It's that time of the year again: let's get the Golden Apple Awards going. Last year was an year of changes but those changes proved to be very successful, and we got a huge rise in the amount of voters. This year there are only small tweaks to the overall structure; the main thing that has changed majorly is the jury. Only me
from last year will continue, and as newcomers we have adi
. We'll also have experts of certain fields helping us. Thanks to everyone who is leaving and a big welcome to everyone that is joining!
The official site is: http://gaa.elmaonline.net/
The GAA period for any given year goes from January 1st to December 31st. Accordingly, for GAA16 the period from when to choose your nominees is: January 1st 2016 - December 31st 2016.
Here are all the categories and nominees:Internalist
adi - Achieved 36 mins club, did 37:38,87 in 24 hours, which is the 2nd best 24 hour total time ever
Bjenn - Improved his Sink WR and made WR in Tag
Kazan - Made world records in Labyrinth and Spiral
Madness - Made WR in Precarious
Nekit - Finally took Sink WR after years of hoyling
Sla - Made two minute breaks for 36tt in 9 months, did his first internal WR in Pipe
Spef - Multiple world records - improved his Headbanger WR once, Zig Zag WR twice, and made WR in Shelf Life twiceExternalist
adi - With 2000+ WRs (84% of all pipes on EOL) is on first place in Pipe Stats. Finished thousands of pipes during the year, including some of the longest and hardest ones ever made. Dominated Elma 3.0 pack and got world records in other big packs of 2016
AndrY_ - Improved a lot during the year and got world records in his own Elma 3.0 pack and Stolen internals. Was top 5 in 32Cup
Boomer - Did a good job on many old school level packs and is a hardworking piper
Finman - Got 2nd place in 32Cup and with 15 1st places out of 32 levels and made some impact in Repeat, Elma 3.0 pack, and Stolen Internals
Hosp - Most world records and best total time in Repeat, kept improving in AI pack, hoyled himself to 2nd place in BBLP total time and points
RearNakedChoke - Diligent piper, nice progression with mawpi project and is already finishing longer ones
Pawq - Another diligent piper, is 2nd in pipes finished according to Pipe Stats
roope - All-around externalist with world records in big packs of 2016 like Elma 3.0, Stolen Internals and 32Cup. Active pipe finisher
ville_j - Absolute domination in niilo pack
Zero - Won 32Cup with 14 1st places. Most WRs in Brutal Bounce Level Pack and in Stolen Internals. Finished some of the hardest pipes madeBattler
AndrY_ - Very innovative battle levels. Made the popular Elma 3.0 pack that captured the internal feeling nicely
Chris - Keeps on improving, again made great apple battles during the year
insguy - Lots of quality battle levels, including insane night
Jappe2 - Made many big effort levels with amazing visual. Also makes good battle levels, especially special battles
jblaze - Dabbled in levelmaking more than ever. Especially playoff levels of his Elma Champions League were very well received
kuchitsu - Has rocketed to one of the top designers, top notch battle levels
Ramone - Top quality battle levels with amazing visual and interesting ideas
skint0r - Relatively few levels made but always top quality battles
Sla - After his comeback, he showed quality designing with BBLP, Stolen Internals and battle levels
TL - Once again the king of levels made, without forgetting quality - TL levs are some of the most innovative out thereBreakthrough
Sla (internal playing)
Pipe 28.89 by Sla (#387
Tag 20.50 by Bjenn (#386
Labyrinth 52.36 by Kazan (#386
Spiral 44.16 by Kazan (#386
Sink 32.26 by Nekit (#386
Shelf Life 32.92 by Spef (#386
Zig Zag 52.73 by Spef (#385
Precarious 24.11 by Madness (#385
Headbanger 41.14 by Spef (#384
)StyleHALF1Padi4595.rec by adiAye319Kaz.rec by KazanHALF2Nfm.rec by FinmanFyr172zer.rec by ZeroHALF2Vfm.rec by FinmanHALF2Jadi4796.rec by adihalf2wPab.rec by PabTre547zerDONE.rec by Zerohalf1ifm2049.rec by FinmanReplaymawpi531zer.rec by Zero44be1141omfg.rec by beneHALF2Madi5092.rec by adiHALF2Ffm.rec by Finman45N3226.rec by NekitHALF2ZMad.rec by MadnessVOU004adiJES.rec by adimawpi563zer.rec by ZeroTre547zerDONE.rec by Zero30Fm2911.rec by FinmanSaveload07z2519.rec
Madness keeping his 1st of month update schedule in Saveload WR table
throughout the entire year, cleaning up table to remove buggy bounces and define rules to work with bug detection methods54lohik2sl.rec by KazanSL51Mad3291.rec by Madness01be1379.rec by beneSL45Mad3199.rec by MadnessTre714KazSL.rec by KazanLevelSkypeC05 by Ramone and Zero32Cup03 by Kejebra32Cup13 by umizLek05 by RamoneFFS99a by jblazescifi00 by sunlPob1000 by Pabch3000 by ChrisKUBA0868 by kuchitsuWBCII03 by insguyContest32CupElma Grand Prix 1-4The Elma LeaguesDino RunElma 3.0 levelsWorld Battle Cup IIRepeatStolen InternalsElma Champions LeagueBrutal Bouncing Level PackArtHALF1 Done Quick by ZeroElma Soup picture by Lee
YALE FFs, for example yff00001.lev
by multiple collaboratorsChristmas cards by ville_jMovement paths of the kuskis in WC levs by LeeSaveMe by A.K.B.niilovideo by roopeWorld Cup 6 movie by iCSHALF2 Done Quick by Zerofitrec6a.rec by dawidContribution
Reefer and TL for making battles for players who play in unorthodox hours (late night)
nick-o-matic for organizing FEM and making an awesome femquiz once again
8-ball for creating Elma Discord channel and developing it
ville_j for creating YALE
and keeping on developing recsource
Sla for creating a list of all Elma programs and LGR’s
and arranging contests/levpacks
roope for hosting GAA, being a part of the World Cup arranging team, and moderating both EOL and Mopolauta
Smibu for developing Elmanager
, and especially actively updating SLE by responding to people's requests quickly, and working on Elma 2 (including web browser Elma
Pawq for creating comprehensive pipe stats
and keeping them updated, and keeping the complete list of TT’s under 40
Koopa for getting people to make most of the YALE first finish levels and starting them
iCS for making shirts for shirtless active playersAchievement
Zero's winrow of 32 normal battles
adi finishing 2593 pipe levels in one month
Sla getting his first internal WR and breaking two minute limits for 36 minute total time
Zero winning WBCII and winning half of the events in the way
TL making the most battles for the 6th year in a row
adi getting 2nd best 24 hour total time everNotes:
Team category has been removed. There simply hasn't been enough signs of significant team activity (that could be evaluated properly) this year. We're expecting/hoping this classic category to make a comeback next year with World Cup 7 though!
Saveload: the Saveload category was introduced last year. 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 decided that since there were so many contests in 2015, so they brought the Contest category back as a separate category.
Contests have been prominent in 2016 too, so we're keeping it 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. I'll try everything I can to make px update WR's before the end of this year!
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.