The 2018 XYZZY Awards opened voting on July 5th, which is later than I think we’d all have liked.
I believe that this happened because the current process for XYZZY currently requires the organizer and some volunteers to wade through every single IFDB game released in the prior calendar year to first verify whether the game (still) exists, whether the game was released as complete, and whether the game is “not IF.”
This is a ton of work, and I’m grateful that Sam, Claire, and Juxi were willing to do so much work, but most of the games being evaluated had approximately 0% chance of earning an award. I think there’s a better way.
I propose to add an additional “nomination” round to the XYZZY Awards. In the nomination round, each voter could nominate games to be eligible for an XYZZY Award, out of all of the IFDB games with a “release date” in the prior calendar year, without any organizer filtering.
The XYZZY organizers could then go through all of the games that received even one nomination and just check those to ensure that the game exists, was released as “complete” in the calendar year, and was “actually IF.” I anticipate that this would be 10x or maybe even 100x easier than the job the volunteers currently do.
Any game that received even one nomination and passed organizers’ review would be eligible for the subsequent round, which would work the same way XYZZY Round 1 voting works now, but it would only include games that had at least one nomination.
I’d mentioned this idea last year on Twitter, (there I called it “Round 0” instead of a “nomination round”) and a nice little thread formed.
For the record, I do think under these circumstances it would be appropriate for authors to nominate their own games, because I think a really huge list of nominees is appropriate for the first round of voting.
It might be appropriate to limit the number of nominations per person to a reasonable number (20? 50?) just so nobody nominates the entirety of IFDB.
WDYT? Is this the right idea? Is there another related idea that would reduce the amount of work XYZZY organizers have to do before we can open the first round of voting?