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That's all fine :)

However, I have a suggestion for you / maybe even this itch dare … Which I think is a major flaw in Ludum Dare, and will always be, even if PoV manages to prevent abuse of the voting system. It's a double-blind jam:

People create their game anonymously, with no obvious logos, names, etc, and submit it as such. Talking about the specifics of your game before the voting phase is over disqualifies you. After the competition is over it's okay, obviously. In the voting stage, people vote on games, once again, without knowing whose it is. Blogging / talking about interesting finds might be okay to increase visibility? I dunno.

Point is, the names you find as 'winners' of whichever LD are always kinda similar. People come to expect good games from the winners, even if they aren't. The names themselves bring additional visibility. I don't want to sound butthurt (and indeed I can't complain about my placements at all) … But I think this would give everybody a much more balanced and fair chance. I know it takes away a bit of the community involvement … Although maybe the community would try to venture guesses or would be excited to reveal the names when the winners are chosen.

Instead, it's more about serious competition (which is not always best for jams) that is harder to abuse – which might make it more tempting as a contest / attract sponsors?

Just an idea. :)

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anon jam is a nice twist. Taking it a step further, I wonder if there are developers that are ever held up working on an idea because they don't really want to show it off next to their other projects, maybe they want a stress free way to work an idea that has a high chance of failing? That would mean that the owners are never revealed though.

Ah yes … Authors could choose whether to reveal their name at the end or not. Reminds me of Alan Smithee in movies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Smithee) – the pseudonym used by a director when they aren't happy with the final product but it is released anyway. Anyway, I don't know if people would be actually interested in this … Could that be hosted on itch.io at some point?

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I really like this idea. Perhaps each user could have a randomly generated pseudonym?

The only problem is that a lot of people like to stream/tweet/blog/etc about their development process, and this would make that pretty much impossible. But, it would definitely make the itch jam much different from LD, which I'd see as a good thing.

This is a really great idea, but getting everyone to remain absolutely silent about their games sounds like a nightmare to organize and oversee! I wonder to what degree people would be able to guess the author of anonymously submitted games, based on style or theme interpretation. There are at least a few people I can think of whose games I would love to try to find amongst however many games were submitted.

I also very much like this idea!