Here are the results for the I Spy... Temporal Anomalies minigame, which finished on 24th December 2008. I have listed all the nominations in order, even the ones that didn't score because they were never verified.
a strategy videogame or strat-RPG:
Empire Earth (Bezman)
a first person shooter:
Time Splitters series (Bezman)
Clive Barker’s Jericho (Bezman)
a platform game:
Chronotron (Bezman = 3, verified: Katherine = 2)
Braid (dj i/o = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Plok (dj i/o)
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Jose Zagal = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Time Slip (dj i/o)
Blinx the Timesweeper (Jose Zagal = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Skyblazer (dj i/o)
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (Katherine = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Jak 2 (Katherine = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
a fighting game:
God of War 2 (Bezman = 3, verified: dj i/o = 2)
a computer RPG:
Chrono-Trigger (Bezman = 3, verified: Katherine = 2)
[Corrected; previously assigned the verification to dj i/o]
Shadow of Destiny (dj i/o = 2, verified: Jose Zagal = 1)
a massively multiplayer game:
World of Warcraft (Peter = 3, verified: Bezman = 2)
a text adventure, point-and-click
adventure, or interactive fiction:
Day of the Tentacle (Peter = 3, verified: Jose Zagal = 2)
Time Hollow (Jose Zagal = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the time rippers (Jose Zagal = 2, verified: dj i/o = 2)
a television show which never
includes space ships:
Heroes (dj i/o = 3, verified: Bezman = 2)
Lost (dj i/o = 2, verified: Jose Zagal = 1)
Life on Mars (Jose Zagal = 2, verified: Katherine = 1)
Sliders, “The Guardian” (dj i/o)
Weird Science (dj i/o)
a novel which is solely set on
The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter (Bezman)
“Magic Treehouse” series (dj i/o = 3, verified: Bezman = 2)
Callahan's Lady by Spider Robinson (Peter = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
The Time Machine by HG Wells (Katherine = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
The Once and Future King by TH White (caller #6 = 2, verified: Katherine = 1)
Behold the Man, by Michael Moorcock (caller #6)
a superhero comic:
Avengers #8 (Bezman)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (Bezman)
Dragonball Z (Bezman)
Judge Dredd: City of the Damned (Bezman)
I’m not counting the Timecop adaptation nor Alan Moore’s Timewar since I don’t deem these to be a superhero comics. The Dredd comic was also marginal, but I have allowed it. If someone had verified, I would have allowed any of these though.
a one-off movie (which has no sequels,
The Time Machine (1960) (Bezman = 3, verified: Katherine = 2)
Primer (2004) (dj i/o = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Frequency (Jose Zagal = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
The Time Machine (2002) (Katherine = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Groundhog Day (dj i/o = 2, verified: Bezman = 1)
Run Lola Run (dj i/o = 2, verified: Katherine = 1)
Mr. Destiny (dj i/o)
Scrooged (dj i/o)
Time After Time (Bezman)
Time Rider (caller #6)
Black Knight (dj i/o)
Clockstoppers (dj i/o)
the lyrics of a song:
Back in Time by Johnny Colla (Bezman)
If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher (dj i/o = 3, verified: Bezman = 2)
- Bezman = 3+1+1+1+1+1+3+3+2+1+2+2+1+1+3+1+1+1+1+2 = 32
- dj i/o = 2+2+2+2+3+2+3+2+2+2+3 = 25
- Katherine = 2+2+2+2+1+2+1+2+2+1 = 17
- Jose Zagal = 2+2+1+2+2+2+1+2+2 = 16
- Peter: 3+3+2 = 8
- caller #6 = 2 = 2
let me know which “victory link” you want inscribed on the Virtual Cup in the
Please let me know which “victory link” you want inscribed on the Virtual Cup in the comments!
A few scattered thoughts...
Using the Wikipedia et al... this is always going to be an issue. But as a resource available for everyone, I don’t want to ban its use, so the challenge will be finding targets which it doesn’t help with... I shall mull this and see what I can come up with.
For some reason, Katherine’s estimate of her score is 2 points higher than I make it in the tally – it makes me worry that I missed something... (It’s the difference between 3 and 4th place for her and Jose, so please let me know if I made a mistake).
As far as I’m concerned, a console game is still a computer game (are you really going to claim there isn’t a computer in that console?)
There are indeed two film versions of The Time Machine, more if you count TV-adaptations... Because what Bezman and Katherine did here in dividing the spoils is in the spirit of the game, I am going to allow them both to score.
Shadow of Destiny – really unusual game. Glad to see people know about this one!
Time Slip – easily the most interesting thing to come out of Net Yaroze. I had lots of fun with this time travelling snail!
I can’t believe that no X-men comics were nominated for this! For shame!
I disagree with Katherine about A Christmas Carol – Ebenezer is shown the future, then changes it. That’s a temporal anomaly of some kind, surely! And being published 52 years earlier than HG Wells' The Time Machine, this might be the oldest temporal anomaly in print!
For the next I Spy game (which won’t be for a few months – I have something else in mind for the next minigame), I would consider coming down to single nominations each day – what do the players of this round think about that?