2020 MISAO OFFICIAL RESULTS!

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2020 was a rough year for many people, but despite the darker times our world has been dealing with, creativity will continue to shine. Many great games came from the site and continue to bring smiles to peoples' faces, connect people with each other, teach and help people experience new worlds and ideas!

I hope this next year will also be one full of people playing and drumming up interest in each others' games - and that we can continue to discuss and support each other, both old and new, despite everything that has been going on lately!


Enough of the sentimental shit, though. The Misaos have been tallied!


Without further ado, here are the official* results for the 2020 Misao awards!




Misao for Best Game Title
The most clever, original, witty, or cool game title of the year.


Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening






Runner Up:






















Misao for Best Game Profile
The raddest presentation and marketing of the game.


The MirBox






Runner Up:





















Misao for "Eye Candy" Award
Raddest Graphics & Artwork. An excellent example of art direction and cohesive vision.


Beetle Ninja






Runners Up:






















Misao for Summoner of Sounds Award
The best soundtrack and creative use of sound.


Beetle Ninja






Runner Up:





















Misao for Excellence in Narrative
The project you think is most effective at telling its story. Think in terms of its presentation, writing, clarity, cutscene direction, or Shyamalan twists.


Therapist: Mind Manager






Runner Up:





















Misao for The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award
The game that displays the most technical prowess and feats of ingenuity in gameplay.


Therapist: Mind Manager






Runner Up:





















Misao for "Best Short Game" Award
The best under-1-hour game that you played this year!


Moonsong: First Verse






Runner Up:





















Misao for The Dark Souls of RMN
The game that delivers the best challenges or coolest puzzles.


Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening






Runner Up:





















Misao for Punniest Game Alive
Comedic game of the year. Pick the funniest game you played this year, with the best humour and/or the best/worst puns.


Beetle Ninja






Runner Up:





















Misao for Trippiest Game
The game that was most strange, bizarre, psychedelic, offbeat, and quirky released this year.


Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening






Runner Up:




















Misao for Year of the Hedgehog
Best use of animals/doggos/pets/hedgehogs in a game this year.


Shooty and the Catfish: Fully Reloaded






Runner Up:





















Misao for Best Event Game
For the best of the event games that came from this year.


The game with no name

























Misao for Not Dead Yet Award
Given to the best old game that was finally finished this year.


Exile's Journey






Runner Up:





















Misao for Star Stealing Prince Award
The game that used the best original assets this year.


Beetle Ninja






Runner Up:























Misao for "Everlasting Journey" Award
The game that has the most content to offer.


Exile's Journey






Runner Up:






















Misao for Best Non-English Game
Given to the best translated or non-English game released this year.


Phileas's Mirror

























Misao for Most Promising Demo
The demo released this year you think has the most potential to be amazing


Soma Union






Runner Up:





















Misao for Game of the Year
The absolute best game you played from RMN for the current year.


Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening






Runner Up:


To note: Games that did not fit their category were ignored for the official results in this thread. In the case of categories that had no viable games, they were removed (and we'll probably look at removing them altogether, I guess).


That aside, Congratulations everyone who won!

Weird and Unfortunate Things are Winning was the big taker this year, but Beetle Ninja, Therapist and Exile's Journey also made their presence known. Here's hoping that this year's Misaos will be better than ever before!
Congratulations to all the winners, I love how the voteout turned in general for the past year, it seemed somewhat active :D here's to a new year making and playing games and enjoying ourselves! <3
Sooz
You will look up and shout "SAVE US!"...and I'll look down and whisper "OK."
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Love the diversity in the winners this year! It's always great when we have a bigger spread of games that come out on top.

AND CONGRATS UNI ON GAME OF THE YEAR! WOOOO!
Sooz
You will look up and shout "SAVE US!"...and I'll look down and whisper "OK."
5101
author=Sgt M
Love the diversity in the winners this year! It's always great when we have a bigger spread of games that come out on top.


Amen to that.

Though I'm still mad W&U didn't get nommed for Punniest.
How the fuck did I win an award? I was miles behind last I checked.

Congrats to all the winrars!

...Jokes aside, Going from a largely unknown game uploaded in feburary2020,
to getting 8 nominations, in December to winning 4 misaos is no small feat. Congrats 16-bitking!

This was a really good year. There are some things we can still do to improve,
but in terms of wins? I want every year to be like this one.

We got 10 really good games out of this year.

Congrats to Marrend and RpgmakerAddict and congrats to all the winners.

author=Sgt M
Love the diversity in the winners this year! It's always great when we have a bigger spread of games that come out on top.
I agree!❤ Let's have every year be like this one from now one. Maybe even more diversity.
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
18937
Congrats to all the winners!

All of these games were really good this year.
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
18937
Nominees sorted by number of won categories.

Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening by unity


Winner of:
Game of the Year
Best Game Title
The Dark Souls of RMN
Trippiest Game
Nominated for:
Best Game Title
Best Game Profile
"Eye Candy" Award
Excellence in Narrative
The Dark Souls of RMN
Trippiest Game
Not Dead Yet Award
Star Stealing Prince Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Game of the Year

Beetle Ninja by 16bitking


Winner of:
The kentona Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Summoner of Sounds
Punniest Game Alive
Star Stealing Prince Award
Nominated for:
"Eye Candy" Award
Summoner of Sounds
The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award
Punniest Game Alive
The kentona Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Star Stealing Prince Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Game of the Year

Exile's Journey by dethmetal


Winner of:
Not Dead Yet Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Nominated for:
"Eye Candy" Award
Summoner of Sounds
Excellence in Narrative
The Dark Souls of RMN
Punniest Game Alive
The kentona Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Not Dead Yet Award
Star Stealing Prince Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Most Promising Demo (cannot be counted)
Game of the Year

THERAPIST: Mind Manager by calunio


Winner of:
The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award
Excellence in Narrative
Nominated for:
Best Game Title
Excellence in Narrative
The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Best Non-English Game (cannot be counted)
Game of the Year

Moonsong: First Verse by Kaempfer


Winner of:
Best Short Game Award
Nominated for:
"Eye Candy" Award
Excellence in Narrative
Best Short Game Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Game of the Year

Phileas's Mirror by Kenetec


Winner of:
Best Non-English Game
Nominated for:
"Eye Candy" Award
Best Non-English Game

Shooty and the Catfish: Fully Reloaded by visitorsfromdreams


Winner of:
Year of the Hedgehog
Nominated for:
Punniest Game Alive
Year of the Hedgehog

The MirBox by Mirak


Winner of:
Best Game Profile
Nominated for:
Best Game Profile

The game with no name by JustAShyDoge


Winner of:
Best Event Game
Nominated for:
Best Event Game

Soma Union by Sgt M


Winner of:
Most Promising Demo
Nominated for:
Most Promising Demo


Non-winning nominees, sorted by number of nominated categories.
New Eden by GoldenFoxSoftware


Nominated for:
Best Game Title
Best Game Profile
"Eye Candy" Award
Summoner of Sounds
Excellence in Narrative
The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award
Punniest Game Alive
The kentona Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Not Dead Yet Award
"Everlasting Journey" Award
Game of the Year

Stories of New Eden by GoldenFoxSoftware


Nominated for:
Best Game Title
Best Short Game Award
Year of the Hedgehog

Midnight Train by AriaStory


Nominated for:
"Eye Candy" Award
Game of the Year

Slimes by scitydreamer


Nominated for:
Excellence in Narrative
Trippiest Game

Shadow Seeker by KoopaKush


Nominated for:
The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award
Most Promising Demo

Two Strangers: The Third Stranger by lavendersiren


Nominated for:
Punniest Game Alive
Year of the Hedgehog

Bounty Angel 2 by Sidewinder


Nominated for:
The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award

Two Strangers Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Frogge


Nominated for:
Punniest Game Alive

LABYRINTH - Derelict Abyss by JuneFlowa


Nominated for:
Trippiest Game
kentona
I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
21220
Nice work everyone on running the Misaos this year! A fantastic show of caring and effort.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!
unity
You're magical to me.
12135
Thank everyone for voting! And a huge thanks to Marrend, RpgmakerAddict and LordBlueRouge for working so hard to keep the Misaos awesome!!! Marrend, that breakdown of all the categories and games is incredible and is so nice to see!!!!

A huge thanks to everyone who voted for Weird and Unfortunate, I didn't expect to win multiple categories, much less game of the year! Thank you for such an incredible honor! I want to thank Sooz, Maki, Roden, JosephSeraph and everyone else who helped, and a huge shoutout to all the testers who helped make the game the best it could be!

I am so hyped for 2021's Misaos! Let's get even more great games out there, so many of them deserve so much more attention than they get!!!
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
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Congrats everyone! I'm glad to see this composition of winners and the kentona award was collected by different game than GOTY! I think the selection of winners represents 2020 great too!!! I'm glad Shooty and Catfish got something and I'm waiting for the full release of Suma Union, because that game's hype. The rest of games deserves they spotlight as well. They look great and from what I heard they play great too.
Also, super congrats to unity, I was afraid WaUTaH wouldn't win.
Congrats!!!! Funny how I voted some games for some specific categories and they ended winning others! Loool... anyway jokes aside there were a lot of great entries this year. I've still to play some of the winners here, but I plan to do that soon...
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
18937
I'm happy to have been involved in 2020's Misao season, and to have made it extra-special/awesome! LordBlueRouge and I were talking about how my post with the category breakdown for nominated games could be more in line with what the official results should look like going forward. I'm personally not sure about the call-out to games that were merely mentioned, but, at the very least, have some running notes on notable event-games.

*Edit: If I must be completely honest, I think my excitement for the Misaos didn't really surface until last year. When there seemed to be the vaguest of possibilities that Baclyae Revolution might actually have been nominated, or even win, The "How the Hell Did They Do That?" Award something.
iddalai
RPG Maker 2k/2k3 for life, baby!!
2059
Congrats to everyone!

I'm really glad to see Exile's Journey and Beetle Ninja snag some awards! :D
Thank you everybody for voting for Beetle Ninja and allowing it to secure 4 wins this year, and congratulations to the other winners!
I'm very glad to see Beetle Ninja doing so well, and I hope that I can make more games like it in the future.
Therapist, Exile's Journey, and Shooty and the Catfish were all spectacular games as well: Therapist was exceptionally different concerning it's internal systems and had strong writing to boot, Exile's Journey gave me a very strong "tigsource" feel as though it were made decades ago and was just recently unearthed (in the best way possible), and Shooty and the Catfish was extremely charming and brought back lots memories of the old Newgrounds flash days.
Even though Weird and Unfortunate Things are Happening wasn't really my cup of tea in many ways, I can understand there's a strong appeal and large audience for games like it, particularly on RMN, and I can respect the grind of working on such a game for 4+ years: it requires some serious dedication and self-discipline to see such a long-term project through to it's conclusion.
Here's to hoping I can manage GOTY sometime!
-ProsciottoMan/16bitking
Hey guys, I think there is a mistake ?
According to the results, "THERAPIST: Mind Manager" won the "Best Non English Game". ^^

Congratulations to everyone !
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
18937
The thing that would make the most amount of sense for THERAPIST: Mind Manager to not be able to win "Best Non-English Game", despite the number of votes for it, is that wasn't released in a language other than English. If I had any clue that was even a thing, I would have absolutely included that in the announcement along with Exile's Journey being a non-contender for "Most Promising Demo".

Hopefully, having the Misaos curated, and using an external site for voting, will curtail such oddities/mishaps for this upcoming Misao season!
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