This is kind of sad look at our industry....
Even if it were a prank but Kotaku just reported that the eroge game Monster Girl Quest 3 almost won community GOTY. But even they have not played or even looked at it they immediately said it was just a prank and shot it down... Yeah it has erotic content and hardcore sex scenes but that does not mean the gameplay or the story has to be bad a all. There are quite a few games out there which have decent to very good RPG mechanics and battle systems or a really good and interesting story but will sadly will never taken seriously by the gaming press just because of its sex scenes...
Personally I have not played the game and do not plan to since I do not like this monster girl fetish but I actually looked up impressions and people actually really liked the plot and characters as well as the battle system of the game. So it is even more sad to see that they did not even take a look at it before "shutting" it down.
Here is the argument why it should be GOTY which sounds actually reasonable and also in line with what I have found about the game in a quick search.
WhyMonster Girl Quest 3 should be Game of the Year:
Because it had the best storyline of the year. I'm serious.
Please put down the torches.
Woo, boy. This isnt gonna go over very well I dont think. Yes, its an erotic visual novel. Yes, the gameplay is fap bait at best. Yes, it deals with a lot of uncomfortable issues and yes, you look like a creep, weirdo, or the worst human imaginable for playing this game. That being said, the story of Luka and the Monster Lord vs the Armies of Ilias was solid enough to put in the running for my game of the year based only on characters and storyline.
What started as what seemed to be a nothing plot in the first game solely consisting of a young man being assaulted by monsters, starts unfolding into a story about discrimination and religious zeal. War and misunderstanding. Betrayal and terrorism. All sorts of horrible things taking part in the world, and one man's difficult journey to try and bring peace.
As the storyline continues and Luka wins battles, it becomes a tale of friendship and heroics, as well as redemption and the ability to set aside your differences, regardless of birth, homeland, or number of limbs.
You learn to care about these various characters. By the halfway point of part 1, I had abandoned the erotic content and went through the combats just so i can see what would happen to Luka, Alice, Tamamo, and the others. By the end of the final part of the series, even the villains were sympathetic and you started to see the world as Luka would, with the desire for peace between humans, monsters, and angels.
There will be very few that can accept the game given its subject matter and core concept, but for those who can, it can be an eye opening experience.
Also, if you are interested i suppose, it has lots of boobs in it.
So yeah.... This industry has still a long way to go to be even called mature...