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First ever Steam Awards crowd-voting begins

by Mark Tyson on 24 November 2016, 10:01

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Valve has opened up voting for the Steam Awards. It is beginning the process by asking Steam Community members to nominate their favourite games in each of nine game categories. Simultaneously the Steam Autumn Sale 2016 has begun. This sale runs all the way through 'Cyber Monday' and offers 'new featured titles' everyday.

The Steam Awards

Steam Community members are being asked to nominate nine of their favourite gaming experiences within nine categories before a popular vote upon the winner in each category begins. Valve has wandered off the usual path for nomination categories, so you won't see best FPS, best RTS, best game of 2016, and so on. Instead you will have to nominate games for the categories bullet pointed below:

  • The “Test of Time” Award - a game you always come back to
  • The “I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye” Award - a game with which blindsided you
  • The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award - games that keep you playing late
  • The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award - a crazy plot twist or something else about a game left you agog?
  • The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award - villains have got more complex over the years
  • The “Game Within A Game” Award - best hidden minigames
  • The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award - you found it first?
  • The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award - self explanatory
  • The “We Didn’t Think Of Everything” Award - write in and help Valve by coming up with another great category

For taking part in the Steam Awards you can earn a badge and profile XP. In December Steam Community members will be asked to vote for the winners of each category from those shortlisted this time around. That vote will coincide with the Steam Winter Sale.

Steam Autumn Sale 2016

The latest Steam sale kicked off at 6pm UK time last night and will run until 6pm on Tuesday 29th November. There's plenty of big name titles on offer such as the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Civilisation franchise, Far Cry franchise, Elder Scrolls franchise and more. Some of the aforementioned games are discounted as deep as 92 per cent off.

Remember that Valve will be varying featured sale items daily between now and Tuesday. Hardware is also currently on sale with offers on the Steam Controller, Steam Link and accessories.

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I've gone and bought Alien: Isolation with all the DLC, Life Is Strange, and Borderlands 2 + Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It's the most I've spent in a single Steam sale for a while.
I bought the After Dark expansion to Cities: Skylines for £3.70. There's a few games I'm interested in, but they haven't dropped enough in price yet. Maybe in the summer!

You get “badges” if you nominate something in each category. So expect a lot of weird nominations as people just nominate random games to get their badge.