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The Steam Autumn Sale has begun, bringing back the Steam Awards

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The 2017 Steam Autumn Sale is a go! Also back for another go-around are the Steam Awards, with 13 different categories now open for nominations and badges up for grabs for everyone who takes part.

First things first, let's check out some deals:

The Steam Awards categories are a little different this year, but they retain their sheen of... eccentricity, let's say. Name your favorites in the following, play them, and drop a review or two (ideally a helpful one, thanks) and you can pick up some badges, too. Winners will be announced in December.

  • The “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award
  • The “Choose Your Own Adventure” Award
  • The “Haunts My Dreams” Award
  • The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award
  • The “No Apologies” Award
  • The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War” Award
  • The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award
  • The “Soul Of Vitruvius” Award
  • The “Defies Description” Award
  • The “Labor of Love” Award
  • The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award
  • The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award
  • The “Write-In” Award

As always, the list of games on sale will mainly include the stuff that I like: For a more precisely-curated collection of stuff you like, you'll probably want to head on over and have a closer look at the whole thing yourself. You should also probably have a look at our ongoing roundups of Black Friday deals: Games here, and hardware over here.   

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.