These Titles don’t Exactly Scream “2018”
A while back, like almost two months ago, Valve released the nominees for the Steam Awards 2018. Recently they announced the winners. They have a pretty lax criteria for what games qualify for the awards though. For example, the games do not have to be released during the 2018 year. Judging by the nominees, it appears that games that are being actively played and purchased can qualify regardless of release date. You can view the full list of categories, winners, and nominees on the Steam website.
Let’s break down the winners. The big one, Game of the Year winner, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, the recently divorced father of Battle Royale games. Lucky for PUBG, Fortnite is published by Epic Games and won’t be found on Steam, otherwise Fortnite would have won. Next, VR Game of the Year: Skyrim VR. Not really surprising, Skyrim is like a digital epidemic finding itself on like every console, almost like a virus. The Labor of Love award goes to GTA V. Rockstar has put so much into this game since 2013. Yes, this game is six years old and Rockstar has done wonders to give it its longevity.
Best Developer went to CD Projekt Red, the ones behind the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Speaking of CD Projekt Red, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took the award for Best Environment. It’s basically the Best graphics category. The Better With Friends award went to Rainbow Six: Siege. Best Alternate History goes to Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Most Fun with a Machine goes to Rocket League.
Did you notice anything about the winners? All but one of them released in 2017 or earlier. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the only release from 2018. The Best Developer category did not involve games directly, but the winner CD Projekt Red did not even release a major title for that year. The two games it developed were spin-offs from The Witcher. Do these choices make sense to anyone?
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