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GOL GOTY Awards Are Over, Here's The Top 10 From Each Section

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Our first ever GOTY Awards are over, and we have the top 10 from the two sections ready for your viewing pleasure. This was a fun experiment we will do again next year.

You can now view the full GOTY page complete with leaderboards for each game. We had it up originally, but it was removed to prevent a voting bias for the top games based on feedback. This will remain open until a lot later in the year when we prepare the next one.

The winners are Borderlands 2, and 0 A.D., so massive congratulations to them both. They are both excellent games, and deserve being winners. We've sent both a tweet to let them know, with a nice image provided by community member sobkas.

Congratulations to all the games that didn't win, as you were great enough to be nominated that should mean something!

Open Source Winners
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All Others
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Own up, who voted for 7 Days to Die?

We will work on nicer images to import for the winner announcement next year.

Question Time
We don't want the 2015 awards to be rammed full of so many games we can't count them, so we wish to ask you how you think we should handle it?

Should we do as other sites do and only let editors nominate?
Should we limit nominations per-person?

What (apart from more categories!) do you feel we missed that's essential for next year? And what other more regular awards would you like to see us do? Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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pd12 15 January 2015 at 2:27 am UTC
As I commented on previous articles relating to this vote,
I recommended doing a 2 stage vote, 1st with a massive list of games,
and then a 2nd "Finals" session with the top X (10?) games being voted on again to become the top Y (3?) games, and most importantly, get the #1 game.
Pretty sure Segata agreed.

Also, how other websites do it is to limit the nominations (perhaps released in the current year) and group into more categories.
While this might be good, I don't think we should limit nominations, just have more categories for prizes (so not just GOTY (best overall), perhaps include best animation, best story, best graphics, etc.)
Xpander 15 January 2015 at 2:42 am UTC
yes... groups would be good
and i agree the games that were released only on that year (be it early access or not)

Categories would be something like:

-Best Linux Game of Year 2015
-Best Opensource Linux Game of the Year 2015
-Best Early Access Linux Game of the Year 2015
-Best DRM-free Linux Game of the Year 2015

could go more deep with

-Best Story In Linux Games this year
-Best Multiplayer ...
- etc

but if we go and get each genre out there i think there will be too many categories then
also with opensource games its really hard to mark when was it released.

well just some ideas
Supay 15 January 2015 at 3:18 am UTC
A shame the Paradox games didn't get more love. They've been supporting Linux well and run fantastically.
Segata Sanshiro 15 January 2015 at 4:34 am UTC
I still don't get the fuss about BL2, just seemed like another generic FPS where "story" is just going from one place to another and given random objetcives. Dunno, don't get it.

SupayA shame the Paradox games didn't get more love. They've been supporting Linux well and run fantastically.

I'm happy EU4 did as well as it did. It's still a niche though, for strategy fans with OCD. Maybe HOI4 will stand a chance in the strategy category thus year if it does well.

QuoteShould we do as other sites do and only let editors nominate?
Should we limit nominations per-person?

I think one nomination per category per person. Nominations should be limited to games released that year in full for Linux (ie. Bioshock Infinite could be nominated, and so could BOUT2 when it comes out of EA). The exception could be a nomination for best EA/Alpha game of that year for games to necessarily released on EA that year, like KSP or Project Zomboid if they're still in EA but have had major updates that year. I would also email/tweet/carrier-pigeon developers once they get nominated. Also, would be great to see more community involvement, maybe some kind of award ceremony livestream would be fun!

All in all though this was a very good initiative, I'm glad it's being done and that it's worked well. It's completely needed, and hopefully it will be even better next year. On a side note, I really like the image used for the award, it looks very trophy-like. Only change I would do to that is the font.
omer666 15 January 2015 at 5:08 am UTC
Uh, well it's not that bad. I like Borderlands 2 a great deal, even if to me it didn't qualify as a GOTY. Have to accept choices from others I guess
Supay 15 January 2015 at 6:14 am UTC
Segata Sanshiro
SupayA shame the Paradox games didn't get more love. They've been supporting Linux well and run fantastically.

I'm happy EU4 did as well as it did. It's still a niche though, for strategy fans with OCD.

You just described me perfectly. Combined, I think.I have around 2500 hours in EUIV and CKII. Paradox supporting Linux is what gave me the final impetus to drop my Windows partition and go full Arch. Haven't regretted it once in a year and a half.
fabertawe 15 January 2015 at 8:25 am UTC
I'm also in favour of picking your top five, ranked with points from 5 to 1, as stss mentioned. I'm not too keen on the Editors finalising the voting list though as this will definitely exclude games some (many?) might want to vote for and lend bias to the ones the Editors actually like. Unless it's a massive list of course, in which case just repeat what we had this time (my choice). Choice is good! I don't think early access should be included either.

I never selected an open source game.... was this a category I missed or was that list just generated from the overall vote?

p.s. I voted Borderlands 2 - incredible game!
Liam Dawe 15 January 2015 at 9:04 am UTC
fabertaweI never selected an open source game.... was this a category I missed or was that list just generated from the overall vote?

It had its own voting.
adolson 15 January 2015 at 9:18 am UTC
If you restrict the next awards to games that released on Linux this year, then the problem of too many choices mostly eliminates itself. I understand the logic, but it's still silly to bother with "Game of the Year" awards if you're able to nominate and vote for games that are 10-20 years old. And if you don't narrow it down this way, then the editors will choose their favorites, which may not mesh with the rest of the community's favorites, and will potentially ignore great 2015 games.
Segata Sanshiro 15 January 2015 at 9:26 am UTC
SupayYou just described me perfectly. Combined, I think.I have around 2500 hours in EUIV and CKII. Paradox supporting Linux is what gave me the final impetus to drop my Windows partition and go full Arch. Haven't regretted it once in a year and a half.

Similar story, haven't had Windows for a long time but EU4 was my first Linux game on Steam. Probably have similar hours if I include Victoria 1 and 2. When 3 is released hopefully next year, then I think it will be the only game I'll play . Never got too into CK2, but maybe I just haven't discovered that "depth" to it yet, need to keep trying.
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