Last week, the nominees for the 2016 Game awards were announced and posted on thegameawards.com/nominees. Many were surprised to see the hit Nintendo fan projects AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) and Pokémon Uranium among the nominees for “Best Fan Creation”. Given the take down notices presented to each of the popular projects earlier in the year, their inclusion in the nominees list was welcome, but strange. In past years, “Best Fan Creation” has typically been a category for mods or interesting implementations of games, such as “Twitch Plays Pokémon”. As of November 20th, these projects are no longer in the running for the category, with little explanation as to why they were removed.
The only two nominees remaining in the list are Brutal Doom 64, the extra-gory overhaul of Doom 64, and Enderal: The Shards of Order. Enderal is a total conversion mod for Skyrim that is an entire standalone RPG, featuring it’s own lore and mechanics. Both projects are impressive fan accomplishments, but the list feels painfully short without the likes of AM2R and Pokémon Uranium. Arguably the two most popular fan projects of the year. At the time of this writing, the Game Awards have not commented on the removal of the nominees, but we will be sure to update this post as information releases.