Unoriginal, Uninspired, and Unending… but Eligible?
I could use some guidance, and maybe a little space to vent, on two types on nominations that I see a lot and I’ve grown very weary of them, even though I think they probably should be approved and added into the game most of the time.
The first is trail markers. These tend to be little more than a stick in the ground with a number whittled into the top, or a mass-produced-looking sign mounted on one side. These submissions are consistently unengaging to look at, and, living in a state with lots of undeveloped natural area, I get them constantly, and I’m bored of them. But at the same time, a hiking trail is a desirable play area, is it not? And since most benches are no longer eligible, what other spots besides trail markers are going to entice players to these areas?
Similarly, ‘Apartment Tennis Court #2’ or ‘Park Soccer Field #4’ or ‘Sports Complex Baseball Diamond #4,827’ really get on my nerves. To begin, open grass areas and chain link backstops are certainly not visually unique, compelling images; half of these submissions appear to show a fence and a lawn where it’s supposed to be a sports field. Secondly, these tend to have a ton of gamesmanship in the pin placement, as the nominator is trying to maximize coverage. Third, it’s so incredibly tedious to see, functionally and aesthetically, the same submission in the same geographic area over and over and over again. But, like hiking trails, these are target areas for game development, and target areas need more point of interest, right?
So, what to do? I see these kinds of nominations em masse and my gut tells me to kick them out, but my head tells me they’re good for game development. What’s the right approach?