Happy new year, Goodjers! It's now 2020, and that means we're changing decades. First off, I'm going to address the "but there was no year zero" issue. Yes, that is true. There was no year "zero". HOWEVER, for some time now, we've been most commonly using the cardinal method to define a decade, meaning a new decade begins when the third digit of a numerical year changes. This is what's happening this year. We've left the twenty tens behind, and moving into the twenty-twenties. That's why we're doing the 2010s GWJ Community Game of the Decade this year, and not next year. For the sake of the games, let's not bog down the conversation with nitpicking on this particular aspect.
As far as I can tell, we've never done a Community Game of the Decade, so I had a few ideas on how to proceed. Ultimately, I decided on two approaches, and I'm very curious to see how both will turn out.
The first approach is the "classic take". Much like we all do for the GOTY edition, everyone lists their ten games of the decade, and I keep track of them all with the weighted score system. To keep things current, and since this is the game of the decade is a bit different then the GOTY, I do ask that you stick to games that were released in the 2010s.
The second approach is a bit different. I've taken all the results from the community GOTYs previous years and put them in a neat little (well, not so little) poll. The idea is to rank your top ten out of the pool of the 90+ games that were ranked by the community (a few games ranked two years in a row). As it is, that makes for a pretty unwieldy poll, so I've recapped the results of previous years in the post below. When replying to the poll, only the top ten results matter, so don't worry about ranking past #10. Unless you want to, of course. Clarification: the survey asks that you rank everything, but I'll only keep your top ten. Just grab and drag one of the entries, and it'll automatically rank all of them.
The poll is now available!!
I'm actually quite curious to see how your responses to both methods will differ. Maybe they're exactly the same lists. But maybe there's that one gem that you loved above all others, and that too few people know about. Whatever it is, be sure to share it with us.
Polls will close (automatically for the survey) on February 1st, 2020, 9am GMT+1 (that's 3am EST, or midnight PST).
UPDATE: I'm giving you folks a few extra days, you have until Monday, Feb 3rd evening/early Tuesday, Feb 4th morning for me.
Complete guidelines in Q&A form as well as references and the GOTY recaps in the posts below.