Golden Apple Awards

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The Golden Apple Awards, abbreviated the GAA, is an annual show awarding the best players, teams and other remarkable things around Elasto Mania during the past year. The idea, inspired by the Oscars, was first conceived by Sprocket, who presented it on a Mopolauta thread in December 2002. People in the scene were quickly supportive of the idea, and Moposite announced the willingness of arranging it. The name Golden Apple Awards was invented by skint0r.

The results are announced in the final show, held on IRC channel #gaa. The winners usually have speeches at hand for the audience that are celebrating them.


The following are the categories currently awarded at the GAA shows:

  • Internalist (2004-present)
  • Externalist (2004-present)
  • Battler (2004-present)
  • Designer (2003-present)
  • Breakthrough (2014-present)
  • WR (2003-present)
  • Style (2004-present)
  • Replay (2003-2011, 2013-present)
  • Battle Replay (2017-present)
  • Saveload (2015-present)
  • Level (2003-present)
  • Contest (2003, 2005-2013, 2015-present)
  • Art (2008-present)
  • Contribution (2003-present)
  • Collaboration (2017-present)
  • Achievement (2004-present)
  • Juror's Choice (2014-present)

These categories are no longer used, but have been awarded at some point in the past:

  • Comeback (2003)
  • Kuski (2003)
  • LGR (2004)
  • Multi WR (2004-2006)
  • Internal Replay (2012)
  • External Replay (2012)
  • Rookie (2003-2013)
  • Site (2003-2013)
  • Community Award (2007-2013)
  • Team (2004-2015)


From GAA05 and onwards the voting has been based on a five-step voting process. The practice has proved the process to take 2-3 months to go through.

First step: People in the community give their favoured suggestions to who should be nominated in the different categories in the proper GAA thread on Mopolauta. It is not compulsory to make suggestions in more than one category, but that is of course recommended.

Second step: The jury members will choose up to ten candidates to each category according to their experience and knowledge. They will be also reading the community's suggestions.

Third step: Now we have top10 for each category available and again the community can vote. In the past there were more strict rules about who were allowed to vote in this step, such as having posted some suggestions in the first step, but nowadays this is not enforced. People don't have to vote in every category but if they do vote in some category they must pick their top5 and not just top1 or top3.

Fourth step: The jury will collect the top5 for each category according absolutely to the community votes. The point system will be as follows: 5 points to every first position, 4 points to every second position etc. This will be the top5 to be used in the final show.

Fifth step: The different jury members will vote over the different categories, and the community will also give 2 votes to the candidate who got most points in the third step, and 1 vote to the candidate who got the second-most points. The different jury members' votes will not be public. In the event of a tie, the candidate who got most points from community in the third step will win. If there still is a tie, the one who got most 5 points will win, then 4 points etc. If the winner cannot be resolved by this, the jury will come together and discuss the matter to declare a winner. However, if the voter turnout in a category is 30 or more, the results are calculated directly from the third step points, and the jury members will participate in the third step as members of the community.

Past shows

Golden Apple Awards 2003
Golden Apple Awards 2004
Golden Apple Awards 2005
Golden Apple Awards 2006
Golden Apple Awards 2007
Golden Apple Awards 2008
Golden Apple Awards 2009
Golden Apple Awards 2010
Golden Apple Awards 2011
Golden Apple Awards 2012
Golden Apple Awards 2013
Golden Apple Awards 2014
Golden Apple Awards 2015
Golden Apple Awards 2016
Golden Apple Awards 2017

See also

List of GAA winners