1. Final Write-Up on Character Battle 15

    So, here’s how it went down. 3 people had GLaDOS to win. 3 people had Garrus to win. The other 5 players had people who were already eliminated. Those who had GLaDOS did NOT get the full 1000 points that the Final Battle would’ve given them, since they had GLaDOS battling someone else. So, 500 points were awarded to those three. Now that the scores have been tallied, it’s time to announce the winners of Character Battle 15.

    3rd Place (winner of the $20 prize): Kodraenir, finishing with 1950 points!

    2nd Place (winner of the $40 prize): Danielle C., the cheerleader for the Katamari Prince and GLaDOS, who sold her soul for her victory, finishing with 2875 points!

    1st Place (winner of the $60 prize): Luc, with 3225 points! It’s a rare feat to win their debut contest, having been done only a couple of times before. Even though he did NOT pick GLaDOS to win, his victory was assured yesterday when he got both Semifinal battles fully correct, giving himself an 850-point lead. (well, assured only to me, since I knew that the 3 people who had GLaDOS to win were not going to get the full 1000 points, instead getting just 500 for picking her)

    Congratulations to the winners! Final results can be seen in the image below. 

    It’s also the first time that we’ve had a brother/sister pair finish in the top 3. Last contest, we had our first fiancee pairing, finishing 1st and 2nd.

    Now comes the useless stats I like to throw at you. For this contest:

    Consecutive Battles Won: 28, by Clidus.

    Consecutive Battles Lost: 13, by Andrew W.

    Consecutive Days in 1st: 20, by Clidus.

    Consecutive Days in last: 13, by Ryan W.

    None of them broke all-time records.

    Next, your predicted champions:

    Luc: Garrus

    Danielle C.: GlaDOS

    Kodraenir: GlaDOS

    Kat: GlaDOS

    Biccy: Garrus

    Clidus: Hatty Hattington

    Saya: Alistair

    Noah: Garrus

    Andrew W.: Kratos

    Zergplex: Midna

    Ryan W.: Terra

    Just for shits, I made my own bracket, just to see how well I would’ve done. My predicted winner was Commander Shepard, and I would’ve finished with 2050 points.

    There were 4 battles that needed the use of a tiebreaker vote, all of them in the 1st round.

    Out of all of you, there were 405 correct picks, 289 wrong picks, good for a 58.44% correct prediction rate. Not bad. I’ve seen higher.

    19050 total points were earned.

    I think what I was experiencing 2 years ago was burnout. I was doing these nearly every summer and winter, and it’s a lot of work. Thanks to Tumblr, I could automate things, and suddenly, I was no longer devoting 1-2 hours a night putting up links everywhere and updating scores. Which was essentially all I did this time, just updating scores. Suddenly, I was devoting 20-30 minutes a night instead of 1-2 hours, which helps a lot. It’s something I’ll do in future contests.

    Yes, you read that correctly. There will be at least 1 more, but it’ll happen in the summer. I think once a year is a good pace, especially with school about to start. I’ll be announcing the theme of the next contest very soon. So as we put a close on this, my 15th Character Battle contest, celebrating 10 years since the first one, a thank you to every one of you who entered, all who voted, served as my tiebreakers, etc. I had fun. I hope you did too. If you have any feedback, let me know. Once again, congratulations to the winners.

    Let’s do this again next summer. :)

     
  2. That’s all she wrote, ladies and gentlemen. Character Battle 15 is now officially over! It was hard-fought, but with a total of 120 votes cast (making it the 2nd-most voted-on Final Battle EVER), it is GLaDOS who emerges victorious, beating Garrus by a final score of 69 to 51! Final scores and winners will be announced shortly!

     

  3. a-bit-of-wit:

    a-bit-of-wit:

    (2) GLaDOS from Portal vs. (2) Garrus from Mass Effect.

    THIS IS THE FINAL BATTLE. Go here and vote. DO IT. 

    7.5 hours left in this final battle. Who’ll win? GLaDOS or Garrus? Nearly 70 votes cast already. Lead’s changed hands several times. VOTE! Reblog! Spread the word!

    We’re now less than 25 minutes away from crowning a champion. Last call—get those votes in now!

     

  4. a-bit-of-wit:

    (2) GLaDOS from Portal vs. (2) Garrus from Mass Effect.

    THIS IS THE FINAL BATTLE. Go here and vote. DO IT. 

    7.5 hours left in this final battle. Who’ll win? GLaDOS or Garrus? Nearly 70 votes cast already. Lead’s changed hands several times. VOTE! Reblog! Spread the word!

     
  5. With one more battle to go, here’s how we look heading into the Final. 1000 points is on the line—who’ll take it? Find out tomorrow night!

     

  6. (2) GLaDOS from Portal vs. (2) Garrus from Mass Effect.

    THIS IS THE FINAL BATTLE. Go here and vote. DO IT. 

     

  7. a-bit-of-wit:

    (13) Ellie from The Last of Us vs. (2) Garrus from Mass Effect. Winner moves to the Final Battle.

    TO VOTE: click here for the poll. You know the drill.

    7 hours left, and Garrus is leaving Ellie in the dust. But things can change—who will advance to the final battle? Vote!

     

  8. a-bit-of-wit:

    (1) Commander Shepard from Mass Effect vs. (2) GLaDOS from Portal. Winner advances to the Final Battle.

    TO VOTE: click here for the poll. You know the drill. 

    7 hours left, and currently, GLaDOS is leaving Shepard in the dust. But things can change. Who will advance to the final battle? Vote!

     
  9. dlcpodcast:

    DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT, Series 4, Episode 15: Say Fuzzy Pickles!

    Panel: Brian Williams, Doug Wilder

    Recorded: 6/29/14

    Released: 8/20/14

    It didn’t go over well when it was released 20 years ago, but since then, EarthBound has become a cult classic. What’s the appeal of this weird, quirky, odd, yet hilarious game? Doug joins Brian on another nostalgia-fueled episode as they discuss the Super Nintendo game that gave us Ness. All music used belongs to their respective games/studios/developers/composers/etc.

    Other download links:

    iTunes

    Stitcher

    Blogspot

     
     
  10. TWO days left until CB15 comes to an end. Most of the field still have their champions in play. Who’s gonna come out on top, with 2000 points still yet to be claimed? Here’s how we look after 30 days.