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Voting is now open for our Linux GOTY Awards

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After a little bit of a clean up, voting is now officially open for our 2017 Linux GOTY Awards so get a move on!

It was quite a bit of working cleaning this one up, as much as we tried to make the category names and descriptions as clear as possible, we had a lot of submissions for games that released years ago.

Still, it's a bit of fun to do this each year. Fun to see what people pick and fun to let developers known Linux gamers enjoy their games, which is the point.

If you do somehow pick the wrong item to vote on, don't worry as you can reset it.

Voting will close Friday 19th of January.

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burningserenity 12 January 2018 at 9:51 pm UTC
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KelsThat's the thing, West of Loathing and Pyre both have outstanding music in their own ways, but the sound design of The Long Dark is critical to establishing the atmosphere and succeeds to a huge degree. So how do you make that choice between effective environmental work and good music? Sure they're both audio, but otherwise they're entirely different concepts.

Yep, I think music definitely should be a separate category. Even integrating music into the ambience well (to provide mood context) isn't the same as good music itself.

In the past, prominent music was ubiquitous in games, and it was much harder to do atmospheric sound design. I feel that the old approach, which is present in Owlboy, lends to the atmosphere and world building with the same purpose as the ambience of The Long Dark, even if the former is a more abstract method.

I make this argument because it is still rare or impossible (someone go ahead and prove me wrong) to find a game with both excellent, prominent music and rich, atmospheric sound design. Most games these days go for sparse music in favor of more realistic, less abstract immersion, but the old way still works for me.
phimath 12 January 2018 at 10:02 pm UTC
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Oh man, my most hyped game for next year isn't on the list! Can't wait for 'Into the Breach' by Subset Games.
MintedGamer 12 January 2018 at 10:13 pm UTC
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micha> Favourite Linux game porter of 2017

That category is soooooo mean. Pretty sure most love all of them! =)

I need 9 votes for that category I love them all! Such a hard decision to choose only one, but for me I'd have to say Feral again for the quality and number of ports they do each year.
Ehvis 12 January 2018 at 11:03 pm UTC
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MintedGamerSuch a hard decision to choose only one, but for me I'd have to say Feral again for the quality and number of ports they do each year.

Feral is the most prominent one. But I saw Aaron Melcher's name in the credits of Tacoma for linux/mac programming. Something I didn't know beforehand.
Asu 13 January 2018 at 8:25 am UTC
heh victor vran is available for linux... now that's a revelation I didn't know...
Also omg there's civ6 in multiple category, it's a rigged and unfair competition lol...
Beamboom 13 January 2018 at 9:03 am UTC
I'm sorry I haven't participated in the nomination process, but nobody nominated We Happy Few in the anticipated category??

Other than that, I really think that category is a sad sight, it demonstrates a glaring lack of major releases to Linux. There's pretty much just indie titles again, with an exception for a rather old title, Tomb Raider.

Feels almost like back to square one, right after Steam launch... Indies indies indies...
Eike 13 January 2018 at 10:15 am UTC
BeamboomI'm sorry I haven't participated in the nomination process, but nobody nominated We Happy Few in the anticipated category??

Other than that, I really think that category is a sad sight, it demonstrates a glaring lack of major releases to Linux. There's pretty much just indie titles again, with an exception for a rather old title, Tomb Raider.

Compare the overall best title selection for 2015 to the one for 2016. IMHO, it has already happened.
liamdawe 13 January 2018 at 12:31 pm UTC
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BeamboomI'm sorry I haven't participated in the nomination process, but nobody nominated We Happy Few in the anticipated category??

Other than that, I really think that category is a sad sight, it demonstrates a glaring lack of major releases to Linux. There's pretty much just indie titles again, with an exception for a rather old title, Tomb Raider.

Compare the overall best title selection for 2015 to the one for 2016. IMHO, it has already happened.
1) You're mixing up the years. The previous one was for 2016, this is for 2017.
2) From the most anticipated 2017 releases, 4/10 released with another one confirmed this year. One of those was never going to release last year let's be honest (Star Citizen). Street Fighter V is still coming according to a recent BoilingSteam interview with TTimo.
3) This is all based on releases people actually know/really think will come. Many more games actually arrive than people expect.

I get it, we don't get a lot of AAA titles, but what's with all the negativity from people lately? Unless you had crazy wild expectations - we all knew this would take a long time to build up.


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Perkeleen_Vittupää 13 January 2018 at 12:54 pm UTC
Thimbleweed Park got several votes from here! Mr. Gilbert please, moar!!
jens 13 January 2018 at 1:13 pm UTC
liamdaweI get it, we don't get a lot of AAA titles, but what's with all the negativity from people lately? Unless you had crazy wild expectations - we all knew this would take a long time to build up.
I guess people, me including, are getting anxious that we had our peak with the big titles and are now moving back straight to the dark ages. I get it, indie and AA games are certainly entertaining. But there is nearly nothing left regarding titles that you proudly present to your best friends to show how cool Linux has become if Feral decides to leave Linux completely in favor of iOS.

It feels for me currently more like tear down instead of build up. Sorry.


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