Steam winter sale 2019

Well, the Steam Holiday Sale has been announced for December 19. If you dread venturing out into crowded malls or hate forcing Amazon warehouse workers to scramble during the holiday season, then why not just send a loved one some discounted DLC for their favorite video game? Personally, I’m going to try and avoid the sale (yeah, right) because my backlog runneth over, but we’ll see.

The Steam Holiday Sale

No word yet on what games are going to be discounted, but it’s a major Steam sale so expect everything from classics to indie titles to AAA games to have significant discounts. Some major titles you should keep an eye out for include Red Dead Redemption 2, which hit $48 USD on the Epic Games Store a few weeks ago, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The Steam Awards

The 2019 Steam Awards are also starting next week. Starting today, one category and the nominees will be revealed with a daily video. The Game of the Year finalists will be revealed on December 18, and voting starts the next day once the Steam Holiday Sale begins.

Steam Awards 2019

Here are the categories for the 2019 Steam Awards:

  • Game of the Year
  • VR Game of the Year
  • Labor of Love
  • Better with Friends
  • Most Innovative Gameplay
  • Outstanding Story-Rich Game
  • Best Game You Suck At
  • Outstanding Visual Style

For a full description of each category, check out Valve’s blog post on Steam.

Outstanding Visual Style

Today saw the reveal of the 2019 Outstanding Visual Style nominees. The award “describes a distinctive look and feel that suffuses an entire game… [and] make[s] our world look paltry by comparison.” So it’s not just what game has the most jaw-dropping graphics, but rather how the art style was creatively used to enhance the appeal of the game. The nominees for the Outstanding Visual Style are:

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