The GOTW should be genre wise, because sometimes a really good adventure game appear out of nowhere & then a puzzle game of the same exact quality comes out. Depending on how much people like adventure games & how many people like puzzle games, one is oviously going to have the advantige over the other!
I hope people dont make games just to get the GOTW, though its nice. Im not saying its not, but I hope that people would make games because they like to. As well as to make fans of thier work and feeling good about it. As if you achieved your purpose, someone enjoyed the game. Dont make a game you dont want to, it wont be as good as the one you put the effort in and enjoyment you got from it. That seperates the games you completed and the ones you just dropped over no enjoyment from it all.
To be completly honist, I made PPIO for fun, I never expected it to even be as popular as it was, & when it got into the GOTW poll, & I noticed it instently started losing just because it was put in with a game I didnt stand a chance againced, I just figured it was completly unfair. Not that I'm complaining, because I'm not.