First of all you do not go to game development for the money or for the prizes. If this is your (I mean here "someone") main goal then you will be dissapointed very often. Game dev is a hobby on first place. It's a life style. It's something a real game developer can't live without. This market is extremely hard when it comes to money, contests, etc. and everyone who is stepping into this world is aware of it. So quitting game development just because someone didn't manage to win the contest is silly. Every game develpment veteran tells the same story: Your first 10 - 20 games will suck, but do them anyway. So tell your friend to think from a different perspective - he is one game closer to the one which will be a really good one.
Another thing is that we - as authors - are the worst possible candidates to say if our game is good or bad, or better/worse than the other guy game. We are not looking at the big picture because we put our heart to the one we created. It's our time, our struggle, our child. So it is good that there are judges to do the dirty job for us. No point to disagree with them as it is their contest.
It would be really awesome if judges could also say few words about each game. Why one was better or worse. What was good in this game and what was bad in the other. As it is a contest where participants are game developers, the feedback is very welcome. Especially the bad one so the developers could understand/learn on their mistakes.
Last thing to say is regarding the rules.
Even though my game somehow managed to get into top 10, I am still somehow disapointed and very surprised that Rikoshe did not respect their own rules. This contest was meant to be for fun. No-one dies when lost, no-one get rich when win. Prizes were not high (comparing to recent AirConsole $1500 for instance) so it was mainly for fun, a nice opportunity for all to take a chance, test the skills and have fun. But when the rules are broken by the organizer and he still says "it's ok" then you somehow lose the trust and all fun around it.
I did not follow exactly, but if some game was submitted after the deadline but still you found it as a very good game. I would more likely expect to annouce it as a Honorable Mention of the contest, but still outside the contest results. I think authors of such games would both appreciate such a special mention and understand that they were simply late so it is fair to not be considered as a contest submitter because of that.
I am sure that if everyone would have those 4 days more, they would polish their games a bit more or even make a new ones.
I personally get that feeling like "ahh... ok... orginizer don't strictly respect their own rules so in the next jam I can bend all the rules a bit - it's gonna be fine. I should have made a bloody game as I wanted, why not? If one rule got broken, then the other should be fine as well.".
* So congratz to all the winners.
* Sorry for those who didn't make it and really hoped for. Keep it up guys. Remember this contest was just one of many you will participate in your life.
* Thanks to Rikoshe for the opportunity. I hope to see more jams comming from your side. Just make things right next time as I believe you've recieved some kind of "yellow card" from the community here now both for huge delay with the results and not respecting your own rules.