pay her way through college.

Assassin’s Creed 3 sells a million copies (10 points, Team Yacht Captain) and spawns a melodramatic commercial (5 points) – Another sure thing that panned out beautifully. Thanks to their VGA nominations, these three games probably aren’t done raking in the points. Poor Koz.

Alpha Protocol worth more in trade-in than Homefront 2 (2 points, Team Yacht Captain) – Our first trivia challenge proved to be the difference between Team Yacht Captain and Team Koziol. For the record, it was $1.50 to 50 cents. Combined, that’s less than it costs to make the Loch Ness Monster go away.

November Waivers (listen to the proceedings on the latest episode of the podcast)
Team Koziol – Gears of War: Judgment. Falling into last place has Koz abandoning his speculative strategy to focus on a sure-fire sales score.
Roster:  Max Payne 3, Diablo 3, Grand Theft Auto 5, Tomb Raider, South Park: The Stick of Truth, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Elder Scrolls Online, Lego Lord of the Rings

Team Yacht Captain – Crysis 3. Dude, will your rig run Crysis? I hope so. My VGFL future may depend on it.
Roster: Lollipop Chainsaw, Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, The Secret World, The Last of Us, Dead Space 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, DMC

Team McAnus – Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel. March is looking a little crowded with big names; this one might get lost in the shuffle, but that’s why we play the game.
Roster: Spec Ops: The Line, Fable: The Journey, Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dishonored, Pokemon Black and White 2, FIFA 13

Team Phegan – Luigi’s Mansion. I’m pretty sure he just wanted to be a dick on this one.
Roster: Dragon Age 3, Sim City, Halo 4, Guild Wars 2, Bioshock Infinite, Torchlight 2, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

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