The dreamies awards show

APR 30, 2021

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! Joking aside (or are we?), The Dreamies return to recognize a diverse category of games, publishers, community members, and esports! We made categories that gamers will understand. 

It’s great to reward impressive visuals or best design, but 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. It’s about games that taught us something and games that we just can’t stop coming back to. Stay tuned for our talent announcements, with a special talent feature provided by G4TV.

CATEGORIES

Awarded to the most mind blowing of video games

Awarded to the best game that made us wait a bit for release

Goes to the best sequel, bonus points if it beats the original

Goes to the game that did something new and refreshing (AND made it work)

Awarded to the game that we just couldn’t stop playing again and again

For the best early access game (otherwise known as released but expect some bugs)

For the best remaster and/or remake out there

This goes to the game that caused the biggest reaction and discussion in the community

Sometimes, you can’t beat the classics, especially when they come with updates

Recognizing the game that makes you actually accept that party invite request

Adrenaline. Explosions. Non stop fighting. Whether delivered by swords, tanks, or covert agents, these games deliver all the action

Awarded to the best game that just makes you laugh

For the games that are cuter than puppies. Or ones that have in game puppies. That works too.

Beware anything fragile in the area, these games result in pure rage that could be dangerous for them!

Awarded to the best looter of the lot with the greatest bounties to be found

For the game that deprives us of the most sleep

For the fictional creations t-hat impressed us the most

Recognizing the games with a soundtrack that just can’t be beat

Rev those engines, trim the sails, or saddle up in these transportation driven titles

For the game that made you feel something. What that something is… well that’s flexible

Presenting talent

We wanted every category to have a presenter that really understands the spirit of the games they are showcasing – so we reached out across the gaming and entertainment industry to find talent that matched each and every category. Stay tuned for the full list!

Our list of talent includes:

NOMINEES

MIND MELTING

MIND MELTING

Awarded to the most mind blowing of video games

Hades

Supergiant Games

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
SEGA

Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch Productions
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Dreams

Media Molecule
Sony Interactive Entertainment

DOOM Eternal

id Software
Bethesda Softworks

Spiritfarer

Thunder Lotus Games

Demon's Souls

Bluepoint Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Kentucky Route Zero

Cardboard Computer
Annapurna Interactive

WAIT WORTHY

WAIT WORTHY

Awarded to the best game that made us wait a bit for release

Kentucky Route Zero

Cardboard Computer
Annapurna Interactive

Desperados III

Mimimi Games
THQ Nordic

Crusader Kings III

Paradox Development Studio
Paradox Interactive

Black Mesa

Crowbar Collective

Streets of Rage 4

Dotemu / Lizardcube
Dotemu

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Spelunky 2

Mossmouth / BlitWorks
Mossmouth

SATISFYING SEQUEL

SATISFYING SEQUEL

Goes to the best sequel, bonus points if it beats the original

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studios GmbH
Xbox Game Studios

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

DOOM Eternal

id Software
Bethesda Softworks

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Toys for Bob
Activision

Spelunky 2

Mossmouth / BlitWorks
Mossmouth

Risk of Rain 2

Hopoo Games
Gearbox Publishing

Crusader Kings III

Paradox Development Studio
Paradox Interactive

Streets of Rage 4

Dotemu / Lizardcube
Dotemu

INNOVATIVE IDEAS

INNOVATIVE IDEAS

Goes to the game that did something new and refreshing (AND made it work)

Dreams

Media Molecule
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft Toronto
Ubisoft

Carrion

Phobia Game Studio
Devolver Digital

Paradise Killer

Kaizen Game Works
Fellow Traveler

Spiritfarer

Thunder Lotus Games

Hades

Supergiant Games

REMARKABLY REPLAYABLE

REMARKABLY REPLAYABLE

Awarded to the game that we just couldn’t stop playing again

Monster Train

Shiny Shoe

Hades

Supergiant Games

Deep Rock Galactic

Ghost Ship Games
Coffee Stain Publishing

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
SEGA

Spelunky 2

Mossmouth / BlitWorks
Mossmouth

Valorant

Riot Games

EARLY ENGAGEMENT

EARLY ENGAGEMENT

For the best early access game (otherwise known as released but expect some bugs)

Phasmophobia

Kinetic Games

Gunfire Reborn

Duoyi Interactive Entertainment

Medieval Dynasty

Render Cube
Toplitz Productions

Teardown

Tuxedo Labs

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

TaleWorlds Entertainment

Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Blackbird Interactive
Focus Home Interactive

Temtem

Crema
Humble Games

Deadside

Bad Pixel

REFRESHING REVIVE

REFRESHING REVIVE

For the best remaster and/or remake out there

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Vicarious Visions
Activision

Black Mesa

Crowbar Collective

Demon's Souls

Bluepoint Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Trials of Mana

Square Enix

Destroy All Humans!

Black Forest Games
THQ Nordic

DARINGLY DRAMATIC

DARINGLY DRAMATIC

This goes to the game that caused the biggest reaction and discussion in the community

If Found...

DREAMFELL
Annapurna Interactive

Spiritfarer

Thunder Lotus Games

Tell Me Why

Dontnod Entertainment
Xbox Game Studios

Through The Darkest Times

Paintbucket Games
HandyGames

Kentucky Route Zero

Cardboard Computer
Annapurna Interactive

Necrobarista

Route 59

OMORI

OMOCAT LLC

Röki

Polygon Treehouse
United Label Games

ULTIMATE UPDATE

ULTIMATE UPDATE

Sometimes, you can’t beat the classics, especially when they come with updates

Gears 5: Hivebusters

The Coalition
Xbox Game Studios

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Blizzard Entertainment

DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part One

id Software
Bethesda Softworks

Nioh 2: The Darkness in the Capital

Team Ninja
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

NetherRealm Studios
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Control: The Foundation

Remedy Entertainment
505 Games

CAPTIVATING CO-OP

CAPTIVATING CO-OP

Recognizing the game that makes you actually accept that party invite request

Deep Rock Galactic

Ghost Ship Games
Coffee Stain Publishing

Huntdown

Easy Trigger Games
Coffee Stain Publishing

Streets of Rage 4

Dotemu / Lizardcube
Dotemu

Risk of Rain 2

Hopoo Games
Gearbox Publishing

Spelunky 2

Mossmouth / BlitWorks
Mossmouth

Nioh 2

Team Ninja
Sony Interactive Entertainment

PHOGS!

Bit Loom Games
Coatsink

Wasteland 3

inXile Entertainment

ADRENALIZED ACTION

ADRENALIZED ACTION

Adrenaline. Explosions. Non stop fighting. Whether delivered by swords, tanks, or covert agents, these games deliver all the action

Ghostrunner

One More Level / Slipgate Ironworks
505 Games

DOOM Eternal

id Software
Bethesda Softworks

Hades

Supergiant Games

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Treyarch / Raven Software
Activision

Risk of Rain 2

Hopoo Games
Gearbox Publishing

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Insomniac Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Huntdown

Easy Trigger Games
Coffee Stain Publishing

Streets of Rage 4

Dotemu / Lizardcube
Dotemu

HILARIOUS HUMOR

HILARIOUS HUMOR

Awarded to the best game that just makes you laugh

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Mediatonic
Devolver Digital

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
SEGA

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Ubisoft Quebec
Ubisoft

Wasteland 3

inXile Entertainment

Chicken Police - Paint it RED!

The Wild Gentlemen
HandyGames

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE

For the games that are cuter than puppies. Or ones that have in game puppies. That works too.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studios GmbH
Xbox Game Studios

Astro's Playroom

Team ASOBI!
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sumo Digital
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Mediatonic
Devolver Digital

Littlewood

Sean Young
SmashGames

The Last Campfire

Hello Games

Spiritfarer

Thunder Lotus Games

RAGE READY

RAGE READY

Beware anything fragile in the area, these games result in pure rage that could be dangerous for them!

Risk of Rain 2

Hopoo Games
Gearbox Publishing

One Step From Eden

Thomas Moon Kang
Humble Games

Nioh 2

Team Ninja
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Demon's Souls

Bluepoint Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Mortal Shell

Cold Symmetry
Playstack

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Mediatonic
Devolver Digital

Monster Train

Shiny Shoe
Good Shepherd Entertainment

Spelunky 2

Mossmouth / BlitWorks
Mossmouth

LUSCIOUS LOOT

LUSCIOUS LOOT

Awarded to the best looter of the lot with the greatest bounties to be found.

Risk of Rain 2

Hopoo Games
Gearbox Publishing

Wasteland 3

inXile Entertainment

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red

Call of Duty: Warzone

Infinity Ward / Raven Software
Activision

Crown Trick

NExT Studios
Team17

Nioh 2

Team Ninja
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
SEGA

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft

HELLISH HORROR

HELLISH HORROR

For the game that deprives us of the most sleep

OMORI

OMOCAT LLC

Visage

SadSquare Studio

Carrion

Phobia Game Studio
Devolver Digital

Amnesia: Rebirth

Frictional Games

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

COMPELLING CHARACTER

COMPELLING CHARACTER

For the fictional creations t-hat impressed us the most.

Abby Anderson / The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Zagreus / Hades

Supergiant Games

Jin Sakai / Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch Productions
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Miles Morales / Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Insomniac Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

OMORI

OMOCAT LLC

AWESOME AUDIO

AWESOME AUDIO

Recognizing the games with a soundtrack that just can’t be beat.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studios GmbH
Xbox Game Studios

Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch Productions
Sony Interactive Entertainment

DOOM Eternal

id Software
Bethesda Softworks

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Hades

Supergiant Games

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red

The Pathless

Giant Squid
Annapurna Interactive

Paradise Killer

Kaizen Game Works
Fellow Traveler

HEAVY HORSEPOWER

HEAVY HORSEPOWER

Rev those engines, trim the sails, or saddle up in these transportation driven titles

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Asobo Studio
Xbox Game Studios

art of rally

Funselektor Labs

Star Wars: Squadrons

Motive Studios
Electronic Arts

SnowRunner

Saber Interactive
Focus Home Interactive

Project Wingman

Sector D2
Humble Games

Dirt 5

Codemasters

F1 2020

Codemasters

EMOTIONALLY EXPLOSIVE

EMOTIONALLY EXPLOSIVE

For the game that made you feel something. What that something is… well that’s flexible

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red

Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch Productions
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
SEGA

Spiritfarer

Thunder Lotus Games

Tell Me Why

Dontnod Entertainment
Xbox Game Studios

If Found...

DREAMFELL
Annapurna Interactive

Necrobarista

Route 59

COMMUNITY
& eSPORTS

We want to honor some of the great people who work and run our events as well as the content creators and initiatives that helped bring us through 2020!

Voting on these categories will be public, with your vote making up 50% of the total. Our internal committee will be selecting nominees for each category plus we will be adding in your community submissions. 

CATEGORIES

Be it rocket cars, zerg rushes, or planting things – these 2020 events were the favorites

Events are only as good as the stories we build, and these hosts are some of our best

Action, analysis, and sometimes both! The best of our play by play and analysis based commentators

The one clip to rule them all! From 2020. Olof boost does not count.

It isn’t just games that come with AAA titles! This award goes to the best gaming community managers out there

Whether they made you headbang or got your feet moving, these gaming creators brought us the best music entertainment of 2020

For the streamers that explored, dove into new games, and showed us a huge variety of worlds to explore

Showcasing the best crafting, sewing, and bodypainting/makeup tutorial makers out there

Awarded to the gaming influencer that raises awareness about important issues inside and/or outside of gaming

Between teamwork, creative activations, and the big hearts (and wallets) of the community, these charity initiatives made big splashes in 2020