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Fans decide to give Steam Awards to Doom 2016, GTA5, Portal 2, and many more

With just hours to go before we celebrate the end of 2016, Valve has announced the winners of the first-ever Steam Awards.

Rather than ask Steam shoppers to select a traditional “Best of 2016” slate, Valve offered up a rather unique class of categories and let community members nominate any game from the digital storefront’s catalog. This freeform approach even gave voters the chance to create a few additional categories out of thin air.

After casting votes for the past two weeks (and browsing bargains during the digital storefront’s Winter Sale, which continues through January 2), the winners of the first-ever Steam Awards include Doom (“The “Boom Boom” Award”), Portal 2 (“The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award”), Grand Theft Auto V (“The “Game Within A Game” Award” and “The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude” Award”), and many more.

You can find the complete list of winners after the break, and let’s hope Valve does this again next year. (more…)

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Finalists for The Steam Awards announced; Voting begins on December 22

The bean counters at Steam have tabulated your nominations and announced the finalists for the first-ever Steam Awards. We don’t know if this is something the game retailer plans to do every year, but we’ll all be able to cast our votes later this week.

Voting for the Steam Awards will begin on Thursday, December 22, at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) with “The ‘Villain Most In Need Of A Hug’ Award.” Fans will have 24 hours to choose between Borderlands 2, Dead by Daylight, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, and Portal 2. Voting for a new category will open up once a day until Friday, December 30, which is when Steam will open up voting for the fan-created categories.

The winners will be announced on New Year’s Eve, and the complete list of finalists can be found after the break. (more…)

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Portal board game teleports to your tabletop this Summer

portalboardgame Cryptozoic Entertainment has just announced their product preview for 2014, which included a board game based on the beloved Portal franchise. The best part is that the “custom playing pieces include test subjects, sentry turret, weighted companion cube, and delicious cake.” The tagline even says it comes with cake, and that it isn’t a lie. How exciting!

The final name is not yet determined, but the tentative name is “Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game.” Also, the good news is that it was “designed by the creators of Portal and Portal 2,” which means it should at least be close to the humor we know and love from the series.

The Portal board game has a tentative release date of Q3 2014. It will be for two to four players, and will cost $50.

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LittleBigPlanet Karting, Portal 2, ToeJam & Earl, more added to PS Store

Sony has added another batch of downloadable games to the PlayStation Store this week, check ’em out.

This week’s lineup includes the PS3 Full Games LittleBigPlanet Karting, Sleeping Dogs, Vanquish, and Portal 2. The Portal 2 “In Motion” expansion is also now available to download from the PS Store as well.

This week’s PSN Games include both ToeJam & Earl titles, Absolute Supercars, Pid, and the PS3/Vita Cross-Buyy game When Vikings Attack!

More information on all of these games (as well as a new PS Mini, PS2 Classic, and PSP game) can be found after the break. And as always, the complete list of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Portal 2 “In Motion” expansion coming to PSN on November 6

The Portal 2 PlayStation Move update will hit the PlayStation Store this Tuesday, November 6. The free update will add Move support to the main game, and if you don’t own Portal 2, you’ll be able to download it from the Store beginning Tuesday as well.

Also available on November 6 will be the “In Motion” expansion, which is exclusive to the PS3. Priced at $9.99, and developed by Sixsense, the “In Motion” expansion will add “scaling and rotation of objects as well as portal surfing.”

You can get your first look at Portal 2 “In Motion” thanks to the trailer above.

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Portal 2 level editor coming May 8

Valve has announced that the long-awaited Portal 2 level editor, cleverly titled the “Perpetual Testing Initiative,” will be available to PC players on May 8.

The DLC will be available as a free download and it allows players to “easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles.” After creating a puzzle, players will be able to “directly publish maps to the Steam Workshop where users can browse, vote on, and select to play them.” Certain maps will be automatically downloaded for players to try.

It’s unlikely this level editor will ever come to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Portal 2, but we can always hope.

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Portal 2 wins “Best Game” at 2012 BAFTAs

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out the 2012 BAFTA Video Game Awards in merry old England last night. And like most other award shows this year, Portal 2 came away with “Best Game” honors. Valve’s teleporting sequel also won the “Design” and Story” awards.

Other big winners include Batman: Arkham City (winner of the the “Action” award and a “Performer” award for Mark Hamill’s role as The Joker), LittleBigPlanet 2 (which took home the “Family” and “Game Innovation” awards), and Battlefield 3 (which won the “Online – Multiplayer” and “Audio Achievement” awards). Battlefield 3 was also selected by fans as the winner of this year’s GAME Award, which is sponsored by the British retailer. But with all their financial troubles, this might be the last GAME Award ever awarded.

Hit the jump for the complete list of winners. (more…)

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Skyrim takes home Game of the Year honors at 2012 GDC Awards

Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took home the coveted Game of the Year award at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, but Valve’s Portal 2 was the big winner of the night. The story of Chell, GLaDOS, and Wheatley won Best Audio, Best Game Design, and, of course, Best Narrative.

The other big winner of the night was Supergiant Games and Bastion. The title from the small seven-man team was awarded Best Downloadable Game as well as Best Debut.

A trio of special awards were also handhed out last night:

  • Epic Mickey and Deus Ex developer Warren Spector received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Atari’s Dave Theurer received the Pioneer Award for his work on Tempest and Missile Command.
  • Lawyers Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith were presented with the Ambassador Award for their defense of the game industry in the Supreme Court case (Brown v. EMA/ESA) that established First Amendment protection for video games.

Hit the jump for a complete list of award winners including Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, Best Handheld/Mobile Game, and more. (more…)

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