Scott observed the fifth anniversary of the game by creating this page to honor its best players. Every year, Scott inducts a new player who he believes has not only excelled at the game but had a significant influence.

Samir Mehta, 2017 Inductee
Some of the qualities that help players achieve big scores in Celebrity Goo Game -- competitiveness, ambition, ruthlessness -- are self-centered, but that doesn't mean that someone can't rise to the ranks of the game's best players without being generous and conscientious, too. Case in point: The 2017 inductee to the Hall of Fame, Samir Mehta, has distinguished himself across Funeratic with his decency (arguing various positions with compassion toward society's least fortunate), charitableness (spending hours on the phone giving advice about the law and life), integrity (sticking to his moral code in the face of changing times and attitudes), and good taste (seeking out each year's best films and spreading the word about them). Funeratic is lucky to have many honorable members, but Samir has proven himself foremost among them, to the benefit of everyone he enobles with his influence. more…

Chris Lemler, 2016 Inductee
When Chris Lemler joined Funeratic on a freezing day in January 2008, he didn't seem initially to be all that different from other acquaintances who drifted in and soon drifted out again. The friend of a friend of a stepdaughter of a coworker of a friend of a classmate of a roommate of Scott Hardie, Chris began playing Celebrity Goo Game and other games on the site tentatively at first, but soon became devoted and turned into one of the game's long-time fans, playing consistently in season after season no matter how the game changed or whether he won or lost. Not only did he bring the rest of his family into the game, most notably his mother LaVonne Lemler who went on to have an accomplished playing career of her own, but he began making suggestions and other contributions that shaped the game more than most other participants. Chris gradually became one of Celebrity Goo Game's most influential players, especially in the mid-2010s, and now he becomes the 2016 Hall of Fame inductee. The Hall of Fame would be incomplete without him, just as Celebrity Goo Game would now be incomplete without him. more…

Joanna Woods, 2014 Inductee
Russ Wilhelm's determination. Justin Woods's competitiveness. Denise Sawicki's consistency. Mike Eberhart's sportsmanship. Steve West's raw talent for the game. These qualities and more have defined some of Celebrity Goo Game's greatest players, but they are all qualities present in 2014's overdue inductee, Joanna Woods. Consistently playing and solving most of the goos since her debut in August 2005, Joanna has racked up nearly 1700 correct guesses, one of the game's all time top scores. Her single longest unbroken streak of 56 correct guesses in a row has been surpassed by few other players. And yet, for as long as she has kept on playing the game so well, Joanna has been modest and quick to congratulate other players on their victories, especially her husband Justin and stepfather Russ. It's long past time that her own praises have been sung, as she has earned plenty of recognition herself as one of the game's best and most skilled players. more…

Justin Woods, 2013 Inductee
As Celebrity Goo Game entered a new decade in the 2010s, one player rose in the ranks to dominate the game like no other: Justin Woods, who won three of the four seasons in 2011, with additional victories in 2010 and 2012. Season after season, he racked up flawless or near-flawless scores, giving him prime seeding in tournaments that he could use to overwhelm his opponents, though he often didn't need it: He frequently won with plenty of extra chances remaining. Players began to accept defeat as soon as their names wound up opposite his in a tournament bracket. In the weeks leading up to GooCon: Villa Ridge, a frequent topic of conversation was whether anyone would manage to beat him in the live version of the game. Justin developed a reputation on Funeratic as a hyper-aggressive competitor who only cares about winning, a reputation that is totally unfair: He's friendly, supportive of the game and his fellow players, and happy to congratulate other winners. Justin has accomplished so much not through competitive compulsion, but through a commitment to playing the game the very best that he can play it, week after week and season after season. His relentless determination to master the game has brought him several major victories, and earned him a place in the Hall of Fame that honors players like him, the best of the best. more…

Russ Wilhelm, 2010 Inductee
No list of Celebrity Goo Game's most exalted players would be complete without the champion who dominated it throughout the late 2000s, Russ Wilhelm. After a taste of success early in the game, winning in only his second season, he defeated fierce competition in the succeeding years and won two back-to-back seasons in 2008, repeating the feat in 2009. This made Russ by far the most frequent winner of the game's latter era of daily goos, conquering one out of every three seasons that he played. Russ's perennial victories have made his name synonymous with what it means to win the game in the years leading up to his well-deserved 2010 induction into this hall of fame. more…

Steve West, 2009 Inductee
It's tempting to regard Steve West's triumphant success at the goo game as mere natural talent. After all, he roared into his first victory with only 37 goos under his belt, one of the fastest times in game history. But the key to Steve's continuing achievements is his ceaseless dedication to the game. He doesn't skip any goos, he carefully researches every answer until he's sure he's right, and he pays attention to game traditions and obscure rules to avoid wrong guesses. These smart habits and his spirited enthusiasm for the game have made him a formidable contender season after season. Steve modestly claims that he's no good when the tournament goos are timed and thus he can't sufficiently research them, but there's evidence to the contrary: Two of his three victories have come from besting other skilled players at timed goos. Maybe he really does have a gift for the game after all... more…

Matthew Preston, 2003 Inductee
Though he is by far the winningest player in the history of the goo game, Matthew Preston deserves to be the first inductee for a greater reason: The game would never have existed without him. In February 1998, Scott and Matthew were college roommates, and Matthew was running a game on his web site where he'd put up a yearbook picture of a celebrity every week, and friends would try to guess who it was. Scott really liked the game, and with Matthew's permission, he borrowed Matthew's copy of Kai's Power Goo and invented Celebrity Goo Game. Scott let Matthew choose the category of the very first goo, and when Scott officially launched the site, Matthew was standing beside him and made a correct guess within seconds. more…

more inductees: Mike Rothstein (2015), Steve Dunn (2012), Amy Austin (2011), Lori Lancaster (2008), Mike Eberhart (2007), Dave Mitzman (2006), Denise Sawicki (2005), and Aaron Fischer (2004)

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