Favorite Sound Design
Many of our favorite games would not be the same if their sound design was different or absent. It’s hard to explain the full effect good sound design has. This is because sounds do not just make you aware that something has happened with your UI or that an enemy is nearby. They make a swing or a step or roll feel like it has weight. They make shots fired toward you feel dangerous, and help the sliding or placing of a puzzle block feel pleasantly tactile.
It’s likely that games nominated for this category will usually have very important sound design, because that’s easiest to remember. However, I encourage you to return to your favorite games of the year and play through a bit with full attention towards the sound. Play with and without sound, play with your best headphones or speakers if possible, and if it moves you, come here to describe that re-evaluating experience. Sound design is extremely under-recognized in proportion to how important it is for games. Let’s try and change that.
You will have until 5th January to nominate your games – this is our cut-off ahead of polling going live.
Remember: you can nominate up to three games, so be creative with your choices!
Be sure to check the Q&A section below if you have questions, otherwise feel free to reach out to one of us! We hope you enjoy this event and we’re excited to see what sorts of discussion each category inspires!
Q: End of Year? What's that?
A: I’m glad you asked! Just head over to our pinned topic if you need a catch up! You can also find details on the process for the event here.
Q: How do I nominate a game?
A: To nominate a game, head on over to our google form and write down your submissions in the appropriate field. You may nominate up to three games and you will be able to edit this submission at any time by returning to the google form (before the nomination date closes).
As the nominations will be done externally, this thread will instead be the place to discuss what your favorites were and to make the case for them if you feel strongly. We welcome thoughtful posts about how you made your decision, as long as we keep it positive and respectful.
Q: When does the nomination process end?
A: The period of time to make your nominations will end January 5th, 2019.
Q: What games can I nominate?
A: For this category, we’re specifically looking for games that were released between 10th December 2017 - 15th December 2018.
Games that either entered Early Access or hit 1.0 during this period are eligible.
Ports, remakes, and remasters are not eligible.
Standalone games/expansions are eligible, however Downloadable Content (DLC) is not.
Mobile and browser games are eligible as long as they meet all other relevant criteria.
The moderation team reserves the right to remove any game from nomination if necessary.
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