Steam is pumping out mediocre games at an alarming speed. Is the digital download service going downhill? We discuss.
"Steam is pumping out mediocre games at an alarming speed" I had no idea Steam was a developer making games
True but the author makes a valid point. Even though steam is just a distribution service, pumping out mediocre or crappy titles makes people lose faith in indie titles available on steam. It is a problem that has plagued mobile gaming and Value should look hard at what has happened to mobile stores like the App store and the play store. It is a problem Valve needs to fix asap.
That's the description, that's not the article. Maybe you'd like to read my work before making up your own mind?
@WillGJ, N4G is a place where books do get judged by their covers (description). If you don't want people judging your work by that then don't be such a tryhard to get clicks. Honest and unbiased work will do you fine (see Dual Shockers).
If the headlne isn't a true representation of the article then this will happen on n4g, it's what n4g does. Look in every sensationalised headline post. On a side note, it was an interesting read. Thanks
Testfire, sorry but your statement became invalid when you included Dualshockers in there. That site is the definition of click-bait.
LOL dualcockers!!! That's the worst site on n4g. They flaimbait articles all the time then get their staff to approve them and troll the comment section. It doesn't take a genius to see the pattern they leave. You can't hide the similar comment styles, grammar and spelling mistakes of multiple accounts. Trying to say dualcockers has integrity. That's the pond scum of n4g. Lol you kill me Bro.
* The Blame is those who choose to make said crappy games. Developer's are KNOWINGLY making bad games....and we aren't doing a good enough job on calling them out on it. Not just generically or with a broad brush. I mean we need to be individually embarrassing these developers and shaming them for their terrible and obviously money driven efforts. If ALL the attention within the gaming community on Monday was about some indie developer who made a horrible game and gave the facts why and it was a money grab, AT LEAST we would get the word out to people and nobody would ever take that Dev seriously again. STEAM is awesome, but there is a bit too much trash to pick through just to find the treasure.
Thing is that Valve have actually banned Steam tags which would've helped with identifying this. A tag that is still available that I love is "Ride to Hell". Good tag to look out for when identifying if a game is just terrible.
Interesting...I never payed much attention to tags...maybe I should.
Yeah, this is a stupid article. People make bad games sometimes.
Not sure I agree. Especially since the games almost all have metaratings listed on their page and forum links attached to the right of the store page. Yes there are a lot of mediocre games but no one is forcing you to buy them. And the format is such that it is easy to browse or search by metacritic score. If anything it is THE place to go to when looking for an indie game.
I don't think it's Steam job to monitor the games quality that goes on the store because: 1. Quality is subjective thus denying a game would cause friction with devs. 2. Responsibility needs to fall on the gamers to do their own research on a game before a purchase. 3. It would likely be taxing on the team at Steam to quality test all the games on their platform. 4. They are only a distributor, for the most part, so they have no obligation to. I think saying there are many "mediocre games" in a marketplace can be said about almost any digital store. Netflix doesn't filter out mediocre movies or iTunes for mediocre music because you can't...It's all opinionated.
That's why it's called an opinion piece. Also the Netflix recently added category (which disappears on the UK end because they barely add anything) isn't over-flowing with god awful rubbish.
"That's why it's called an opinion piece." Alright? Well didn't I just give my opinion on it.
Steam might just be running out of steam
That pun just made writing that all worth while. I'm now upset I didn't think of it :)
Weak title. Also, hasn't everyone who sells games (retail or online) been pumping out mediocre games for years?
Yeah if we're counting "mediocre" titles EA and Ubisoft would have to have many of their games extricated from the store.
I stopped reading the minute the writer dropped the f-bomb. I don't get it why so many video game websites allow such unprofessionalism. And it seriously shows a lack of creative vocabulary on the part of the writer.
I don't understand why people get so offended over words.
I'm not offended. I just appreciate good writing, that's all. There are literally thousands of words to choose from and if the only way you can get your point across is to use profanity, then you are not a good writer. If I want listen to an adolescent in a state of arrested development all I have to do is read the comment sections of N4G. @cody I agree with you. It is the parent's job to "govern" what their kids look at on the internet. And I don't wear panties.
But they're are so many professionals that swear. David Scott Jaffe springs to mind immediately. VG247 is another website that doesn't get their panties in a twist over a cuss word. I know there's kids that surf this website...but it's not our, nor the mods jobs to "govern" other peoples children on the internet. That's the parents job!!!! If you want a read with a plethora of vocabulary.. use an Oxford Dictionary or Funk and Wagnalls. That's got vocabulary that'll keep you entertained up until your quinquagenarian years. On topic: This is the top five games on Steam 754,942 Peak Players Today-Dota2 153,326 Peak Players Today-CS:GO 73,309 Peak Players Today-Team Fortress 2 58,708 Peak Players Today- Unturned 56,154 Peak Players Today- Football Manager 2014 http://store.steampowered.c... Tbh that's not that impressive for approximately 6.6 Million users. And the numbers hardly differ at weekends. Give or take a hundred thousand at weekends for DOTA2's case.... and ten thousand for the others. I think the service as a whole has taken a nose dive. There's no wonder GabeN and the VaLVe team are going full steam ahead with Steam Box(PC in a console package for PC Beginners)..it's quite obvious they also want a piece of that console pie.
steam/pc platform has so much more in its library than any 1 console that its hard to use the top few games to make claims. i mean xbox1/ps4 are so new they have hardly any games when compared to the mountain of titles on steam/pc. this is going to lead to pc userbase being far more spread out rather than clumped together in the same 10 popular titles at all times like on console.
Whoa what, Footable Manager is in the top games played? Lol, am I missing out on something there?
6.6 million users and over 1 million total players at peak for each of the top 5 games over the last 24 hours ISN'T impressive? What exactly IS impressive to you????
Thanks for the response.
If your policy is to allow virtually anything into your store, you will end up with tons of crap. There's no getting around that. You can see that in every app store. problem is it can color your perception of the service as being nothing but a shovelware distributor. Why this doesn't happen with movies, I don't know. Maybe because in gaming you can always move to another platform where the grass seems greener. In movies you don't do that, you just sift through.
Steam is doing fine. They still have a Massive selection of AAA titles. It's quite easy to sift through the games to find something you like. All the games have comments attached so it's not like you are going in blind on your purchase. My Pc crew uses Steam for the big games anyways. We have a few indie gems, but that certainly isn't what draws gamers to Steam.
Author hit the nail on the head...very well said...steam summer sale used to be exciting, browsing steam used to entice you, now its like that small town tourist fair that you go in once expecting to find something worthwhile and then realize its just another small town fair with the same crap every other has. you can even swear you saw that old bitch selling the ugly green coat in the previous town. And yes, we do have to support indie devs that do *good games*. Just not that obnoxious hipster that thinks his version of "snake" is so 2014.
just cause i go to the store and i see stuff i dont want in addition to things i do want doesnt mean the store is going downhill. this is the most self centered thing ive ever heard. hey look a game i dont want....steam is ruined for me now since i know this exists. its like refusing to go to walmart cause i am offended by the sight of womens under garments on open display. hey easy fix why dont i stop going to the womens under garment section of walmart...... and next time im on steam i can just ignore the things i dont want to buy...oh they showed up on the front page...oh well time to move on with life and not be an ocd tard
What the heck?! why complain for a big selection of games, those "mediocre" games have an audience you know, if you don't like it don't buy it, many people enjoy those little digest games between their AAA diet so why limit options, those games don't put in danger the service, is like b-movies, is good to watch one of those from time to time, I love gaming as it is right now, I play little phone games, facebook games, AAA games, console games , PC games, portable games, I love my 3ds and my VITA alike, being an omnigamer is the ultimate bliss in my hobby, I claim no allegiance to any platform or brand!! I SIDE WITH GAMING XD
Exactly, how can a greater selection of games be bad. In a free market cream rises to the top anyway. I rather have the full menu of games than be dictated to me what's worthy of my time and money. They key word here is 'choice'.
Mediocre titles or not, I'm glad steam has a place where devs can put out their work. Steam is doing a good thing with greenlight, early access, demos etc The forums combined with the community activities, steam is now becoming a sole platform for gamers and devs to create a strong gaming community. Yes there will be a bunch of crap games among good ones. Thats something Steam will have to remedy. There are always challenges. I'm glad steam is open to the concepts.
In a way I do agree with the author about the constant mobile game ports. Yeah I build a PC to play phone games through Steam. Also less and less indie or mainstream bundle sales. The issue with Green Light is that it didn't explain what it was ; which it was to be able to allow the community to choose the games worthy to be on Steam. To think that only gems will be on greenlight is ridiculous. Console manufacturers go through the same thing meaning they get all these game developers showing them their games. Out of those games only the games that fit with the ideology of the console maker, guarantee to sell consoles, and has the makings of becoming a franchise or hit are welcomed to the console. That's what greenlight is, it allows gamers to choose the games based on popular vote from every game that comes to greenlight whether that game is rotten or amazing depends on the popular vote of te community. That's the problem the community can't tell a bad game from a good game. That's why there's some stinky gamew on Steam. Second early access, the gamer invest the game not buys it . That's the issue right there gamers believe they are buying a game not an investment. The other issue and is a big one lack of refund . Gamers should be legally be allowed to get a refund from their investment like a publisher if the early access game is going nowhere or the developer is looking to scam or going for a quick cash. The other major issue is gamers like a publisher should be allowed to pay whatever amount on say early access game for is an investment two the game is still in the drawing board and finally it prevents game developers from abusing the system, scamming gamers, or doing money grabs. Early Access that's what Valve should fix asap. The other one Valve needs to bring back the percentage bar to greenlight games to see how popular game is . But in order for Steam to regain Steam both Valve and its community need to work hand in hand....... Remember Steam is a service and the only gaming service that the community is in charge of the service collaborating with its creator Valve.
If Greenlight required you to have as many no votes as yes votes, or required you to put a deposit down on a game to vote yes - it would be a great contribution to gaming. As it is FAR to much festering, unplayable garbage is being foisted onto the public.
What do you mean by deposit and that's why the percentage bar should return to see how popular the game is and how long it will take the game to get pass greenlight. Sifting through stinky games to get to some hidden gems is a pain in the ass I know but is the same Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo go through when it comes to creating the game libraries of their product. So is realistic yes but I guess the best solution is for gamers to create their own mini stores.....
Nope its the double edge sword of the indie genre. While there are a handful of amazing games that are indie 80% of indies are mediocre. Steam is just the easiest to release on.
Man this guy can't write.
Some might say his articles are overwhelmingly mediocre and he is headed on a downhill streak.
Most games are mediocre, on any platform
Steam is not making any games. They have simply opened up the platform to indies. Indies produce 100x more volume than AAA, and generally 99% of it is garbage.
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