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Check out the wide collection of video games in the Geek.Kon Video Game Room, the largest in the Midwest. With games and consoles ranging from old-school side-scrolling Mario to the latest PS3 and XBox 360 games there's fun for all.
Geek.Kon 2010 Tournament Schedule
Friday, September 3
- 7 pm -
Mystery Game
For our first tournament of the weekend, the game is a surprise. A high score contest on Virtual Boy Pinball? Strip ModNation Racers? Blindfolded FPS? Our lips are sealed, but expect weirdness.
- 8 pm -
Rock Band 2 - solo guitar (360)
  1. Single elimination tournament bracket
  2. Score Duel mode.
  3. Early tournament rounds will be played on Hard difficulty. The last two will be on Expert.
  4. Each match will consist of two players playing head-to-head for the high score on a song assigned to them by the scorekeeper.
  5. Songs will be randomly chosen by the scorekeeper from a non-DLC pool of Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and Lego Rock Band songs that excludes the hardest and easiest tracks (Specifically, we won't be playing those songs where the difficulty rating for this instrument is either zero stars, or five "demon heads.").
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PS3)
  1. No characters are banned
  2. Double-elimination tournament bracket
  3. Each match between two players will be decided by the best of three fights.
- 9 pm -
Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix (PS3)
  1. No characters are banned
  2. Double-elimination tournament bracket
  3. Each match between two players will be decided by the best of three fights, with each fight decided by the best of five rounds.
- 10pm -
Rock Band 2 - solo drums (360)
  1. Single elimination tournament bracket
  2. Score Duel mode
  3. Early tournament rounds will be played on Hard difficulty. The last two will be on Expert.
  4. Each match will consist of two players playing head-to-head for the high score on a song assigned to them by the scorekeeper.
  5. Songs will be randomly chosen by the scorekeeper from a non-DLC pool of Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and Lego Rock Band songs that excludes the hardest and easiest tracks (Specifically, we won't be playing those songs where the difficulty rating for this instrument is either zero stars, or five "demon heads.").
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  1. Primary tournament will be for individual competitors. Separate doubles tournament will be held after the conclusion of singles play.
  2. Double-elimination tournament bracket.
  3. Each match will be set to 3 stock, with a time limit of 8 minutes.
  4. Items will be turned off completely.
  5. Stages will be randomly selected, with only the following stages enabled via the random stage switch:
    • Battlefield
    • Castle Siege
    • Delfino Plaza
    • Final Destination
    • Halberd
    • Lylat Cruise
    • Pokémon Stadium
    • Smashville
    • Yoshi’s Island
  6. No characters are banned, but the following techniques are banned:
    • Marth’s grab release infinite combo
    • King Dedede’s grab infinite combo
    • Meta Knight’s infinite cape glitch
  7. Supplied controllers will be wired Nintendo Gamecube controllers.
Saturday, September 4
- 11 am -
Super Street Fighter IV (PS3)
  1. No characters are banned
  2. Double-elimination tournament bracket
  3. Each match between two players will be decided by the best of three fights, with each fight decided by the best of five rounds.
- 1 pm -
Tekken 6 (PS3)
  1. No characters are banned
  2. Double-elimination tournament bracket
  3. Each match between two players will be decided by the best of three fights, with each fight decided by the best of five rounds.
- 3 pm -
Soul Calibur IV (PS3)
  1. No characters are banned
  2. Double-elimination tournament bracket
  3. Each match between two players will be decided by the best of three fights, with each fight decided by the best of five rounds.
  4. Versus mode will be “Standard.”
- 5 pm -
Pokémon
  1. All competitors must bring their own DS and their own team on their own copy of one of the following Pokémon game versions: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or Soul Silver.
  2. All matches will be played via Wiis, using Pokémon Battle Revolution as an arena. No matches will be played directly between two DSs.
  3. The following built-in rule modifications will be implemented via the Battle Revolution menus:
    • Lv 100 All (No matter what levels your Pokémon are really at, the game will temporarily level them up to 100. This will not affect what moves you have, only how powerful you are.)
    • Team size: 6
    • Sleep Clause (only one Pokémon per team can be asleep at a time. Attempts to put additional Pokémon to sleep will fail.)
    • Freeze Clause (Similar to the sleep clause, attempts to freeze more than one of your opponent's Pokémon will fail.)
    • Species Clause (The Wii will refuse to register your team if two of your Pokémon are of the same species.)
    • Evasion Clause (Moves that deliberately increase evasion will fail.)
  4. Player matches will be plotted on a double-elimination tournament bracket.
  5. The following Pokémon are banned from our tournament:
    Arceus Darkrai Deoxys Dialga
    Garchomp Giratina Groudon Ho-Oh
    Kyogre Latias Latios Lugia
    Manaphy Mew Mewtwo Palkia
    Rayquaza Shaymin Wobbuffet Wynaut
  6. No cheating of any kind will be tolerated. We cannot stress this enough. When picking your team, if you’re not sure about the legality of one of your Pokemon, you risk disqualification. We reserve the right to inspect any player’s team in detail at any time.
- 6 pm -
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  1. Game format: Free For All, 5-minute rounds, with score based on kill count. Death count will only be a factor in the event of tiebreakers.
  2. Each match will consist of 4 people on a single TV, with the top 2 moving on to the next round.
  3. Each level will be chosen based on player vote.
  4. Custom classes are not allowed until competition comes down to the final four players.
  5. For this game, we are limiting registration to a maximum of 32 entrants, so sign up early!
- 8 pm -
Halo 3
  1. Multiple rounds of solo player elimination in “King of the Hill” mode, and possibly other solo modes.
  2. Modified single-elimination tournament bracket.
  3. MLG standard modifiers including:
    • Primary Weapon: Battle Rifle
    • Shield Recharge Rate: 90%
    • Damage Modifier: 110%
    • Player Speed: 110%
    • Motion Tracker Mode: Off
- 9 pm -
Rock Band 2
  1. More like a “battle of the bands” than a tournament. Pick your favorite song (see rules) and practice like there's no tomorrow. Don your best rocker attire and show us your moves! You can perform one song per band for inspiration of the judges and the glory of your rock-i-tude. The band with the most stars (see scoring) takes the prize, and returns to wow us with one more victory song!
  2. All four instruments must be played. Your band can have three band members if one member pulls double duty singing and playing an instrument, but no less.
  3. Each band member can only be in one band, so make it count!
  4. One song per band
  5. Only songs from Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and Lego Rock Band are selectable: no DLC allowed. The available song list excludes the hardest and easiest tracks (Specifically, we won't be playing those songs where the difficulty rating for this instrument is either zero stars, or five "demon heads.")
  6. The following songs are not allowed, due to being too “talky:”
    • Give it Away
    • Prequel to the Sequel
    • Sabotage
    • So What’cha Want
    • Testify
    • Visions
  7. Total possible score is 40 stars
    • 5 Stars for Song.
    • 5 Stars for each instrument (total of 20 stars).
    • Players on Medium will be automatically deducted 1 star.
    • 5 Stars for judge style points (3 judges, total of 15 stars). Judges may judge you for anything they see fit, from song choice to outfits.
- 10 pm -
Left 4 Dead 2
  1. Format: Scavenger Mode. In each match, 2 teams of 4 will play best of 5 rounds, highest score wins.
  2. Maps: standard maps chosen at random each round.
  3. Weapons: no limitations.
  4. Single-elimination tournament bracket.
Sunday, September 5
- 10 am -
Goldeneye 007
  1. Matches will be diagrammed in a special four person per-match version of a double-elimination tournament bracket.
  2. Stages will be chosen randomly.
  3. Weapon set will be default.
  4. Only single-controller control schemes will be allowed.
  5. Oddjob is banned.
- 12 pm (noon) -
Dance Dance Revolution
  1. Technically, we will be playing Stepmania, using a playlist that includes songs from multiple versions of DDR as well as In The Groove.
  2. Competition will be in the form of a single-elimination tournament bracket.
  3. Players may play on any difficulty they wish.
  4. Failure in a song is a loss if your opponent survives.
  5. Victory will be based on how many “perfect” ratings you can get in each song.
  6. Each match between two players will be decided by the best of three songs. Each player will get to choose one of the first two songs. Third songs, when they happen, will be chosen via random select.
  7. If there is time, a second tournament might be played with the difficulty capped at a lower level.
Wii Sports Resort Bowling
  1. Each competitor will be allowed to submit one score during the course of the hour. The highest score submitted by 1pm is the winner!
- 2 pm -
Super Mario Bros - speed run
  1. Entrants will compete side-by-side with other players to finish the original Super Mario Bros. as quickly as possible.
  2. We will have many, many NES stations set up simultaneously. As many as we can, but if we have more entrants than stations, we will have to have multiple rounds of play. The last round will not conclude until someone defeats King Koopa, but prior rounds may be conducted in a “last man standing” elimination style, depending on time.
- 2:30 pm -
Duck Hunt - marathon
  1. Entrants will compete side-by-side with other players to stay alive in Duck Hunt for as long as possible.
  2. We will have many, many NES stations set up simultaneously. As many as we can, but if we have more entrants than stations, we will have to have multiple rounds of play. The last round will be an endurance contest, but prior rounds may be conducted as score competitions, in the interest of time.
  3. A required minimum standing distance of five feet will be marked off on the floor with tape. Disrespect for this line may result in disqualification.
- 3 pm -
Mario Kart DS
  1. All competitors should bring their own Nintendo DS (any model). Geek Kon may have some units available to loan out, but don’t count on it.
  2. Competitors are not required to bring their own copies of Mario Kart DS; but if you don’t, the game will force you to use the Shy Guy character. Bring your own game if you wish to choose your own character.
  3. Scoring for this event will be based on the scoring seen in single-player Grand-Prix mode versus the computer. Several races will be played, with different point values assigned to different placement in each race.
  4. If there are eight or fewer entrants for this event, then all players will race each-other simultaneously in every race. If there are more than eight entrants, then there will be preliminary elimination rounds to narrow the field to eight.
- 4 pm -
Tetris DS
  1. All competitors should bring their own Nintendo DS (any model). Geek Kon may have some units available to loan out, but don’t count on it.
  2. Competitors are not required to bring their own copies of Tetris DS, but it is recommended for the sake of logistics. Non-owners will not be at a disadvantage.
  3. This event will take place in Multiplayer Standard mode with items off.
  4. If there are ten or fewer entrants for this event, then all players will face each-other simultaneously in a series of rounds. If there are more than ten entrants, then there will be preliminary elimination rounds to narrow the field to ten.
Addendum: Universal Rules
The following rules should be assumed effective in all events, wherever applicable.
  • Early registration. Sign-up sheets for all events will be present in the video game room throughout the weekend. If you are sure you want to participate in one of our competitions, please try to come in and sign up early. It makes our planning process easier, and speeds up the proceedings. We also welcome on-the-spot sign-ups, but in both cases, please try to be on time.
  • No pausing. If you pause during a match, your opponent is allowed to declare victory for that round of play.
  • No handicaps. Many games have handicap systems where you can modify your strength, stamina, etc while making selections for a match. All such options shall be left in default positions. If you are discovered modifying these settings, your opponent can declare victory for that match.
  • Check your control scheme prior to the start of all matches. Be aware that many games have multiple preferred controllers and multiple preferred control layouts for those controllers. Note the above consequences for pausing to fix your control scheme.
  • In spite of the above conditions, it is the prerogative of any gracious opponent to allow, in the event of an honest mistake, a restart of any match, or the overlooking of an accidental pause. This is always desired, but never required.
  • Controller choice: Geek Kon will furnish the most popular, official controllers for all games (except those on the DS), but we encourage you to bring your own if you wish, just be sure to take note of what consoles our games are played on, for compatibility reasons. Most fighters are on PS3, most FPS are on Xbox 360, and most music is on Xbox 360.
  • Cheating: Do not cheat at anything, ever. Cheating will result in a ban from all tournaments. The definition of cheating in any given game is up to the discretion of our individual tournament runners. If you want to do something, and you aren’t sure if it’s considered cheating, either ask first or don’t do it. Don’t underestimate our ability to detect cheating, particularly in Pokémon and FPS. We are wise.
  • Tournament brackets: You may notice that many of our events refer to being played with either a single-elimination or double-elimination tournament bracket. What does this mean?
    • Single-Elimination: This is the simplest version of a tournament bracket, commonly drawn like a tree, with branches extending to the left, and each original entrant seated on their own limb. Wherever two limbs meet is a match between two players. The loser is disqualified, and the winner moves on toward the right. The eventual winner is whoever makes it all the way to the far right side.
      Single Elimination Tournament
    • Double-Elimination: This is a much more complicated-looking type of tournament bracket, but it spells more fun for everyone, and we’ve tried to use it wherever we have time to. In a double-elimination bracket, there is a left side and a right side, and all the competitors start out in the middle. Moving directly to the right works the same as it does in a single-elimination bracket. That’s the ideal place to be, and that’s called the “winner’s bracket.” But what if you lose a match? In a single-elimination bracket, you’d be disqualified right away, but in a double elimination bracket, there’s a whole extra area of second chances sprawling out to the left. If you lose once, don’t fret! You automatically get placed in the “loser’s bracket,” along with everyone else who’s lost a match. If you can fight your way through the loser’s bracket, you get another chance to face the winner of the winner’s bracket, and possibly come back to win the whole thing! Great, huh?! We think so.
      Double Elimination Tournament
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring in my own controller? i.e. arcade sticks, Guitar Hero controllers?
Yes. Please do, but be aware that there will be a lot of controllers floating around, and you may want to somehow mark yours to tell it apart. For PS3 games, if you are bringing your own wireless controller, it may also be helpful to carry your own mini-USB cable for easy syncing between different PS3s.
Would you like me to bring in my own game console for use in tournaments?
We should be all set, but if a tournament has a great deal more competitors than we anticipate, then it’s possible that we may be able to use it, if it has all of the appropriate unlocks for our rules. As with controllers, we recommend you label your property, including your power and A/V cables. If you are comfortable keeping track of your console, then yes, that might be appreciated.
Why is/isn’t this character banned?
Our rules are derived wherever possible from the most prestigious competitive organizations formed around each game. The thing you think we should have banned probably isn’t as strong as you think it is, and the thing you think we shouldn’t have banned probably has a little-known property that could be unfairly exploited in the wrong hands.
Can we have a competition for another game?
If you can organize it yourself, then yes! We would be proud to welcome that! The official Geek.Kon forums are a great place to organize these kinds of meet-ups with your fellow gamers. The Video Game Room will have a wide variety of games available, but you’re better off safe than sorry: bring your own hardware and software if you are running a side-tournament.
If there’s a game we’re already hosting as an official Geek.Kon event, that you would like to play a different variation on: you might want to attend the featured event, and suggest your alternate mode for afterward. We can’t promise support for all such ideas, but they may be workable in some cases.
Why are you playing an older version of a game that has a newer sequel?
This only applies to a couple of our events, but in each case the answer is the same: The older version has its own benefits that outweigh the strengths of the newer sequel. Rock Band 2 allows play of all songs in Lego Rock Band, but not the other way around. Soul Calibur players continue to use Soul Calibur IV instead of Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, because of issues like controller compatibility, link lag, display fidelity, and questions of balance. Mario Kart DS is our preferred version of Mariokart due to superior local multiplayer options. Halo: ODST’s multiplayer modes are not particularly well-geared toward competitive attitudes, but we will technically be using ODST disc 2 to play Halo 3 with, as it has the complete array of available Halo 3 multiplayer maps.
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