the dreamies awards show

Ready to complete your E.G.O.T. (AKA, your Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) trophy collection? Now you can finally earn a D.E.G.O.T. with an award from The Dreamies! Corniness aside, we’ve been wanting to start an awards show for some time now, but one with a DreamHack edge. Now that we’re launching our newest festival—in Anaheim, California—we thought this would be the perfect time to unveil our show.

So what makes ours different? We made categories that gamers will understand. It’s great to reward impressive visuals or best design, but everyone does that and, to be honest, those aren’t the only reasons we play games. It’s not just about the graphics or mechanics, it’s about what made us laugh so hard we fell on the floor. Or the games that made us yell at the screen and smash our $100 keyboard.

There’s something here for everyone in our categories (we don’t leave out the thriller games or the games that were über cute). So check them out and submit your nominations!

categories

ACTUAL GOOD LOOT

Rewarding loot is like a piñata on Christmas. It should feel satisfying to get and the loot definitely needs to be valuable.

BETTER THAN EXPECTED

Skeptical about a reboot? Leaked gameplay left you disappointed? Sometimes, the games you weren’t gonna buy end up being ones you can’t live without.

HISTORICALLY INACCURATE

Sure, games have creative license to make up their own version of history. But if we discover one more lost world in the middle of a modern city or see another ancient god come to life…well, actually, we never want that to stop.

HOURS CLOCKED

If checking your phone to see it’s 4AM is familiar, you’ve probably put in more hours with your game than you’ve spent on…anything else. But that’s cool, we don’t judge.

IS THAT ALLOWED?

Let’s be honest, games have a way of letting us live in ways that are “not legal.” Having the ability to do certain things without going to prison has a dark appeal. Plus it keeps us out of prison.

LEAP OF FAITH

Developers that dare to cross genres, or put a new twist on an overdone concept, have guts. It takes a lot of dedication to come up with a totally new idea, but it takes confidence to push those ideas out into the world.

THE MICHAEL BAY

The building jump, the explosions, the absolutely necessary slow-walking away from said explosions, and so on. The bigger, the badder, the better.

NUMBER TWO

Sometimes essential, sometimes funny—our sidekicks can be the ally we need or the comic relief that helps us power through tough moments. Essentially, the Robin to our Batman.

PAINFULLY CUTE

Cutie-patootie games—that are so kawaii they give you a headrush when you see the trailer—are totally amazing. We all need more kitties, puppies, rainbows, stars, flowers, and big-eyed adorable characters in our lives.

WHEN IT'S READY

It was supposed to come out sometime in 2019, but it didn’t and it’s still stuck on your wishlist. But you’re a die-hard fan and you’ll wait for the release…mostly because you have to.

WTF JUST HAPPENED?

What did I just play? The experiences that are a total mind eff and leave us making up theories about the meaning until the end of time.

YOU LOOK FAMILIAR

Celebrity sightings turn out to be a fun activity even in the gaming universe. Actors and well-known icons from sports, politics, and so on are all over games. Othertimes, it’s just a damn good look-alike.

PIMP MY RIDE

Monster truck rallies have nothing on the machines you can drive in games. Even better, you can choose to be a rocket pilot then turn mechanic and mod the hell out of your baby. Hear that engine purr.

RAGE QUIT

For those who actually beat challenging games, you’re ruined for all other genres. Most of us don’t and we just throw a tantrum until we feel slightly better.

SCARED WITLESS

You probably ruined your pants by playing these games in the dark, unless you set the game to easy by playing with the lights on in the family room. Either way, we know you didn’t sleep well afterwards.

TEARJERKER

It doesn’t matter if you cried or not, these titles rocked your world. Games once had a taboo for being time-wasters, so if there’s a genre that disproved that idea, this is it. Even NPR is finally accepting it.

THAT'S PRETTY CLEVER

Gimmicks get a bad rap for being shortcuts to sales—but to hell with that when they’re the reason the game is so good! These inventive mechanics will change the course of gaming history.

TRY NOT TO LAUGH

The funniest games to bring to a party or watch streamers play are usually riddled with great comedy. But don’t be a hard ass if these games aren’t funny to you because, you know, everyone’s silly for something.

Submission deadline is Friday, January 17th 2019

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