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Keen Awards 2019

Post by Grandy02 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 13:59

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(I hope Lava89 is okay with the reuse of the Yorp trophy.)

A while ago, I created a KeenWiki article on the Keen Awards, which contains lists of all the winners. The event was held three times during the PCKF's early years to honour Keeners for the great stuff they create. There were no Keen Awards 2005 because "2005 sucked" (I don't think that's true, but whatever). Since then, there have been several unsuccessful attempts for new Keen Awards, which were usually intended to cover multiple years.

Many amazing things have been done in recent years, I think it would be cool to revive the annual Keen Awards. Works released in 2019 could be nominated, or something that received a major update in said year. The KeenWiki article contains links to the archived threads, you can see the whole process for the Keen Awards 2002 (nominations, polls, results).

I think it could work the same way again in early 2020. It's feasible as this board doesn't have hundreds of active members. The categories could be like this (only minor modifications):

EDIT: Added some new categories and the nonimees so far.
1: Programming
1.1: Best Vorticon Mod (incl. level packs)
1.2: Best Galaxy/Dreams Mod (ditto)
1.3: Best Fangame
- Super Mario in Marooned on Mars by Ryan Silberman
- Planet Cloudius IX by Roobar
1.4: Best Level (from any 2019 mod, level pack or fangame)
1.5: Best Tool
- Customized Screen Update Code by K1n9_Duk3

2: Fan Art
2.1: Best Graphical Artwork (e.g. an individual piece of art or a series of comics)
2.2: Best Narrative (fanfic, story of a fangame/mod/comic etc.)
2.3: Best Music (e.g. an individual remix or the soundtrack of a work)
2.4: Best Animation
- Dabbing Shikadi by Commander Spleen
2.5: Best Non-Computerized Art (pencil drawing, sculpture, cosplay etc.)
- Yorp and Garg cosplay
2.6: Best Gameplay Video (speedruns, playthroughs etc.)

3: Web
3.1: Best Website
- Sierra Death Generator by Foone
3.2: Best Online Entertainment (e.g. games with online support and browser games)
3.3: Forum Crew Recognition

4: Miscellaneous
4.1: Keenest Person of the Year
4.2: Really Keen Stuff (something great that came out of the blue)
4.3: Most Promising Project

There were also one-shot categories. Nothing comes to mind for 2019, but for the Keen Awards 2020 (in case it happens), I'm thinking of something like "Best 30th Anniversary Tribute".

What's your opinion? If you have any suggestions (for example,if you think that the number of categories should be reduced), please post them. :)
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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by Roobar » Tue Dec 31, 2019 15:26

This is neat! I think there should also be a 5th category: "Best Keen playthrough" (or gameplay video), "Best Keen speedrun" and "Best Keen youtuber". Also, "Best new found Keen stuff" where "stuff" can be a new found glitch, or something revealed (like the John Romero Keen 7 video reveal) or something like the fact that Keen has been revived (Although that could be in a separate category "Worst thing happened to Keen"). I will reveal my nominations in a few days. In the meantime happy new year!

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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by Nisaba » Tue Dec 31, 2019 17:20

I nominate Customized Screen Update Code made by K1n9_Duk3 for category 1.3 Best Tool.
IMO his update code is a significant step-up for all galaxy mods.

Discussion thread: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6192


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Link: https://deathgenerator.com/#keen4
Discussion Thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5288


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nominee for category 2.5 Best Non-Computerized Art:

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Link: https://twitter.com/computermuseum/stat ... 5381413890


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2.4 Best Animation nominee:
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dabbing Shikadis made by Commander Spleen
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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by DoomJedi » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:13

"Best Keen speedrun"
No pacifist runs in the community? Would be cool to see as well.

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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by Roobar » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:08

DoomJedi wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:13
"Best Keen speedrun"
No pacifist runs in the community? Would be cool to see as well.
The only pacifist runs I know are made by Shikadi-Netzwerk, but they are in German https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxCQHa ... dmv4E-lfMQ So for such category I nominate him.

Also there could be awards for best keen galaxy level in a mod, best keen vorticons level in a mod and those two, but in levelpacks.

Also also there should be two categories for best mod instead of one: best vorticons mod and best galaxy mod. Maybe even 3 categories, if we consider Keen Dreams mods a non-galaxy category?

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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by K1n9_Duk3 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 22:33

Roobar wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:08
Maybe even 3 categories, if we consider Keen Dreams mods a non-galaxy category?
That's a tough one. I would prefer adding Keen Dreams to the Galaxy group, since the core game engine is almost identical. The biggest difference is the menu system and the slightly altered gameplay mechanics (flower power instead of pogo and stunner). The former is purely cosmetical, the later could be changed via patches. A capable modder could add the stunner and the pogo into Dreams or remove them and add flower powers to Keen 4-6.

Besides, we only had one Keen Dreams mod in 2019 anyway. So it is the best Keen Dreams mod of the year by default. It is also the worst Keen Dreams mod of the year. An award is meaningless if there was no competition at all.

(Given what I wrote above, I'm glad that we actually had two fangames in 2019.) The nominees for best fangame are:
On a related note, we just entered a new decade, so what about handing out awards for "Best [insert category] of the decade (2010-2019)"?
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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by Benvolio » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:48

Grandy02 wrote:There were no Keen Awards 2005 because "2005 sucked"
In Aug 2005, with reference to Benvolio, XkyRauh wrote:Hey, you know... I smell a nomination for Keenest Person of 2005 coming up... :-)
Still haven't recovered from the disappointment of cancelled Keen Awards 2005 :barf

I wonder if output of Keen content would uptick in response to a re-instated Keen Awards!

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Re: Keen Awards 2019

Post by Grandy02 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 17:49

Thank you for your replies so far, I'm very happy to read that you like the idea. :)

I've added some categories in the first post (therefore numbers in the first section changed). Vorticon and Galaxy/Dreams mods are separate now, there is also "Best Level" (from any 2019 mod, level pack or fangame) and "Best Gameplay Video" (speedruns, playthroughs etc.).
Of course, even more categories could be derived from those, but my fear is that so many categories might overcomplicate things, and there are already quite a few ones... Anyway, I also added the nominees to the list.
Roobar wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 15:26
Also, "Best new found Keen stuff" where "stuff" can be a new found glitch, or something revealed (like the John Romero Keen 7 video reveal) or something like the fact that Keen has been revived (Although that could be in a separate category "Worst thing happened to Keen").
Would it be okay to cover such things under "Really Keen Stuff"? For example, the Impossible Bullet Trick was the first winner in that category.
K1n9_Duk3 wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 22:33
(Given what I wrote above, I'm glad that we actually had two fangames in 2019.) The nominees for best fangame are:
All right, since there are no other options I accept two nominations by one person for the same category in this case. ;)
Regarding "Best of the Decade", neat idea. :) But I would prefer to do that seperately for the reason stated above. Maybe even 2005 to 2018 polls for selected categories (at least mod and fangame) at some point in the future.
Benvolio wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:48
I wonder if output of Keen content would uptick in response to a re-instated Keen Awards!
That would be awesome. :D

I just hope that it gets done this time after 14 Award-less years.
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