Originally Posted by Lothars
For individuals, it can absolutely be someone goty but I think like others have said it can't be considered for outlets until it's officially released and not early access. It's makes perfect sense why this is the case.
Makes no sense at all actually.
Bluehole decides to release 1.0 tomorrow without changing anything noteworthy, and all of a sudden it's eligible for GOTY-voting?
I don't see how it matters, or how it affects one's enjoyment out of these GOTY lists, whether it's eligible or not. IGN won't vote for it, but that doesn't really matter -- at the end of the day it's up to each individual outlet and not some sort of International GOTY Federation. I'm sure outlets like Giant Bomb and Waypoint will nominate it in some way at least, so I doubt it will go unnoticed.
It's nothing more than a popularity contest at this point; why should we be limited by arbitrary rules set by these companies?
I guess there has to be some form
of regulation, at least for a board like this. I'm just not sure this narrative "it has always been like this, so it has to stay that way"
is beneficial to anyone. I mean, my favorite GOTY-lists are the various personal GOTY-lists found on Giant Bomb each year, and those are not regulated in any shape or form. Just a bunch of famous/random folks writing about their gaming year and what games they had fun with/thought were interesting. Sometimes they include an old game from previous year, adding that it had an update that changed the game completely and changed their relation to it. It's all just for fun, and I don't think adding some leeway will take that away.