Radical_Yue wrote:I'd have to say that there are people out there who actually send videos to strategically win categories and such. They made not be vocal on the forums, but sadly I have seen them discuss it and it makes me sad.
Not many people are going to post their "I'll win all the awards because everyone else sucks" in public on the forums, but from what I've seen in private that ideal is still going waaaaay too strong with waaay too many. That is one thing that really makes me hate those that troll.
I'm sorry but I will never see the appeal in having every single contest identical with the same videos. I've heard more negative impacts on the crowd than I have positive, at least from those who actually care about AMVs and aren't just there to see Naruto dance to Lady Gaga and lol.
It's disappointing to see that this hasn't changed, it's just gone a bit more "underground." For what it's worth, this matches my own previous experiences and is why I have to break with my studiomate and agree with you here, Yue. I also prefer contests to be their own individual events and dislike the idea of every contest being the same or nearly so.