In years past, Sinatar has collected votes for our annual community game of the year awards, but last year he decided to not do that, and I took up the mantel in his place. Unless he objects, I plan to do it again this year.
But, before all that goes down later this year, I'd like your input on a few things. These are your community awards, after all.
- Are you all interested in doing a community game of the year poll? The reason Sinatar passed on managing the voting last year was because of a lack of community interest the year before. Like I said, I plan to handle all of that again this year, but only if there's genuine interest. Otherwise, I can declare Catherine the community game of the year and be done with it.
- When do you want the voting thread to go up? Traditionally, the last big games in each year release in around the end of November and the beginning of January. The Old Republic throws that off a bit this year, but that one title aside, the thread could go up as early as the first part of December.
Last year, there were two or three threads started before the final voting thread went up sometime late in December (I think; it's been awhile). This suggests to me that there's interest in putting up the voting thread before the actual end of the year.
Most publications put out their game of the year lists a week or two before Christmas. If we wanted our game of the year voting to roughly coincide with the rest of the internet gaming community at large, the thread could go up around the 11th of December. The big question is, since we're hobbyists who aren't paid to play games, would we, as a community, feel like we'd had time to play the big releases we wanted to play before then?
- When do you want voting to end? This ties into the last question. If we're wanting our community voting to go up around about when everyone else is putting theirs up, we should probably wrap things up before Christmas. If we as a community aren't too concerned about that, we can leave the thread open until a bit after New Year's so that people can play the big releases over the holiday break.
- Can we just do a top five? I know that traditional end of the year lists are all about the top ten this and that. I don't know about you all, but between the cost of new games, the time it takes to play some of them, and the size of the pile, I'm lucky if I play ten new games the year they're released. In past years of voting, I've had a solid top five but have really struggled to flesh out the bottom half of the list (Chaos Rings is one of the ten best games of the year? That's scraping the barrel, for sure). We're busy adults, and we're mostly not paid game reviewers, so can we just post our top five games of the year, or are you really wedded to the idea of a traditional top ten?
- How do you want to count votes? Last year, since we were doing a top ten, I gave ten votes to a person's number one pick, nine to their number two pick, et cetera, down to one vote for their tenth pick. Is that a fair way to do things?
Now, what about when someone, and there's inevitably someone, who posts a list of unranked games? Do they all get a set, smaller number of votes? Are their votes not counted? Ranked by first letter and assigned that way?
And what of the person who posts fifteen or twenty games (there always seems to be one of those, too)? Count each one? Only the top ten?