Saxxy Awards

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The Saxxy Awards is an annual competition for films that is hosted by video game developer, Valve. The first competition was held in 2011 and included 20 competition categories. In 2012, the number of categories was limited to five. Voting for the second annual competition ran from November 16, 2012, until November 27, and four of the winners were revealed on the 30th. The 2011 winners each received an in-game item for Team Fortress 2 which was a golden statue of one of the game's characters, Saxton Hale, who was the namesake for the awards; the item resembles an Academy Award. The 2012 finalists received an item which was simply a video camera that is used as a melee weapon, while the winners each received a saxxy statue. The winner of the 2012 'best overall' category was flown to Valve for a filmmaking session with the company's very own filmmakers. At the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, the final winner from the Best Overall category was revealed: a short film titled Story of a Sentry.[1]

The 2013 awards were announced on October 2, 2013, with entries being accepted from November 11 through November 18. The 2014 annual awards were announced on July 24, 2014 with entries being accepted from September 17 through September 24.

Competition[edit]

Originally, the Saxxy Awards encouraged fans of Team Fortress 2 to create machinima (video game-based films) based around the video game;[2] the competition has since expanded to include other video games.[3] Valve released the Source Filmmaker tool before the second competition, making it easier to create videos of Valve games.[2] Winners are decided by public polling, allowing voters to thumbs-up or thumbs-down entrants through an online form.[4]

2012 Awards[edit]

External video
Story of a Sentry
Meet the Dumpster Diver
The Wishmaker
Bad Medicine
EPIC High Five Fail

The 2012 Saxxy Awards were announced by Valve in August 2012.[4] Voting opened on November 16, 2012, and ran until November 27.[5] The short voting period was because Valve planned to show the video that won in the Best Overall category at the Spike Video Game Awards on December 7.[6] The 20 competition categories from the 2011 awards were reduced to five for 2012: Best Action, Best Replay, Best Comedy, Best Drama, and Best Overall.[5] The 2011 competition required that all video content be based exclusively on Team Fortress 2; however, the 2012 competition allowed content to be based on any of Valve's properties.[5]

The winners were announced on November 30,[2] but the winner of the Best Overall category was not revealed until the Spike Video Game Awards ceremony.[7] Winners received a golden statue of the game's character Saxton Hale,[5] and the Best Overall winner was given a trip to Valve Headquarters to meet the team that created the Source Filmmaker tool.[7]

2012 winners:[7][8]

  • Best Overall: Story of a Sentry
  • Best Action: Meet the Dumpster Diver by MrPopulous89[9]
  • Best Comedy: The Wishmaker
  • Best Drama: Bad Medicine
  • Best Replay: EPIC High Five Fail

Meet the Dumpster Diver, created by MrPopulous89, was named PC Gamer (UK)'s "LoL of the Month" in their January 2013 issue.[9] The five-minute action film builds on Valve's Halloween plot for the game and features a BLU Soldier fighting the entire enemy team while wearing bits of garbage.[9] PC Gamer said the video was "beautifully shot" and particularly enjoyed the ending to the standoff between a Syringe Gun and a Shotgun, two weapons from the game.[9] The weapon and cosmetics for the soldier created in the short were later added to the game.

2013 Awards[edit]

External video
The Mann Co. Symphony
Chinatown Getaway
Disruption
Till Death Do Us Part Two
Lil Guardian Pyro

The 2013 Saxxy Awards were announced on October 2, 2013, with entries being accepted from November 11 through November 18.[10] The nominations were announced at November 25[11] and the winners at November 26 4:00 PM PST.[12]

2013 Winners:

  • Best Short: The Mann Co. Symphony
  • Best Action: Chinatown Getaway
  • Best Comedy: Disruption
  • Best Drama: Till Death Do Us Part Two (Till Death Do Us Part One was nominated for Saxxy 2012)
  • Best Overall: Lil' Guardian Pyro

Honourable Mentions:

  • Best Callback to a Team Fortess Update: War
  • Best Meet The Team Homage: Meet the Fem Sniper
  • Best GMod Style Animation: The Advantages of Sandviches
  • Best Musical: Down In The Intel Room
  • Best Late Entry: A Wrench in the Gears

2014 Awards[edit]

External video
Team Fortress 2 in 60 Seconds
Rivalry Rush
About a Scout
DEFECT_
Animation vs. Animator

The 2014 Saxxy Awards were announced on July 24, 2014 with entries being accepted from September 16 through September 23.[13] The nominations were announced on September 30[14] and the winners were published on October 1 at 4:00 PM PST.[15] It was confirmed by a member of the previous years Best Overall team [16] that their video was believed to be a developed by a single person; which correlates with this year's winner (being a single person).

2014 Winners:

  • Best Short: Team Fortress 2 in 60 Seconds
  • Best Action: Rivalry Rush
  • Best Comedy: About a Scout
  • Best Drama: DEFECT_
  • Best Overall: Animation vs. Animator

Honourable Mentions:

  • Best Late Entry: Defuse on The Fly
  • Best Five-Minutes-Exactly Piece: Wanted Warehouse
  • Best Original Character: Cubey
  • Best Crossover: The C4 Courier
  • Best Tackling of a Serious Subject: Behind the Mask

2015 Awards[edit]

External video
A Dang Good Cop
Micro-Mann
Food Fortress
Dota 2 - Together We Stand
It's Play Time
Turbulence

The 2015 Saxxy Awards were announced on August 21, 2015 [17] with entries being accepted from Wednesday, November 4, 3:00 PM till Wednesday, November 11th, 3:00 PM PST.[18] Nominations were announced on November 17, 2015 [19] with winners being published on November 18, 2015.[20] In contrast with previous years, the selected Best Overall team had nine members, making it the largest of all three winning teams.

2015 Winners:[21]

  • Best Short: A Dang Good Cop
  • Best Action: Micro-Mann
  • Best Comedy: Food Fortress
  • Best Drama: Dota 2 - Together We Stand
  • Best Extended: It's Play Time
  • Best Overall: Turbulence

Honourable Mentions:[19][20]

  • Best Late Entry: Secret Lives
  • Best Sketch Comedy: Blu Team's Day Off
  • Best Reveal Of Our Secret Plans: Mann Vs. Hat
  • Audience Choice Award: Mechanical Mishap
  • Best 2D/3D Mashup: A Spark Of Life
  • Best Commercial For Another Game: No Time To Waste

2016 Awards[edit]

External video
Power of Art
The Pybro
Healirious
Living in Obscurity
Reinstated: The Arrival
Timeless Thief

The 2016 Saxxy Awards were announced on August 9, 2016 [22] with entries being accepted from Friday, November 4, 3:00 PM till Friday, November 11th, 3:00 PM PST.[23] Nominations were announced on November 17, 2016 [24] with winners being published on November 18, 2016.[25] Similar to last year, the Best Overall team consists of nine members.

2016 Winners:[26]

  • Best Short: Power of Art
  • Best Action: The Pybro
  • Best Comedy: Healirious
  • Best Drama: Living in Obscurity
  • Best Extended: Reinstated: The Arrival
  • Best Overall: Timeless Thief

Honourable Mentions:[27]

  • Audience Choice Award: Lunch Break
  • Best Movie Homage: Protonic Morons
  • Best Unfinished Entry: A Shattered Dream

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Hillier, Brenna (Nov 16, 2012). "Valve opens voting for 2012 Saxxy Awards". VG247. Retrieved Dec 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. July 24, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Senior, Tom (Nov 16, 2012). "Valve Saxxy video Award voting is underway". PC Gamer. Retrieved Dec 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Farokhmanesh, Megan (Dec 1, 2012). "Valve’s second annual Saxxy Awards winners revealed, 'Best Overall' still to come". Polygon.com. Retrieved Dec 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ Good, Owen (Nov 15, 2012). "For Your Consideration: The Second Annual Saxxy Awards". Kotaku. Retrieved Dec 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Nunneley, Stephany (Dec 1, 2012). "Saxxy Awards winners announced, Best Overall to be featured during VGAs pre-show". VG247. Retrieved Dec 28, 2012. 
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  9. ^ a b c d "LoL of the Month: TF2's Soldier is Human Garbage". PC Gamer (UK): 11. Jan 2012. 
  10. ^ SFM Team (Oct 2, 2013). "The Third Annual Saxxy Awards!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved Oct 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ SFM Team (Nov 25, 2013). "The 2013 Saxxy Award Nominees Have Been Announced!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved Nov 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ SFM Team (Nov 26, 2013). "The Winners for the Third Annual Saxxy Awards are Announced!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved Nov 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ SFM Team (July 24, 2014). "The Third Annual Saxxy Awards!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ SFM Team (September 30, 2014). "Announcing the 2014 Saxxy Awards Nominees!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ SFM Team (October 1, 2014). "The Winners of the 2014 Saxxy Awards!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ Member of "Lil' Guardian Pyro" Project (July 30, 2005). "August "Rantis" Loolam". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
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