(Spoilers for hottest mess below)
It really bothered me to see the GB crew put Fallout 76 over the exploitative labor practices of Rockstar, ArenaNet kowtowing to a mob's harassment of a developer and then firing the developers that tried to stand up for her, the cultural sexism of riot (and what ever else happened there this year), the overnight laying off of the entirety of Telltale due to mismanagement, and whatever myriad of other "questionable workplace practices & culture" that were in the games industry this year (presumably like Quantic Dream's toxic studio culture even though I don't remember it being directly mentioned). Having an impassioned discussion about how people should respect developers over their products (talking about The Walking Dead specifically) then followed by them putting a game over much of the mistreatment of developers this year didn't seem thoughtful, to put it mildly. To have such a generalized, all-encompassing hot mess that covers so many of the abuses of the people working in this industry and then put the poor launch of a Bethesda game over it just seems to malign developers to me, even if it doesn't quite fit in the category as neatly as Fallout does. I think either it shouldn't have been in the category to begin with or it should have won, and anything else inbetween comes across as egregiously disrespectful. Jeff also had a point about being unable to 100% guarantee the veracity of these stories (I may be overgeneralizing a bit), but I think then putting Fallout 76 over them either says that the site doesn't believe them, or believes that Fallout 76 was worse than the mistreatment of developers, otherwise it should have just been avoided entirely. I may be off base on that point, please tell me if I am.
I don't like to get mad about these year end deliberations and lists because they're just video games, but that falls apart here where it's about the people very directly. I know this is supposed to be "for funsies" but I can't help but be let down by the editorial staff acknowledging and then maligning this year's abuses of the people within the industry. I know there was no ill-will in doing this, but it disappointed me none the less. I really respect GB, like hell, I listened to something like 15 hours to get to that discussion and didn't really have a complaint, but this just seemed so ill-conceived and frustrating.
I haven't seen anyone else responding this way, so if I'm ignoring or missing something, or being thoughtless then please tell me. And sorry if this is a bit scattered I just needed to get this out of my head.