Edit: I got negged for putting this in the wrong section. What section should it go in? I know I talk about tournaments below, but the rankings wouldn’t necessarily have to be tournament-based. Should it just be in general discussion? Mods feel free to move it around as you want, I guess.
I took up fencing a while ago. There’s a group called the US Fencing Association, and they keep track of “rankings” for all fencers who have joined. Basically, by attending and winning USFA sanctioned tournaments, fencers progress from U (unranked) to E to A rank. In this case, “E” means you know which end to hold, and “A” means you could be olympic material. If you get enough fencers in a single tournament, the winners will get their E rank. If you get enough ranked fencers in a single tournament, and they place, the winners will go up in rank.
Basically it’s a system that exists to help seed tournaments (and for bragging rights :wgrin:). I could see this being useful to the fighting game community, either with many changes or few. Tournament seeding is kind of a tricky art, and rankings help keep things balanced and interesting. Also, who wouldn’t want the nerdprops of being an SF4 A-rank?
Would this give people with high rankings an opportunity to be total douchebags? Yeah. “Oh, I don’t play with anyone who isn’t at least a B-rank.” But people do this already anyway, so I wouldn’t see it as much of an issue.
Another thing I’m wondering is if something like this already exists. Does anyone know?
If I was going to follow through with this, I would probably build a simple site where people could register as players, organizers or both, and keep track of things that way. It might also be a great place for organizers to record their brackets.
I’m not trying to say that I have all the answers and everyone should aspire to achieve an A in Tonren’s Awesome Ranking System. Really I would want this idea to just be something that could inspire people to improve.
What do you guys think?