Understandable. I feel like people praise Gone Home for many of the same reasons people praise The Last of Us. Even if the game's story has been done before in other mediums, gaming has never seen anything of the type so well executed. Seeing these games succeed is ultimately good for the industry, as it encourages developers (both independent and AAA) to experiment with new ideas. Even if you make the argument that other games are more technically accomplished, they're not testing the boundaries in the same way. For a journalism outlet, it says a lot when your pick for GOTY goes beyond just being great, and makes a statement about the medium at large.