Thanks for voting and commenting on that poll everyone!
While we do want this group to remain "open" to the community (and we don't want to come across as "elitist" either ), a lot of our members (and admins!) do want some sort of quality control on what goes in the gallery. So that's what we're doing!
Also keep in mind that we do not accept any fanart! Fan games are a big grey area so if you're unsure just send us a note!
You can still submit things as normal to the gallery, just keep in mind that we'll be judging its quality. One thing our admins are now required to do is tell you why something was declined. It (probably) won't be a huge paragraph - just a sentence or two. They're required to do this so you guys know what to improve on if you want to get into the gallery!
The "Featured" folder is a showcase of our best submissions, all in one place for you to drool over.
The favourites are much more open. There is no quality control and the only rules are that it has to be for a game and it has to be in the right folder. Otherwise anything goes! WIPs, scratchwork, and so on! The group admins might throw your stuff in there too, regardless of whether it was successfully submitted to the gallery or not, so don't worry if you find something of yours in there.
The "Featured" folder is for putting things in that you happen to come across while browsing dA that are game art-related. Usually we stick things in there if the original author does not want their deviation in our gallery
There is a "Critique Requested" folder in the gallery and it's different from all of the other folders. Submissions to this folder are not quality controlled -- all we ask is that you keep an open mind when we come critiquing it. Any sort of game art can go in here, although the "border" between what is and isn't is more relaxed.
If you have any questions about how our gallery and favourites are going to work from now on, we'd love to hear them!