Polls will close March 25th at 11:59am GMT.
It it acceptable to both post new lists and edit current ones up to this point.Voting rules:
Yearly changes (not minor wording changes) will be highlighted in green
00. If you haven't participated before, read the Background section in the following post, noting the requirements
, before proceeding any further. Even if you have it's probably a good idea anyway because it changes slightly every year.
01. Use the following vote format, including brackets:
[integer score 1 to 25] [first game title]
[integer score 1 to 25] [second game title]
The amount of weighted credit given to each game on your list is based on its percentage out of the total sum of all games present. For example, a list full of nothing but 1's will mean equal weighting is given to everything, as will a list of 25's. A basic ranked list will therefore take the following format:
 [Favorite]The highest weighting any one game is allowed to have is 0.2.
 [Second Favorite]
... etc ...
 [24th Favorite]
 [25th Favorite]
This means that the total sum must add up to at least 5 times the value of the highest number present (so a list starting in 25 must add up to at least 125, etc.). 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.A full description of the scoring process is now provided here:
A game's weighted score is calculated by summing the total weights from each ballot is appears in.
A game's weight proportion is given by dividing its weighted score by the highest weighted score any one game accumulates (so for the top game, this will always be 1).
A game's vote proportion is given by dividing the number of weight-adjusted votes it gets by the total number of ballots submitted.
The calculation for the final score is then (weight proportion + vote proportion) * 5, to give a score out of a maximum of 10.
Games from an Honourable Mentions list will have zero game weight and 0.5 vote weight.
Ballots using the newly-introduced short list will have both their game weight and vote weight multiplied by 0.7, i.e., every game is overall worth 70% of what it would be on a full list.
02. A standard ballot includes exactly 25 games, no more, no less.
Your list can contain the games you think are the best overall, the most influential, most personally enjoyable, most underrated, etc. If you are eligible to vote under rule 00 but find this either excessive or prohibitive, there are now two other avenues available:
Should 25 not be enough to curb your enthusiasm, you have the fully optional option to include a list of Honourable Mentions. In this case, they are to be placed below the main list and must contain exactly 10 games
. To keep in line with the rest of the scoring, they will be denoted by the value , whereby they will give no scoring weight and only half vote weight. For example(s) of how to do this, you can look at some of the votes in last years' thread
.The other option being semi-trialled this year is the introduction of a short list. Those who make the reqs but find 25 games too much for their tastes may now instead include a list of exactly 15 games. No special notation is needed for a short list, simply make it as you would a regular one while respecting the same guidelines. Much as when they used to be legal, short lists will have their final weight reduced slightly (see scoring, above). They will also not be eligible to have Honourable Mentions. If you want to vote for 25 games, make a regular list, it's what the weighting system is there for.
03. Shmups released in calendar year 2017 are not eligible for consideration.
04. Don't vote for games you haven't played.
05. Please be specific when voting for ports, or when 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 some cases, 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; last years' are here
). I've also started keeping a more convenient guide
, which I will be gradually updating/improving. Also note
that you are still free to include more than one game version on a ballot if you so desire. More obscure releases/arranges/ports/etc may not yet be covered and will be evaluated when and if they crop up.
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. Games that never got an independent release are also permitted, such as Xevious Arrangement
. If someone wishes to vote for a part of a game that qualifies as a shmup, but is not the entire game, I believe this should also be permitted, as long as the voter is capable of judging the quality of that section on its own shooting merits.
07. Vote for games, not their different modes of play.
Exceptions are granted for revisions of games that are sufficiently different from the original (see rule 05).
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)Scrolling playfield
Maze Shooters (Berserk, Tank Battalion)
Field Shooters (Robotron 2084, Smash TV, Geometry Wars)
including those set on a cylinder or torus (Asteroids, Star Castle)
Automatically scrolling shootersManually advancing ("push-scroll") shooters
Vertically scrolling shooters (Xevious, Cybattler)Multi-directional auto-scrolling shooters set on a torus (Bosconian, Time Pilot '84)
including those set on a cylinder (Scion)Horizontally scrolling shooters (Gradius, R-Type)
including those set on a cylinder (Fantasy Zone)Isometrically scrolling shooters (Zaxxon, Viewpoint)
Manually advancing horizontally scrolling shooters (In The Hunt, Mr. Heli no Daibouken)Outliers or Grandfathered titles:
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)
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 08, your opinion shall have no bearing on the eligibility of other votes.
Anything by the end of voting that either remains unfixed or looks like someone's idea of a joke will potentially be either changed or discounted.