This is actually widely out of context and this was directed towards my game and the "contestant" here is me. The judge in question and I joke about this all the time, and I actually appreciated their blunt, aggressive, honest critique, so I think this is a very poor example. I actually think you should remove this quote, since you didn't ask me if you could use it in this post, or if I was even offended in this situation. (Which I wasn't).It's even worse when judges publicly attack specific people's projects:
Contestant: <Links to Game> Posted a devlog~ I fixed a lot of the things that made [the judges] want to cry, so far. I can't wait until I finish this frigging battle system so I can continue with the important things like mapping and story >:[
Judge: But have you fixed the issue of lacking a fun, playable game?
Contestant: UH... almost. It's...it's definitely playable. "Fun" may be subjective.
Judge: I see that you didn't deny the lacking a game part.
I know for certain because this judge has checked with me multiple times to ask me if I found the comments offensive, and I've consistently reinforced the idea that I want this kind of critique and I want to be able to make these kinds of jokes.
Is an obvious joke, and all of the members of the discord at that time found it absolutely hilarious. If you are taking something like this seriously, then honestly I do not think you are fit for a world of development. This field, like many others, requires thick skin and the capacity to joke about our shortcomings.But then you find stuff like this in the discord:
Judge: It was like I had gone to a fanfiction site and went and read all the bad fanfiction. Some of the games were like twilight fanfiction. Sorry, my bad. I apologize to twilight fanfiction. Even you guys would be better. >.> There are some games where there was just no hope. Positive: You submitted something. Negative: Everything about your submission. Negative: Default RPG Maker New Project would have been a better game. No, that is optimistic.
The sentiment of this quote is clear: Some people in this contest should not make bother to make RPGs. This is contrary to the spirit of the contest and goes against the interests of the company that sponsors it.
I would not want it any other way. Blunt honesty is a necessity in the world of production. If I don't have someone suggesting to me that my game has severe problems (bugs, misspellings, etc), then I am losing. In a world of cut-throat competition like game development, there is no "participation" trophy. This stuff is absolutely important and losing this judge in particular would be an absolute shame in my honest opinion.
If not the harsh criticism now, how are you going to respond to the reviews from players upon your games release? Or, worse yet, the lack of players because your game was not top-notch?