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The Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now open for voting

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Get ready to cast your votes, as the Linux GOTY Award 2019 is now open for business. After some time to let people nominate games, we've done a bit of cleaning up and it's ready.

This is a simple way to show off to other Linux gamers what's really good, it shows developers their games are appreciated on Linux and it's supposed to be a bit of community fun.

We're going to keep it open for voting for a full week, so you can come back to a category if you can't yet make up your mind. It will close around 8PM UTC on Saturday 8th February.

Head on over to the GOTY Page now to cast your votes.

Notes:

- We removed the "Biggest step up for Linux support" category because it just didn't make sense. No one really understood it.

- Next year it's going to be smaller, simpler and more fun. It's too many categories as it is and it became a nightmare to admin it. We will decide on a few fun categories for next time!

- We know it's 2020, we run it when 2019 is actually finished to be fair to all games.

- Two votes per category - so you can vote for your favourite and then your runner-up.

- You can reset your votes in each category any time before it ends.

- Nothing is perfect, sometimes really good stuff gets missed.

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Liam Dawe 2 Feb, 2020
Quoting: denyasisThank you for doing this. I know my backlog is bad when I only played 1 or 2 of the games on the lists....
Otherwise known as the "oh god look at everything now going in my backlog/checkout" awards.
Audi 2 Feb, 2020
I know the polls were open for items to add, but somehow I failed to add one of my favorite developer, which would be Shiro Games. The Evoland games were great. Northgard is so much fun (though very difficult). And their upcoming 2020 title looks really good as well.
jarhead_h 2 Feb, 2020
Defend the Keep is the only game I purchased in 2019 that was actually released in 2019. So I won't be voting in most of the categories.
Beamboom 2 Feb, 2020
Oh dear me, that was a load of obscurities as far as I'm concerned. So much so that I can't even vote - I've not even heard of the vast majority here.
Not the fault of anyone of us course, but a rather depressing picture of Linux gaming anno 2019.

I thank the gaming gods for Steam Play... When maybe I should curse it?
Dunc 2 Feb, 2020
Well, how about that? I do own a 2019 release. I've been playing it for so long in early access, I'd forgotten Planet Nomads was officially released last year. I kind of voted for it by default, though...
Liam Dawe 2 Feb, 2020
Quoting: BeamboomOh dear me, that was a load of obscurities as far as I'm concerned. So much so that I can't even vote - I've not even heard of the vast majority here.
Not the fault of anyone of us course, but a rather depressing picture of Linux gaming anno 2019.

I thank the gaming gods for Steam Play... When maybe I should curse it?
I disagree, there's plenty of seriously good stuff in there. Just because it's not all big AA/AAA doesn't mean it's bad. If you've truly not heard of the vast majority, you're living under a rock and missing out on some great stuff.
Samsai 2 Feb, 2020
Quoting: BeamboomOh dear me, that was a load of obscurities as far as I'm concerned. So much so that I can't even vote - I've not even heard of the vast majority here.
Not the fault of anyone of us course, but a rather depressing picture of Linux gaming anno 2019.

I thank the gaming gods for Steam Play... When maybe I should curse it?
Don't think that's the first GOTY award article where you've made this comment. Also, there exists a website where you could have heard of these games but I don't remember exactly what that site was...

Snark aside, the game selections this year are not bad. Yes they are indie, but at least to me this indie stuff is more interesting anyway because indie games feel like they at least have some soul. Not to mention games like DUSK, Slay the Spire and Dicey Dungeons play awesomely well, have really good soundtracks and are simply fun.

I would recommend looking beyond the mass-marketed AAA stuff and consider widening your palette to slightly more exotic options. Who knows, you might find something that you would actually like.
mirv 2 Feb, 2020
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I'll second (third?) looking at other than "AAA" gaming. I've had more fun with Subcube and Space Mercs than just about any other game in recent months. What matters is personal enjoyment of a game, not how much money is sunk into its development, or what marketing is telling you to like.

Indie games for a long time have been the real innovators, the ones willing to take risk, and so the ones who are more often than not far more entertaining to play. I'm glad there's so much of it on the suggestions because it means people are playing them.
Beamboom 2 Feb, 2020
Quoting: Samsaiat least to me this indie stuff is more interesting anyway because indie games feel like they at least have some soul

And that's your opinion, and one you are fully entitled to, of course. Just like I am entitled to mine. I respect your point of view. I'm glad for you. Cool! Enjoy the small games!

But I've been a gamer for four decades now. I have played Pong on coin-up arcades back when people still paid to play that black'n'white game with coloured transparent stickers to create an illusion of colour. It's not like I've never played anything but the flagships of today.

Quite the contrary. I've played sprite based 2D games for thousands of hours back when that were the bleeding edge technology - there wasn't anything else. I played games back when they had to make them unfairly hard just to make them last, as they could not write bigger programs, the machines would not tackle it.

So for me, to go back to that kind of software - low budget, short games, small team efforts, limited resources, limited everything - well, I played nothing but that for years.

I don't play for score anymore, I don't play to win at a strategy board. I play for immersion. For fantastic experiences, gorgeous landscapes, excellent acting, touching characters, and a freedom to be and do what I want in a universe like the ones I see in the movies I love.
I don't sit on a machine capable of delivering me a holodeck experience just to play pong again. That's where you have me. Is that really something to patronise?

But all this is irrelevant for my comment. My comment was written in the context of the wider perspective. I am really, really hoping for Linux to become a viable gaming platform for the general gaming audience. There's few things I'd rather love to see than that. And for that to happen we need to enter the same universe, and not operate on a kind of an alternative dimension where GOTYs are handed out to titles that's not even mentioned anywhere else. It's not a strength of the platform, never will be.

And judging from the nominees this year, I don't think we've ever been more in our own dimension than this year.


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Liam Dawe 2 Feb, 2020
Quoting: BeamboomI don't play for score anymore, I don't play to win at a strategy board. I play for immersion. For fantastic experiences, gorgeous landscapes, excellent acting, touching characters, and a freedom to be and do what I want in a universe like the ones I see in the movies I love.
I don't sit on a machine capable of delivering me a holodeck experience just to play pong again. That's where you have me. Is that really something to patronise?
I think it's more a case of the attitude. We're a niche, a tiny one and nothing has changed on that. Seeing people repeat the "there's no AAA games" thing over and over again just gets tiring. We are where we are, a lot of us enjoying what we have.
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