I thought the discussions were pretty good this year with the exception of the moments where people just keep repeating the same points multiple times in a row or mischaracterise another person's position. Understandable especially when one is doing marathon podcasting but those are always the moments when my wife turns to me and goes "What in the world?" and I just got nothing lol.RDR2 is the cilantro of video games. I'm amazed at how polarizing it is and I really just can't say why it hits with some people and not others. For me it was the video game equivalent of Seven Samurai in that tt has a very intentional pace and atmosphere that it's going for and for the most part it succeeds on its own terms IMO (with the notable exception of moments where the immersion gets horribly broken by something stupid like your horse tripping over a rock). That's a measured praise because chances are if you show Seven Samurai to your average contemporary moviegoer they're going to find it ponderous and clunky. That's okay as tastes and conventions change over time but there's still something to resonate with a certain audience. I think the most disappointing vote was fair given that I think the category suffers from having pretty open terms and rules (but that's true across a lot categories). Personally I think they should considering dropping the category because I feel it's inherently prone to devolving into a case of "yucking someone else's yum" and quite frankly I feel like the rancor and feelings it evoked spilled into the best game category in a way that wasn't useful. You can say insightful criticism in celebratory categories already so I just don't think it's worth the negatives to give it a whole separate category.In regards to the new format...I'm pretty ambivalent to it. I can see how it serves certain functions better like highlighting more games (which is great) but I feel like the limited categories might end up driving conflict. Special shoutouts to Abby. Real star this year for me. Thought she had a lot of interesting things to say and stuck to her guns when it was sorely needed.