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| commercial = YesVideo game>Gaming| registration = Optional, but is required for contributing content and posting on the message boards| language = English| num_users = | content_license = | programming_language = PHP | owner = CBS Interactive| author = Jeff "CJayC" Veasey| editor = 201710 PUBLISHER= ALEXA INTERNET, 2014-09-06, | ip = | current_status = Active| footnotes = }}GameFAQs is a website that hosts FAQs and walkthroughs for video games. It was created in November 1995 by Jeff Veasey and was bought by CNET Networks in May 2003. It is currently owned by CBS Interactive. The site has a database of video game information, cheat codes, reviews, game saves, box art images and screenshots, almost all of which is submitted by volunteer contributors. The systems covered include the 8-bit Atari platform through modern consoles, as well as computer games and mobile games. Submissions made to the site are reviewed by the site's current editor, Allen "SBAllen" Tyner.GameFAQs hosts an active message board community, which has a separate discussion board for each game in the site's database, along with a variety of other boards. From 2004 till 2012, most of the game-specific boards were shared between GameFAQs and GameSpot, another CBS Interactive website. However, on March 23, 2012, it was announced the sites will once again start to separate content. On May 7, 2012 the shared GameFAQs run message boards went read-only on GameSpot.WEB, SBAllen,weblink Topics Go Read-Only on GameSpot - SBallin'! Message Board, GameFAQs, 2012-08-25, The site also runs a daily opinion poll and tournament contests, as well as an annual Character Battle.GameFAQs has been positively reviewed by The GuardianNEWS, Jack, Schofield, Games watch,weblink The Guardian, 0261-3077, 11, 2000-05-11, 2007-08-06, SPOnG, the Super Players Online Gamesbase, would like to become to games what the Internet Movie Database is to films. Since the IMDb is one of the world's best websites, that would be useful, though GameFAQs might be a better place to start., NEWS, Rhianna, Pratchett, Web watch,weblink The Guardian, 0261-3077, 8, 2003-02-06, 2007-08-06, NEWS, Sarah, Boseley, Michael Cross, Tom Happold, Cream of the crop: 100 most useful websites,weblink The Guardian, 0261-3077, 22, 2004-12-16, 2007-08-06, GameFAQs lists game player-created walkthroughs, plus links to cheats, reviews and previews, etal, and Entertainment Weekly.WEB,weblink Internet Capsule Review, 2000-02-04, Entertainment Weekly, 2007-01-24, In 2009, GameFAQs.com was one of the 300 highest-trafficked English-language websites according to Alexa.WEB,weblink gamefaqs.com, Traffic Details from Alexa, Alexa Internet, 2009-10-13,

History

{{expand section|Any activity after 2007, any other info in relevant years prior|date=July 2012}}GameFAQs was started as the Video Game FAQ Archive on November 5, 1995,WEB,weblink What is GameFAQs?, GameFAQs, 2014-05-26, by gamer and programmer Jeff Veasey, who says he wanted to collect the numerous online guides and FAQs into one centralized location.WEB,weblink 2014-05-26, Totilo, Stephen, 2006-01-24, Meet The Man Who'll Make You A Smooth Criminal In San Andreas, MTV, Hosted on America Online, it originally served as a mirror of Andy Eddy's FTP FAQ archive.Andy Eddy's archive was formerly located atweblink{{dead link|date=March 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}WEB,weblink The Great GameFAQs Q&A, Veasey, Jeff, 2005-04-29, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, WEB,weblink 10 Years. Wow., Veasey, Jeff, 2005-11-05, GameFAQs, 2009-12-20, The initial version of the site had approximately 10 pages and 100 FAQs."Interview with Jeff Veasey" (2002-03-02). weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20020607073548weblink">The Gaming Files. WXBH AM-1190 (Cobleskill, New York). In 1996, the site moved to gamefaqs.com and changed its name to GameFAQs.WEB,weblink VGFA on flex.net, GameFAQs, 2006-09-21,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010723115459weblink">weblink 2001-07-23, At this time, GameFAQs listed fewer than 1000 FAQs and guides and was updated on an irregular basis.WEB,weblink Video Game FAQ Archive, GameFAQs, 2007-04-09,weblink 1996-12-23, During the following months, the site grew in content and in design; two different styles were introduced in early 1997 to accommodate the support of tables in web browsers (or the lack thereof).WEB,weblink GameFAQs (tables), GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19970218070909weblink">weblink 1997-02-18, WEB,weblink GameFAQs (no tables), GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19970218070917weblink">weblink 1997-02-18, Two key features of the site—the game search engine and the contributor recognition pages—were planned at this time.On February 6, 2018, the site changed its domain from gamefaqs.com to gamefaqs.gamespot.com.WEB,weblink 2014-05-26, Tyner, Allen, 2018-02-06, Domain change complete & login improvements, GameFAQs,

IGN affiliation

In 1997, GameFAQs became an independent affiliate of the Imagine Games Network (IGN), leading to the placement of affiliate links on the home page.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2006-10-27,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19981212025143weblink">weblink 1998-12-12, User contests were introduced during this period; the first monthly contest, which was held in 1998, received 253 entries.WEB,weblink October 1998: Select Fighter, GameFAQs, 2006-09-29, GameFAQs went through several design changes, including a pink color scheme, before arriving at the blue-colored layout that was used until 2004.In November 1999, several changes occurred in rapid succession.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19991128113006weblink">weblink 1999-11-28, On November 5, a search box was added to every page, at which time the site was celebrating its fourth anniversary. On November 7, the message boards opened in a beta testing mode.WEB,weblink Second Anniversary Karma Bonus, Veasey, Jeff, 2001-11-07, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20041012075244weblink">weblink 2004-10-12, The "Poll of the Day" was introduced at the end of the month.WEB,weblink Poll of the Day #1, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19, WEB,weblink Poll of the Day, GameFAQs, 11/30/99, 2009-12-20, These changes marked Veasey's increased concentration on the site, and it was around this time that GameFAQs became his full-time job.WEB,weblink The Big Announcement, Veasey, Jeff, 1999, GameFAQs, 2007-05-26,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19991114205707weblink">weblink 1999-11-14, yes, NEWS, Neil, Davidson, Stumped by a video game? Chances are Jeff Veasey can help, Canadian Press Newswire, 2003-03-05, WEB,weblink The Future of GameFAQs, Veasey, Jeff, 2003-06-03, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20041012074034weblink">weblink 2004-10-12, Until this time, he had been working as a programmer. On August 9, 2000, the site received one million hits in a single day for the first time.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2007-03-13,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20000815053934weblink">weblink 2000-08-15, By 2001, the "GameFAQs Chat" (an IRC chat server) had been launched;WEB,weblink GameFAQs Community, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010401131103weblink">weblink 2001-04-01, however, it was removed in May 2001 due to administrative issues.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010512232132weblink">weblink 2001-05-12,

2001–2003

On January 9, 2001, GameFAQs ended its association with IGN.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010118211300weblink">weblink 2001-01-18, To continue generating revenue, an advertising banner sold to non-profit organizations was placed on the top of each page. This lasted until CNET Networks became an official affiliate of GameFAQs; CNET ads ran on the top of the page and links to news articles from GameSpot were shown on the home page.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010418154308weblink">weblink 2001-04-18, In September 2002, the ad was moved from the horizontal header to the vertical sidebar. This led to changes to the links on the side, as well as the creation of navigational links at the top of the screen.WEB,weblink GameFAQs home page, GameFAQs, 2006-09-20,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20020922025120weblink">weblink 2002-09-22, Contributions to GameFAQs continued to increase, and Veasey, as sole operator and administrator of the site, dedicated significant portions of his time to ensure that GameFAQs remained updated and successful.On April 1, 2002, Veasey changed GameFAQs to "GameFAX" as an April Fools' joke.WEB,weblink GameFAX, GameFAQs, 2006-09-19,weblink 2002-04-01, The site's colors were changed to green and black to imitate those of the Xbox, with the intention of making users believe that GameFAQs was now dedicated solely to the Xbox, "the only system that matters." After clicking on any link on the main page, users were directed to the real GameFAQs home page. Nevertheless, Veasey reported receiving hate mail from users.WEB,weblink An important notice about the future of GameFAQs, Veasey, Jeff, 2006-04-01, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, On March 2, 2002, Veasey participated in a radio interview with WXBH AM-1190 on their program called "The Gaming Files" During this interview Veasey was drilled with questions from current and former users of GameFAQs as well as discussed his time on GameFAQs and how the site came to be.WEB,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20020607073548weblink">weblink Veasey Radio Interview with The Gaming Files, 2002-06-07,weblink

CNET acquisition

File:CNETNetworksSanFran.jpg|thumb|alt=A building with a glass and brick facade. Tall buildings are visible in the background.|CNET Networks headquarters in San Francisco, CaliforniaCaliforniaOn May 6, 2003, CNET Networks (the site's long-standing affiliate and sponsor) acquired GameFAQs. The amount paid for GameFAQs and two other unrelated websites was US$2.2 million.WEB,weblink CNET Networks SEC Quarterly Report, 2003-08-05, PDF, CNET Networks, 2006-09-20, {{dead link|date=March 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} On June 3, 2003, Veasey announced the merger to the users of the site. He clarified that the user-submitted content (i.e. FAQs, reviews) remained under the ownership of the authors and was not (nor could be) sold to CNET; however, CNET acquired GameFAQs' rights to host them on the site. He assured users that GameFAQs would undergo no major administrative change and said, "The GameFAQs you see today is the one you'll see tomorrow." This was true to a certain extent, as the only visible change over the next few months was the addition of a CNET footer to the bottom of every page. Additional changes included moving the site to servers in California.From 2004 to 2006, GameFAQs witnessed further changes. On April 28, GameFAQs implemented a large visual redesign,WEB,weblink New Layout/Boards Merger, GameFAQs Archive, 2006-09-20,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20041009125141weblink">weblink 2004-10-09, and the boards merged with the GameSpot boards to allow both communities to share the same game-specific boards (to the dismay of many GameFAQs users). To facilitate this, GameFAQs converted its board code from ASP to PHP, and GameSpot dropped its Lithium code. On April 11, 2006, a new design was implemented and the GameSpot logo was added to the GameFAQs logo on the header of every page. This change was initially greeted with general disapproval by users on the message boards.WEB,weblink Survey says..., Veasey, Jeff, 2006-04-28, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, To satisfy those who prefer the earlier layout, the old board pages have been preserved for certain users.WEB,weblink The v9 End of Life project, Veasey, Jeff, 2006-08-03, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, Shortly after the redesign, the site began using the Smarty template engine.WEB,weblink The first major code change is live... Whew!, Veasey, Jeff, 2006-07-12, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04,

Veasey's departure

On July 19, 2007, Veasey announced that he would eventually be leaving the site. According to his announcement, Allen Tyner, who has been employed with the site since 2004, would take over as editor and administrator of GameFAQs.WEB,weblink The Long, Slow Goodbye, Veasey, Jeff, 2007-07-19, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, WEB,weblink The founder of GameFaqs to step down; it's time to show some respect, Kuchera, Ben, 2007-07-20, Ars Technica, 2009-12-20, WEB,weblink GameFAQs Founder Announces (Eventual) Retirement from Site, 20 July 2007, The Escapist, 8 October 2014,

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!Growth of FAQs hosted(1995-2012)WEB,weblink www.gamefaqs.com, 5 July 1997, 30 December 2016, bot: unknown,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19970705071849weblink">weblink 5 July 1997, WEB,weblink GameFAQs: Requests, 15 August 2000, 30 December 2016, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20000818043745weblink">weblink 18 August 2000, WEB,weblink GameFAQs: GameFAQs Site Statistics, 21 December 2002, 30 December 2016, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20021221081348weblink">weblink 21 December 2002, WEB,weblink GameFAQs: GameFAQs Site Statistics, 20 June 2003, 30 December 2016, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20030620173637weblink">weblink 20 June 2003, WEB,weblink GameFAQs Site Statistics- GameFAQS, 19 June 2004, 30 December 2016, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20040629204928weblink">weblink 29 June 2004, |{{Line chart| color_background = white| width = 240| height = 200| padding_left = 45| color_series_1 = blue| padding_right = 15| padding_top = 10| padding_bottom = 20| number_of_series = 1| number_of_x-values = 18 label_x2 = label_x4 = | label_x5 = label_x7 = label_x9 = label_x11 = 2005 label_x13 = label_x15 = label_x17 = | label_x18 = 2012| y_max = 60000| y_min = 0| scale = yes| interval_primary_scale = 10000| interval_secondary_scale = 100 S01V02 = 1000 S01V06 = 18000 S01V08 = 22087 S01V12 = 36000 S01V18 = 56000| points = yes}}All of the guides and walkthroughs on GameFAQs are contributed by volunteers.Mary-Kate and Ashley: Winner's Circle; The Times (London); July 1, 2001; Stuart Andrews; p. Doors.2 "Guides to completing thousands of video games, compiled by gamers worldwide" Most of the FAQs are not actually lists of frequently asked questions; instead, they cover aspects of gameplay in the same way as strategy guides, with walkthroughs, item lists, maps, and puzzle solutions. Nearly all of the FAQs hosted on the site are in plain text,WEB,weblink Composing Your Guide, GameFAQs, 2006-10-26, though GameFAQs does also accept stand-alone images, such as maps, diagrams and puzzle solutions.WEB,weblink Images (Maps and other graphics), GameFAQs, 2007-01-01, From December 2009, formatted guides which allow authors to use mark-up loosely based on Wiki markup in the document were being accepted.WEB,weblink Ask GameFAQs: A new approach to FAQs, GameFAQs, Tyner, Allen, 2009-12-04, 2009-12-19, WEB,weblink GameFAQs Help: Formatted FAQs, GameFAQs, 2010-06-06, In addition to FAQs, contributors can also submit reader reviews, cheat codes, developer credits, game release data, game saves, screenshots, and images of game boxes. In 2006, the site hosted over 36,000 guides. By February 2009, over 49,000 guides were hosted on the site and over 113,194 reviews.WEB,weblink Ask GameFAQs: Double Stuf'd, Veasey, Jeff, 2009-02-20, GameFAQs, 2009-12-20, As of 2012, this had increased to over 56,000 guides for 21,639 unique games.WEB,weblink wetterdew comments on I Am the Administrator of GameFAQs.com, AMA!, reddit, 8 October 2014, When an author submits something to GameFAQs, it is screened by an administrator before being posted on the site.WEB,weblink After You've Submitted, GameFAQs, 2006-10-26, The author retains the copyright on the submitted material,WEB,weblink Copyrights, Trademarks, and Plagiarism, GameFAQs, 2006-10-26, and his name is added to the site's "Contributor Recognition" section. GameFAQs agrees to host the guide only on their servers but does allow other affiliates to link directly to the guides (including GameSpot, Yahoo! Games, AOL, and GameFly).GameFAQs features several ongoing contributor contests, including FAQ of the Month, Review of the Month, and numerous "FAQ Bounties", which reward contributors who submit FAQs for uncovered, high-demand games.WEB,weblink FAQ Bounty, GameFAQs, 2007-03-18, The FOTM and ROTM contests are generally picked from comprehensive, complete guides or reviews for new games. Winners are sent a gift certificate for an online retailer, or can opt for a mailed gift card upon contest entry.WEB,weblink FAQ of the Month, GameFAQs, 2007-03-18, WEB,weblink Review of the Month, GameFAQs, 2007-03-18, WEB,weblink Meet The Man Who'll Make You A Smooth Criminal In San Andreas, MTV.com, Totilo, Stephen, 2006-01-24, 2009-12-20, In 2004, Future Network USA published two commercial strategy guides with material from GameFAQs: The Ultimate Xbox Strategy Guide and The Ultimate PS2 Strategy Guide.BOOK, The Ultimate Xbox Strategy Guide, Cohen, Corey (ed.), Future US, Future Network USA, 2004, 60827530, B000E7URBQ, BOOK, The Ultimate PS2 Strategy Guide, Amrich, Dan (ed.), Future US, Future Network USA, 2004, 60579744, B000E7URPM, These guides were composed of FAQs written by contributors on GameFAQs.

Message boards

Every game listed on GameFAQs has its own message board where both novice and experienced gamers can discuss game strategies and other game-related topics.BOOK, Carless, Simon, Simon Carless, Gaming Hacks, October 2004, O'Reilly Media, O'Reilly, 0-596-00714-0, CONFERENCE, Nick, Flor, July 2004, The Architecture of the Symbol Engine in a Programmable Autonomous Business, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce Technology, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, 119–126,weblink PDF, 2007-01-25, 10.1109/ICECT.2004.1319725, 0-7695-2098-7, Since the redesign of May 2004, the game boards with enforced topicality have been shared with the GameSpot community. Certain popular games may have additional boards for social discussion. Game-specific boards for certain older consoles do not have topicality rules and are often claimed for social discussion—these are referred to as "secret" or "dead" boards. Every system also has a general board for discussing hardware and upcoming games.WEB,weblink Message Boards, GameFAQs, 2008-08-05, GameFAQs has boards made purely for the purpose of socializing, some that cater to special interests (such as Anime, TV, Music, and Pro Wrestling), and some purely for users from a particular region (e.g. United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand). GameFAQs also has boards for official announcements, contributor discussion, contest discussion, suggestions, and site help.The custom-made GameFAQs Message Boards, coded by Veasey, began operation on November 7, 1999.WEB,weblink GameFAQs: Message Board Frequently Asked Questions, 2006-12-21,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20000510142945weblink">weblink 2000-05-10, Although the original purpose of the board system was to facilitate game discussion, other board categories have been added since the boards opened. Every day, approximately 20,000 topics and 200,000 messages are posted on GameFAQs' 60,000+ individual boards,WEB,weblink Ask GameFAQs: We Have Explosive, Tyner, Allen, 2008-07-04, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, and on November 7, 2006, there were more than 100,000 accounts actively in use.WEB,weblink Happy Birthday to Us... and to you!, Veasey, Jeff, 2006-11-07, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, During October 2009, there was an average of 84,853 unique logins a day.WEB,weblink Ask GameFAQs: I like to move it, move it, Tyner, Allen, 2009-10-24, GameFAQs, 2008-12-22,

Features

{{Overly detailed|section|date=July 2012}}Posts made on the message boards are mostly plain text. Some HTML mark-up is used on the boards, including bold and italics tags.WEB,weblink Board Basics, GameFAQs, 2006-09-20, Unlike many message boards, GameFAQs does not allow tags for images, hyperlinks (however higher level users are able to view them), or underlining. Avatars are not used, signatures are limited to two lines of text (160 characters total). Additionally, the forums use a wordfilter to prevent the use of certain vulgar words.WEB,weblink Message Board Terms of Use, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, On some boards, topics are removed permanently after having no new posts for a period of time. On other boards, they are locked and archived (a feature which was added in 2008). The length of time that a topic can remain inactive without being removed or archived depends on the number of posts on its board.WEB,weblink Rules and Standards, GameFAQs, 2007-11-08, WEB,weblink Game Board Archiving Active, Tyner, Allen, 2008-02-07, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, Users who are level 20 and higher are able to have a friend list. Usernames who are on someone's friend list will be highlighted in yellow on the message boards making it easier for someone to find their friends topic on a board.{{citation needed|date=July 2012}}Another feature that has been implemented on the boards is the ability to send someone a private message. Private messages can be sent to anyone so long as that person is not ignoring the user. Users must be level 31 or higher in order to use the ignore feature.{{citation needed|date=July 2012}}GameFAQs users gain one "karma" for every day they visit the boards while logged in. As karma increases, new features become available, such as the ability to post more messages per day, visit high-level social boards, edit posts, and view a post history page. Registered users can choose between various stylesheets, search topics, and message display options.WEB,weblink GameFAQs: Manage Account (login required), GameFAQs, 2006-12-29, Users can add favorite boards to a personalized list on the main boards page and can track specific topics (a feature added in 2006).WEB,weblink Additional Features, GameFAQs, 2006-09-30, WEB,weblink Topic Tracking, Veasey, Jeff, 2006-12-06, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, On June 20, 2007, advertisements on message list pages were moved from the top of the page to the middle of the message lists.WEB,weblink Ad Changes, Veasey, Jeff, 2007-06-20, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04, Shortly thereafter, the advertisements were moved to the bottom of the message lists. On October 8, 2007, an "ignore user" system was launched for users level 31 or above.WEB,weblink Beta Ignore User System, Tyner, Allen, 2007-10-08, GameFAQs, 2008-08-04,

Moderators

The message boards are managed by the site's administrators and moderators. Initially, Veasey was the only administrator and therefore had full control over the boards; however, more administrators have since been appointed. Tyner, who uses the username "SBAllen" (formerly "Sailor Bacon"), is the administrator on the boards. On May 7, 2012, Tyner announced long-time moderator Devin Morgan had been hired as another administrator, whose primary purpose would be to work on the code of the site.weblink Devin Morgan named new administrator On September 5, 2014, Tyner also announced that long time user Stephanie Barnes (under the username Krystal109) had been hired as the site's Community Manager which included duties such as running the site's contests, and the Facebook/Twitter feeds.WEB,weblink GameFAQs Welcomes Community Manager Stephanie Barnes to the team! - GameFAQs Announcements Message Board - GameFAQs, 8 October 2014, As of July 2015, Barnes' was no longer part of the team.{{citation needed|reason=need official source|date=October 2015}}GameFAQs' moderators are volunteer users selected by the administrator and are responsible for keeping order within the message board community. Because of the size of the boards, the moderators do not patrol every board and topic. Instead, messages that break the site's Terms of Service can be "marked" by regular users, which brings the message to the attention of the moderators.WEB,weblink Rules and Standards, GameFAQs, 2006-09-20,

Contests

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! Contest! Winner! Runner-up! Character BattleWEB,weblink Summer 2002: "The Great GameFAQs Character Battle", GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070929141251weblink">weblink 2007-09-29, Link (The Legend of Zelda)>Link| Mario! Character Battle IIWEB,weblink Summer 2003: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle II, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, | Cloud StrifeSephiroth (Final Fantasy)>Sephiroth! Best. Game. Ever.WEB,weblink Spring 2004: Best. Game. Ever., GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090209040851weblink">weblink 2009-02-09, | Final Fantasy VII| Chrono Trigger! Character Battle IIIWEB,weblink Summer 2004: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle III, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, Link (The Legend of Zelda)>Link| Cloud Strife! Got Villains?WEB,weblink Spring 2005: Got Villains?, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, Sephiroth (Final Fantasy)>Sephiroth| Ganondorf! Character Battle IVWEB,weblink Summer 2005: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle IV, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070926222925weblink">weblink 2007-09-26, | MarioCharacters of Chrono Trigger#Crono>Crono! Tournament of ChampionsLink (The Legend of Zelda)>LinkSephiroth (Final Fantasy)>Sephiroth! Best. Series. Ever.WEB,weblink Summer 2006: Best. Series. Ever., GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090606181323weblink">weblink 2009-06-06, The Legend of Zelda (series)>The Legend of Zelda| Final Fantasy! Character Battle VWEB,weblink Fall 2006: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle V, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, | Samus Aran| Solid Snake! Battle RoyaleWEB,weblink Poll of the Day #2566, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, Note: Two different spellings were used—"Battle Royale" and "weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061117230714weblink">Battle Royal".Link (The Legend of Zelda)>Link| Cloud Strife! Character Battle VIWEB,weblink Fall 2007: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle VI, GameFAQs, 2007-12-25, Tetromino>L-BlockLink (The Legend of Zelda)>Link! Character Battle VIIWEB,weblink Fall 2008: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle VII, GameFAQs, 2008-11-20, Link (The Legend of Zelda)>Link| Solid Snake! Best. Game. Ever. 2009WEB,weblink Spring 2009: Best. Game. Ever 2009, GameFAQs, 2009-06-09, | (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)| Final Fantasy VII! Character Battle VIIIWEB,weblink Winter 2010: The Great GameFAQs Character Battle VIII, GameFAQs, 2010-03-22, Link (The Legend of Zelda)>Link| Cloud Strife! Game of the DecadeWEB,weblink Fall 2010: Game of the Decade, GameFAQs, 2010-12-24, | (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask)| Super Smash Bros. Brawl! Rivalry RumbleWEB,weblink Fall 2011: Rivalry Rumble, 2012-04-24, Link (The Legend of Zelda)>Link vs. GanondorfMario vs. Bowser (character)>Bowser! Character Battle IXWEB,weblink The Great GameFAQs Character Battle IX, GameFAQs, 2013-07-22, League of Legends>Draven| Solid Snake! Best. Game. Ever. 20th Anniversary EditionWEB,weblink Best. Game. Ever. 20th Anniversary Edition, GameFAQs, 2015-11-10, UndertaleHTTP://WWW.POLYGON.COM/2015/12/16/10323192/UNDERTALE-GAMEFAQS-BEST-GAME-EVERPOLYGON (WEBSITE)>POLYGONLAST=FRANKDATE=2015-12-16, | (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)! Best Year in GamingWEB,weblink Best Year in Gaming, GameFAQs, 2017-05-04, 1998 in video gaming>19982001 in video gaming>2001Since 2002, GameFAQs has hosted (wikt:annual|annual) (or semiannual) tournament contests consisting of daily polls in which visitors to the site choose between competing characters, games, or series, with the character contests being known as "Character Battles". Registered users can submit prediction brackets, and prizes are awarded to those who score the highest. The contest polls are shown in place of or in addition to the regular Poll of the Day and have always been accompanied by an image depicting the entrants in the match. The entrants of the Character Battles change from year to year, with some characters being added and some being removed. In some years, previous winners were removed from the main bracket and competed in a separate contest (i.e., "Tournament of Champions", "Battle Royale").The annual Character Battle has been the subject of two webcomics—Penny Arcade featured the Character Battle in their comic on August 23, 2002,WEB,weblink Penny Arcade! - Heat, Penny Arcade, 2002-08-23, 2014-05-25, and Creative Uncut's Inside the Gamers Studio strip mentioned the Character Battle in their ninth comic.WEB,weblink Inside the Gamers Studio comic, Creative Uncut, 2003, 2006-12-17,

10 Best Games Ever

During the 10-Year Anniversary Contest in 2005, GameFAQs users voted on the 10 best games of all time (and tried to predict what the top 10 would be). Final Fantasy VII was selected as the best game ever, followed by (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), Chrono Trigger, (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past), Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, GoldenEye 007, Metal Gear Solid, (Halo: Combat Evolved), and Final Fantasy III/VI.WEB,weblink Fall 2005: 10-Year Anniversary Contest â€” The 10 Best Games Ever, GameFAQs, 2007-09-23, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150716111618weblink">weblink 2015-07-16, {{clear}}

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