Once again the time has rolled around to host the Golden Apple Awards. This time we have modernized the show with freeing up the voting a bit, a saveload category, and a dedicated Golden Apple Awards site
! It's made by Ville_J and intergrated to the old voting site by Kopaka, huge thanks to both!
The GAA period for any given year goes from January 1st to December 31st. Accordingly, for GAA15 the period from when to choose your nominees is: January 1st 2015 - December 31st 2015.
Here are all the categories and nominees:Internalist
b0ne - Achieved what has been speculated and awaited for years; Warm Up under 14 seconds
Bjenn - Got shadow WR in Tag
Finman - Big improvement to Pipe WR, making u30
Mats - Eagerly played internals throughout the year and finally achieved 39tt
Mielz - Multiple WRs in Hooked with a second break
Nekit - Endless hoyl of Sink and Hangman, does Nekit ever stop?
Spef - Many world records throughout 2015, found Headbanger style which improved much
talli - Got some world-class times in several levels
Tm - Made WR in Framework and keeps 33 WR total time topic updated
Zweq - Over 1 second improvement in Bounce Back out of nowhere! Still addicted to Hang TightExternalist
adi - Doing great in HALF levs, quietly taking over WRs in pipe packs and in Kopasite
Bjenn - Won the Total Time Cup and tightly placed 2nd in Mästar Räcer 3
Finman - Nearly dominating the highly popular HALF levels, winning the Redesign Cup 2 and placing 5th in MiE Cup
Hosp - Diligent höyler of some of the more obscure and forgotten packs, mainly AI. Also oke participation in cups and HALF
Kazan - One of the top competitors in HALF
RearNakedChoke - A newcomer with an endless appetite for pipes, RNC was one of the starts of the late-2015 hazpi craze
roope - Played tons of externals in 2015, getting good results in Kopasite and nindex. Placed second in Redesign Cup 2, third in Mästar Räcer 3, and 5th in Total Time Cup
Spef - Won MiE Cup
Ville_J - Good participation in cups. 2nd in Low Effort Cup, 3rd in Total Time Cup, 5th in Mästar Räcer 3, and 6th in MiE Cup
Zero - Won Mästar Räcer 3, came in 3rd in MiE Cup. Dominates all packs he decides to playBattler
Chris - Has made strides to become a better designer, and it's starting to show. Top notch apple battles
insguy - insane guy has made his return. Always known as a great designer, he has picked up where left off with flowy and fun battle levels
Koo - Greatly desires to become a better and better designer. Polished levels with nice grass and pictures
kuchitsu - After breaking through as a designer in 2014, kuchitsu continued to make even higher-quality levels in 2015
niN - With the newly-revived nindex site as his base, niN provided the scene with different kinds of competitions in 2015, like the Kuski On Ground pack, Mäster Räcer 3 cup, and the one-evening battle cup events known as 'HoHosts the night'
Pab - While not the most active designer out there, he sure knows what he's doing. Quality over quantity!
Ramone - Also made high quality battles, and released the HALF2 pack, the second part of the highly popular HALF competition
TL - Endless stream of high quality battle levels, although fast made they are still playable and fun. Oftentimes at odd hours to fill the holes
TTechnik - While not known as much of a designer in the past, TTechnik started spewing out original and fun battle levels at a fast rate in 2015
Zero - Designer of many high quality battle levels throughout 2015, released HALF1 pack which shows extreme innovation in both visuals and playabilityBreakthrough
b0ne in saveload playing
Blaz in playing
Chris in designing
Koo in designing
Koo in playing
Mira in playing
RearNakedChoke in externals
schiz in playing
TTechnik in designingTeam
- dat members always help each other out in competitions, even if they're not personally playing. Also very much internal activity and style-sharing between teammates!MiE
- Arranged the successful MiE Cup. Frequently find styles together in cups and externals, leading to good resultsSPEED
- Their teamwork in MiE Cup proved very successful, as Spef won the cup and Mielz came in 2nd. They've also collaborated in internals nicelyWLA
- Good teamwork in MiE Cup
HoHo - A team consisting of great designers niN and umiz arranged a couple of 'HoHosts the night' battle cup-ish events. Umiz also made many guest levels for niNs Mästar Räcer 3 cup
IS - Idiot System is a new team consisting of Ville_J and Orcc, who competed and collaborated nicely in different cupsWR
Bounce Back 46.43 by Zweq (#380
Enduro 46.96 by Spef (#382
Framework 38.04 by Tm (#383
Hang Tight 24.15 by Zweq (#379
Headbanger 41.27 by Spef (#383
Hooked 16.94 by Mielz (#381
Warm Up 13.97 by b0ne (#381
Pipe 29.11 by FinMan (#380
)Styleb0ne's internal 5 startb0ne's Found28Bjenn's TTC109Mistr303 by Bjenn and ZeroSpef's Headbanger mid styleZero's Mistr307Zweq's MiEC101Zweq's MiEC104ReplayFound50 by adiFound51adi4179.rec by adiMistr303 by BjennHeadbanger by Spef41Tm3804.rec by TmMiEC105 by Zeromin51zer4686.rec by Zerowcup414eZer.rec by ZeroMistr301 by ZeroMistr309 by ZeroSaveload35be2326.rec by b0ne46be2092.rec by b0ne40be493.rec by b0ne01be1381.rec by b0neMin50slKaz.rec by KazanHalf2Nsl3819.rec by KazanMadness updating WR table and wrsSL51Mad3360miss.rec by MadnessZweq's limpsy replayLevelUHDFF01 by ZeroMiEC104 by KoopaMiEC105 by adiUHDFF02 by PabinsHL by insguyHALF1A by ZeroHALF1P by ZeroHALF2M by RamoneSkypeC04 by Finman, DanielJ, Pab, roope, Lousku, Zerozzzmpi03 by zzzContestRedesign Cup 2Total Time CupLEL CupMiE CupNoobstyl CompetitionMästar Räcer 3First Finish Cup 5HoHosts the nightHALF competitionKODECUPArtLee's coding art (WR progression pics)Tree2 painting by BludekZero's HALF1 levelsfmpi video by Zero and VirusPaper kuski by Ville_Jsig0965.lev hand by sigvesebinsHL.lev graphics by insane guyMiE LGR by nick-o-matic and roopeiCS LGR by iCSb0ne's TAS videoContributionddraw.dll by RopelliRecsource by ville_j and Max
Pab's Battle notifier
and Level stats maker
domi for #irc_eol
, direct API
, and next generation serverniN for reviving nindexnick-o-matic for arranging FEM, hosting FF Cup and co-hosting MiE Cupb0ne for explaining how Elma works with saveloadSmibu for actively striving to make Elmanager perfect, and working on the developement of Elma 2Elma python library by sigveseb
Kopaka for maintaining EOL server and updating APIAchievement
b0ne's Warm Up WR
Bjenn's TTC win with a impressive margin
Finman's HALF total time
Spef's MiE Cup win against tough competition
TL making the most battles for the 5th year in a row
Tool-assisted internal total time of under 10 minutes by b0ne, Zweq and Finman
Zero's winning row of 26 battles
The deadline for the voting is Sunday 14th of February, 23:59 EET (GMT+2). The final show will be held Sunday 21th of February, 20:00 EET (GMT+2). As always, the show will be held in #gaa @ IRCNet, and discussion happens in #across. Notes:
Saveload: the Saveload category is a new category that updates the Golden Apple Awards to modern times. After Smibu and milagros' saveload tools were released, saveloading has become a prominent thing in the Elma scene. This category is "all things SL"; you can suggest replays, styles and WRs for example.
Breakthrough: The Breakthrough is an award introduced in GAA2014; it replaced the old "Rookie" category. The Breakthrough GAA is awarded to a person who has made a big improvement, impact or comeback on any aspect of the game during the year. Candidates can be eligible for a breakthrough in any of 3 categories
2. Externals and/or Battles.
3. Level Design.
The breakthrough award cannot be awarded to the same person multiple times for the same area of play. When suggesting a candidate you should note which category you are suggesting them for.
Contribution: In 2014, the "Site", "Contest" and "Contribution" awards were amalgamated into a single "Contribution" award.
However, the jury has decided that since there have been so many contests in 2015, we're bringing the Contest category back as a separate category.
The Contribution award is for those who have made a significant contribution to the scene through various forms such as programs, a useful and popular website or any other type of significant contribution.
Juror's Choice: An award introduced in 2014, the Juror's choice is an entirely jury-decided award that can be given to any person(s) within the scene for any reason deemed appropriate. The community can freely nominate candidates for this category, however the category will not be voted for by the community in the third step of voting and nominees will be kept hidden until the final show.
In the WR category, both single and multi WRs in the internals are eligible. Note that WRs must be published in an official WR table to be eligible.
In the Replay categories, only replays that have been publicly shared as actual .rec files will be eligible for this award. So even if your run is included in an Elma movie, it won't be eligible for the Replay award unless you have released the actual replay file.
In the Art category, any type of Elma-related art is eligible. This can include replay movies (such as EDQ, advertisement movies for cups, etc), real-life movies such as Elma Crime, images/artwork, music, and other types of art. Note that one kuski can only have one nomination spot for each type of art, but you do not need to consider this when making suggestions.
See 'Instructions of the voting process' below.