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.
The pre-Christmas season has kicked the VGFL into high gear. Scoring here is more vibrant than the holiday aisle at your local Sears; it’s bright, it’s joyous, and it’s borderline annoying. Regardless, Koz has some competition. Finally.
The standings such far…
Team Koziol, 35 points
Team McAnus, 30 points
Team Phegan, 23 points
Team Yacht Captain, 19 points
Cliffy B. tweeted something nice about Dishonored (Team McAnus, 3 points) - I don’t even care to dig through my email to find it. It was said. Enough said.
Dishonored sold 500,000 copies in its first week (Team McAnus, 5 points) - Kind of a disappointment, given the critical acclaim and what’s coming next.
Pokemon Black and White 2 sold over 1 million copies in its first week (Team McAnus, 10 points) - The Pokemon blitzkrieg never ends. Nintendo could make Pokemon Shit and Piss and sell 6 million copies.
SimCity 5 delayed until March 2013 (Team Phegan, 5 points) - The silly part of me worries that delaying a new SimCity game will have an adverse effect on millions of Sims who now have to wait an extra month for water, roads, and electricity. The asshole in me thinks they probably deserve it.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter needs a patch day one (Team Phegan, 3 points) - Of course it did. And no one was allowed to review it until that patch was released, which strikes me as very interesting and makes me want to create a rule for next season.
New Super Mario Bros. U gets the cover of Game Informer (Team Yacht Captain, 5 points) - Nintendo Power’s gone, so someone had to do it.
Team Yacht Captain - DmC. Dante’s next adventure promises to sell well and generate plenty of controversy. Or, given my luck, flame out in some miserable fashion that makes me create a new rule.
Roster: Lollipop Chainsaw, Borderlands 2 (2 points for “girlfriend mode” comment; 10 points for sales), Assassin’s Creed 3, The Secret World, The Last of Us, Dead Space 3 (2 points for AAAA comment), New Super Mario Bros. U (5 points for Game Informer)
Team Phegan: Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. It should sell reasonably well…but that’s it.
Roster: Dragon Age 3 (5 points for being delayed), Sim City (5 points for being delayed), Halo 4, Guild Wars 2 (10 points for selling 1 million copies), Bioshock Infinite, Torchlight 2, Medal of Honor: Warfighter (3 points for needing a patch day one)
Wonderbook FIFA 13 (Wii U). Kyle’s taking a big chance on Europe’s love of controllers with screens in the middle. Only time will tell if it pays off.
Roster: Spec Ops: The Line (5 points for melodramatic commercial; 2 points for “cancerous multiplayer” comment), Fable: The Journey, Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 (5 points for being delayed), Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dishonored (3 points for Cliffy B, 5 points for sales), Pokemon Black and White 2 (10 points for sales).
Team Koziol: Lego Lord of the Rings. Really? Really. Maybe it’ll sell. Maybe it’ll fade into oblivion. Maybe there will be a hidden seen featuring Lego Arwyn partaking in some Lego Hot Coffee.
Roster: Max Payne 3 (10 points for selling 1 million in its first week), Diablo 3 (10 points for selling 1 million in its first week; 3 points for being released broken and in need of a patch; 2 points for a patch making things worse), Grand Theft Auto 5, Tomb Raider, South Park: The Stick of Truth, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (10 points for sales), Elder Scrolls Online
Tune in next month, when we might have some VGA nominations with which to stir the pot.