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Steam is still completely broken, and it’s ruining PC Gaming

Valve’s once respected ‘hands-off’ approach to the management of the largest storefront in the world for PC Games has become nothing more than a symbol of laziness and negligence.

The once exclusive, prestigious club of games that had been chosen for syndication on the incredibly convenient and reliable service which lets you download your games anywhere has become swamped year over year without trash games, unfinished games, literally copy and pasted tutorials pretending to be games (Valve called them ‘Fake Games’ but didn’t get rid of any), and even game listings that are missing files of any kind (wow).

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Steam became a joke in recent years for allowing terrible, half-baked games like The Slaughtering GroundsDay One: Garry’s Incident,  and Guise of the Wolf; all of which were so bad that their creators attempted to censor and sue critics like Jim Sterling and TotalBiscuit who dared to give players a warning not to buy them. Pathetically, one of these three games has not even been removed from Steam to this day even though each had its own mega-scandal during the 2013-2014 time period.

During the initial days of Steam’s downfall, a program called Steam Greenlight was introduced as a way for indie game developers to get their titles on the platform. The reason for this action was that Valve became too negligent to continue actually curating the games that deserved to be on their service after a massive flood of wanna-be indie devs began chasing after the success witnessed in 2010-2012 by indie titles on Steam such as Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac, Castle Crashers, and so on.

These titles remind us of a better time in which PC Gaming was represented well by cream of the crop indie games that made it the cutting edge of gameplay design and the envy of console owners. Steam made PC seem like a great place for gamers to play more games with less focus on graphics and generic styles but instead more focus on fun factor, gameplay quality, and innovation.

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Valve’s plan to end bad games overload and review key scammers with #SteamDirect – Insider Knowledge Revealed

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PC’s #1 Gaming Critic John “TotalBiscuit” Bain recently met with Valve as part of a consulting team invited for face time by Valve (developer of Half Life series, Portal series, and creator of Steam, SteamVR, and more). Some of the topics being revealed by PC Gamers over the recent years and online personalities, such as Jim Sterling and TotalBiscuit, let us know that Steam has a lot of great games being somewhat hidden at times by ‘not-so-great’ games. Valve finally broke silence in the aforementioned meetings and recognized that it does acknowledge the problem, breaks it down into 3 categories, and calls out the essential attack of ‘Fake Games’ that attempt to make a profit from very little actual game development.

Steam Direct is a new system that will look to overhaul Steam Curators, Steam Greenlight, the Steam Queue and the customization of the Steam Store Page in general. In addition to this program, there will be a new set of discovery options as well called Steam Explorers.

Steam Support (Overhauled Recently):

  • Two External 3rd Party Companies Answering Steam Support Tickets.
  • A Subdivision Within Valve Handles Steam Support Tickets External 3rd Party Companies Can’t Handle.
  • Automated Steam Refund System Has Already Been Implemented.

Steam Explorers (In Development):

  • Games That Failed To Reach A Certain Level Of Exposure In Their First Weeks.
  • Plans to Allow People To Find Hidden Gems.
  • Player Data and response to suggested games will be transparently provided and used in graphs and future discovery queue recommendations through Steam.
  • Refunds for Steam Explorers program currently does not count against regular Steam Refunds system.
  • Multiplayer Lobby Planning, Forums.

Steam Curators (Overhaul Coming):

  • Help Players Find Better Games.
  • More Ways To Filter Games, Search Using Tags.
  • Tailored To The Curator’s Internal Genre Labeling.
  • Curator Can Customize Page In Various Ways.
  • Showcasing of games within “Collections” of curated games currently on Steam Sale, Top Lists, Genre Lists, and more. Create custom sales recommendations lists, and provide social / information overhauls.
  • Users can soon immediately play video from a Curator’s game recommendation or a visual preview if the review is written. All before deciding to leave Steam or not.
  • Valve believes more Curators will make Steam’s ‘Fake Games’ problem or ‘Bad Games’ problem go away.
  • Curators will now be able to see their influence through lots of information that will soon be available from the Steam Client itself. This will allow Curators to master their craft and carve paths of games for players to try.

Bad Rats

Steam Reviews Systems:

The developers and publishers of games on Steam will now be able to give Reviewers direct access to their games without issuing Steam Keys which have become the target of scamming rings online and gray market websites allowing the sale of games online. Steam Curators and the Steam Client itself will now be able to facilitate a secure, safe way for Curators, Reviewers, YouTube’rs, Twitch Streamers, and generally influential fans of a series, genre, or platform in general.

All of these tools in general in addition to the new Steam Curators tools, Steam Explorers program, are part of Valve’s plan to end an overload of bad games on Steam and attack the notion that review key scammers can’t be stopped. The access of games is just one small piece to the entire working puzzle, but will be an important one as it gives incentive for the gamers who make these systems alive and actually work. There are even other curation examples listed such as good versus bad dubs / voice acting, localization support, and more.

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Jokes like the Bad Rats infamously horrible game that goes on sale for under a dollar typically every year, and gets gifted to new Steam players as a cruel and unusual punishment – is just a deadly reminder that we have a long way to go before Valve can truly say they’ve cleaned up Steam. As usual though, they are opting to give gamers the tools to customize all of the various Steam pages and providing many ways to discover new games.

With the power handed over to gamers, Valve again remains impartial in their public judgement of bad games unless absolutely necessary. The system upgrades planned intend to allow the gamers to craft the way for good games and clear a path for great ones without Valve themselves ever stepping in.

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SYM: Social Anxiety Simulation Video Game On Steam for Windows PC & Mac OS X

Social Anxiety Simulation Video Games

Released recently by indie publisher Mastertronic, SYM is a socially aware game that takes head-on the issue of Social Anxiety in an attempt at making players able to better understand or perhaps even provide a new perception of the issue for those suffering from it in their daily lives. Puzzle elements are used in tandem with shape-shifting platformer video game mechanics to portray a tale of night and day differences between emotions and feelings as a simulated Social Anxiety Experience. For a limited time, the game is discounted to 20% off at $6.39 and features a Level Editor extending replayability, Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards, and was originally green-lit by a community where it has received positive reviews thus far.

Check out the trailer for SYM below:

 

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Popular Mobile Card Game “Cards And Castles” Has Been Listed As A Steam Greenlight Game

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Bit Mass LLC is bringing their popular IOS/Android Card Game “Cards and Castles” to the PC and the company recently listed the title on Steam’s Green Light service to let the community decide to place to the game on Valve’s Digital Distribution Platform. In Cards and Castles, players defend their castles with cards that contain warriors, wizards, scouts, and other soldiers as well as powerful spells. In addition to this, players put together more castle points to dispatch more units onto the field. The player that brings down their foe’s castle first wins the game, making strategy key if players want to advance deeper into the game’s scenario mode or compete into the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. If you would like to learn more about the game check my interview with Matt Siegel of Bit Mass LLC on djkillzownjones.com then keep it locked to RGN for all of your “Cards And Castles” News.

Cards And Castles: EPIC Trailer!

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ZombieRun – Steam Greenlight Trailer #IndieGame #GameDev #Indie #Steam

ZombieRun Steam Greenlight

Platform: PC / Mac / Linux
Genre: Multiplayer retro zombie platformer

Description:
ZombieRun is retro platformer with the aim to bring sexy back to local multiplayer gaming.

ZombieRun features classical weapons, gang of living dead and superpowers. Yes, you have SUPERPOWERS.

Vote On Steam Greenlight Page

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FRONTIERS – Final Greenlight Trailer [HD 1080P]

FRONTIERS

The Final Greenlight Trailer for FRONTIERS is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition.

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Steam Greenlight Will be Dead In The Next 12 Months

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Earlier this week developer Jonathan Biddle of Curve studios relieved via his personal twitter account that he had talked to developers from Valve and they told him that in the next year Steam Greenlight would be removed from Steam (Valve’s Digital Distribution Service) as previously announced by Valve CEO Gabe Newell. Gabe had also stated that a new system would replace Steam Greenlight for a more user interactive system that would allow them to take part in curating games and content as it was previous used only by indie developers. Steam Greenlight was a great service for its time but will its replacement improve what is already great system to discover new and original games on Steam? Will Valve let the users list indie games and other titles that are not available on steam and send confirmation to the developer to then post them on the Steam Store front? Steam fans will have to wait and see but as always check back to RGN for more info on this story as it develops.

Some infomation in this article was sourced from Develop Online.

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The Mims: Beginning Hands-On Preview

The Mims: Beginning

The Mims: Beginning is a funny take on the strategy genre. From the very start of the game the player will find themselves introduced to a clan of Mims. The Mims are creatures from outer-space that are stranded on an unknown planet and the player is their only hope for survival. From the start of the commentary the captain and his fellow Mims have a humorous way about them. Which is written into the dialogue by the developers, which in my opinion, is very refreshing for the strategy genre.

The  game starts out with the Mims explaining the very basics of the game. By walking the player through each of the buildings so that the play can understand how the economy works. This is very helpful because with every building there is a text box that pops up, explaining the importance of each building and how it helps the city and the Mims overall. The Mims are aware that of player and asks that they save them and help them survive. The Mims also seem to obsess over bio-pudding which is presumably a delicacy among their kind and is humorous.

The Mims: Beginning

Besides building the city on this island there is also the importance of actually taking care of the Mim’s. Happiness as well as keeping their stamina high. This is so they can continue to do their job. This is done with the power or PSI powers. These are unlocked  as  the player progresses through the game. Some of these have limited uses while others can be used over and over. The world itself depends on the Mims to produce Biomass from fruits which they chuck into very large juicers and as well as wind turbines. Turbines are  necessary buildings that also allow the creation of more buildings as well.

Gems are the in-game currency and can be made my selling animals that are made from the biolab, grown on the island ,and then sold to the space port. Giving the game a feeling that it is an ever-evolving world that is being played out for the user. The game also has a great sense of humor and that is what I found that may draw in new users to this genre. The gameplay the color pallet is beautiful, the game is also very bright and vibrant, and items in the world actually stand out. One of the features that really stands is the Smell-O-Meter.  The Smell-O-Meter indicates what smells the most on the island. The smells can be from either fruit or the creatures on the island. The Smell-O-Meter can also warn the player of predators off in the horizon.

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The world that the Mim’s are stranded is always evolving and there is seemingly always new challenges which they must face in order to survive. I can’t wait to see what the developers will add to the experience once the fully game is out. You can support them over at Steam Greenlight and you can download their demo right off their site at http://www.mimsthegame.com/ and try it out today!

Official Beta Trailer:

Preview Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the developer for the purpose of this hands-on preview.

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Kickstarter News: Darkblood Chronicles Aims To Remaster The RPG Genre

Darkblood Chronicles Kickstarter

In more ways than one the developers of Darkblood Chronicles is attempting to pull at our role playing game heart-strings in order to raise the $16,000 CAD that they need to create Darkblood Chronicles: Remastered Edition. Not only would this project modernize a tight RPG that hails its inspirations from titles like Persona, Parasite Eve, Shadowhearts, and Clock Tower – but also in a way are we not seeking to remaster the entire genre by funding games like this? Great indie games are rejuvenating fragile genres like FPS and RPG right now and if you’d like to learn more about this particular title take a look at the video below and don’t forget to Visit The Darkblood Chronicles: Remastered Edition Kickstarter Page.

Darkblood Chronicles Steam

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BeamNG.drive Steam Greenlight Video [HD]

BeamNG drive Steam Greenlight Video

The following Steam Greenlight Video for BeamNG.drive is presented below in high definition. Click here to visit its Greenlight page and consider voting for this game to be put up on Steam.

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Monkey Mofo Gets Let’s Play Gameplay Footage [HD]

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Monkey Mofo is featured in the following footage which shows early gameplay off the puzzle title. Monkey Mofo is an upcoming Windows PC / Mac OS X / Android / iOS game arriving from developer Lucky Red Fish soon.

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Kickstarter News: Tech Industry Tycoon Needs Just Under 5 Grand In 40 Days

Tech Industry Tycoon - RealGamerNewz - Indie Games

If you’ve ever been interested in a sim game that offers an experience of running your very own tech industry company, then now is the chance to support just a project. The following clip pithes the idea behind Tech Industry Tycoon (Kickstarter Link Here) from developer WEB Gaming Entertainment based out of New York which has already raised over $2,500 and needs less than $5,000 over the course of the next 40 days in order to achieve its ultimate goal of presenting the game to the public on GamersGate.com and more if successfully funded.

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FPS Creator Reloaded Gets Steam Greenlight Approval – Make Your Own Shooters [HD Trailer]

FPS Creator Reloaded - Steam Greenlight

Make your own First Person Shooter games with FPS Creator Reloaded from the team that brought you the original back in the old days when the FPS genre was in its golden age and PC Gaming was thriving. Now PC Gaming makes its massive comeback, and FPS Creator Reloaded is here. Vote Now On Steam Greenlight.

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IndieGoGo News: The Mims: Beginning Needs Barely Over A Thousand To Be Successfully Funded

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We recently covered The Mims: Beginning in a Steam Greenlight News Post detailing the title and wanted to provide an update for those who may be looking forward to the colorful RTS that takes place on alien worlds. Currently the game has received $4,359 of its $5,500 goal meaning that just a little bit over a grand is separating the developers from getting funded or not. This isn’t too much of a worry as there is still 34 days left of time, but if you or people you know would love to play this game then getting the word out through ThunderClap or on your own is a great thing to do right now.

Those who would like to donate can do so at IndieGoGo and various amounts of donation come with different rewards including the usual early access to the game. The Mims is also up for Steam Greenlight so send in your thumbs up votes if you’re a fan of the genre and want to see something new.

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Steam Greenlight News: A Unique RTS Emerges Called The Mims: Beginning

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On Steam Greenlight (as well as the lesser known Thunder Clap social awareness booster) today is a new title being crowdfunded with a $5,500 budget (being raised over the next 47 days) on IndieGoGo and an impressively well put together pitch for gamers to digest while waiting for the full release. The title is already 18 months in development and has come very far including being playable internally for testing and visibly publicly in the video at the bottom of this article (gameplay, story, and dev diary all in one).

The Mims: Beginning is the game we’ve been talking about and is a 3D Real-Time Strategy / Adventure Game with humor involved, and yet it is more than that. On other planets the player takes the role of a leader helping colonists to expand and defend themselves in an area that was not originally their own. Fast reaction time and thoughtful moves are required though the game will serve both Adventure game audience as well as RTS vets.

With a mix of Strategy elements like building structures and commanding units as well as Adventure features like automated artificial intelligence and story-driven directives, The Mims: Beginning is already well underway. Take a look at the video below and see for yourself what the team at Squatting Penguins has put together so far.

The Mims Beginning

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