And that was weird too.
I definitely have changed my tune with Early Access inclusion. There are too many complete games in Early Access not to include them in my GOTY thoughts. Like PUBG (though that went 1.0 in 2017 barely) and Slay the Spire this year (basically 100% feature complete) along with lots of other games, I think omitting early access titles is arbitrary, because if you can pay for them, and you can play them, and they are in your top 10 favorite games you played that year, why not include them? When you might not play them next year? (after 1.0)
This is what happened with Rimworld for me. I played it mostly last year, and loved it, but didn’t vote because it wasn’t “finished” even though you could put 100’s of hours into the game and have your best gaming experiences of 2017 there. It wasn’t allowed so I didn’t vote for it. It went 1.0 this year, but I didn’t play it as much, so it feels weird to have it high on my list, since I didn’t play it this year, but I have to give it props somehow?
Also, if you play a game in Early Access in 2018, and it comes out in 2018 as 1.0, do you have to discount any of the gameplay you had prior to 1.0? Since that wasn’t the “finished game”
I like the way we do things here, as it is up to people to decide (people voted for Rimworld last year too) what they want to vote for, and if it is worth voting for.
The inclusion of ports like Bayonetta 1 as viable is just odd. Can I vote Skyrim in every year, as it gets ported to new systems every year? It seems odd to not include EA but include ports, because it is being arbitrary about what release date is the most important. Should Fallout 76 be allowed? It was “released” in 2018, but it was buggier and more broken than a lot of early access games. (Not that I didn’t like it, it is probably in my top 10) I guess I have to vote for Chrono Trigger because it was ported to steam, and it is the best game ever, so it has to be in my top 10?
And while Slay the Spire techincally released in 2017, I bought it with my money in 2018, and it was in my top 5 favorite games of the year this year? Why not include it? I might not play it much this year (not likely, I have already played it in 2019)
What I am saying is that we should allow people to vote on everything, and the wisdom of the crowd will determine what is important enough to get votes If the game was good enough to be on your top 5 this year, regardless of release status, why not include it? It is not like we will have a bunch of trolls logging in to sway the vote for their favorite game.
This is a long winded way of saying, Play Slay the Spire, and @tylertoo Add it to your 2018 GOTY, it is eligible! Let’s get those votes in.