Why Steam Trading Cards Should Embarrass Microsoft and Sony

IGN: "Steam’s recently introduced trading card system might just be the most brilliant consumer loyalty program ever devised within the video game industry."

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dedicatedtogamers1854d ago

TBH, gaming needs to move AWAY from meta-achievements, not deeper into it. Cards are fun, but they're cancer in multiplayer games. Anyone think that hats actually improved Team Fortress 2? Well, cards are every game that supports them.

Theo11301854d ago

Un, they just drop on randomly and or If you've played a certain amount of time, so they're not tied to specific achievements like some xbox/ps3 games.

darx1854d ago

I don't think he read the article.

theEx1Le1854d ago

I really dont think you understand how the system works.

yeahokchief1854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

Article kinda neglects how you get a ton of exclusive free themes and icons via PS Plus.

I wouldn't buy anything for trading cards or any digital nonsense if I get back into pc gaming. Just loads of DotA2.

aliengmr1854d ago

Enticing gamers to play games, its shameful.

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mayberry1854d ago

TBH, PS+ gives out way more free games and content than what this article is stating that steam cards gives out, and I have, I think at least 3 web sites stored in my favorites on my ps3 web browser that have free themes including
Animated themes!

darx1854d ago

You have to pay for PS+

badz1491854d ago

...and you have to pay for Steam games too! what's your point again?

on PS+, they decide what FREE games and discounted items you get on offer but on Steam, they decide discounted items you get on offer. the FREE games part is what makes the PS+ well worth it as Sony has been proven that those free games aren't shit either!

PeaSFor1854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

the other day i saw that sleeping dogs, saints row3, just cause2, DeusEx, XCOM..etc was discounted on steam...... but that just too bad because thx to PS+ i already cleared them.

papashango1854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

theres more free to play content on steam then you'll ever get on ps+

lets not even get into the workshop if you don't want ps+ to look even worse.

Corpser1854d ago


I rather pay $5 each for much prettier versions of these games on Steam than getting the barebones ps3 versions for "free"

stragomccloud1854d ago

It should be noted that you don't own any of the PS+ "free" games. Once you stop paying for PS+, you can't play the games anymore. You are basically renting them for a short period of time. So you really can't compare it. After all, steam games are ludicrously cheap at times. You can buy more games permanently for probably the same price or cheaper than the "free" games on PS+.

Steam is just so much more convenient, and let's play the games with a console controller, and depending on your specs, you can play the games at settings that can make the games look leagues better.

yeahokchief1854d ago

PS Plus > Steam

PS+ sales were cheaper than Steam sales this year for a lot of games and thats not even including the 1,000s of dollars of free ones.

Corpser1854d ago


Not even close, let me give you a few prices from this past summer sale

Dishonored $10
Borderlands 2 season pass $10
Tomb Raider $12.49
Tomb Raider Anni/Legend $0.80
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon $6.74

Your turn, name some (any?) games on ps+ sales that are better than steam sale prices

Not to mention you get the best looking version of these games on pc

Ragthorn1854d ago

Yea tell him lol, Steam sales are some of the best deals you can get around, I would buy from other places like gog,greenmangaming, and direct2drive, but I just want all my games in one place, and bought from the same place. Btw I got those games you said there as well lol!

PeaSFor1853d ago

im on steam since they launched the service
and also have PS+ since day one(and member until december 2017 in enticipation for the ps4....thats how much psplus is satisfying for me), and yeah im well aware on how Sony service work, what i said is even if steam offer me nice discounted games, it wont appeal me much as seeing Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD, Battlefield3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception,Just Cause 2, Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third, Machinarium, Hard Corp:Uprising, Sideway: New York, Choplifter HD, Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone, Little Big Planet 2, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, LittleBigPlanet: Karting, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Gotham City Imposters, Renegade Ops, The Walking Dead (Ep. 1 & 2), Bloodrayne Betrayal, Outland, Borderlands, Double Dragon Neon, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, NFL Blitz, King of Fighters XIII, PAYDAY: The Heist, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Quantum Conundrum, Dungeon Defenders, Gravity Rush, Jet Set Radio, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Bioshock 2, Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Rochard, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Retro City Rampage, NBA Jam: On Fire, Chronovolt, Mega Man 9 & 10, Darksiders, Foosball 2012, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, Guardians of Middle Earth, Closure, Vanquish, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, Plants Vs. Zombies, Spec Ops: The Line, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Tekken VI, The Cave, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, Demon’s Souls, Labyrinth Legends, Malicious, SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny, Zombie Tycoon 2, Sleeping Dogs, Knytt Underground, Pinball Arcade, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Germinator, Blaz Blue, Metal Slug: XX for "FREE"(i clear them and voila).....oh and that list was only THIS year content.

so im not hating on steam(far from it since im using it a lot) but the peoples who simply try to resume ps+ by "an embarrassment" versus steam are clearly CLEARLY out of touch with reality and probably never been a user of the service.

LoveOfTheGame1853d ago

How did you get those games free? I had to pay Sony $50 to get those. Steam has much more for free the PS+.

Side Note: War of the Lions was on PS+? Which means I didn't have to buy it, I hate myself.

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theEx1Le1854d ago

No offense but what has PS+ got to do with this. They are in no way the same at all. The cards are included with a game you buy. Earned through games you play. Your comparison makes no sense.

s45gr321854d ago

While true, the downside is that trading cards are free plus according to IGN not me game developers make money out of these cards with PS Plus the developers don't make money. Second Valve makes money out of this and the gamer makes money. Not a lot but enough to buy kickass indies or dlc content. Is a win win for everyone involved.

Ragthorn1854d ago

But the deals I've seen on Steam appeal to me more than the deals on PS+, i just get the free games on PS+. Steam on summer and holiday sales, have community votes and select a few games for the community to vote for to get a large discount for. Dishonored was $10.19 on Steam recently from the community sale, really good deal which is why I picked it up, if I recall PS+ had it for $25 or $26, like 2 months ago. I love PS+, but imho I think Steam is best!

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Stsonic1854d ago

The cards would be a lot better if they actually had there own game.

matrixman921854d ago

i said something similar to this article a few days ago and got disagreed into oblivion....I really dont see why people dont like this route. I have over 100,000 gamerscore and it gets me literally nothing. I have about a dozen platinums and they get me nothing. How cool would it be if achievements or trophies got us something of worth and we could sell them or trade them in for money.

s45gr321854d ago

That's very cool indeed hopefully these trading cards have a mini game of sorts were the winner earns prizes like a free booster pack, $100.00, or a free game.

sypher1854d ago

thats what the whole bid for greatness is meant to be. Using your trophies as currency to bid on items.

matrixman921854d ago

thats a competition though..if u put in loads of work, you could potentially end up getting nothing if someone has more than u. With steam trading cards you are guaranteed to at least get something back.

AceBlazer131854d ago

Bid for greatness is just horrible did u see way bidders bet to win those prizes? Gold trophies in the thousands.

WeAreLegion1854d ago

I wish we could get an actual card game out of this. :/ That's what I want! A massive card game like Magic using all the characters from video games. That would be epic!

s45gr321854d ago

Now that would be awesome

yeahokchief1854d ago

Yep thats what i assumed the steam cards were used for. What do you use the cards for then if there isnt a game?

Seems everyone has been trying to cash in on card games recently between steam, naughty dog, blizzard etc

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