SEGA Genesis Classics Collection Mini-Tournament
This Memorial Day weekend, the SEGA Genesis Classics Collection is being released to console (PS4 and Xbox One). SpeedGaming is organizing a mini-tournament to celebrate the release, in partnership with SEGA. We're giving cash prizes to the winners: $1000 for 1st place, $600 for 2nd place, $400 for 3rd place, and $300 for the winner of the bonus challenge.

Over the course of 4 days we'll be racing short goals of 9 different games. We'll have qualifier events (Friday May 25 through Sunday May 27) where we do a series of races of 6 games (Sonic 1, Gunstar Heroes, Columns, Vectorman, Streets Of Rage 2, Revenge of Shinobi). The top 4 players from the qualifiers will be invited to the finals on Monday May 28 (games will be Ristar, Golden Axe, Sonic 2). Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 players from the finals -- $1000 for 1st place, $600 for 2nd place, $400 for 3rd place.

Each game's goal should take 10-15 minutes for the top finishers, but players of all skill levels are welcome. Players can practice on whatever platform they want (and if you'd like to race along for fun on other versions you can), but for the official races in the tournament players MUST play on the SEGA Genesis Classics Collection. Players should use the PC version, with an Xbox controller. We have free download codes available to the first 25 players who sign up and request one.

Here is the schedule, gamelist, and goals:

Friday May 25 at 5pm EDT - Qualifiers Session 1
Games/goals: Sonic The Hedgehog (Beat Labyrinth Zone, Glitchless), Gunstar Heroes (Beat stages 1 to 4, Easy - see NOTE), Columns (Reach level 20, Original, Novice)

Saturday May 26 at 2pm EDT - Qualifiers Session 2
Games/goals: Vectorman (Beat day 11, Any difficulty, No warps), Streets of Rage 2 (Beat stage 4, Any character, Easy), The Revenge Of Shinobi (Beat round 7, Any difficulty)

Sunday May 27 at 12pm EDT - Qualifiers Session 3
Games/goals: Sonic The Hedgehog (Beat Labyrinth Zone, Glitchless), Gunstar Heroes (Beat stages 1 to 4, Easy - see NOTE), Columns (Reach level 20, Original, Novice), Vectorman (Beat day 11, Any difficulty, No warps), Streets of Rage 2 (Beat stage 4, Any character, Easy), The Revenge Of Shinobi (Beat round 7, Any difficulty)

Monday May 28 at 2pm EDT - FINALS
Games/goals: Ristar (Beat world 3, Normal), Golden Axe (Beat the game, Arcade Mode), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Beat Oil Ocean Zone)

NOTE: There is a softlock in Gunstar Heroes that players have no control over. For this goal, players will finish stage 3 and then reset before finishing other unfinished stages.

In each session we'll do a race of the first game, followed by a race of the second game, followed by a race of the third game, etc. If we have enough time we may do additional races of some of the games. Each player must do at least one race of each of the 6 games. If a player participates in MORE than one race of a game, their BEST race time will be used as their official time for that game. So it is beneficial to participate in multiple races.

After the qualifiers, we'll take the best time from each player on each of the 6 games (the "leaderboard" for this tournament) and we'll assign the players points equal to their ranking on that leaderboard. 1 point for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, etc. A lower score is good (i.e. fewer people have posted a better time than you). If a player doesn't post a time for one of the games we'll score them as if they were last on the leaderboard.
To determine a player's overall rank in the qualifiers, their score is SUMMED accross all 6 games. The players will be ranked by total points (lowest first), and the top 4 players will be invited to the Finals. If any of them can't participate, we'll invite the next person down the list, etc.

We're also doing a BONUS STREAM on Tuesday May 29 at 5pm EDT.
Games/goals: Ristar (Beat world 3), Streets of Rage 2 (Beat stage 4), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Beat Oil Ocean Zone)
We'll do 1 race of each game in "Mirror Mode", which is a new feature that won't be released until May 29th (your game will update automatically). This is a SEPARATE side-event that anyone can participate in -- it is not part of the main tournament. There will be 1 race of each game (in mirror mode), and we'll add up each player's finishing position over the 3 races to determine the winner. There is a prize of $300 for the winner. In the event of a tie, the prize will be split. Players may use PC, PS4, or Xbox.

The races will be restreamed on twitch.tv/SpeedGaming and all players are required to stream for proof. SpeedRunsLive.com will be used for the official race timing. If you haven't used SRL before please register your nick and get set up with SRL before the day of the race.

The format and rules are subject to change based on the number of players who sign up.

For questions please contact feasel#9051 on Discord or email feasel@speedgaming.org

Participants and viewers can discuss the race in the #sega_genesis_classics channel of our DISCORD SERVER: https://discord.gg/bmHzkMg


GAMES -- GOALS -- RULES -- TIMING:
Sonic The Hedgehog (Beat Labyrinth Zone, Glitchless) - Goal starts when you select Green Hill Zone 1 on the level select screen, goal ends when the screen begins to fade out after the score tally. To reach the level select screen, use the code Up, Down, Left, Right, then Hold A and press Start. If you game over you must start again from the first level.

Gunstar Heroes (Beat stages 1 to 4, Easy) - Goal starts when you select '1 Player' on the title screen, goal ends when the screen begins to fade out after picking up the crystal. After beating Orange, if you start falling with no floor (softlock), wait until it finishes. If you survive, you can select the next stage. If you die, reset the game and select the next stage. If this is your last stage, finish the time when it goes black (after surviving or dying).

Columns (Reach level 20, Original, Novice) - Goal starts when you press start on the 'Best Score' screen (after selecting Novice and Level 0), goal ends when the Level indicator says '20'. You must start at level 0.

Vectorman (Beat day 11, Any difficulty, No warps) - Goal starts when you select 'Start Game' on the title screen, goal ends when the screen fades out after defeating the boss

Streets of Rage 2 (Beat stage 4, Any character, Easy) - You can give yourself MORE LIVES in the settings. Goal starts when you select your character on the character selection screen, goal ends when the screen begins to fade out after the score tally

The Revenge Of Shinobi (Beat round 7, Any difficulty) - Goal starts when you select 'Start' on the main menu, goal ends when the screen begins to fade out after defeating the boss. You may increase your starting number of shuriken to 90, but not infinite.

Ristar (Beat world 3, Normal) - Goal starts when you select 'Game Start' on the title screen, goal ends when the screen fades out after Ristar leaves the screen

Golden Axe (Beat the game, Arcade Mode) - Goal starts when you select your character on the character selection screen, goal ends when the screen begins to fade to white after defeating the boss. You may increase your maximum life to 5.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Beat Oil Ocean Zone) - Goal starts when you select 'Player Select, Sonic and Tails' on the options screen, goal ends when the screen begins to fade out after the score tally. To reach the options screen, press down twice on the title screen.

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