Steam Awards

Valve opened up the floodgates to let gamers nominate the games they felt best deserved to win an award at the end of the year. Well, the nominations are all in and you can check out the full Steam Award Nominations list right here.

The 2016 Steam Award nominees were revealed over on the official Steam website, following more than 15 million votes from gamers. The list includes various games from different, cheekily named categories. The date under the categories indicates when final voting will take place for the winner of that award.

The "Villain Most In Need Of A Hug" Award

December 22nd 10 AM PST

-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

December 23rd 10 AM PST

-Euro Truck Simulator 2

-Paladins

-Starbound

-Stardew Valley

-Unturned

The "Test of Time" Award

December 24th 10 AM PST

-Age of Empires II HD

-The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

-Sid Meier's Civilization V

-Team Fortress 2

-Terraria

The "Just 5 More Minutes" Award

December 25th 10 AM PST

-Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

-Rocket League

-Sid Meier's Civilization VI

-Fallout 4

-Terraria

The "Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!" Award

December 26th 10 AM PST

-Bioshock Infinite

-DOOM

-Grand Theft Auto V

-Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

-The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The "Game Within A Game Award" Award

December 27th 10 AM PST

-Garry's Mod

-Grand Theft Auto V

-The Stanley Parable

-Tabletop Simulator

-The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The "I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye" Award

December 28th 10 AM PST

-Life Is Strange

-To the Moon

-This War of Mine

-Undertale

-The Walking Dead

The "Best Use Of A Farm Animal" Award

December 29th 10 AM PST

-ARK: Survival Evolved

-Blood and Bacon

-Farming Simulator 17

-Goat Simulator

-Stardew Valley

The "Boom Boom" Award

December 30th 10 AM PST

-BroForce

-DOOM

-Just Cause 3

-Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

-Kerbal Space Program

The "Love/Hate Relationship" Award

December 30th 10 AM PST

-Dark Souls III

-Darkest Dungeon

-Dota 2

-Geometry Dash

-Super Meat Boy

The "Sit Back and Relax" Award

December 30th 10 AM PST

-ABZU

-Cities Skylines

-Euro Truck Simulator 2

-Mini Metro

-Viridi

The "Better With Friends" Award

December 30th 10 AM PST

-Don't Starve Together

-Gang Beasts

-Golf With Your Friends

-Left 4 Dead 2

-Magicka

The voting will take place between December 22nd and December 30th, as indicated by the nomination list. Each voting round to determine a winner will take place over the course of 24 hours. So you'll have a full day to vote on the game that you feel deserves to win in the listed categories.

They have plans on announcing all the winners on New Year's Eve, December 31st, to give gamers a good end-of-the-year send off to see which games came out on top as the Game of the Year.

The interesting thing about it is that there are a ton of games on that list that are kind of old, from Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2, to Don't Starve Together and Portal 2... that's not to mention the older Far Cry games on the list. A lot of gamers nominated stuff made many years ago, with very few titles from within the last few years making the list. Farming Simulator 2017, Civilization VI and DOOM were the top picks from 2016, and only DOOM was a multiplatform, AAA title out of the three.

It really goes to show that gamers don't seem to have a lot of confidence in the newer crop of games that have come out in the last few years from big budget production studios, and the Steam Awards is a far cry from the nominees picked for Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards. Nevertheless, you can check out which games will win in their respective categories come December 31st.

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