Alright, many may remember, but for the last several years we've been making user lists of our favorite games that come out each given year. There's a system in place to then add all that stuff up and determine the Giantbomb Community's Aggregate GotY List of the Year!
In brief: You create a Game of the Year list and submit the url to me via a google form. You are free to edit that list up until December 30th. I then run my code on the list of urls submitted to me, it adds up all the scores and determines a final Game of the Year list for the whole community. I post that list on the forum at the end of December, along with all of the data.
I don't know what I'm doing, explain the process to me long and slow-like with visual aids:
Okay, that's too much, explain it to me short and quick-like with text:
- Make an user list and title it anything you like (traditionally, the title would be akin to GOTY 2014)
- Fill that list with those games you played this year that you think are most deserving.
- Once you are finished, copy the url in the address bar that goes to your user list.
- Go to THIS GOOGLE FORM and submit the url.
- You're done.
The most basic of rules:
- Lists are ordered, lists have no duplicate entries, and each user submits only one list.
- If you attempt to do any of these things, my code detects it and will not accept your list
- Lists contain games you have played this year, this year being 2014
- Lists are ranked from best to worst
- Lists are no longer accepted after December 30th
- how many games in my list? as many as you like! I'll only count the first ten though. If you have fewer than ten, I'll only count those that you have.
- can I make an unordered list? no.
- what am I doing? you're making an ordered user list of your favorite games you played this year, and submitting the url to this google doc.
- when will results be posted? end of december.
- when are lists due? December 30th
- can I submit a game not from 2014? I won't arrest you if you do. The option is available because there are so many fringe and outlier cases where a person can justify an inclusion of a game from another year that I can't ban it. The rule of thumb is that the game must be "new" to you for that given year. Meaning, you can't just have DOTA #1 every year.
- isn't that not a goty list then? Well, I guess it depends what you call a GOTY list. If it's a personal list of games most meaningful to you that given year, then no, it's still a GOTY list. If it's a list that includes only games from the given year, and intends to be a final scorecard for the year, then no, it is not. But you shouldn't worry, because from the prior we get the latter. Quirks in personal lists are buried by aggregation, and you'll find that, just like in the past 3 times we've done this, the final top ten is of games exclusively from the given year.
- can I edit my list after I submitted it? You absolutely can. You can even edit the title of your list, the url you submitted will remain valid.
- where should I send my goty list url? this google doc.
*if you live in a tropical climate, I don't know, grab yourself a cool drink.