Steam launches 2016 winter sale alongside first ever Steam Awards

Posted December 23, 2016

The year is approaching its end and the inevitable Christmas sales are popping up left right and centre. Not to be outdone, Steam has launched their winter sale which this year is coinciding with the first ever Steam Awards.

The Steam Awards are celebrating PC gaming over multiple categories with every game within Steams library eligible for award. As the PC’s biggest retailer, the Steam Awards seems like an appropriate event to celebrate gaming. Whilst the nomination period has already ended it is not too late to vote for the winners.

Each day a new category will be available for vote with all 4 of the community nominated categories occurring on the final day. Here are the categories and each nominee:

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The “Villain Most in Need of a Hug” Award
Some people just need a hug.

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 4
  • Portal  2

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.

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Paladins
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Unturned

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.

  • Age of Empires 2: HD Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 5
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Terraria

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.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Rocket League
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
  • Fallout 4
  • Terraria

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.

  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Doom
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The “Game Within a Game Award” 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.

  • Garry’s Mod
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Tabletop Simulator
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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 nonetheless.

  • Life is Strange
  • To the Moon
  • This War of Mine
  • Undertale
  • The Walking Dead

The “Best Use of a Farm Animal” Award
Animals are rad and almost any game is better for including them. This game used a farm animal in the best way possible.

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Blood and Bacon
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Goat Simulator
  • Stardew Valley

COMMUNITY-DEFINED AWARDS

The “Boom Boom” Award
Let’s face it: explosions are pretty great. In a blockbuster movie they’re thrilling. In a celebration with fireworks they’re beautiful. And when they’re behind a cop putting on sunglasses they’re nothing short of glorious. These games understand the fine art of detonation.

  • Broforce
  • Doom
  • Just Cause 3
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Kerbal Space Program

The “Love/Hate Relationship” Award
Games are just supposed to be fun!”… oh sweet summer child, your naivety is adorable. Games can be more than fun. They can be challenges that demand perfection. These games are punishing gauntlets that make you question your very skill… a crucible that will push you either to greatness or a breaking point. You will wake up family members as you scream. Words will come out of your mouth that would make your mom blush. Your chill friends will ask you, “Why do you play something that stresses you out?”… and you will stare at them with steely eyes and reply, “Because I love it.”

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Dota 2
  • Geometry Dash
  • Super Meat Boy

The “Sit Back and Relax” Award
Did you read the description for the “Love/Hate Relationship” Award? This is the opposite.

  • Abzu
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Mini Metro
  • Virdi

The “Better With Friends” Award
There are some games out there that just aren’t the same when you play by yourself. Maybe you need to have a friend to watch your back. Maybe you need to have a friend that you can stab in the back. Either way, mirth is awaiting those that gather friends to play these games.

  • Don’t Starve Together
  • Gang Beasts
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Magicka

So what are you waiting for? Get involved in some Steam democracy and fill your library with a plethora of games you won’t ever get around to playing!



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