ResultsVoting ThreadPolls will close February 23rd at 3:59am GMT.
It it acceptable to both post new lists and edit current ones up to this point.Voting rules:
00. If you haven't participated before, read the Background section in the following post before proceeding any further.
01. Use the following vote format, including brackets:
[integer score 1 to 25] [first game title]
[integer score 1 to 25] [second game title]
A single ballot is worth a single point of influence, and the numbers you give are used to establish what fraction of that point goes to each game. Larger values = more weight, so a simple ranked list should follow this format:
 [Second Favorite]
... etc ...
 [24th Favorite]
 [25th Favorite]
Additionally, to ensure that a list must at least somewhat resemble a top 25, it must add up to at least 4 times the value of the highest number present
(so, for example, a list starting in 25 must add up to at least 100). Note that lists do not need to start with 25, end with 1, or be totally linear - beyond this ruling, you are free to adjust them as you see fit. An explanation of the score calculation can be found here
02. You must vote for exactly 25 games.
Your list can contain the games you think are the best overall, the most influential, the most personally enjoyable, etc. If you are eligible to vote under rule 00 but still can't come up with 25 games, you have a month to try and fill in the gaps if you so desire.
03. Shmups released in calendar year 2013 are not eligible for consideration.
04. Don't vote for games you haven't played.
05. Please be specific when voting for ports, or different games share the same title.
Some versions are similar enough to count as the same game, but others are counted separately due to significant differences (e.g. Gradius III
or UN Squadron
). In the case of games like Salamander
, both region and platform may be important. Votes that do not specify platform will be assumed to be for the arcade/other original release, or in isolated cases the most well-known version (e.g. [Zanac] will be considered a vote for Zanac
NES). Be careful with notation too, as [Slap Fight MD] is not considered the same thing as [Slap Fight (MD)]. If in doubt, it's always better to specify (or ask/check a previous years' results).This time around, all versions of Mushihimesama Futari, Deathsmiles, ESPGaluda II and Blue Wish Resurrection will count as the same game, so you should only vote for one of these.
06. Vote for games, not compilations that include them.
You can't vote for Raiden Fighters Aces
but you can vote for each of the three games it contains.
07. Vote for games, not their different modes of play.
Exceptions are granted for revisions of games that were sufficiently different from the original and received a standalone release.
08. No off-limits games!
Please consult the chart below to see if your game is eligible for consideration:No voting for:
First-person perspective shooters (Doom, Solvalou)
including Lightgun Shooters (House of the Dead, Rail Chase)Platform Shooters (Contra, Metal Slug)
Rail Shooters (Rez, Panzer Dragoon)
Gallery/Carnival Shooters (NAM-1975, Cabal)
Action-adventure games (Alien Breed, Gauntlet, Legend of Zelda)
You may vote for games in any of the following categories:
Fixed Shooters (Space Invaders, Galaga)
Maze Shooters (Berserk, Tank Battalion)
Field Shooters (Robotron, Smash TV, Geometry Wars)
Field Shooters set on a cylinder or torus (Asteroids, Star Castle)
Automatically scrolling shootersManually advancing ("push-scroll") shooters
Vertically scrolling shooters (Xevious, Cybattler)
including those set on a cylinder (Scion)
Horizontally scrolling shooters (Gradius, R-Type)Multi-directional auto-scrolling shooters set on a torus (Bosconian, Time Pilot '84)
including those set on a cylinder (Fantasy Zone)
Manually advancing horizontally scrolling shooters (In the Hunt, Mr. Heli no Daibouken)
including those set on a cylinder (Defender)
Manually advancing vertically scrolling shooters (OutZone, Ikari Warriors)
Manually advancing multi-directional shooters (Granada, Kiki Kaikai, Bangai-O)
including those set on a torus or infinite plane (Sinistar)
Outliers or Grandfathered titles:
Every Extend series
Gyruss and clones
Tempest, clones, and sequels
09. You may not vote for games that you do not believe are shmups.
If you do not think that Granada
is a shmup, you may not vote for it. However, as long as the votes of others respect the categories outlined in rule #07, your opinion shall have no bearing on the eligibility of other votes.