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The team dedicated to Linux games on Steam is currently testing out a new beta version of Steam Play which is based on software called Wine. If you’re a Linux user on your gaming computer (for whatever reason…) you’ll soon be able to play a lot more games thanks to their efforts!
The new Steam Play beta is using the modified distribution of Wine software, they call it Proton. It will allow you to run Windows games on your Linux machine “complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support”. Proton is using Vulkan API to run DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games which should work pretty smooth. There’s fullscreen, gaming controller support (pretty much from Xbox One, PS4 to Steam Controller) and more.
The most important thing is the performance and Valve claims that they have “greatly improved compared to vanilla Wine”.
However, the current beta supports only 27 games – inlcuding DOOM and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl. More games will be added soon. Games with “complex DRM or anti-cheat systems” may never run on Steam Play though and that’s understandable.
You can find out more about the beta, the full list of supported games, and how Proton works in the Steam post.
Steam introduced the Creator Homepages (currently in beta). It should players to discover and connect with new and existing developers. You can follow the developers and publishers or even get notified of any changes in their catalogs. That’s pretty neat!
How does it work?
- Any developer or publisher on the platform can now set up a customized homepage to showcase their full catalog of titles and content. Once set up, these homepages can be found by clicking on the developer or publisher name from the store page of your favorite games.
- On the homepages, you’ll find lists of top-selling or new released titles from that developer / publisher.
- A studio might divide its games into collections by genre or franchise, or could choose to highlight their fan-favorite or top-selling games.
- Regardless of how each developer or publisher chooses to customize their homepage, you can easily follow them to be notified when they release their next title or post an announcement. Newly released titles from developers or publishers that you follow will show up at the top of your Steam homepage and we’ll send you an e-mail to let you know that they’ve released something new (as with other Steam e-mail notifications, you can opt out at any time by visiting your e-mail preferences page).
Looking for more details?
Check out the original post on the Steam page.
I think it’s safe to say that after 10 years Steam is finally changing it’s user interface – and it looks great! You can check out the official website here and join the beta now to check it out on your own PC.
Keep in mind that it’s still has some small bugs and problems. Hopefully complete Steam redesign comes shortly after that because the current program is a joke comparing to Origin, UPlay and GOG. I’m not even gonna mention the Android version of the app…
Well Valve finally decided to end all of the controversial bullcrap and from now on they will allow every single game on Steam unless it has illegal content in it.
Here are the highlights from the Steam blog post:
- So we ended up going back to one of the principles in the forefront of our minds when we started Steam, and more recently as we worked on Steam Direct to open up the Store to many more developers: Valve shouldn’t be the ones deciding this. If you’re a player, we shouldn’t be choosing for you what content you can or can’t buy. If you’re a developer, we shouldn’t be choosing what content you’re allowed to create.
- With that principle in mind, we’ve decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling.
- We are going to enable you to override our recommendation algorithms and hide games containing the topics you’re not interested in. So if you don’t want to see anime games on your Store, you’ll be able to make that choice.
- Developers who build controversial content shouldn’t have to deal with harassment because their game exists, and we’ll be building tools and options to support them too.
The GDPR regulation is almost here. After May 25th all companies that opearate in European Union are bound to respect the new laws and our privacy.
Steam is going to need to get consent from EU individuals to obtain and store personally identifying information (like name, address, phone number, email etc). This should be performed by having a user “opt in” as under the GDPR regulations “consent cannot be assumed”. From now on every single company has to communicate in a clear and understandable way why the want our data and what are they going to do with it (or won’t do), how they protect it, where do they keep it etc.
If you’re an EU citizen here are your GDPR rights:
Ask what information is held on you and obtain copies of your information
Ask if your data has been passed to any other 3rd party or affiliate and obtain their details
Right to be forgotten – Request that all (or some) data be removed from their system
There is no guarantees that Steam will abide those rules. Most large companies and data controllers like Google or Amazon have only chosen to update their Privacy Policies, which is not 100% GDPR compliant. We’ll see how this turns out in the following weeks.
From now on you can also remove the data you’ve put in here by going into Tools>Erase personal data. To delete your account from SteamUnpowered simply go to your profile settings. If you have any other problem please send me a message on Steam.
It seems that in around two weeks Steam is going to remove (some) games with pornographic content, even though those games don’t really contain any of that (officially). The developers of Mutiny have even discounted their game so that people could buy it before it disappears completely from Steam – you’ll still be able to play that game and download it from you account, even though it won’t be in the Steam store anymore.
According to that developers the new change violates what Valve Software agreed to before. In fact, the whole Visual Novel genre on Steam is feeling the effects of that decision. Every developer, either big or small, is having their games pulled. The message is clear, if your game contains any kind of anime-inspired sexy themes you’re in trouble while other games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, The Witcher 3 (seriously) and others stay intact.
This is something that shouldn’t be happening at all, what do you guys think? Where will the anime games go? GOG? Origin?
Update: Turns out that Valve’s plan is currently on hold as they have sent out letters to game developers. By the way it’s probably this website’s fault that this even started. Here they even mention The Witcher 3.
Weird times when you can just watch hundreds of movies with violent killing scenes and weapons but if they show you a part of a woman’s titty it’s the end of the world. Since when is sex worse than violence and killing? What the fuck America?
The latest Avengers movie is on the top so here’s a nice LEGO Marvel game – lowest price ever! It’s redeemable on Steam.
The new European Union’s law guarantees access to the same content for all EU member states. On April 1st 2018 the new law is in effect!
From now on all content on digital platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Steam and any other digital service has to be accessible to all countries of the European Union. That’s it
This is amazing news, something we’ve all wanted has finally happened after around 10 years of waiting, on the other hand that could mean increased prices (hopefully not) and things like no content of some sort at all in European Union.
Unavailable subtitles for movies and shows on Netflix are the things of past! Before the Digital Single Market law you couldn’t watch let’s say a movie with Polish subtitles while visiting Spain for example (been there, done that) which sucked really hard especially if the things you were watching weren’t in English (or other languages that you know).
Now let’s just wait and see what happens next, are they going to adhere to the new law? Is content going to change severely?
Source: European Commission
If you didn’t have a chance to play the latest HITMAN game you can now check the game out on Steam for free with a bunch of FREE missions and stuff.
Spring Pack – A FREE download that includes the story mission, ‘World of Tomorrow’, plus all of the Escalation Contracts, Challenge Packs and Featured Contracts released for Sapienza. The Spring Pack also allows you to play any future re-activated Elusive Targets in Sapienza.
Remember how Steam used to look like crap on higher DPI settings on Windows or Linux? Not anymore! Activate the latest Steam beta to see how it looks like under other than default DPI settings. Here’s a screenshot from 125% DPI mode on Windows 10 at 1080p:
Includes Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Just click install for both games and they will be added to your library forever. When it comes to me I won’t be playing those because I’d rather not shit my pants.