Please be calm, this is just my personal feeling about this years' debates.
(I have been a subscriber since 2008-07-21, and was a Gamespot subscriber, so hopefully I have decent perspectives on this.)
WHAT I LIKED:
- Abby arguing for games that will otherwise have no place at GB GOTY.
- Alex and Ben explaining Nier: Automata's narrative strength.
- Vinny giving Pyre's characters a chance.
- Brad's takedown of Mass Effect: Andromeda.
- Jeff being critical not only on games, but also on category's definition.
- Dan being calm and eloquent during most debates.
- Jason and Jan doing such great jobs making camera cuts during lengthy debates.
- And Matt Rorie, the savior of Horizon Zero Dawn at GB.
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
- GOTY debate: for a great year in gaming, I was left thinking the debate could have been better. I personally would have like a better takedown/appraisal of various games. In short, I care less about "which games made the list" or "what orders they are in", as long as the crews give them a fair shakedown. (I think some of the 5 hours could be better spent.)
- Category definition: I think a good rule of thumb would be, "You can summarize the category in a sentence." The lack of an agreed upon goal, is a sign of messy (and exhausting) debate.
- Placement debate: it's something people care (often deeply) about, but also something can easily detract the course of discussion. "This game should not be at X" is a bad way to start a discussion. I would rather start with "I see your point but Y feature is not designed quite as nicely as Z, and in the context of this debate it matters because...".
- Game comparison: since most rankings are subjective and personal, I would avoid argument like "But X has done this before", unless you are well-prepared and researched on this topic. It is just not a convincing argument, and it certainly didn't stop PUBG from taking Best Debut (sorry, but argh).
OK that's it from me. Do share your thought and feedbacks!
Happy New Year to everyone!