I put all of the voting results into a spreadsheet and created some formulas, to see if some interesting patterns would appear.
Total Score: The most basic sense of what’s hot or not: all the +1’s and -1’s added together.
Top Ranked: Abandoned (405), Survive (299), Parallel Worlds (253)
Bottom Ranked: Regret (-594), Inhabiting (-568), Precision (-564)
Polarity: How strongly people felt about the theme. The percentage is how many people voted +1 or -1, instead of a zero, or “meh.” The winner should be no surprise to Ludum Dare veterans!
Top Ranked: Kittens (88.38%), Loneliness (84.11%), Pirate (83.76%)
Bottom Ranked: Natural World (71.86%), Lost Paradise (72.51%), Stolen (73.16%)
Popularity: The total votes, multiplied by Polarity. Will this tell us the eventual winner?
Top Ranked: Abandoned (3.17), Survive (2.45), Parallel Worlds (2.06)
Bottom Ranked: Regret (-4.78), Kittens (-4.52), Pirate (-4.46)
Love: What about multiplying +1 times Polarity? How do they stack up then? Because (finally) Abandoned isn’t at the top!
Top Ranked: Survive (6.96), Abandoned (6.76), Evolution (6.49)
Bottom Ranked: Inhabiting (2.33), Precision (2.39), Stolen (2.52)
Hate: Just for grins, what’s the result of -1 votes times Polarity? Higher means more Hate!
Top Ranked: Kittens (8.94), Pirate (7.82), Regret (7.56)
Bottom Ranked: Abandoned (3.59), Creation and Destruction (4.14), Chain Reaction (4.29)
TL;DR: Abandoned is the clear favorite. It also has the most total votes by a wide margin, so that doesn’t come as a surprise. But the level of hate directed at Kittens is incredible! It’s not at the bottom of total votes, by any means, but these formulas suss out a deeper, borderline pathological intemperance for our planet’s young felines!
Now to plunge into deeper LD voting tallies, if I can find them…