- cheaters cheat, and I don't know how to stop them. So, allowing the base code elliminates their advantage.
- beginners don't know how to code basic graphics, but they can probably figure out the logic. Complete noobs (dare I say, "nooblets"), can't figure out either, so they won't finish anything at all. With base code, perhaps it will encourage beginners (distinctly different than noobs) to stretch out and participate
- I want the contest to be more about design and concepts than to be about coding prowress. I want some coding to occur, but one needn't be the next topcoder grand champion in order to win.