ByCryss Leonhart, writer at Creators.co
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Cryss Leonhart

Winter is well and truly upon us, and with the year of 2016 drawing ever closer to its (highly anticipated) end, it's time for us to look back at a year of great games and celebrate the cream of the crop. Whether that's #PokemonSunMoon with its cool secrets or #FinalFantasyXV, which leaks from players who got the game early detail some amazing stuff, we'll soon find out.

However, while we wait for the winner to be crowned—and for #MassEffectAndromeda to make an appearance at the Game Awards—Steam have launched their own Steam Awards for all of us to take part in. For the first time ever, users can nominate games in a number of categories or create their own to decide on the best of the best.

What are the Steam Award categories?

Nominations are live now for the Steam awards
Nominations are live now for the Steam awards
  • The “Test of Time” Award
  • The “I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye” Award
  • The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award
  • The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award
  • The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award
  • The “Game Within A Game” Award
  • The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award
  • The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award
  • The “We Didn’t Think Of Everything” Award

The "We Didn't Think Of Everything" award is a user created category which will be ultimately decided by the Selection Committee, meaning any game can be nominated for anything. Some people are obviously taking advantage of this opportunity!

Best Unconventional Uses of the Steam Awards

Rather than celebrating the gaming successes of 2016, some gamers have decided to highlight some of the year's most spectacular failures. Here are a few of our favourites!

Updated: 25/11/2016

Half-Life 2: Episode 2 for 'Game That Deserves a Sequel' award

Wait a minute...
Wait a minute...

And that was just the short title

Things are getting a little steamy up in here
Things are getting a little steamy up in here

Dota 2 for the 'Abusive Spouse' award!

Competitive games are a love / hate relationship
Competitive games are a love / hate relationship

Alien Isolation for 'Villain Most In Need of a Hug'

Androids or the Alien, no one is a winner with this choice
Androids or the Alien, no one is a winner with this choice

And lastly in the divisive opinion category

Undertale, loved by many, hated by this voter!
Undertale, loved by many, hated by this voter!

No Man's Sky nominated for 'Biggest Lie of the Year'

No Man's Sky comes under fire for the difference between it's pre-launch marketing and finished product.
No Man's Sky comes under fire for the difference between it's pre-launch marketing and finished product.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive nominated for 'Most Hackers in a Single Server'

One salty Counter Strike player can't believe those silvers are all using aim bots!
One salty Counter Strike player can't believe those silvers are all using aim bots!

Dishonoured 2 nominated for 'Shitty PC Port'

A fan clearly unhappy with the PC performance of Dishonoured 2 at launch.
A fan clearly unhappy with the PC performance of Dishonoured 2 at launch.

Rust nominated for 'Easiest way to raise sodium levels'

Rust is up against some tough competition in this category.
Rust is up against some tough competition in this category.

It's not just the custom categories gamers are having fun with either:

A game about Donald Trump gets put into an unexpected category.
A game about Donald Trump gets put into an unexpected category.

Additionally, since we here at Now Loading don't want to be left out, we'll throw our own category suggestion into the ring: 'The Video Games That Look NOTHING Like Their Trailers Award'.

Feel free to nominate any of the offenders in the above video.

Vote & Claim Your Exclusive Steam Awards Badge

Regardless of whether you want to take the Steam Awards seriously or not, there's a badge available to those willing to participate. So why not take the time and vote for some of your favorite games of the year?

There's an exclusive Steam badge for those who participate (if that's your sort of thing).
There's an exclusive Steam badge for those who participate (if that's your sort of thing).

Poll

Are you going to participate in the Steam Awards