As the title asks, what is the deal with them not wanting to take a count of people when trying to whittle down the lists ()? Edit: and to be clear; when people are being stubborn and the discussion is going in circles.
Edit: Some people seem to be responding without reading the first sentence...
People brought it up multiple times and they (Jeff and Brad seeming most vocal) seemed to immediately go toxic at the idea of doing a poll of what should stay (or go). I would think with how angry they seem to get there would be a reason for it, but at the same time why are people bringing it up if there is a reason for it? This has also come up in years past but it has seemed like something that would have especially helped this year. I just finished watching "Best Surprise" and the last hour was a complete mess.
It also seems super hypocritical when they constantly give-in by saying things like "well I just don't see any support from anyone else" or they literally go around the table and say games that they think are top 3 (or they should cut) but just don't "count". When it is immediately apparent they are totally mentally counting and cutting things that aren't getting support. At some point people will have a position they will just not want to give up and the debates get really, really bad. It brings out the most toxic, nit-picky, straw-man arguments against whatever game the person things he/she is most likely to get support from the others to cut. Arguments are repeated in circles and it goes nowhere until they take a "mental" count and either A) The person who has the least support gives up, or B) The person(s) who is being really stubborn stomps their feet and demands their pick stays no-matter-what and they instead go to the next least supported game and make that person(s) give theirs up (which is a real bummer for the less combative and laid-back members like Vinny/Jason who almost always lets others have their picks).
Why not just cut the bull, take a poll, count up the games with the most support and start cutting the lowest after they've all said their piece on the games and people are being stubborn? And with a blind count, nothing worse than them going around the room and saying aloud what games they "support" and forcing the later people to be the tie-breakers (seems often at the expense of games they prefer). If you get a tie you can discuss some more and take another poll in 10-15 minutes.
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