The Escapist Crowns Turbine March Mayhem Winner

| 15 Apr 2008 19:36

The Escapist is proud to present awards to our four March Mayhem: Developers' Tournament division champions, as well as a special award to Turbine, the tournament winner this year!

Overall Winner, Southern Division Winner: Turbine

Turbine leveraged its huge community to get out the vote, and wrapped up the final game by a huge margin.

Developers defeated: Harmonix, Bethesda, BioWare, Capcom, Gas Powered Games, ArenaNet.

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Midwest Division Winner: Harmonix

Harmonix made it to the finals, thanks to its mega-hits Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Developers defeated: Epic, LucasArts, Ensemble, LindenLab.

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West Division Winner: Bethesda

The developers of The Elder Scrolls series and the upcoming Fallout 3 took out the West but ultimately ran into Turbine in the semi-finals.

Developers defeated: Firaxis, Crytek, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Mercury Steam.

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East Division Winner: Valve

Valve ran through the East and barely lost in a squeaker against Harmonix in the semis.

Developers defeated: DoubleFine, Rare, Namco Bandai, Human Head.

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Be sure to come back next year for all new seeds and another edition of March Madness: Developers' Tournament!

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Dendio:
I think its safe to say Zynga had the toughest schedule this year.

Kudos to them for becoming the story of the tourney.

Dude, epic necro...

I think its safe to say Zynga had the toughest schedule this year.

Kudos to them for becoming the story of the tourney.

"Valve ran through the East and barely lost in a squeaker against Harmonix in the semis."

It's too bad Valve didn't get a chance to pit itself against Harmonix this year, 2009, as they were in different divisions this time.

Like I said, there are a lot of stupid people out there. Flame on.

ingsoc:
There are either more stupid people out there than I previously thought or this contest was fixed. Harmonix over Valve? WTF. They are the worst developer of the bunch. They have yet to even produce a mediocre game much less a great one.

I was going to jump into a ti raid about your statement, but I'll let you look at it one more time before I do...

Enough time? Okay...here we go.

If you were part of the tournament at all you would see that the developers that actually got their communities into it (*points at Malygris for being correct on his part*) ended up doing the best. This is why ALL the #1 seeds lost! The bigger companies may sell a lot of games, but I honestly don't think they have the community support a smaller developer does. If you go back through, Double Fine lost to Valve, but only by a handful of votes and they were a #14 seed. How does that happen? You are only as strong as your community and Double Fine called their army, however small, to arms.

As for The Escapist "fixing" this tournament, I honestly don't think a respected site would do that. Not to mention it doesn't benefit anyone by doing so.

As for you thinking Harmonix sucks, well, that is your opinion but I think you'll find a lot more people who voted during the tournament to disagree with you. Personally I think Rock Band is a riot, regardless of how many little pukes think they can play the guitar now.

As for your comment about more stupid people being out there, I totally agree but thankfully only a couple have found this site.

There are either more stupid people out there than I previously thought or this contest was fixed. Harmonix over Valve? WTF. They are the worst developer of the bunch. They have yet to even produce a mediocre game much less a great one.

As appalled as I am that Turbine won (and believe me, I am deeply appalled), I give them kudos for getting into the spirit of the thing, mobilizing their fans and having some fun with it. Maybe next time we'll see some of that enthusiasm from the other devs.

nightfish:
Yea turned out to be a complete farce in the end but such is the way of these things nowadays

A farce? Just because Turbine enthusiasticaly participated?

Yea turned out to be a complete farce in the end but such is the way of these things nowadays

REDPill357:
What the heck? I've never even HEARD of Turbine before? And how did Harmonix beat out Valve?

They have a pretty strong community it seems. I wonder if both developers being from Boston had anything to do with it...hmmmmmm

Congrats to Turbine!

REDPill357:
What the heck? I've never even HEARD of Turbine before? And how did Harmonix beat out Valve?

Alot of the votes came from people outside of the Escapist community, Turbine even advertised the contest on their log-in console.

What the heck? I've never even HEARD of Turbine before? And how did Harmonix beat out Valve?

ahhh my beautiful blizzard..... lol
mmmm valve ftw! I think its bellevue btw not belleview

Finally, a March Madness competition I can relate to!

I can't believe how close some of these are. And I also can't believe how often I'm checking back throughout the day to see who's winning :)

Very surprised that SOE got a #6 it should be very lower.

It begins! (I just felt like Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat movie)

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