I make this topic after seeing comments that in a recent episode of Bonus Round Jeff chose this as his GOTY. How can Skyrim even be a contender? Full disclaimer - I recently made a thread on these boards about how little attention the PS3 version of Skyrim was getting. Looks like that news has finally gotten out. Also if you have not seen Digitial Foundry's analysis on the PS3 version AFTER the patch, here ya go - http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-vs-ps3-skyrim-lag
Listen, I get it, Skyrim is an ambitious and unique game (kind of..). It fills a void that many gamers want. I have no problem with that. But this game is a broken, buggy, practically beta version mess of a game not only on the PS3 but on all platforms. Even if you're one of those "I play it on PC and it's effing great, no issues here" people, there's someone else on another platform saying the complete opposite. Simply saying "that's a Bethesda/Obsidian game" doesn't absolve it from failing to be a product worth its $60 price tag. I'd rather buy Puppiez and Catz 2: Attack of the Furries for Kinect for $60 than Skyrim if I know that the first game is actually going to work out of the box while the second one might break on me 5, 10, or 50 hours in. And even if you do forgive the game's problems because of who made it, you can't seriously have it be a game of the year contender when games like Batman, Uncharted, and Saints Row have absolutely zero issues running on the platforms they were made for. Skyrim shows the inability of its programmers to fully master their art and produce a quality product. Even if it is fun, it can't in good faith be rewarded, can it?
So I ask you (and if the GB crew actually reads these forums it'd be great to hear from them) - how can a game that simply doesn't work be a goty contender?
Also, remember, Ryan Davis specifically disregarded Bayonetta for GOTY 2 years ago because of the faulty PS3 version.
edit: Again, I'm asking if the game qualifies to be a goty contender. Can its technical flaws be completely overlooked just because its content is good? I'm not taking anything away from Skyrim. It's a great game. Stop thinking I'm here to hate on Skyrim. I'm asking if a gaming website/magazine should not hold the goty to a higher standard than simply "hey, this is our favorite game".