Disclaimer-This is only one duders opinion, and not meant to spawn a "GB must do what I say!' discussion. I'd appreciate if anyone responding (pro or con) can also abide by the "This is just a suggestion, we are not the staff, its their baby please respect who gets final call on this stuff".
That said. I won't claim to be the originator of this idea, but in short it goes something like this. "Instead of spending countless hours tearing down all the best games that came out in a given year..why not just talk about what you loved about the best games instead?"
Cut back on the end of year crunch time of staff feeling like they can't attack a game unless they have played it. Cut back on the stress and community angst. etc. You wouldn't even need to dismantle the entire thing, having one big "Best game of the year" discussion to cap it off can be fun, heated debate and salt is fun in limited doses. I just don't feel that a lot of fun categories fit the cut-throat nature of the talks. "Best Video Game world to live in" would be a great round-table topic..but not through the lens of "We need to stick a very specific definition, there has to be one right answer". A lot of interesting debates, dicussions and etc left off the table, IMO, when forced into that format.
Likewise, staff has a very large diversity in opinion, now more then ever. Its no fun to see someones favorite game, and them, cut down by the majority, especially when you enjoyed that game too. Its especially not fun content when the arguments devolve into "I'm not a fan of this studio, game genre, art style, music genre, and reject a game based purely on that".
Now, is such rejection invalid? No, not at all. But for something where the idea is to celebrate and discussion/reminisce about "The best games of X year" it really sucks when it could just as easily fit the genre of "Lets tear down all the best games of this year, even the one that ranks #1".
That's it. I get that we see a good deal of this in personal top-10's. I just feel like being able to hear everyone on staff gush about their favorite games in a given year, even if no one else like or played them, is the kind of content I am looking for in end of the year post-holiday debate.
Maybe its that in 2018, arguments and disagreements and tearing down other people's opinions brings no joy, but sharing and celebrating diversity does too me. But that's how I see it.
As I said up top. Just my opinion, I don't expect GB staff to just go "This guy knows what's up lets do everything he says" and, hopefully, neither does anyone else who might use this as a "Oh yeah I'd like to see X in Goty/GB content in general". Its just little ole me giving what I hope is constructive criticism/feedback. I'd welcome people with completely different opinions to weigh in too.