2016
11.25

Steam Awards

Steam is doing a Steam Awards thing, so I thought I should try nominating games, but I had some trouble figuring out good candidates for some since many of my favourite games aren’t on Steam and/or I had to choose just one category, so I did the best I could and then figured I’ll also put a True List up here on my blog.

Here’s the Steam Awards on Steam list:

Steam Awards capture

[My list of nominees for the Steam Awards, made up of games available on Steam]

And here is my True List as it would look if all these were on Steam:

The “Test of Time” Award
Anarchy Online. I will never get tired of this game. At all. Even though I wish I had more spoons to spend on it, especially the RP scene.

The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye” Award
Hatoful Boyfriend. I was expecting a fun, light-hearted, silly games about dating pigeons and what I got was a heart-wrenching story and lingering trauma. (I’m not joking about the trauma, by the way. I know what trauma is. This game was really quite something.)

The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award
Wurm Online. Let me just go feed the sheep. No, I have to just cut some sprouts. Oh, look, a wandering bull! When did I start repairing this fence? Oh well, I can as well… why is it five in the morning?

The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award
The Witness. As soon as I thought there was nothing more this game could throw at the player, it finds another thing to throw at the player. Another twist. Another revelation. This was just an immensely incredible game. Also, a very beautiful game that trusts the player to care without resorting to dramatic music or explosions. A game that doesn’t hold the player’s hand.

The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award
Don’t Starve. Maxwell, oh, Maxwell, you poor man… Maybe I’m slightly more inclined to feel sad and have pity on him after I saw the whole meta story unfold on the Klei forums during development, but… oh, Maxwell. You poor man.

The “Game Within A Game” Award
Puzzle Pirates. Yes, I know it’s a puzzle game made up of puzzle games, but there are so many of them and I love almost every single one, particularly carpentry. (I used to be Grand Master.)

The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award
Fallen London. Yes, I know it’s a browser game, but it is one of the best games ever, both in worldbuilding and storytelling. It’s one of those creations that show that words and stories still matter and I will love this game forever. Extra bonus points for the deeply unpleasant and unsettling Mr Eaten related content.
(This is also one of the few games that has given me real nightmares. I love every moment.)

The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award
I think Torchlight I-II is the only games I can think of that actually use farm animals in some sort of farm animal that isn’t just for riding on or something.
(Although Wurm Online has this thing with breeding and traits that mean you can have sheep with five speed traits, so that if one could ride sheep it would be super fast.)

The “Best 2D Style Cutscenes” Award
Invisible Inc. I had to figure out something to add here, and I could just choose one thing, and the first ting I could think about is how much I love the animated cutscenes in Invisible Inc, and in Klei’s games in general. So this is what I settled on.

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I think I will list some more, unrelated categories during the weekend, because there are so many neat games I want to list here.

/pao – 25 nov 2016 – 01.06