Machinimagic: Valve Announce Saxxy Award Winners

“Laughter is the best medicine,” say people who are about to discover laughter actually makes a broken nose worse. Laughter’s pretty okay, though, as are other emotions – and creative mediums can help stimulate them. Valve have rolled out the red carpet (it smells rusty?) for the year’s finest Source Filmmaker machinima, little films mostly starring Valve characters, declaring which are the bestest best so you too can easily experience such human emotions as Action, Comedy, Drama, Short, and Extended.

Team Fortress 2 characters star in most of the finalist films, which I imagine is partially because they’re lovable and silly characters with hundreds of lines of recorded dialogue folks that can repurpose. You’ll also find brand new original characters and settings, a few Doters, a Left 4 Deader, and gosh, is that even a Half-Lifer? What times we live in!

“But Alice,” you may say while checking your watch and excitedly jiggling your leg, “I don’t have time for all of those emotions! I cannot possibly watch all the category winners, let alone all the nominees. Is there one emotion which stands above all others? Do we not have one emotion that’s simply e.g. Overall Winner?”

We do, and if Valve are to be trusted then this will fill you with it:

Pip is currently on a plane, and I’m enjoying imagine her face as she’s surrounded by 200 hollering Scouts.

Valve say all winners will receive a virtual Saxxy Award in Team Fortress, will the folks who made us feel Overall Winner are flown out to hang with Valve. They point out a few more films they liked too, if you have time for all of the emotions.


  1. Nevard says:

    What a beautiful ending.

    • Clavus says:

      They said they’d release a finished version some time later, fixing all the little continuity errors and the ending.

  2. miscu says:

    turbulence is genuinely fantastic in every way

    the one gripe I have about this contest moving forward is that the SFM toolset seems really geared towards TF2, with dota and CSGO being nightmares to work with (you can really see this with Together We Stand which has unique environments and is covered with particle effects to hide the jank), plus the award for just winning in one of the 5 categories is a TF2 cosmetic, which is worthless for fans of those other games

    it’s nice that valve still puts these contests on every year, but I think they could do a lot better with encouraging fans of their other games to make great machinima

  3. SomeDuder says:

    I’ve always admired how these guys are able to recycle the standard spoken audio from the characters and use it for completely different scenarios. Granted, there’s a LOT of lines in the teaFdubble, but the classic “Gentlemen.” is still used appropriately.

  4. LionsPhil says:

    Feels like a weaker showing this year. Dropping the Ball is good, Micro-Mann is excellent, but it’s really hit-and-miss for a final line-up, and as subjective as humour and all can be, the sheer technical ability on display is less consistently swish.

  5. Stevostin says:

    This requires a Saxxy Award tag, ppl!