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The 2015 GamingOnLinux GOTY award is now over, here's the results!

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The second ever GamingOnLinux GOTY award is now over! Thank you to every one who voted, give yourselves a pat on the back.

Congratulations to all the winners, you deserve it as voted by our readers!

Best DLC release in 2015 Cities Skylines: After Dark 93Cities Skylines: After DarkThe Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna 81The Talos Principle: Road to GehennaPortal Stories: Mel 64Portal Stories: MelPillars Of Eternity: White March 56Pillars Of Eternity: White MarchThe Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth 46The Binding of Isaac: AfterbirthEuro Truck Simulator 2 - Scandinavia 33Euro Truck Simulator 2 - ScandinaviaEuropa Universalis IV Common Sense 33Europa Universalis IV Common SenseSid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide 28Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising TidePOSTAL 2: Paradise Lost 25POSTAL 2: Paradise LostAge of Wonders III: Eternal Lords 17Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords Cities Skylines: After Dark 93The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna 81Portal Stories: Mel 64Pillars Of Eternity: White March 56The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth 46Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Scandinavia 33Europa Universalis IV Common Sense 33Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide 28POSTAL 2: Paradise Lost 25Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords 17 93816456463333282517 01938577695 Total Votes

Overall best Linux game released in 2015 Cities: Skylines 76Cities: SkylinesMiddle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 67Middle-Earth: Shadow of MordorPillars of Eternity 66Pillars of EternityDying Light 45Dying LightDivinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 45Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced EditionAlien: Isolation 42Alien: IsolationGrid Autosport 34Grid AutosportKerbal Space Program 33Kerbal Space ProgramSaints Row IV 29Saints Row IVInsurgency 25Insurgency Cities: Skylines 76Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 67Pillars of Eternity 66Dying Light 45Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 45Alien: Isolation 42Grid Autosport 34Kerbal Space Program 33Saints Row IV 29Insurgency 25 76676645454234332925 01632486480 Total Votes

Best game porter in 2015 Feral Interactive 389Feral InteractiveAspyr Media 144Aspyr MediaEthan Lee 59Ethan LeeVirtual Programming 56Virtual ProgrammingKnockout Games 17Knockout Games Feral Interactive 389Aspyr Media 144Ethan Lee 59Virtual Programming 56Knockout Games 17 389144595617 078156234312390 Total Votes

Favourite FOSS project Wine 193WineOpenMW 107OpenMWOBS Studio 49OBS StudioGodot Engine 47Godot EngineFNA 35FNADOSBox 30DOSBoxScummVM 27ScummVMxoreos 18xoreosPPSSPP 12PPSSPPL 10L Wine 193OpenMW 107OBS Studio 49Godot Engine 47FNA 35DOSBox 30ScummVM 27xoreos 18PPSSPP 12L 10 1931074947353027181210 03978117156195 Total Votes

Best audio of a game released in 2015 Alien: Isolation 85Alien: IsolationCrypt of the Necrodancer 56Crypt of the NecrodancerBioShock Infinite 51BioShock InfiniteHotline Miami 2: Wrong Number 45Hotline Miami 2: Wrong NumberPillars of Eternity 34Pillars of EternitySOMA 32SOMADivinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition 24Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced EditionGrim Fandango Remastered 23Grim Fandango RemasteredAxiom Verge 19Axiom VergeInsurgency 18Insurgency Alien: Isolation 85Crypt of the Necrodancer 56BioShock Infinite 51Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number 45Pillars of Eternity 34SOMA 32Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition 24Grim Fandango Remastered 23Axiom Verge 19Insurgency 18 85565145343224231918 01734516885 Total Votes

Best version quality & performance released in 2015 Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 88Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced EditionDiRT Showdown 81DiRT ShowdownPillars of Eternity 80Pillars of EternityInsurgency 68InsurgencyKerbal Space Program 54Kerbal Space ProgramTerraria 40TerrariaArma 3 33Arma 3Outland 14OutlandThey Bleed Pixels 12They Bleed PixelsDungeons 2 11Dungeons 2 Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 88DiRT Showdown 81Pillars of Eternity 80Insurgency 68Kerbal Space Program 54Terraria 40Arma 3 33Outland 14They Bleed Pixels 12Dungeons 2 11 88818068544033141211 01836547290 Total Votes

Most anticipated game for 2016 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 154The Witcher 3: Wild HuntXCOM 2 106XCOM 2Street Fighter V 51Street Fighter VRocket League 45Rocket LeagueShadow Warrior 2 33Shadow Warrior 2Elite Dangerous 32Elite DangerousTorment: Tides of Numenera 31Torment: Tides of NumeneraBatman: Arkham Knight 30Batman: Arkham KnightFirewatch 27FirewatchARMA 3 24ARMA 3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 154XCOM 2 106Street Fighter V 51Rocket League 45Shadow Warrior 2 33Elite Dangerous 32Torment: Tides of Numenera 31Batman: Arkham Knight 30Firewatch 27ARMA 3 24 1541065145333231302724 0316293124155 Total Votes

Best free game released in 2015 AdVenture Capitalist 97AdVenture CapitalistFishing Planet 59Fishing PlanetTime Clickers 52Time ClickersKrosmaster Arena 22Krosmaster Arena AdVenture Capitalist 97Fishing Planet 59Time Clickers 52Krosmaster Arena 22 97595222 020406080100 Total Votes

Best update in 2015 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords 76Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith LordsOpenMW 46OpenMWWasteland 2: Director's Cut 45Wasteland 2: Director's CutDota 2 43Dota 2Kerbal Space Program 42Kerbal Space ProgramPrison Architect 35Prison ArchitectStarbound 33StarboundPortal Stories: Mel 28Portal Stories: MelTrine Enchanted Edition 28Trine Enchanted EditionInsurgency 23Insurgency Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords 76OpenMW 46Wasteland 2: Director's Cut 45Dota 2 43Kerbal Space Program 42Prison Architect 35Starbound 33Portal Stories: Mel 28Trine Enchanted Edition 28Insurgency 23 76464543423533282823 01632486480 Total Votes

Most promising Early Access game in 2015 Ark: Survival Evolved 96Ark: Survival EvolvedThe Long Dark 66The Long DarkBesiege 52BesiegeStarbound 48StarboundDistance 43DistanceDon't Starve Together 40Don't Starve TogetherDescent: Underground 24Descent: UndergroundRimWorld 19RimWorldCrawl 10CrawlKeeperRL 9KeeperRL Ark: Survival Evolved 96The Long Dark 66Besiege 52Starbound 48Distance 43Don't Starve Together 40Descent: Underground 24RimWorld 19Crawl 10KeeperRL 9 9666524843402419109 020406080100 Total Votes

Best story for a game released in 2015 Bioshock Infinite 118Bioshock InfinitePillars of Eternity 82Pillars of EternitySpec Ops: The Line 62Spec Ops: The LineSOMA 55SOMAAlien: Isolation 33Alien: IsolationDivinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 28Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced EditionShadowrun: Hong Kong 27Shadowrun: Hong KongMiddle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 24Middle-Earth: Shadow of MordorDying Light 19Dying LightThe Banner Saga 19The Banner Saga Bioshock Infinite 118Pillars of Eternity 82Spec Ops: The Line 62SOMA 55Alien: Isolation 33Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 28Shadowrun: Hong Kong 27Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 24Dying Light 19The Banner Saga 19 118826255332827241919 024487296120 Total Votes

Best graphics for a game released in 2015 Alien: Isolation 130Alien: IsolationMiddle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 108Middle-Earth: Shadow of MordorError 87ErrorBioshock: Infinite 79Bioshock: InfiniteGRID: Autosport 55GRID: AutosportDivinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 27Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced EditionSOMA 18SOMASkullgirls 15SkullgirlsPillars of Eternity 15Pillars of EternityWar Thunder 15War Thunder Alien: Isolation 130Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 108Error 87Bioshock: Infinite 79GRID: Autosport 55Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 27SOMA 18Skullgirls 15Pillars of Eternity 15War Thunder 15 1301088779552718151515 0265278104130 Total Votes

Favourite open source games 0 A.D. 1340 A.D.Unreal Tournament 64Unreal TournamentThe Battle for Wesnoth 61The Battle for WesnothSuperTuxKart 51SuperTuxKartOpenTTD 47OpenTTDOpenRA 32OpenRAXonotic 24XonoticWarsow 18Warsownethack 16nethackEndless Sky 14Endless Sky 0 A.D. 134Unreal Tournament 64The Battle for Wesnoth 61SuperTuxKart 51OpenTTD 47OpenRA 32Xonotic 24Warsow 18nethack 16Endless Sky 14 134646151473224181614 0275481108135 Total Votes

This was a much bigger turnout than last year in votes, and it all went over pretty smoothly I think!

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Purple Library Guy 13 Jan, 2016
Quoting: Stupendous Man
Quoting: BeamboomI must say I'm surprised about Cities: Skylines receiving that many votes. Apart from that it all looks fine although only one of my favourites won. :)
Me too, I recently bought the game, made a large city, and grew really bored; the game has close to no difficulty as is really just a sandbox. Oh well, to each their own.

It's a city builder. Surely it's supposed to be a sandbox. If people like city builders at all in the first place, surely most of them won't be put off by it being a sandbox.
Hamish 13 Jan, 2016
Quoting: Shaolu
Quoting: ripperSince when is Unreal Tournament an open source game?

The confusion might come in because technically the source is available for the engine, but yeah it's definitely not Freely licensed.

Actually there is an argument to describe Unreal Tournament as an Open Source game, since it uses an Open Source development model. It is certainly not Free Software though, because as you say, it is not freely licensed, which also conflicts with the generally understood meaning of the term Open Source, but not the development model.

Which is why both terms are terribly muddled. Free Software has the gratis connotation in English, while Open Source describes a development model that not all Free Software has to adhere to, as it is perfectly possible to develop a Free Software program in a closed fashion as long as the end result is freely licensed. Or as we see in this case, the opposite is also true.

Semantics are fun. Game of the year fun?

Last edited by Hamish on 13 January 2016 at 5:46 pm UTC
no_information_here 14 Jan, 2016
As others have said, I had a hard time voting because I have not played all the games that got nominated. I don't think there is any easy way to avoid that kind of bias. We buy the games that appeal to us and can only compare them as we have experienced them.

Quoting: adolsonInitial takeaway: Axiom Verge got robbed, and too many people use Wine.

While Axiom Verge is one of my favourite games of 2015, I recognize that Metroidvania games only appeal to a subset of gamers. I can't fault people for liking other games more! But, damn, Axiom Verge was really good...
Eike 15 Jan, 2016
One remark: The major category of such a vote IMHO is "Best game". I would put this result at the end of the article, not somewhere in the middle. Create some tension, some step-up! :)
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