Steam: Valve now accepts Greenlight refunds!

Update: As DoubleD pointed out in the comment below: This is not about Greenlight games…. It’s about the Greenlight fee you had to pay in order to put something on Greenlight. Sorry for the retardation :D I didn't realize what I wrote... That's right, from now on you can request a refund for those shitty Greenlight games that you've bought. At least according to this reddit post.

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Valve to replace Steam Greenlight with Steam Direct!

At first Steam Greenlight was looking really good, the idea of it, but today I can easily say that the Steam store has been cluttered with all of those shitty games that no one wants to play and fake reviews for free games. Valve has been dissatisfied with Steam Greenlight as well, even Gabe Newell described the system as "probably bad for the Steam community" in 2013. A year later, he stated outright that they have to "make Greenlight go away, not because it's not useful, but because we're evolving". The direction of that evolution was finally revealed! New system called Steam Direct is coming this spring. It will enable developers to get their games on Steam without having to pass an approval process first. Greenlight helped the indie developers. It also ended up bringing in a lot of money. Valve said that there are now more than 100 Greenlight games that have earned at least $1 million each, many of which likely would not have been released on Steam under the pre-Greenlight rules. Changes on Steam like: user reviews, refund system and the implementation of Steam Curators have all improved the experience for both users and developers, the next step "is to establish a…

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Valve asking devs to no longer give games for Greenlight votes

Here's what Valve thinks about giving game codes in exchange for Steam Greenlight votes: "When you give away copies of your game in exchange for votes, you put us in a really uncomfortable position." "We do not think these votes accurately reflect customer interest and it makes our job harder in deciding which games customers would actually buy and play on Steam." "Additionally. when you give away copies of your game for votes, then every other developer on Greenlight thinks that is now the thing they need to do in order to get noticed. We don't think that is healthy for the system or really what customers want." "We understand that running contests or giving away copies of your game can be viewed as a form of marketing. But for the purposes of Greenlight we don't think that giving away copies of your game in exchange for votes accurately reflects genuine customer interest." Finally some changes are coming to Greenlight. I personally hate this system because the Steam store is cluttered with shitty games all over the place without the ability to filter them out, I know there are some golden games on Greenlight that users love but most of…

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Hatred back on Steam Greenlight, thanks to Gabe!

This is awesome! According to the game's developers, Gabe Newell contacted them to say the following: "Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn't up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, and we'll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers." - Gabe Newell It seems that Gabe is a cool guy! See the Greenlight page in here.


Hatred removed from Steam Greenlight after few hours

Steam Greenlight is one of those things that sounded good in theory but after a while most of the gamers I know hate it, so many crappy, unfinished games on there it's kind of funny. Of course ther are exceptions but few weeks ago they allowed Postal on Greenlight without any problem and when the makers of Hatred put up their mass murdering game on Steam Greenlight it gets taken off the store after few hours. "Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we'll be taking it down," Valve's Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer And why is that? How is this different from the upcoming GTA V release on the PC where you can literally do the same thing with a bunch of pedestrains and hookers. I understand that this game seems hardcore on the trailer but it's not for the kids. And if some guy gets "inspired" by this title, well TV can do the same thing. See the trailer for Hatred on YouTube:


Steam Greenlight approves 37 more titles!

The full list is below. Cool games over there, including action-horror Source mod Underhell, retro platformer Tiny Barbarian DX, the illustrated adventure horror Neverending Nightmares (screenshot above), and a lot more. Aartform Curvy 3D 3.0 Alien Swarm FP Axis Game Factory – AGF PRO v01.0 Blood of the Werewolf CastleMiner Z Elder Sign: Omens The Fall Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold The Fifth Day FOTONICA Fortress Forever Fran Bow Half-Life 2: Capture the Flag Hot Tin Roof Ikaruga Infinity Wars InkFish J.U.L.I.A. Enhanced Edition Metal War Online Montague’s Mount Neighbours from Hell Compilation Neverending Nightmares Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Portal Remake Mod Ravensword: Shadowlands Real World Racing RimWorld Starship Corporation Steam Marines Tiny Barbarian DX TowerClimb The Sparkle 2: EVO (un)Lucky7 Underhell Universum: War Front Violett Wrack


Gabe Newell’s new vision for Steam: More choice

Gabe commented on Steam's approval process: Steam is a "dictatorship" and that has to change. At a candid talk at the University of Texas recently, Newell outlined his vision of where Steam is going: doing away with the approval process, converting Steam into a network API that any developer can call, transferring ownership of its "boring" storefront to its users and, surprisingly, killing off the "Greenlight" crowd-voted approval process introduced just months ago. Steam’s approval process "One of the worst characteristics of the current Steam system is that we've become a bottleneck. There's so much content coming at us that we just don't have enough time to turn the crank on the production process of getting something up on Steam. So whether we want to or not, we're creating artificial shelf space scarcity.” "So the right way to do that is to make Steam essentially a network API that anyone can call. Now, this is separate from issues about viruses and malware. But essentially, it's like, anyone can use Steam as a sort of a distribution and replication mechanism.” "It's the consumers who will draw it through. It's not us making a decision about what should or shouldn't be available.…

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Weekend Deals 01.02.2013 (updated)

Sunday update:

Desura is having a sale for Cell: emergence for 0,77€.
GameStop is selling Skyrim a lot cheaper (Steam redeemable) although to me $40 for it is still too much.
Amazon is selling Duke Nukem Forever for a little over $5 (Stream redeemable).
GamersGate added another deal which is Death Rally for 2,24€ (Stream redeemable).
Green Man Gaming also added another deal for Just Cause 2 at $3.74 (Steam redeemable) and Sniper Ghost Warrior for $2 (non-Steam). Strike Suit Zero is a little more but it’s a new game, you can get it for $12 (Steam redeemable) with this coupon GMG25-T6JV8-1NPBA.

Saturday update:

Updated the post with Sleeping Dogs deal at 75% off (activates on Steam).

Oh boy I haven’t done this in a long time! Here are some of the deals I’ve found for the weekend and since I might not have the time to update this post later I’m throwing in everything I found for the day and maybe more on Sunday.



Steam Greenlight adds software category!

Steam Greenlight has been updated today, adding the ability for developers to post non-gaming software for consideration by the Community. Software in Steam Greenlight will work just like games, where Valve is looking to the community to provide data on what they would like to see made available via Steam. Launched on August 30, Greenlight allows developers and publishers to post information and media about their game or application in an effort to convince Community members that their work should be released on Steam. For more details and to vote on submitted software, go here. Source: Steam Powered


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