Arguing my case here, I am in fact thinking of Andy, who I'm pretty sure will be using C.
Yay, someone was thinking of me
I wouldn't want him to feel insulted if after 30 hours of work, somebody throws a 10 minute game into the pool made with 'XyZ Game Creator Wizard' , and gets a higher mark.
Not that it is really about what I specifically think, but:
1) I'm not going to get insulted at all. I couldn't play most of the games in the comp anyway, so for all I know, they could all have been the next quake engine
2) The graphics abstraction I wrote didn't take long at all (it is a ~200 line wrapper around SDL). Most of my time was spent doing game logic and other things that would be specific to my game.
3) I chose C, because I think it is a fun language to program in, not because I was forced to.
On a more general level, I think I see the competition's main goal as just encouraging people to write code for the fun of it. I think first place could be an animated gif, and it wouldn't really change much. As long as the judge(s) judge(s) (*) somewhat fairly (and I can't really imagine anything shady going on... it would be like cheating at a drinking game
). The worst thing that could happen is that people take it too seriously and get bitter for whatever reason. There are much more fun problems to deal with than that
(*) I've really enjoyed putting in brackets in the right spot to allow for the possibility of multiple judges... this one is especially cool because only 1 of the s's is allowed.