The 2019 Steam Awards are looking for nominees
But I’m mostly here for the artWhat’s the best video game of 2019 that you suck at? I bet you have an answer ready to go.
That’s one of the questions at the center of the Steam Awards, an annual community-centric ceremony meant to highlight the best and brightest PC games of the year. For 2019, Steam has eight categories:
The Game of the Year Award
The VR Game of the Year Award
The Labor of Love Award
The Better With Friends Award
The Most Innovative Gameplay Award
The Outstanding Story-Rich Game Award
The Best Game You Suck At Award
The Outstanding Visual Style Award
Once you’re logged into your Steam account, you’ll be able to nominate games that released after November 27, 2018. A couple of caveats: there’s no release-date restriction for the Labor of Love award, so anything goes, and you can only nominate an individual game once. If you end up having a change of heart, don’t worry about flip-flopping – you can edit your nominees after the fact.
There’s also a new Steam Awards badge with tasks to encourage people to leave a review. As you fill out the to-do list, you’ll earn 25XP each step of the way. (Do we still care about Steam XP?)
The award nomination process ends on December 3, 2019, at 10:00am PT, after which point Valve will reveal the finalists during the Steam Holiday Sale. Then, at long last, we’ll see the winners on Dec. 31.
I also can’t forget about an underappreciated aspect of the Steam Awards: the art! You can find all of the category artwork in the gallery at the bottom of this article. The VR wallpaper broke my mind.
As for that original question: I’m thinking Hunt: Showdown. Cool game, but I’m miserable at it. I like these nontraditional categories as a way to give exposure to games that aren’t necessarily “the best.”
[Image credit: Olly Moss]
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