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    Last month Valve asked the community to vote in their first ever Steam Awards and now the finalists have been revealed.

    With over 15 million nominations, the games below made the cut in each of the categories. Valve will be filling the quiet Christmas period with a winner announcement each day from 22 December until the end of the year.

    Four new award categories were added due to the number of nominations. Agree with these?

    December 22nd 10 AM PST

    The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” AwardSome people just need a hug.

    -Borderlands 2
    -Dead by Daylight
    -Far Cry 3
    -Far Cry 4
    -Portal 2

    December 23rd 10 AM PST

    The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” AwardThis title didn’t have a huge marketing machine behind it, but you found it and loved it. Then you told your friends about it. And they loved it. And now that little game that could is about to win an award… but always remember: you totally found it first.

    -Euro Truck Simulator 2
    -Paladins
    -Starbound
    -Stardew Valley
    -Unturned

    December 24th 10 AM PST

    The “Test of Time” AwardThis award is for the game that is just as good today as the day you first played it. Newer games may come out, but it doesn’t matter… you’ll always come back to play this one.

    -Age of Empires II HD
    -The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    -Sid Meier’s Civilization V
    -Team Fortress 2
    -Terraria

    December 25th 10 AM PST

    The “Just 5 More Minutes” AwardYou have an early day tomorrow. You need to get some sleep, so you’re just going finish one more thing before you decide to tuck in for the night. Just one more. Wait, one more. What’s that you say? It’s 2:30 AM? This award is for the game that keeps you playing late.

    -Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    -Rocket League
    -Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
    -Fallout 4
    -Terraria

    December 26th 10 AM PST

    The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” AwardSome games melt your face. Maybe it was a crazy plot twist. Maybe you just got your wisdom teeth removed. Either way, this game BLOWS YOUR MIND.

    -Bioshock Infinite
    -DOOM
    -Grand Theft Auto V
    -Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
    -The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    December 27th 10 AM PST

    The “Game Within A Game Award” AwardKinder Eggs. Peanut Butter Cups. Jelly Donuts. All great things stuffed with other great things. Like a mighty turducken, this award celebrates the best mini game hidden within another game.

    -Garry’s Mod
    -Grand Theft Auto V
    -The Stanley Parable
    -Tabletop Simulator
    -The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    December 28th 10 AM PST

    The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye” AwardGames are fun. But sometimes games become more than that, and touch you in a way you weren’t expecting. This award celebrates the game that blindsided you emotionally. You weren’t expecting to cry. It wasn’t in the plan. But it happened nonetheless.

    -Life Is Strange
    -To the Moon
    -This War of Mine
    -Undertale
    -The Walking Dead

    December 29th 10 AM PST

    The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” AwardAnimals are rad and almost any game is better for including them. This game used a farm animal in the best way possible.

    -ARK: Survival Evolved
    -Blood and Bacon
    -Farming Simulator 17
    -Goat Simulator
    -Stardew Valley

    Of course, we intended to have a final 9th award, a write-in category where Committee members could suggest a new and exciting award. But the response was so overwhelming that one category didn’t seem enough… and so we decided to add not one, but four new awards!

    December 30th 10 AM PST

    The “Boom Boom” AwardLet’s face it: explosions are pretty great. In a blockbuster movie they’re thrilling. In a celebration with fireworks they’re beautiful. And when they’re behind a cop putting on sunglasses they’re nothing short of glorious. These games understand the fine art of detonation.

    -BroForce
    -DOOM
    -Just Cause 3
    -Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
    -Kerbal Space Program

    The “Love/Hate Relationship” Award“Games are just supposed to be fun!”… oh sweet summer child, your naivety is adorable. Games can be more than fun. They can be challenges that demand perfection. These games are punishing gauntlets that make you question your very skill… a crucible that will push you either to greatness or a breaking point. You will wake up family members as you scream. Words will come out of your mouth that would make your mom blush. Your chill friends will ask you, “Why do you play something that stresses you out?”… and you will stare at them with steely eyes and reply, “Because I love it.”

    -Dark Souls III
    -Darkest Dungeon
    -Dota 2
    -Geometry Dash
    -Super Meat Boy

    The “Sit Back and Relax” AwardDid you read the description for the “Love/Hate Relationship” Award? This is the opposite.

    -ABZU
    -Cities Skylines
    -Euro Truck Simulator 2
    -Mini Metro
    -Viridi

    The “Better With Friends” AwardThere are some games out there that just aren’t the same when you play by yourself. Maybe you need to have a friend to watch your back. Maybe you need to have a friend that you can stab in the back. Either way, mirth is awaiting those that gather friends to play these games.

    -Don’t Starve Together
    -Gang Beasts
    -Golf With Your Friends
    -Left 4 Dead 2
    -Magicka

    Paul Younger
    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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