Hey folks it's that time of the year again, and boy while 2017 sucked in a lot of ways, it's been a truly excellent year in gaming. Had a blast doing this last year, so let's go for round 2.0 This will be our nominations thread and I will compile all of the nominations in their respective categories into a strawpoll that will run until next Tuesday, late evening (12/26 at 11:30PM EST). Award voting will work with each of us choosing 3 candidates in any given category, with the winner and two runner ups representing their category However, Game of the Year voting will be a bit more involved, still nominating three, but we'll be taking a top 10 and follow up with a ranked voting list to determine an overall list. Games released in this year that aren't remasters or ports are eligible nominations. (early access games that had an official 1.0 such as PUBG, Fire Pro and Gangbeasts are examples of legitimate nominations) The categories are as follows. Feel free to nominate as many titles as you want for each category. 2017's Best Old Game This Category is dedicated to the best game you played this year (for the first time/or games that still ate up your free time in 2017) that wasn't released in 2017, it can range from Pong to Overwatch Best Indie Game Simple as the title, the best independent studio produced title of this year. Examples include: Cuphead, Tacoma, Night in the Woods, Nidhogg 2 Best Style A game that is confident in what it is, carrying a large bravado and singular image. A tour de force in all departments and elements (From HUD design, to sound and music) merging into a unique, defining look. Examples include: Persona 5, Nier: Automata, Nidhogg 2 Best Story A game that made you laugh, a game that made you cry... but most importantly a game that kept you engaged with it's story. Examples include: Nier: Automata, Wolfenstein, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, What Remains of Edith Finch Best Writing Clever dialogue, witty retorts, flavorful quest text and item descriptions, interesting characters are all exemplative of this category. Good writing can lift a game from mediocre to excellent and deserves to be recognized. Examples Include: Divinity: Original Sin 2, Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild Best Sound Combat queues, blips and boops, the sound of rain pattering on the ground or guts falling from disemboweled enemies, the shells falling from a freshly fired gun, the sound emitted from hovering over various menu options... all of these sounds add up to evoke a certain atmosphere that can be critical to the enjoyment of a game. Any sound produced within, that doesn't fall within the realm of music. Examples Include: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 Best Music Soaring scores, oppressive dissonance, rampaging guitars. Any game with which it's score or soundtrack left you in awe, tense or cackling in enjoyment. Examples Include: Nier: Automata, Night in the Woods, Persona 5, Destiny 2 Best Looking Game Beautiful vistas, color splashes and glorious mud detailing (Looking at you Battlefield 1), any game impressed you either due to high visual fidelity or art direction. Examples Include: Destiny 2, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Cuphead, Tacoma, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Best Debut Any game that isn't a remake or numbered sequel, aka any new IP released this year. Examples Include: Cuphead, PUBG, Night in the Woods, Pyre Best New Character Any new character that brought you delight this year. Examples Include: Aloy (HZD), 2B (Nier), Bayek (AC:O), Gregg (NitW), Senua (Hellblade) Most Addictive Game The game you just couldn't put down and quickly enveloped all of your time... 8PM quickly turned into 2AM didn't it? Best Console Exclusive As simple as the title is... A game deserving of being called a console exclusive. (XBOX's crossplay titles are eligible) Best Shooter Best RPG Best Strategy Game Best Action Adventure or Platformer Best Puzzle Game Best DLC Best Racing Game Best Fighting Game Best Multiplayer From couch co-op to AAA matchmaking any game whose multiplayer you couldn't get enough of. Examples Include: Destiny 2, PUBG, Spla2oon ...and finally Game of the Year A symbol of excellence in a great year, winning this honor is no small feat in the year that was 2017 in gaming. A game that genuinely moved you, a game that you couldn't stop playing, a game that quite simply.... is better than the rest. In your list include your nominations under a bolded category, thanks Timetable Category nominations: Close 12/26 at 11:30PM EST Polls will run from: 12/27 at 8:00PM EST to 12/30 at 11:30PM EST GOTY Ranked Poll: 12/31 at 2:00PM EST to 1/3 at 12:00AM Will be accepting write ups for games that end up in the final 3 of any category and any game that makes the top 10! (Feel free to PM me what games you'd be interested in writing about, will send you a PM before the GOTY ranked poll goes up to lock down write ups for the category lists and the GOTY list thanks) Hope you guys had a great 2017 in games, here's to an even better 2018!