Because the awards season for the video games of final 12 months begins to wind down, Steam has revealed its user-voted awards, and whereas a lot of the outcomes make sense, many are flagging how RPG recreation Cyberpunk 2077’s Labour of Love award win snuff outs some probably extra deserving titles. Whereas that is likely to be a shock, the Steam Sport of the 12 months was Elden Ring, stunning nobody.
Whereas awards definitely aren’t the be-all and end-all of which video games had been finest, particularly when public voting en masse mainly simply turns it right into a recognition contest, there’s one Steam Award that caught my eye, and the eyes of many others too. Cyberpunk 2077 gained the ‘Labour of Love’ award, which is all about nurturing and enhancing a recreation nicely previous its launch date.
Now, I’ve performed Cyberpunk 2077 this 12 months and it’s actually an excellent open-world recreation (after CD Projekt Pink turned it into one after its less-than-desirable 2020 launch), nevertheless it successful this vote actually hammers residence how divisive public voting might be, and the way it skews in the direction of recognition over video games that is likely to be extra deserving.
Even loads of gamers within the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit are calling for video games like Dwarf Fortress, No Man’s Sky, and Deep Rock Galactic to have gained the vote. Whereas Dwarf Fortress had a Steam launch late final 12 months it’s completely nonetheless a labour of affection, because it took two folks 20 years to truly get it there, and the success it’s seen since is bound to heat even the coldest of hearts.
No Man’s Sky might need had a rocky launch just like Cyberpunk 2077, however the 2016 recreation has been on the up-and-up on Steam ever since, with gamers additionally lamenting the way it regularly will get near successful the award however by no means does.
If you wish to actually see how skewed a number of the previous years have been (not all of them although), then simply have a look beneath.
Steam Labour of Love Awards
- Warframe (2017)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (2018)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (2019)
- Counter-Strike: International Offensive (2020)
- Terraria (2021)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (2022)
All of those are good, if not nice, video games, nevertheless it’s fairly clear how skewed a few of these earlier years have been in the direction of larger live-service video games over ones that really feel extra like an precise labour of affection (I’m speaking about GTA 5).
Terraria’s win can be a extremely attention-grabbing one, as its successful in 2021 is a part of the explanation for its latest Steam success, and it’s literal “Labor of Love” replace.
Quite a lot of these awards are only a little bit of enjoyable (for extra, try the Awards) just like the “Greatest Sport You Suck At” and “Sit Again and Calm down,” so it’s troublesome to probably not see these awards as something greater than a method for Valve to interact with its Steam customers, nevertheless it’s nonetheless just a little bizarre.
Anyway, it’s not the top of the world, nevertheless it’s a little bit of a disgrace that the way in which votes like this Steam one are accomplished typically favour big-budget AAA video games over the smaller groups that pour their coronary heart and soul into one thing, particularly when it emerges as a hit story too.
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