Let the handicapping begin! KOTOR is certainly a strong nominee, being a very good game and a console port that was actually done right, but the xbox stigma will hurt KOTOR. Here are my opening odds:
Aow2: 8-1 - overshadowed by Dom2
COD: 7-1 -will split some with VC
Dom2: 3-1 - the hot game
Goth2: 4-1 -those who master the inteface love
Kotor: 5-2 - the Russel Crowe
RoN: 10-1 - the fast fade
Tron: 10-1 - suffered from early bad publicity
VC: 6-1 - will split some with COD
GTAVC: 15-1 - dated technology
GalCiv: 6-1 - qt3 favorite and grassroot getter
PSide: 10-1 - the mismanaged superstar
TOEE: 20-1 - plagued by bugs, but plenty of panache
FFXIII: 100-1 - I forget how many III’s I’m supposed to use
A single elimination tourney is a bad idea, because the third best game can get knocked out extremely early. A better idea is a ballot with, say, 5 points for 1st, 3 for 2nd, and 1 for 3rd place votes, though I’m sure that’s beyond the capabilities of this code. When I vote for Vice City, I want to show that Madden 2004 is second and Planetside 3rd.
I’m going to use hidden seedings so that the games most favored don’t match up with each other early. Every game will be seeded.
Ballots are very biased, since they require people to have a large knowledge base (often people vote in them despite their lack of knowledge). In this system each poll contains only 2 games. Thus people can vote in the polls where they are familiar with the games involved and not vote in the others.