Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Judges' Contest 15th Place
Now that a fairly reasonable number of games have been eliminated from the GOTY contest, it seems like a fine idea to try to truly gauge how accurately each of the judges is actually performing. While I've been critiquing both their rankings and commentary every week, some debate seems to have sprung up both amongst the judges themselves and the fans as to which judges are really ranking the games most correctly. I'm definitely not opposed to such debates, but as usual why not try to ascribe a more concrete way to really determine that?
So we'll have a "judges' contest" to help us all decide who the most accurate judge actually is. The scoring for this will be fairly simple. For each eliminated game, however far a judge was in his or her individual ranking from its overall ranking, they will receive that many points and obviously the lowest number of points is the goal (e.g. for the game ranked 15th, if a judge ranked it 14th or 16th they get one point, 13th or 17th two points, and so on). If two judges are tied then whoever ranked the most recent eliminated game closest will be considered ahead (and the second most recent if tied at the most recent, etc.).
I will also be track how the two people (that I know of) who were brave enough to make their own rankings despite not being judges, myself (my rankings can be found at the bottom of this post and note that I will be using my own individual rankings when I track my results, not my predictions) and FM Braden Bournival (whose rankings are here). I will just be noting our results at the bottom since this is designed mostly to be a contest for bragging rights amongst the judges alone and also because he and I are both at somewhat of an inherent disadvantage as our rankings cannot affect a games' overall ranking the way the judges' can (though for me, being at a disadvantage to start will make my inevitable triumph at the end of this contest even sweeter). So without further ado here are how things stand right now (in parentheses I will note each judges' individual rankings for the games in order, beginning with 20th).
1st Place: Dennis Monokroussos (20, 13, 19, 18, 12, 17): 14 Points
2nd Place: Alex Shabalov (20, 12, 16, 15, 17, 10): 17 Points
3rd Place: Robby Adamson (20, 12, 19, 16, 17, 6): 19 Points
4th Place: Jennifer Shahade (18, 20, 8, 12, 17, 19): 23 Points
5th Place: Ron Young (20, 19, 13, 9, 7, 18): 25 Points
and of course, the two lowly non-judges
Arun Sharma (20, 19, 18, 11, 12, 15): 10 Points
Braden Bournival (19, 20, 9, 17, 7, 4): 32 Points
I'll be updating this every week so that you all can keep in tune with who will wind up being the best judge in the end!