Maybe it's just me but I found the 2013 Game of the Year Awards to be sorely lacking. I remember a few years back when the awards were more varied and exciting... with Special Achievement Awards like the "Best Game No One Played" or "Most Difficult Game" or "Best Original Soundtrack". Not only were there fewer awards this year but they were all console awards... which is kind of silly considering that most games are released for multiple consoles. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 even ended up having the same winner and the Xbox 360 winner was also released on the PS3. It just seems kind of pointless to have console awards when things like this happen.
I know it's more work to do the awards the way they used to be done a few years ago because there's so many random categories to fill but it's a lot more exciting and interesting and it was a better way for me to discover games I may have overlooked during the year. The only reason I ever even heard about Demon's Souls was thanks to the number of awards it won from GameSpot in 2009, including "Game of the Year" and "Best Original Game Mechanic" (for its unique online experience).
I'm not sure if any of the GameSpot crew reads these forum posts but if you do then please consider bringing back the award systems of old for 2014. Thanks!