Lately I've read that creativity comes from restrictions, and without restrictions there is no creativity. Another thing I've read about graphics is, that it is only distracting from the game.
Perfect examples for this are rougelikes that only have ASCII chars to display its environment. I think these restrictions are what make those games good.
So my suggestion is to restrict the people in Graphics and make great games out of it. It could be done to only use ASCII characters, but that would result in a roguelike competition. My Idea is more to just use straight lines like in Lunar Lander and Asteroids, or the Vectrex. A modern example of this might be Geometry Wars, Grid Wars, Gravitron, Thrust Extreme. But that realtime glow is more that thing of Facncy graphics stuff, that should not be the center of this competition (on CRT monitors you get it for free at night).Vectrex ConsoleThrust ExtremeGravitron 2Geometry Wars