Every year since 2004 @mcc
has done a fantastic Game of the Year poll on this forum. People seem to enjoy it when it happens so she's tried to keep doing it. Last year she decided to bow out for various understandable reasons but kindly provided the scripts for us to run it ourselves, which we did thanks to @infidel
. Much fun was had and a few people have asked if it's going to happen again. Thankfully Infidel has kindly agreed to host it which just leaves getting the nomination list together.
There are a lot of Game of the Year polls out there, but this one is special. Where most GOTY polls just give you a list of maybe five of the best-selling games from the last year, and ask you to choose your favorite, THIS poll gives you a list of EVERY game that came out in the last year (more or less) and asks you to vote for [up to] your top 20-- ranked by how much you liked them. Here's last year's poll if you want to see how this works. We actually wind up with a serviceable ranking of the top hundred or so games from the last year, with blockbusters, obscurities and cult hits mixed in side by side, and a pretty color-coded graph.
Here's the plan: We're taking nominations in this thread until the evening of January 18th. Date is flexible, I can't remember how much time we've given in previous years.
We'll then run the poll for one week, until the evening of January 25th. I'll post a thread back here (watch for it!) with the voting link.
So, let's get some nominations. Remember, the point of this is to have the most comprehensive list of games possible! So any game that anyone might POSSIBLY put in their top 20 deserves to go on the list.
The rules for nomination are:
* It must have been legally released IN AMERICA for the first time in 2015
* It must be a new game-- no ports, no expansion packs.
We can try to be flexible about these rules. But here's the underlying point of the rules: Every game gets one shot. Think about it, if this game you like got on one year, and then we snuck its expansion pack on the next year… half the people who liked it will vote one year and half the other and it will get really low scores. You like this game, but it's gonna get stiffed in the poll. Avoid that.
I made a starting list ripped off of wikipedia to get use going. This will very likely contain titles that shouldn't be on there, I'll be making attempts myself to remove these over the next few days but please feel free to inform me of any you spot. I'll be honest, I've mostly stuck to WiiU and PS4 this year so PC titles will elude me.
Working nominations list in next post. Also last year we had some discussions about episodic content, when should something be added to the list. I THINK the consensus was that it should go in the year where the final episode is released. Again, rules are flexible, this is meant to be fun not something to fight over.