As 2016 draws to an end, awards ceremonies are starting to crop up across the internet. The Golden Joystick awards took place earlier this month, awarding Dark Souls 3 with the Ultimate Game of the Year Award, but now the time has come for a different type of awards ceremony. Steam, for the first time this year is letting its community vote on the nominations for each of the categories at their awards ceremony.
With the steam community consisting of millions of different people, it should give us a pretty good view of the general PC gaming communities thoughts on each of the titles launched this year. To vote, all users need to do is have an active steam account and head over to the nomination page found on the steam store.
The set of awards that users can nominate titles towards are listed on the store as follows:
The “Test of Time” Award
This award is for the game that is just as good today as the day you first played it. Newer games may come out, but it doesn’t matter… you’ll always come back to play this one.
The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye” Award
Games are fun. But sometimes games become more than that, and touch you in a way you weren’t expecting. This award celebrates the game that blindsided you emotionally. You weren’t expecting to cry. It wasn’t in the plan. But it happened none the less.
The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award
You have an early day tomorrow. You need to get some sleep, so you’re just going finish one more thing before you decide to tuck in for the night. Just one more. Wait, one more. What’s that you say? It’s 2:30 AM? This award is for the game that keeps you playing late.
The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award
Some games melt your face. Maybe it was a crazy plot twist. Maybe you just got your wisdom teeth removed. Either way, this game BLOWS YOUR MIND.
The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award
Some people just need a hug.
The “Game Within A Game” Award
Kinder Eggs. Peanut Butter Cups. Jelly Donuts. All great things stuffed with other great things. Like a mighty turducken, this award celebrates the best mini game hidden within another game.
The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award
This title didn’t have a huge marketing machine behind it, but you found it and loved it. Then you told your friends about it. And they loved it. And now that little game that could is about to win an award… but always remember: you totally found it first.
The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award
Animals are rad and almost any game is better for including them. However this game used a farm animal in the best way possible.
The “We Didn’t Think Of Everything” Award
(*name pending Selection Committee Decision) There are as many great ideas for awards as there are great games to play. And so we turn to the Steam Awards Selection Committee to come up with their own category and nominee. Senior members of the Selection Committee will review the write-in entries and create an entirely new category based on the feedback provided.
In other related news, steams annual autumn sale has kicked off, meaning that if there are any categories you don’t know what to vote for in, there are lots of games currently being sold with huge discounts across the store to choose from.
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This post was originally written by Jared Moore.