Very cool, I always enjoy seeing these. Going to make a dark horse run at that Wildcard nomination for my game Nuclear Powered Toaster; sure, it likely won't happen, but you miss 100% of the shots blah blah blah and so on.
How will it work for games that come out this month, like Rebels Inc.? Would they be eligible next year or they just get the short end of the stick?
It's probably going to get short-end of the stick, but of course it depends on what score it gets.
Unfortunately Ndemic haven't been able to supply us with code for Rebel Inc., so I had to have Richard go buy it, which caused a delay on getting the review done. If it does get a 5 and the review gets published before the half-way point I may alter the form, and I've set it so that people can go back and edit their responses so you can change your mind on things up till the 21st where I'll close the form.
But it happened with Civ VI and a couple others - released too late in the year to make the cut. I'm not saying they should base their release dates on when we do our voting, but at the same time I'm not going to compromise the vote just because a game decides to leave it till the last minute or is slow in facilitating our coverage.
Re: the Wildcard... I'm not just going to tally up names and talk about who got most, I'm going to do a highlight reel of nominations based on numbers, outlandishness, etc... if you write some good words to go with your nomination, there's more chance it'll get featured regardless of how many votes it gets. The wildcard is mean't to be a celebration more than a popularity contest.