These are the finalists for Valve’s always-weird-but-fun Steam Awards

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It’s the middle of December which means the video game industry has shifted from looking forward to reflecting. That’s the pattern we fall into each and every year as everything slows down for a few weeks before zooming straight into high gear again.

For the third consecutive year, Valve is holding its own community-driven awards. They’re a handful of curiously quirky categories, although nothing as good as 2017’s “Mom’s Spaghetti.” Actually, while we’re talking about 2017’s categories, it seems pertinent to note that most of the winners didn’t actually release during that calendar year; the Steam Awards have never seemed too concerned with timeliness, but rather are influenced by which games are likely to be on sale.

Yes, the Steam Awards always coincide with the annual Winter Sale. Both kick off this Thursday, December 20. As usual, casting a ballot helps earn trading cards which can be used to sell or to craft badges. Voting ends on January 3, and the winners will be announced in early February.

There are eight categories this year, including the brand new “Best Developer.” Valve notes that it pardoned itself from this category, for reasons that should be obvious. You’d be forgiven if your reaction was “Wait, Valve makes video games?!” (This joke works best if you forget about Artifact, so please do that.)

These are the finalists for the 2018 Steam Awards:

Nominees for Game of the Year:

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 
  • Monster Hunter: World 
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance 
  • Hitman 2 
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 

Nominees for VR Game of the Year: 

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 
  • VRChat 
  • Beat Saber 
  • Fallout 4 VR 
  • Superhot VR 

Nominees for Labor of Love:

  • Dota 2 
  • Grand Theft Auto V 
  • No Man’s Sky 
  • Path of Exile 
  • Stardew Valley 

Nominees for Best Environment:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 
  • Subnautica 
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider 
  • Far Cry 5 
  • Dark Souls III 

Nominees for Better with Friends:

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 
  • Payday 2 
  • Dead by Daylight 
  • Overcooked 2

Nominees for Best Alternate History:

  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Fallout 4 

Nominees for Most Fun with a Machine:

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 
  • Rocket League 
  • NieR: Automata 
  • Factorio 
  • Space Engineers 

Nominees for Best Developer:

  • CD Projekt Red 
  • Ubisoft
  • Bethesda
  • Rockstar Games 
  • Digital Extremes Ltd. 
  • Square Enix 
  • Capcom 
  • Paradox Interactive 
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Klei

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