If there’s one I can say about Valve, it’s that I always seem to at least attempt to participate in their twice-ish annual sale shenanigans. This time around we’ve got the Steam Award Nominations. The awards themselves seem to be in February.
- Game of the Year
- Okay, so Steam is auto-populating this list with things I own and have played. In fact, it’s possible to nominate anything in the Steam store. I myself am nominating Monster Hunter World. There simply isn’t anything else in my library that is comparable to this in play time and experience
- VR Game of the Year
- Yeah, I don’t own a VR headset so I nominated Elite Dangerous as the thing I’d most like to play in VR.
- Labor of Love Award
- I gotta go with No Man’s Sky with this one. They took something that was the most hated game on the internet and with a series of free updates made most people admit that, okay, maybe it isn’t all that bad.
- Best Developer Award
- I picked Digital Extremes. Their ability and willingness to continue developing Warframe and keep the servers on while not charging more for new things continues to impress me. They would be will within their rights to charge extra for things like Plains of Eidolon and Fortuna but they don’t. We all lift together, I guess.
- Best Environment Award
- I’m a little lost here. I’m having a hard time thinking of anything where “breathtaking scenery tells a better story than a thousand … heroes.” I think I’m going with Alien: Isolation simply because of it’s attention to detail in the surroundings. Everything else I’m coming up with is very exposition heavy.
- Better with Friends Award
- Man there’s so many things I could list here. I don’t play much of the single player persuasion much these days, so I’ve had to stop and think about the things in my library that I’m loathe to play by myself because it’s just not the same. To that end, I chose Payday 2. It’s simply not a game I really find interesting by myself because the co-op chaos management is what makes it fun.
- Best Alternate History Award
- I, uh. I don’t really have anything that’s enough in the past and remotely historical to qualify. After a lot of looking I found The Beueau: XCOM Declassified which technically takes place in the past? Guess I’ll go with that. It was either that or Civ 5.
- Most Fun with a Machine Award
- Who’s coming up with this categories? Y’know what, I finished the original Portal for the first time this year. Problem solved. It’s got tons of robots and machines.
I realize many of these categories could probably be interpreted far more broadly than I have here, but I’ve got other things to go get done too. This blog post was brought to you by Rakuno from Shards of Imagination, who posted it on the Blaugust discord channel as a writing prompt.
Happy Thanksgiving y’all.