Shop Steam’s Autumn Sale and nominate your favorite games for the first-ever Steam Awards

steam_logoSteam kicked off their Autumn Sale this morning, and if you’re not interested in waiting for Black Friday, you should definitely check it out. The online storefront is offering big discounts all this week on popular franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Batman: Arkham, Grand Theft Auto, Civilization, and many more.

Valve also announced the creation of The Steam Awards today, which will give the Steam Community a chance to nominate their favorite games in eight wide-ranging categories:

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.

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 none the less.

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.

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.

The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award
Some people just need a hug.

The “Game Within A Game” 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.

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 totally found it first.

The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award
Animals are rad and almost any game is better for including them. However this game used a farm animal in the best way possible.

The “We Didn’t Think Of Everything” Award
There are as many great ideas for Awards as there are great games to play. And so we turn to the Steam Awards Selection Committee to come up with their own category and nominee. Senior members of the Selection Committee will review the write-in entries and create an entirely new category based on the feedback provided. (Name Pending Selection Committee Decision)

Nominations for The Steam Awards will be accepted until Tuesday, November 29, and the final vote will be held sometime in December.

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