Winners for First Steam Awards Revealed

The winners of Valve’s first-ever Steam Awards have been revealed.

Winners for First Steam Awards Revealed

This isn’t your normal, everyday awards show, however. The categories included things like “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” and “‘The Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!’ Award,” among other wonderful ones.

Below you can see a full rundown of categories and winners, as rounded up by Kotaku. Go to Steam’s website to get more details on the selections, including runner-ups and category descriptions.

The games were voted on by Steam users, who received a Steam Awards Trading Card for taking part. The winners were announced today, December 31, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET.

Steam Awards 2016 Winners:

  • Villain Most In Need Of A Hug — Portal 2
  • I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award — Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Test Of Time — Skyrim
  • Just Five More Minutes — Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” — Grand Theft Auto V
  • Game Within A Game — Grand Theft Auto V
  • I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye — Telltale’s The Walking Dead
  • Best Use Of A Farm Animal — Goat Simulator
  • Boom Boom – Doom
  • Love/Hate Relationship — Dark Souls III
  • Sit Back And Relax — Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Better With Friends — Left 4 Dead 2

What do you make of these results? Let us know in the comments below!

GameSpot’s own Game of the Year for 2016 was Blizzard’s hero shooter Overwatchread more here.

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Kojima Reflects on 2016 and Starting New Studio — "Everything Was From Zero"

On this the last day of 2016, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has reflected on the year that was.

Writing on Twitter, Kojima thanked fans for their support in the year that his new studio got off the ground. “Everything was from zero except your warmest support,” he said on the social media site.

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Year 2016 for me was the prep year for the new journey. Everything was from zero start except your warmest support. pic.twitter.com/ubWH1FlBMC

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 31, 2016

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I could done only because there’s a hope. Thank you. Have a good new year for everyone who dreams, who supports the dream to come true. pic.twitter.com/QYkr9vFbTG

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 31, 2016

After two decades at Konami, Kojima left the publisher in 2015 to start a new studio, Kojima Productions. It’s an independent studio, but it’s working with Sony on a new PlayStation 4 game called Death Stranding. It looks very weird and very cool, and we’re excited to learn more about it.

In other news, Kojima’s friend, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, recently spoke out for at least a second time to say, “F**k Konami.” He was working with Kojima on Silent Hills, and is apparently involved in some manner with Death Stranding.

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Elite Dangerous Adding Carrie Fisher Memorial in New Update

Following the tragic passing of actress Carrie Fisher this week, some Elite: Dangerous players requested some form of a memorial for the Star Wars legend. Their wishes are being granted.

A producer for Elite: Dangerous responded to the community’s request, writing in the game’s forums, “Sad news indeed–a ‘Fisher’s Rest’ outpost will be added to the game in the 2.3 release.” This post was spotted this week by DualShockers.

This won’t be the first time that Elite: Dangerous has memorialized a sci-fi star. In 2015, developer Frontier created a Vulcan planet and a “Leonard Nimoy Station” to honor the late Star Trek actor.

Star Wars: The Old Republic players have also called for a tribute to Fisher in that game in the form of a statue. However, as PC Gamer points out, that might not work, since The Old Republic is set thousands of years before Leia was born.

Fisher reportedly suffered a heart attack on a December 23 London-to-LA flight, before passing away on the morning of December 27. She was 60. There has been an outpouring of love for Fisher from those that knew her–you can read some heartfelt messages here.

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More Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Footage Coming Soon

We got a new look at Mass Effect: Andromeda during The Game Awards earlier this month. It won’t be long until BioWare shows even more of the game, we’ve now learned. BioWare announced on Twitter (via DualShockers) that it will show more “environments and gameplay” during Nvidia’s keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. Specifically, this will be on Wednesday, January 4.

The briefing begins at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET that day. Here’s the official word on what to expect: “See industry’s most exciting tech unveilings in artificial intelligence (AI), self-driving cars, and gaming.”

Ready to see more Mass Effect: Andromeda environments and gameplay? Tune in to @nvidia‘s CES keynote next Wednesday: https://t.co/Y4C8dy5DOl pic.twitter.com/ygXYhvwtLp

— Mass Effect (@masseffect) December 29, 2016

Andromeda is slated to come out in Spring 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, EA has said it could delay the game if that’s in the best interest of the project.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot’s interview with creative director Mac Walters, who talks about inspirations by Destiny, combat, and a lot more.

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$220 For Honor Collector's Edition Comes With 14-Inch Statue and More

In addition to the Uplay-exclusive Collector’s Case version of For Honor, retailer GameStop will offer its own exclusive premium version of the swordfighting game called the Apollyon Collector’s Edition.

$220 For Honor Collector's Edition Comes With 14-Inch Statue and More

As spotted by IGN, a listing for the premium edition shows that its centerpiece is a 14-inch “highly detailed” statue of the game’s main warlord, Apollyon. The $220 bundle also comes with the game’s Gold Edition, along with all of the content listed below:

  • Exclusive Apollyon Lithograph – The Warlord of the Blackstone Legion seeks to bring war to her enemies in this exclusive Limited Edition Lithograph.
  • Origins Note – Go deeper into the battlefields of For Honor as you uncover Apollyon’s previously untold origins. What secrets lie in the past of the Blackstone Legion’s mysterious leader?
  • Premium Collector’s Edition Packaging

The Apollyon Collector’s Edition is listed only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For Honor launches on February 14, 2017. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A beta for the game will be held in January–click here to find out how to sign up.

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Blizzard's Big Franchises Are Celebrating Diablo's 20th Anniversary

Blizzard’s famous Diablo series celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Blizzard is holding in-game events not only in Diablo III, but also some of the developer’s other big franchises. These include Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

Blizzard's Big Franchises Are Celebrating Diablo's 20th Anniversary

Diablo III’s in-game event is called The Darkening of Tristram–it lets players run through a “reimagined” version of the cathedral from the first game. Heroes of the Storm is offering up a Diablo-themed portrait, while Hearthstone has a mysterious “hooded stranger” awaiting players.

As for Overwatch, it has some Diablo-themed sprays up for grabs, while “strange things are afoot” in World of Warcraft.

Here is a full rundown of what’s happening in Blizzard’s games “soon” to celebrate Diablo’s 20th anniversary, with descriptions written by Blizzard;

Diablo III:

  • Recapture the feeling of your first play through of the original Diablo with The Darkening of Tristram tribute event. Venture through a reimagined version of the original cathedral in Diablo III and keep an eye out for some familiar items.

Heroes of the Storm:

  • The battle for the High Heavens continues, and a new Diablo-themed portrait is up for grabs! Can you emerge victorious on this hectic new brawl map?

Hearthstone:

  • In this Tavern Brawl, a hooded stranger awaits, holding a grim deck in his hands. Will you unravel the secrets surrounding this dark wanderer?

Overwatch:

  • Bring the battle for Sanctuary into the fight for the future with in-game sprays representing your favorite Diablo III classes–along with a new player icon modeled after the Lord of Terror!

StarCraft II:

  • Put the Lord of Terror to work for you with a Diablo-themed worker portrait.

World of Warcraft:

  • Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world.

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Windows 10 Reportedly Adding a Game Mode That Would Improve Game Performance

A new feature may be on the way to Windows 10 that improves performance when playing PC games. That’s according to a file discovered in a leaked version of a forthcoming preview update.

Twitter user WalkingCat reports the addition of a dll called “gamemode” in the latest build of Windows 10 (version 14997). A subsequent tweet notes it “looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/[graphics] etc.)” for the purpose of prioritizing game performance.

Windows 10 Reportedly Adding a Game Mode That Would Improve Game Performance

WindowsCentral lends further credence to this, indicating that its sources say it works similarly to how Xbox One runs a game. The feature will reportedly launch as part of the Creators update and will be enabled for Windows Insider users soon.

What’s unclear is exactly which games this is compatible with. It’s possible it could be limited to only to those downloaded from the Windows Store, or it might be much more far-reaching. We should know more once Windows Insiders testers get their hands on the feature.

The Creators update is slated for release sometime this spring. Microsoft has announced it includes some additions of interest to those playing games, including new streaming and tournament features.

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Grab an HTC Vive for $700, $100 Less Than Usual [UPDATE]

Update: The Microsoft Store now has an even better offer: It’s selling the Vive for $699 with a $100 Microsoft Store gift card.

Original Story: If you’ve found yourself with money burning a hole in your pocket or a virtual reality-capable PC after Christmas, the HTC Vive is $100 off right now.

Amazon and the official HTC store are offering the headset for $699 as of this writing. Vive deals haven’t been especially common, but it did also drop to this price briefly around Black Friday.

Grab an HTC Vive for $700, $100 Less Than Usual [UPDATE]

This comes with the headset itself, two SteamVR wireless controllers, headphones, and two base stations that track your movement and allow for room-scale VR. It also comes with free copies of Zombie Training Simulator and The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed.

At a hair under $700, this brings the Vive closer in price to the Oculus Rift, which costs $600 (without its pricey but very good Oculus Touch controllers). For more on what to expect, check out GameSpot’s Vive review. Bear in mind, you’ll need a fast-enough PC–HTC calls for at least a GTX 1060 or RX 480.

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Your Mass Effect 2 Save Can Be Imported Into Frog Fractions 2

Frog Fractions 2 is, unbelievably, now available. And it turns out that it allows you to import your save file from Mass Effect 2.

As seen in the images below from Twitter user dogrunes, “Import Mass Effect 2 Save” is an option that can found in-game. Doing so initially yields a message that welcomes you back using your Mass Effect character’s name, but it seemingly offers no further reason for doing so.

YOU CAN IMPORT A MASS EFFECT 2 SAVE IN FROG FRACTIONS 2 WHAT THE HELL LMAO pic.twitter.com/my1dedhsf8

— ♥ dogrunes ♥ (@dogrunes) December 27, 2016

In fact, Frog Fractions 2 includes a puzzle that requires the use of different Mass Effect 2 saves, according to what developer Jim Crawford told Polygon. He didn’t share any further details on what form that puzzle takes, which should come as no surprise considering the lengths to which he has gone to keep Frog Fraction 2’s precise existence a secret.

The game was recently discovered hidden inside another, unrelated game that launched on Steam earlier this month. This comes after a lengthy search that began following a Kickstarter campaign for a Frog Fractions sequel in early 2014.

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Frog Fractions 2 Finally Uncovered; Here's How to Play It Now

A seemingly nondescript game launched on Steam earlier this month is in fact hiding the long-awaited Frog Fractions 2, a group of players have discovered.

As detailed by the group calling itself the Game Detectives, Frog Fractions 2 is hidden inside Glittermitten Grove, which debuted on Steam on December 13. Patch notes for an update released on December 25 caught the attention of some internet sleuths who have taken part in an ongoing augmented-reality game hunt for the Frog Fractions sequel. The search is now over, something that has since been confirmed by developer Jim Crawford. Those who backed its Kickstarter (or contributed to the subsequent Slacker Backer crowdfunding campaign) are now eligible to receive keys for it.

All of this brings an end to a years-long search for Frog Fractions 2, which is detailed on the Game Detectives wiki. The original Frog Fractions was an innocuous browser game that achieved considerable acclaim. Through the guise of a classic edutainment game, it actually amounts to a surprisingly fun game full of strange power-ups, and one that has nothing to do with teaching you math or fractions. You can play it for free here.

A sequel was later confirmed and arrived on Kickstarter in early 2014, but with some unusual qualifications. Crawford, who stated he “created Frog Fractions explicitly to evoke the air of mystery that all video games held in the 1980s,” said the follow-up would come as a true surprise. It would not be called Frog Fractions 2 and, more importantly, its release would not be formally announced in any way. It would be quietly released on PC, with crowdfunding backers only receiving their download keys once the “jig is up,” meaning its existence began to be widely reported.

To access Frog Fractions 2, you’ll first need to buy (or obtain your key for) the $20 Glittermitten Grove, which is its own game. Playing it will allow you to reach a door located in the sky, which leads into the new Frog Fractions. Alternatively, you can get into the game more quickly by using fireworks to dig into the ground, where you can find another door that takes you into Frog Fractions 2. You can see one such door, and some gameplay, through the video above.

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