With announcement-to-release windows getting smaller, digital-only releases becoming more prevalent, and "normal" release times (i.e. Q4) continuing to erode, I think it's time for the GB crew to treat GOTY stuff like the Oscars and move it into January. This year it's especially pronounced - by ostensibly ending the year of games in the first week of December, these games are shut out of contention:
- Just Cause 4
- Smash Bros
- Desert Child
Below is especially unfortunate. Yes, GOTY stuff will be a tad delayed from where it is now if it comes out in January, and people won't have 1800+ hours of podcasts to listen to over the holidays. But at least it makes more sense than limiting "the year in gaming" to 11 months out of 12.