ive thought about it a lot today and if the way the IGF judging was setup in a more democratic way then, every game that made it into the finals would be totally validated.. if 20+ people think that YHTBTR should be a finalist then they are right and im wrong... but i gave a feeling if the judging was fixed the results for the finals would be a lot different.
but the fact is the games that got in are only the opinions of 2-6 people and not a combined score of all, or even a majority of judges. I think the only real valid issue with every bitch and moan people have about the igf can be traced back to the fact that their judging system is extremely and obviously flawed.
when only a few people are judging a game often times your running into very polarized opinions and personal taste of the people involved.
if you have 3 people judging your turn based strategy game, and 2 of those judges arnt fans of that genre.. then your fucked. Judging something by its average score is only valid when its a consensus of all involved.
now i realize that having 200+ games and only 20 judges working on them is a big reach.. but it doesn’t mean keeping the way its setup now is the best.. because its very obviously not.