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Is it wise to judge create-a-line contest on votes?

posted by SurplusGamer on - last edited - Viewed by 1.5K users
I know that there are all sorts of rules stopping the utterly WRONG making it into the game as a result of the current contest running...

... but when the top two entries are suddenly from someone who goes by the name 'The Silent Man', which were nowhere to be seen before... well...

What I'm trying to say is that it suddenly seems as if the winner will be the person who somehow manages to badger enough people to click on the Vote button (or cheat - not that I'm accusing anyone of that) rather than the person who actually has the line that everyone thinks is the best.

Those top two lines are not TERRIBLE by any means, but either I'm missing something and that guy has managed to create the TWO funniest lines in the contest which everyone loves so much that they've both suddenly rocketed to the top out of nowhere, or there's something else going on here.

Thoughts?
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    viz
    I agree Surplus, plus in an election the only people eligible to vote are those whose interests are tied to the result of said election. You don't see people from Europe voting for who they would like to win the US Presidency and vice versa (unless they have been granted citizenship of that country).

    As I said in my previous post, I don't see how it could be easily resolved, although as was pointed out in the terms, Telltale do have the final say, which makes it a slightly more legit process given that they are still not going to go through them all, which is understandable.
  • viz wrote: »
    I agree Surplus, plus in an election the only people eligible to vote are those whose interests are tied to the result of said election. You don't see people from Europe voting for who they would like to win the US Presidency and vice versa (unless they have been granted citizenship of that country).

    Extremely good (and subtle (and relevant)) point.
  • There's an easy way to resolve this - draw the winner from the hat!

    If the rabbit appears, then everyone lose.
  • quickfics wrote: »
    The contest is just a way to get free promotion for TOMI through Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    That's the real answer, obviously...

    (and nothing wrong with it, of course)
  • GozzoMan wrote: »
    That's the real answer, obviously...

    (and nothing wrong with it, of course)

    I think everybody knows this. And no, nothing wrong with that, except that the winning line gets into the game.

    TTG have the right of refusing a winning entry that just wouldn't work or that they consider bad enough that they can't accept it, as someone pointed out, but it will still largely come down to votes. It still seems a bit of a shame to me that a line might get into the game because someone managed to post the link in a lot of places, rather than because TT thought it was one of the best.
  • I think everybody knows this. And no, nothing wrong with that, except that the winning line gets into the game.

    Well, the winning line could also be very funny. The two things are not mutually exclusive (can I say that in english ?)
  • Marzhin wrote: »
    Well, the winning line could also be very funny. The two things are not mutually exclusive (can I say that in english ?)

    Yes, that's true. Actually I meant to add the line 'with any luck it'll be both' but I forgot. And yes, 'mutually exclusive' is a perfectly good english term. :)
  • because of the way the contest is structures it would be fine to give the prize to whoever gets the most votes but they really need to just look throught he top entries and the first one that makes the developers laugh and would actually work in the context required should be put in the game. there are quite a few entries that have noting to do with accusing guybrush of a crime.
  • I have to agree with the folks who think the leaderboard entries are mostly lame. George Bush jokes? Please keep them out of MI!

    From Telltale's perspective, it does seem prudent to reward the person who worked the hardest to advertise his or her entry, since this also advertises their product. However, I certainly hope they use their escape clause from the rules to pick the top-ranked entry that the real designers think is actually funny rather than the top-ranked entry, full stop.

    Perhaps we'll get a future contest that is judged by the designers rather than by a "get-your-friends-to-vote" campaign. Here's hoping.
  • Perhaps at the end of the four weeks, we should vote for the best of the top 4 (or top 20)? That way the winners of each week get their prizes, and the fans get to pick the funniest (or most appropriate) lines for the game.

    I mean, I guess it's not hugely different to what's already happening, but if next week we end up with five totally brilliant lines and the week after we've got some lame ones...voting from a pool of all of them would balance it out.

    *Edit* Alternately, Telltale staff could vote for their favourite from the top 20^. That'd be fair.
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