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GOL Readers 2019 GOTY Award - what categories do you want to see?
Cheeseness commented on 15 January 2020 at 12:12 pm UTC

"Best bee game" feels like the most important category at this point


More seriously, if we're looking to expand the support category, I wonder whether it might be worth considering a "Biggest step up" support category that highlights developers/games who've overcome a significant Linux-specific hurdle and found positive experiences for their Linux audiences. That would help differentiate supporting a game through content updates from providing support to Linux users (both of which can have a lot of value!).

Particularly for developers who don't have a lot of experience supporting Linux, positive reinforcement showing that their efforts are recognised and appreciated (especially following significant issues that might have frustrated people) is likely to have an impact on their attitude towards supporting Linux for future projects.

An example might include CrossCode, which recently got an engine update to resolve dependency related crashes that arch users were experiencing (which would affect other distros in time), or Dead Cells which was crashing for Linux users briefly in September. Locomancer also feels like a nice example from previous years, where the developer spent a bunch of time and effort investigating and improving the game's Linux VR support.

Liam Dawe commented on 15 January 2020 at 12:33 pm UTC

Added some more based on feedback, so this is what we have now (names might not be exactly as I added them but you get the idea):

Everything Else

Absolute favourite game for Linux released in 2019
Favourite Developer
Most impressive soundtrack in a 2019 release
Most innovative gameplay for a 2019 release
Overall best visual style for a game release in 2019
Best short game of 2019
Best game of 2019 to play with your kids
Best storytelling from 2019

FOSS

Best visual style for a FOSS game
Favourite FOSS game
Favourite FOSS game engine reimplementation
Favourite FOSS project

Support

Best DLC release of 2019
Best update received in 2019
Favourite long-term supported game
Biggest step up for Linux support


I think that's plenty and gives us some fun categories to nominate and then vote in. If there's no objections, I will move onto testing the nominations code submissions/approvals works correctly to then open it up for readers to nominate games. We will approve all games (if they fit), we will not pick and choose from nominations, since this is a readers award. The votes will sort out what's what

Last edited by Liam Dawe on 15 January 2020 at 12:34 pm UTC

Liam Dawe commented on 21 January 2020 at 1:11 pm UTC

Nominations now open, new topic for it: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/forum/topic/4241

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