AGS Awards 2021 - Vote!

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AGS Awards 2021


Welcome to the AGS Awards, the event where you, the player, choose the best games of the year!



Step # 0 - play them games!
You have some time to play games made in 2020. Do it!
Step # 1 - nomination time!
Select games you deem worthy in each category!

Step # 2 - vote, folks!
Pick from the nominees and we get a winner!
Step # 3 - party!
Big party to celebrate the winners!


Voting is open!

You can now vote for your favourite games using the link from the big red banner.



Nominations Results


Best Game Created with AGS

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Retold
Strangeland


Best Freeware Game Created with AGS

Absurdistan
Breakfast on Trappist-1
Broken Windows - Chapter 3
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
The Garden of Hades


Best Writing

Absurdistan
Breakfast on Trappist-1
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Strangeland


Best Character

"Alan Goldberg" from Nightmare Frames Demo
"Lady Valérie Winterbourne" from If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
"Zheny" from Breakfast on Trappist-1


Best Gameplay

I Rented a Boat
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
One More Fathom
Strangeland


Best Background Art

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Ossuarium
Strangeland


Best Character Art

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Ossuarium
Strangeland


Best Animation


If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Strangeland


Best Music & Sound

Absurdistan
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Strangeland


Best Voice Work

Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
La maleta
Strangeland


Best Demo


Graceward (Early Access)
Lucas Mendoza - Amateur Detective
Nightmare Frames Demo
Sphonx Tech Demo
The Phantom Fellows (Demo)


Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS

Desolate
Gem Collector
One More Fathom
Shoaly You Can't Be Serious! (Deluxe version)
The Rat Pack (Full version)


Best Short Game

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Contact
Content
I Rented a Boat
Ossuarium


Best Programming

Gem Collector
I Rented a Boat
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Strangeland
The Rat Pack (Full version)


Best Puzzles


Absurdistan
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Strangeland
Thinker


Congratulations!




How do the AGS Awards work?
(This is information mostly for new members, same procedure as every year)

Every year, the AGS community embarks on a quest to find the best games made in the last year. All games are eligible, that were added to the AGS Database in the year 2021. There is a For Your Consideration thread where authors can promote their games and players get a good overview what might be worth playing.

The awards are a two-step process: First there is a nomination phase where all community members can nominate the eligible games in several categories (it will be the same categories as last year). The top five games of each category make it to the voting (as long as they've received at least five nominations). Again, all members of the community can vote on their favourite games.
The final result is then announced in a live ceremony that can be joined either with a special client or any regular irc client.

Party like it's 1990 in this thread!

cat

The For your consideration thread is growing, but we still need more games promoted there.

While we are preparing the nomination phase, you can start playing the games released last year - the more games you play, the better!


cat

There was some discussion about how to deal with games that use resources from public resources and usage of previously existing intellectual property.

Please have a look at the thread here to discuss this for next year's awards: https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=59698.0


For this year, nothing will change for now, but I ask authors to state in the For your consideration thread whether suggested categories rely on such resources. Then it is up to the voters to decide how they value it.

heltenjon

Just a quick question to make sure: I noticed that Pedro's Adventures in Spanish now also is available in English on Steam (target group people learning English, obviously) under the title Peter's Adventures in English. The AGS database only links to the Spanish version. Am I correct to assume that it's only the Spanish voice work that's eligible for the 2021 Awards? And that, if the developers create a new entry in the database, the English voices are eligible for 2022? The rest of the game is the same, so I would guess it could only compete in the Best Voice Work category. Or am I mistaken?

cat

This is not clearly defined in any rule set, but your interpretation sounds reasonable.

cat

Nominations will start soon - use the time to play as many games as possible!

cat

Nominations have started!

As you may have noticed (the huge banner on top of the page should give you a good hint), nominations have started.

You can select up to 10 games for each category. You can change your nominations until the deadline. This way, you don't have to do all nominations at once.

If you have any questions, just ask!

cat


arj0n

On the nomination page the lists aren't filtered (e.g. adventure games are listed under 'best non-adventure games')?

Kastchey

Yes, the lists aren't moderated yet. This is something we are considering for the future but as of now, we need to work with what we have ;)

cat

Kastchey, you have this super smart excel sheet. Could you somehow extract lists for the most obvious categories (short game, non-adventure, demo, voice acting, freeware) and post them here? I can update the first post with them. This could be helpful to voters.

heltenjon

Quote from: cat on 28 Mar 2022, 08:51
Kastchey, you have this super smart excel sheet. Could you somehow extract lists for the most obvious categories (short game, non-adventure, demo, voice acting, freeware) and post them here? I can update the first post with them. This could be helpful to voters.

The categories are only obvious if you have had the time to play the games. I fear such lists would end up missing some games which should have been included. (But it should be possible to sort the list due to different criteria in the excel sheet itself. It would only pick up those values that are already in the sheet, though.)

cat

All data I mentioned should be available in the games database - it's the responsibility of the author to choose the correct category for their game and tick the voice acting box if it applies.

lanchong

I've submitted my nominations. It took me a few hours but that's the least I can do to thank all the game authors.

cat

#15
@lanchong Awesome! Thanks a lot for taking your time and nominating! I hope a lot more people will follow  :)


I know nominations can seem quite overwhelming, so here are some ideas on how to tackle nominations:

  • You don't have to do all nominations at once. Do some today, then more tomorrow.
  • Play the games as soon as they come out and takes notes. This is IMHO the best option.
  • Play the games promoted in the For your consideration thread. Here the games are nicely presented and you can easily choose the ones that appeal to you.
  • Watch let's plays of the games on Youtube. This is also a valid option if you can't or don't want to buy a commercial game.
  • Play only a part of some games. You can probably judge the quality of sprites and background as well as voice acting within the first 10 minutes of playing.
  • Only play games you are interested in. No interest in demos or non-adventure games? Don't play them and focus on other things.
  • Absolutely no time to play games? Just think about the games you have played during last year and only nominate them in appropriate categories. The list of games released last year might come in handy.

Remember, nominating does not mean that you have to play all games. Nominating a game for a certain category does not mean you think it is superior to all other games, it just means that the game is very good at a certain aspect.

cat

*bump*

Have you already nominated?

cat

Only 5 days left!

We still need more votes. There are several categories where we do not have 5 nominees, yet. Remember, only the top 5 games that have at least 5 votes in a category are nominated.

Kastchey

cat, which categories need more votes the most?

(my money's on Best Character and Best Demo as usual ;))

cat

Best Short Game!

But we also need more love in the other categories. Maybe if you focus on playing short games, some of them will also be nice candidates for other categories like gameplay or music.

cat

#20
*bump*

Come on, folks, we need more votes - only 3 days left!

Please have a look especially at those categories (others could do with more votes as well!)

Best Character
Best Animation
Best Music & Sound
Best Voice Work
Best Short Game
Best Demo

cat

Last 2 days! We need more nominations - remember, you can nominate up to ten games per category.

cat

Last day! Please nominate more games for Best Short Game - it would be a pity if we can't have 5 nominees in this category.

Also, please check if you did your votes for Best Character correctly - you need to select a game and write down the character name. We can fix typos and stuff later on, but you have to make sure that game and character match.

heltenjon

Quote from: cat on 26 Feb 2022, 21:04
Also, please check if you did your votes for Best Character correctly - you need to select a game and write down the character name. We can fix typos and stuff later on, but you have to make sure that game and character match.
I don't know if it's a bug or whether I did something, but I discovered that my nominations in this category was thrown out of order. One name was set two times, and the other suggestions were pushed one place down the list, making the characters match the game directly above. I believe this must have happened during one of my (frequent) updates of the list, as my last suggestions have not been altered. (And by now I have played all the games, so I won't change it any further.)

In case there is a bug in the update function, I advice people to check if their votes match correctly.

Cassiebsg

Problem with nominating best character, for me anyway, is remembering the characters name.  :-\
so I'm happy that some of the authors, provided the characters names on the "for your consideration" thread.
There are those who believe that life here began out there...

cat

Thanks for fixing your nominations!
We do our best to match up character names, i.e. nominations for "Guybrush", "Threepwood" and "Guybrush Threepwood" should all count for the same character.

Last few hours!

Ponch

Quote from: Cassiebsg on 27 Feb 2022, 15:49
Problem with nominating best character, for me anyway, is remembering the characters name.  :-\
so I'm happy that some of the authors, provided the characters names on the "for your consideration" thread.
I have the same problem.  :tongue:

Anyhoo, I added a few more nominations to my vote ballot, just before the deadline!
*

cat

Nominations are over!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated  :-*

We need a bit of time to prepare the results but you can expect them in the next few days.

cat

Here are the nominated games for the AGS Awards 2021

Best Game Created with AGS

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Retold
Strangeland


Best Freeware Game Created with AGS

Absurdistan
Breakfast on Trappist-1
Broken Windows - Chapter 3
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
The Garden of Hades


Best Writing

Absurdistan
Breakfast on Trappist-1
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Strangeland


Best Character

"Alan Goldberg" from Nightmare Frames Demo
"Lady Valérie Winterbourne" from If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
"Zheny" from Breakfast on Trappist-1


Best Gameplay

I Rented a Boat
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
One More Fathom
Strangeland


Best Background Art

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Ossuarium
Strangeland


Best Character Art

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Ossuarium
Strangeland


Best Animation


If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Strangeland


Best Music & Sound

Absurdistan
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Strangeland


Best Voice Work

Chronicle of Innsmouth - Mountains of Madness
La maleta
Strangeland


Best Demo


Graceward (Early Access)
Lucas Mendoza - Amateur Detective
Nightmare Frames Demo
Sphonx Tech Demo
The Phantom Fellows (Demo)


Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS

Desolate
Gem Collector
One More Fathom
Shoaly You Can't Be Serious! (Deluxe version)
The Rat Pack (Full version)


Best Short Game

Breakfast on Trappist-1
Contact
Content
I Rented a Boat
Ossuarium


Best Programming

Gem Collector
I Rented a Boat
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
Strangeland
The Rat Pack (Full version)


Best Puzzles


Absurdistan
If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
M*A*S*H: Point n' Click adventure game
Strangeland
Thinker


Congratulations!

heltenjon

Big congratulations to the nominees! There are some very good games on that list (and not one that doesn't deserve it).

However, I'm disappointed that Pedro's Adventures in Spanish wasn't nominated in anything, not even voice work. This was the year a full length game was released as a language learning device, and the failure to acknowledge that is unfortunate. One could simply watch one of the commercials to check out the voice work, but I guess it must mean it didn't have enough players from this community to receive the five nomination votes it deserved.

As for A Curious Pastime, which I nominated in almost every category possible, I would simply guess that first person games aren't as popular as 3rd. Oh well, it wasn't mentioned in the FYC thread either.

Kastchey

Big congratulations to the nominees! Please expect a PM from someone from the Awards team soon - we will need a bit of help from you before the ceremony ;)

cat

Voting is open!

You can now vote for your favourite games using the link from the big red banner.


selmiak

and my votes are locked! ;-D

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