Steam Awards finalists date as far back as 2006

The finalists for the first Steam Awards have been announced, and plenty of cult classics are in the running for awards.

Valve didn’t restrict the field of potential nominees to games that launched in 2016, allowing niche classics like 2011’s Portal 2 and 2013’s Euro Truck Simulator 2 to make the cut.

2006’s Garry’s Mod is the oldest game to get nominated.

Voting for the 2016 Steam Awards is open now and will run for nine days. Each of the categories will be up for voting for 24 hours, with all four community awards being voted on Dec. 30. The winners will be announced by Valve on Dec. 31. The full list of categories and nominees are below:

The “Villain Most in Need of a Hug” Award

Some people just need a hug.

Voting open now

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

The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won an Award” Award

This 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 found it first.

Voting begins Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT, 6 p.m. GMT)

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

The “Test of Time” Award

This 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.

Voting begins Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET

  • Age of Empires 2: HD Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 5
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Terraria

The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award

You 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.

Voting begins Dec. 25, 1 p.m. ET

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Rocket League
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
  • Fallout 4
  • Terraria

The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award

Some 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.

Voting begins Dec. 26, 1 p.m. ET

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Doom
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The “Game Within a Game Award” Award

Kinder 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.

Voting begins Dec. 27, 1 p.m. ET

  • Garry’s Mod
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Tabletop Simulator
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something in My Eye” Award

Games 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.

Voting begins Dec. 28, 1 p.m. ET

  • Life is Strange
  • To The Moon
  • This War of Mine
  • Undertale
  • The Walking Dead

The “Best Use of a Farm Animal” Award

Animals are rad and almost any game is better for including them. This game used a farm animal in the best way possible.

Voting begins Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Blood and Bacon
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Goat Simulator
  • Stardew Valley

Community Awards (Voting begins Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET)

The “Boom Boom” Award

Let’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 3
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Dota 2
  • Geometry Dash
  • Super Meat Boy

The “Sit Back and Relax” Award

Did 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” Award

There 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
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