Steam Awards

Valve held their first annual Steam Awards, and the winners have just been announced. Many of the titles will be familiar to those who know their way around PC gaming, and there are also a few surprises in there as well.

The full list was made available over on the Steam news page, where each category and winner was rolled out. You can check out all the winners below.

"Villain Most In Need of a Hug" Award:

Portal 2

The "I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award" Award:

Euro Truck Simulator 2

The "Test of Time" Award:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The "Just 5 More Minutes" Award:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The "Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!" Award:

Grand Theft Auto V

The "Game Within A Game" Award:

Grand Theft Auto V

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

The Walking Dead

The "Best Use Of A Farm Animal" Award:

Goat Simulator

The "Boom Boom" Award:

DOOM

The "Love/Hate Relationship" Award:

Dark Souls III

The "Sit Back and Relax" Award:

Euro Truck Simulator 2

The "Better With Friends" Award:

Left 4 Dead 2

There were a number of finalists in each category. Most of the ones for the villain needing a hug award were games where the villains were truly despicable, including Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, Borderlands 2 and surprisingly the asymmetrical multiplayer horror game, Dead By Daylight. I can definitely see why Far Cry 3 made the nomination for that category given that people still talk about Vaas to this very day, but lamented that he wasn't the main villain of the game.

Some of the other recurring nominees on the list that didn't walk away with an award included The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, where a lot of people thought it deserved something but just came up short in each of the categories it was in. And there was also a lot of DOOM on the list of nominees. It did end up winning in the category of "Boom Boom".

Many other fan-favorites were also nominated, including Dota 2, ARK: Survival Evolved and even Life Is Strange. Some of 2015's top games also popped back up a few times, such as Rocket League and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. However, they just didn't pull in enough fan votes to secure a win for the first annual Steam Awards.

Also, Microsoft should really take note about Age of Empires II... that game seems to have a lot of staying power. Even though the game didn't win, it was nominated for the "Test of Time", and according to Steam Spy, it's fast approaching nearly 4 million owners. It seems pretty obvious that they had a really, really good formula with that game, and it really has stood the test of time. Maybe we'll see a new entry in the Age of Empires series sometime down the line that builds off the winning formula they managed to achieve with Age of Empires II HD?

I'm curious to see what Valve will have in store for the end of this year when the 2017 awards pop up during the next Winter Sale. There are a ton of huge games due to release on Steam throughout this year, so the nominees and categories should be exciting.

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