Curious Gaming got all of his art for the farm game from the previously linked site, and that’s irrelevant. He would’ve got my two points even if he had used placeholders.
On the other hand, I remember lobstershow winning (or at least getting tons of votes) with his unfinished 30 second games just because “nice art”. And while good graphics are always appreciated and I love lobstershow’s drawngs, this is the programming forum and I feel that the less important aspect of a programming contest are the graphics.
Hell, that’s the whole point of the GiTD template and those python scripts to generate music; the point is that the programmer can focus in making the game, instead of wasting time designing a GUI, drawing stuff and making music.
If we’re ok with open source libraries and free audio, why would there be a problem with using free graphics?