YMMV / GameFAQs

  • Broken Base:
    • Draven beating Link in the 2013 Character Battle was either a breath of fresh air or (supposedly) unfair rigging that prevented Link from rightfully holding the position.
    • Undertale beating many popular games including Ocarina of Time in the 2015 Best. Game. Ever. contest thanks to Tumblr and Reddit rallies. Again, it was either a breath of fresh air or unfair rigging via rallies.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Donkey Kong Country vs. Fire Emblem on the site's Super Smash Bros. board thanks to their relative levels of representation in the fourth game; occasionally, Metroid and Kid Icarus are thrown into the mix.
  • Internet Backdraft: Again, the character/game contests. There's been many cases of this: the first Mario vs Crono match, Link curbstomping in general, and Draven and more recently Undertale winning thanks to backing from Reddit and Tumblr.
  • Its Popular, so It Sucks: The Legend of Zelda is infamous for being the most popular game series on the site by a huge margin. Needless to say, this annoys people who are sick of Link winning every character popularity tournament, a Zelda game winning "Best Game of X" tournaments, etc., making such contests/tourneys extremely predictable. This arguably reached its peak when The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask won a "Best Game of the Decade" award; while Majora is considered a very good game, its reviews don't quite hold up to many other games released during the decade despite common fan opinions of its rivaling Ocarina of Time as the best game in the series.
    • Square Enix and Final Fantasy in particular also earn this reputation. It helps that RPGs are a Guide Dang It genre per design, and Final Fantasy VII provides both a Trope Codifier guide and most of the other contest winners (Cloud in one, Sephiroth in a villains contest, FF7 itself in the first iteration of "Best. Game. Ever."). Square's Chrono Trigger suffers from this to a lesser extent; while it's a relatively more obscure game and falls short of Zelda and Final Fantasy in contests, it still performs extraordinarily well and is treated as a Sacred Cow on the site, with Crono often running neck-and-neck with Mario in the Character Battles.
    • Bishōnen characters suffer from this to an extent. Zelda's protagonist Link and FF7's hero and villain Cloud and Sephiroth, collectively known as "Clinkeroth", are all bishonen characters lambasted for being the three best-performing characters in the site's character battles. However, while Zelda generally performs marginally better than Final Fantasy in contests, its antagonist Ganondorf - who is a manly and rugged older man - doesn't achieve the same level of success; he lost to Sephiroth in the aforementioned villains contest, and doesn't even crack the Top 10 in most cases.
    • As mentioned above, ever since Undertale began winning brackets in the 2015 "Best. Game. Ever." contest, it brought complete ire to many people as it beat Super Mario World and several other games that are considered Sacred Cows. It got to the point where it was mentioned by Kotaku.
      • One of the follow-up polls had GameFAQs ask users if they were planning to buy Undertale since it won. The "No, and I refuse to ever buy it purely out of spite" choice came in second place with 24.71%.
    • Polls in general - contest-related and otherwise - are mocked by some users for having results that skew very heavily towards favoring games that were released in The '90s or the Turn of the Millennium (not counting joke votes and rallies).
  • Memetic Mutation: So, so much. Saxon = Joke Account is probably the longest running though.
    • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action originated here.
    • The character battles are a big reason for the L block's popularity.
    • "X needs an ice cream monster" has become a bit of a catch phrase on the 3DS and WiiU boards, due to a rather infamous anti-Nintendo poster known for, among other things, his blind, seething hatred of Vanillish.
    • "Tails are beautiful" due to a strange gimmick poster on the Super Smash Bros. boards.
    • [This post was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator] has become a common joke to put at the end of a post that ends abruptly (normally one that complains about the moderation or claims the poster is secretly evil/a troll/banned/etc.).
    • "Close your account" is a common response to Troll topics.
    • "Alvin is a mistake", which originated from a series on the Smash Bros Boards where a poster created his own dream roster, which including many of his Original Characters, the first being Alvin.
  • Network Decay:
    • WoT (408), it originated as a forum to discuss the events of 9/11 and then the war on terror. One of the two acknowledged instances of board decay; it quickly devolved into a social board, and due to the topicality issues, the board was temporarily removed, then reinstated as a hidden board. In the process, it was officially renamed from "War on Terrorism" to WOT. The politics discussions were then given its own board, 261.
    • To a lesser extent, read the main article on this page and think of everything associated with the site: the message boards, the polls, the character battle contests, the controversial reviews, the fanbase arguments, the moderation, the CNET controversy... and realize how few of those words are actually about FAQs and guides nowadays.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Princess Daisy is infamously one of the most hated characters on the site's Super Smash Bros. boards thanks to an infamous troll called Michaeloll and numerous other users who imitate his style.
    • Lucina of Fire Emblem Awakening is more widely hated on the same Smash board than in other communities due to the backlash against Fire Emblem representation in the game (particularly from Donkey Kong and Metroid fans) being more vocal than in said other communities, who more infamously give Dark Pit the Scrappy treatment instead.
    • The contests in general are often a target due to the immense Hype Backlash regarding its most frequent "winners" (ie the Zelda and Final Fantasy franchises).
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