Tabletop Simulator (2015) and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (2015) are the two virtual reality-enabled games nominated for the very first Steam Awards. The winners will be announced on New Year’s Eve after a period of public voting.

Introduced during the Steam Autumn Sale, Valve invited the community to nominate their favourite games for the first ever Steam Awards, a rather eccentric initiative that seems to be more about keeping Steam Sales fresh than being a serious new award program, with categories such as the “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award, and the “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award.

The full list of finalists were recently announced on Steam. As the entries weren’t limited to this year’s releases, it’s pleasing to see two VR-enabled titles make the shortlist, alongside classics such as Age of Empires II (1999) HD (2013).

It’s fairly self-explanatory why Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is nominated for the “Boom Boom” Award—which aims to recognize the game that makes the best use of explosions—and with a vast number of tabletop games available via Steam Workshop, from the thousands of board and card games through to traditional role playing games, Tabletop Simulator is a worthy nominee for the “Game Within A Game” Award. Neither are VR-only games, but both support the HTC Vive, while Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes also lists Oculus Rift and OSVR support.

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Public voting begins on December 22nd and continues until the 29th, with each category open for 24 hours. The four community-titled categories open together on the 30th, with the winners announced on New Year’s Eve.

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  • This is something major and First time Ever, it has happened Steam Awards Finalists do include Two major VR-enabled Games. Tabletop Simulator (2015) and Keep speaking, nobody Explodes. Amazing update that you have provide us.

  • Declan Feeney

    I count 4 as Euro Truck Simulator 2 and DOTA 2 are also VR enabled (although DOTA 2 is only VR enabled for spectator mode)