Why Did You Give Me This? Steam Can Now Hide Games

By Alice O'Connor on August 15th, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

Not that these are necessarily bad, but I know I won't play them again.

Valve released a new Steam client update yesterday. It doesn’t add anything big or fancy. It probably doesn’t conceal an ARG announcing Half-Life 3. What it does do is fix several small things–small things which have been irritating many for so very long. For starters, that horrible slow embedded web browser has been updated to a newer, faster, and more secure version. Huzzah! And the one Steam feature some people have cried and wept and wailed and cared about more than I will ever understand is here: you can now hide games from your Library list.

You can’t entirely delete from your account that copy of Bad Rats (or Secrets of the Magic Crystal, or whatever the gag gift du jour is) given by a ‘friend’, but you can now shunt it off to a special game prison for naughty games so it doesn’t appear in your main list. Or you can simply tidy up a little, clearing away games you know you won’t play, as I started when making that picture up there.

It’s a fine update filled with many small changes, mostly focused on the Library, Big Picture mode, and In-Home Streaming. Here are a few other small but welcome things from the huge changelog:

  • Don’t delay content updates for games set to high priority
  • Fixed in-game progress indicators for workshop downloads displaying incorrect percentages for compressed files
  • Fixed mods and shortcuts not displaying their names correctly in the friends interface and server browser
  • Games can now be assigned to more than one category at a time

It also refreshes the UI look a little with some blue text and a new Steam icon that’ll surely confuse the heck out of you as you search for that black block in your task bar. It feels weird posting about a Steam client update in the year 2014, but some of these changes have been desired for a decade.

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  1. edwardoka says:

    You could already set a category on a game. I’ve got three set up:
    Completed, Never Going to Play, and Objectively Bad Games.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Yes, but now you can use them like tags. “Laptop games” and “desktop games” comes to mind as one useful distinction which may have overlap.

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        Cinek says:

        “laptop games” is a thing now?

        • HiFiHair says:

          I can think of good reasons for a “laptop games” category. It’s going to be subjective to a degree, but I can imagine writing off twitch shooters and maybe faster RTS games if I’m using a trackpad alone. Also you might class more graphically intense games as “desktop only”.

          • LionsPhil says:

            Bingo. Civs, XCOM, FTL, that kind of thing. Playable on integrated Intel pop-tarts without a separate mouse.

          • HadToLogin says:

            There’s also some games that have shitty font that you simply can’t read on (some) laptops.

          • Greggh says:

            I have a similar tag: playable via Splashtop on my 7″ cellphone. Yup, it’s feasible and provides better XCOM in Android than XCOM *for* Android – plus Enemy Within (which is not available for the green robot OS)

          • battles_atlas says:

            “7 inch cellphone”

            Say what now?

        • SuicideKing says:

          I think there always was. Laptops can’t usually handle the heat and performance demands of games like FC3, but sure can handle Close Combat, Mark of the Ninja or Leviathan Warships.

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            Philopoemen says:

            Using my gaming laptop to play Arkham Origins almost set my duvee on fire. Lesson learnt.

        • Sleepy Will says:

          “I can’t afford a gaming PC”.

          Queue dozens of people pointing out guides and system builds of PC’s for just a few hundred pounds.
          My laptop outperforms all of them in every area, sometimes by a significant margin.

          Therefore, my laptop is a gaming laptop

          • sinister agent says:

            just a few hundred pounds

            Do you have any idea what proportion of people on the planet can’t just fork that money out? Not six months ago I couldn’t even spend a few hundred PENCE, and I’ve got it relatively good.

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            Cinek says:

            You have any idea what proportion of people on a planet doesn’t even have their own toilet?!

        • Ergates_Antius says:

          Games suitable for playing on a low-powered/small-screen/non-gaming laptop. If you have a gaming desktop, then chances are you’re probably not also going to spend extra money on a gaming laptop.

      • Syra says:

        I play all my games on a gaming laptop so this distinction is mooooot.

    • FurryLippedSquid says:

      Why do you even have an “Objectively Bad” category? Fallout from charity bundles?

      • edwardoka says:

        I didn’t know they were objectively bad until I played them! (also, joke gifts)

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        El Goose says:

        Don’t be silly, Fallout certainly isn’t objectively bad, it’s one of the best CRPGs of all time, and AFAIK it hasn’t been in any charity bundles either.

        • FurryLippedSquid says:

          Not sure… if… serious.

          • LionsPhil says:

            And this is why I lament FO3′s existence: for some people, it’s become the default one they think of.

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            El Goose says:

            Yeah, it’s post-apocalyptic, so pretty serious, though it did have a vein of black humor running underneath. The sequel’s tone was considerably lighter though.

          • bstard says:

            I suspect the whole submarket of funny gifts will now be as profitable as ripping of people with EA games. Pink fluffy crap, pixel porno, and CoD’s for top-sellers!

          • TillEulenspiegel says:

            Thinking of it first is still no excuse for calling it “Fallout”. Unlike Thi4f, it did have a number in the title.

        • Brinx says:

          This is the funniest comment ever.

        • nrvsNRG says:

          ’nuff respect El Goose. We all thought it, but you followed thru and nailed it.

      • Jorum says:

        I bought a 1C publisher mega-bundle for about £5 years ago.
        “Objectively bad” took on a new meaning for me on that day.

      • MadTinkerer says:

        I can finally make Eternity’s Child disappear from my game list!?! Praise Gabe Newel!

        THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME!!!!

        No more buyer’s remorse… Truly this is a wonderful day…

        (For reference, RPS has written about it before. I had yet to be burned by Indie games at the time and so I grabbed it as an impulse purchase before reading any reviews. It is not the worst game I have ever played, but it plays exactly like a first student project. You know: the sort of game where you can tell they actually have put a lot of effort in, but all of the effort is in the wrong places because they have zero experience or self-awareness because they are students. And it’s not even actually very interesting because they don’t know how to make it interesting yet. They have put effort in but it’s wrong, and just painful to play because it’s really not awful for a student game. But at the end of the day it’s a commercial game, not a student game, and deserves Destructoid’s 1/10.

        And that pain is why I want to remove it from my list while I will tolerate Duke Nukem Forever, for example, on the same list.)

    • frightlever says:

      The client now remembers if the category was last collapsed or uncollapsed. Previously it uncollapsed categories every time the client restarted.

      I love this UI update.

      • Press X to Gary Busey says:

        Best update in years!
        It’s also possible to manage categories for several games at once with shift/ctrl selection! :D

        And browsing the store is about 2% less painfull when you can open a game in a new window with middle-click, shift+click or ctrl+click.

        • battles_atlas says:

          Tabs! Steam has tabs! Truly the future has arrived!

          Seriously, why the fuck wouldn’t Alice mention this in the piece?

          • Press X to Gary Busey says:

            Sadly not tabs. :(
            Just a new window popping up. Tabs would be like 8% less painful.

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          Cinek says:

          Best update in years!
          More like: First update in years that actually adds something meaningful. Cause I have a very strong impression that Steam updates itself every other day I run it, and yet – they never implement anything that would be even remotely helpful or useful.
          Wish they’d just f*** off and stop messing with that shit – at least Steam would start up without spending time on idiotic pointless updates.

      • Ergates_Antius says:

        Really? It’s doing the exact opposite for me (used to remain collapsed, now open every time).

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      JB says:

      “Games can now be assigned to more than one category at a time

      • vlonk says:

        That is a life saver for me! Finaaallly I can categorize for gamestyle, and laptop/desktop/bigscreen and played/unplayed/don’t touch this.

        This was overdue.

    • Sacarathe says:

      Could you also assign a game to more than one category too? :p

    • Rotekian says:

      I was lazy and just used zzz Hide zzz. The problem with using a category though was sometimes steam would decide to open up all the categories.

    • SpacemanSpliff says:

      Now one game can have multiple categories assigned to it simultaneously.

  2. Drake Sigar says:

    Hide your shame.

    • LionsPhil says:

      But does it actually hide them from other people looking at your profile page?

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        lowprices says:

        It lists them in a seperate catagory titled “[Person] definitely doesn’t own these. At all. Honest:”

      • Chaoslord AJ says:

        No according to changelog->

        Add “Hide this game in my library” functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called “Hidden”, which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user’s profile.

      • PancakeWizard says:

        Weirdly, no. They don’t appear on the total tally for my library under the ‘library’ drop-down, though. It’s just a personal shame thing, I believe.

        However, not many people realise you can actually have games removed from your account if you know how to ask, should you wish it.

        • zentropy says:

          Please share your methods, sir! I usually have to ask twice to get past the automated response. :/

          • PancakeWizard says:

            I got it by quoting their own ToS at them. There’s a part where it says any user has to right to terminate a subscription (which is what they call them rather than ‘games’). And I sent them a full list of the ones I wanted removed. It took a while to get a response, but eventually things started to move.

            Be warned though, ending a ‘subscription’ ends any that were tied to it as well, so if you bought games via a discount bundle on the steam store, or got a free game as a gift tied to another purchase for example: you lose them all.

          • zentropy says:

            Ah, how clever! Will try this approach in the future if ever ‘needed’ again. Thanks a bunch, kind sir. :)

  3. LionsPhil says:

    The new visual style is a weird mess of half-Windows-8-ish ugly flatness, half-90s-ugly-gradients. I guess this is what happens when Valve’s flat corporate structure lets developers do graphic design.

    But, hey, at least the basic organizational functionality is better late than never.

    (Also, woo, Altitude! That was a cracking little game.)

    • frightlever says:

      Which visual style? You can configure the Steam client to look a bunch of different ways.

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        All is Well says:

        Also Lionsphil, you should try using a skin if the UI bothers you.
        I never liked Steam’s default look so I installed a skin called Air for Steam that actually makes looking at your library enjoyable.

        It’s pretty flat so that might not be your cup of tea, but still, just google “steam skins” and you should find plenty of others.

    • eddparsons says:

      –(Also, woo, Altitude! That was a cracking little game.)

      And still is! Ok so there is generally only a couple of populated servers but I’m still playing most days and having a laugh.

    • Chaoslord AJ says:

      They changed the achievement bar and the games downloading in the lib to dark-blue on black… I’ll be blind.

    • PancakeWizard says:

      I’ve always just used the default Steam UI, and I don’t find this that different from the previous one. The fonts are a bit bigger maybe, and there’s some highlighting but it’s not that drastic a change.

    • PopeRatzo says:

      Steam doesn’t love me. It’s telling me I’ve got the up-to-date client, I’ve got the new icon on my tray, but there is no “Hidden” category and definitely no Windows 8 redesign. Could it b that you have to have Windows 8 to get the new features or something?

      • Press X to Gary Busey says:

        Right-click on a game > Set Categories
        Then just tick the “Hide this game in my library” box.
        You get a “Hidden” category in the drop-down in the search bar above the game list if you want to revert it.

    • Synesthesia says:

      Eh, i kinda like the new logo. Gradients are back in style, yo.

    • sophof says:

      That and speed are the obvious drawbacks. But I think Valve shows that for them at least they are outweighed by the advantages.
      A proper competitor would be good…

  4. rustybroomhandle says:

    Why would anyone want to hide Secrets of the Magic Crystal? It’s best to keep it easy to reach in case the urge ever struck to stroke a horse.

  5. sleepless says:

    Finally I can hide those Mac versions of GTA!

    • Fanbuoy says:

      Yes! This is the best part! All those Mac versions, old, expired versions, betas and whatever else may be cluttering my library. There are a lot of good things in this update, but that’s my favourite. For some reason.

    • lordfrikk says:

      I believe they fixed that recently, too.

  6. Horg says:

    When I bought Civ 4 on Steam I got 6 (six) (VI) separate games; Civ 4 base game, Civ 4 with Warlords, Civ 4 with Warlords and Beyond the Sword, as well as the Mac version of all 3. Then there is Half Life 2, which comes with a bunch of separate entries which I never need installed, such as the Lost Coast developer walk through, death match source, counter strike source, counter strike source beta. And finally, there’s the free games you occasionally pick up in sales packs but never actually wanted, such as Serious Sam Double D.

    Being able to bury all of those is wonderful.

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      basilisk says:

      Actually, as part of this wave of updates, those Mac versions are now hidden from view on Windows. And they’ve fixed sorting of inconsistently named series, too. Very minor things, but appreciated.

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      Napalm Sushi says:

      Clearing out the numerous separate-client betas of games I now own the release version of was my first port of call.

  7. Commander Gun says:

    Stupid question, but can the normal version install games on other disks? I installed the beta version some time ago because it was the only version that could do that till then. But it is probably implemented long time ago, right?

  8. Snargelfargen says:

    Now if only steam could add a way to hide the “time played” statistic. I have a bad habit of alt/tabbing or simply walking away from the computer when something comes up, which has lead to some funny questions. No, I haven’t played GTA IV for 48 hours straight, nor have I played 217 hours of Dragon Age …it’s probably closer to 117…

    • sabrage says:

      I actually like to maintain the illusion that I have 60 hours per week to play video games.

      • Grygus says:

        And I like to pretend that I don’t actually have 60 hours a week to play games, that’s a Steam issue swear to God that report is almost done.

  9. NicholasTimothyJones says:

    This almost wants to make me categorise my games. Almost.
    I can’t imagine how long it would take to sort through all 467 of them.
    All I need is the default categories; Installed, Recent and Favourite.

    • ikehaiku says:

      I’ve always wondered why there was no way to filter Installed games automatically (to the best of my knowledge) on the desktop version, when Big Picture doest that for you.

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        Malibu Stacey says:

        Um because there has been for years? Literally all you had to do was click on the filter which says “All Games” & select “Installed”.

    • duquessheep says:

      I caved and worked in batches of ~20 games at a time until I got my library sorted. It would be a much more pleasant experience if the tagging UI was more user friendly. Being able to manage all the tags for all your games in one window would be a great improvement.

    • PancakeWizard says:

      I was all over the categorising when it first come out, but lately I’m just happy to hide the ones I will never play, add my early access/Kickstarter pre-releases to ‘favourites’, sort by ‘installed’ and leave it at that.

    • 65 says:

      I once* did. At the time I was at about 500 titles, so it took me a little while.
      Only to have Steam “forget” all my categories once I logged in on another computer.

      *Actually twice, so sod all this.

    • DrMcCoy says:

      I have neatly categorized my 697 games.
      Of course, half of them just got one category: “No Linux version”.

    • lordfrikk says:

      Try depressurizer, it automatically sorts games according to genre. Might be a good start.

      https://code.google.com/p/depressurizer/wiki/Guide

      • DrMcCoy says:

        *files depressurizer under “No Linux version”*

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          jrodman says:

          Think of how much fun you could have getting it working under Mono.

          (Actually laughing while typing this, having worked on a Mono project for a year or so for my job one time.)

    • Greggh says:

      Less time than you think. Take a shot at it!!

    • Deadly Sinner says:

      It’s a whole lot easier now that you can select multiple games at a time.

  10. derbefrier says:

    Yay now I can hide some of those horrible indy games from my list I got from bundles and some horrible AAA games I bought for some reason.

  11. Spacewalk says:

    Elf Bowling, Alice? Really?

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      A Christmas present from 2009. Thanks, Chris Faylor!

      • Shadow says:

        That’s a bit contradictory, Alice. I’m sure Chris is staring, “she has my gift in her hidden list of banished games! And posted it on the internet! The gall!”

  12. Monkeh says:

    I had already made a category myself called ‘Unworthy’ with games I got in bundles and what not, which I know I won’t play, but I guess this is even better!

  13. Chaoslord AJ says:

    As far as I know there are no “naughty” games on steam.
    (edit: as I just noticed they also don’t sell “Elf Bowling” in this region so maybe it’s because of censorship here)

    Would be better to hide the playing time from the profile as it’s somewhat embarrasing.
    Singular cute kiddie games get lost in my vast library space.
    At least the bad games don’t fill up the list anymore when they are hidden.

    Don’t really know why HL 3′s hyped again in the article. HL/HL2 were nice shooters but that was it.

    • Distec says:

      HL3 was hyped because YOU ARE WRONG and GET OUT NOW.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      So I own a Steam RARITY? Excellent. Bidding for my account starts at £1,000.

      As for Half-Life 3, eh, that’s a very lazy and shameful joke about how people get over-excited about it. It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. I am not at my best. I mostly want to bury myself in moss in a forest and quietly decompose.

  14. Nathan_G says:

    That’s pretty handy. What I really want is the ability to completely remove achievements from my games. Or at least stop Steam from popping up goddamn Achievement notifications during the game.

    • Press X to Gary Busey says:

      I’d try to untick the “Enable Steam Overlay while in-game” . No idea if it will hide the achievement pops though. (of course then you won’t see any notifications like friends online etc).

  15. Niko says:

    Well, I never asked for this, but thanks, Valve.

  16. Gothnak says:

    I have a steam question for you steam experts…

    Let’s say i am trying to find a new RPG, i click on the RPG list, don’t find anything interesting in the first 10, so i open out 11-20, i see something interesting, click on it, watch a video, aren’t interested and go back… It takes me back to 1-10 meaning i have to scroll the page again.

    In short, what is the best way to scan through the games for sale, because inside steam is quite annoying.

    • Chaoslord AJ says:

      I use the middle mouse button (open in new tab) for new releases and coming up games. For discounts I only use my wishlist.

      • Gothnak says:

        Ok, i might reveal myself to be an idiot here. If looking at a list of games i click in the mouse wheel on one of them, nowt happens.

        I can’t find a ‘Open in new tab’ with the RMB either.

        Looks like i should go with the web version.

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          basilisk says:

          The Steam browser does not have tab support at all. Just use a regular browser instead.

        • Chaoslord AJ says:

          Sorry I was thinking in web browser terms all the time. Steam client browser is either slow or will time-out so just use a normal browser.

          • The white guar says:

            Well, it does open a new window if you use middle mouse button now, so there’s that. Also the client browser got a bit quicker, at least for me.

          • Frank says:

            Wow, an easy way to open a new window from a link! Steam is catching up to the browsers of the late 90s.

            Really, though, I am quite pleased for any advancement.

    • ikehaiku says:

      Yes, mouse button is your friend.
      But I got to admit I only use the Steam client for launching games (or for social features, ie quick chat), and use the Steam website when it comes to the store.

    • mezron says:

      I use this http://store.steampowered.com/search/?specials=1 then open what interests me in a new tab

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    This is actually quite useful for hiding things like:

    - obsolete versions of games (like non-GOTY GWFL Batman, or pre Director’s Cut Human Revolution)
    - unwanted beta and Mac versions
    - those Amnesia prototypes that were fun to try but that I really shouldn’t have unlocked on Steam
    - that EA game I registered on a dummy Origin account before I gave up and decided to make a real account and now can’t remember the password for

    Also you can now multi-select games and put them in a category all at once which is really handy.

  18. Keyrock says:

    Forget about the Steam update, I want to know more about Elf Bowling: Hawaiian Vacation.

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    melnificent says:

    I’m proud of my terrible games… The joke game de jour is Humungous Entertainment keys from the humble bundle…. £76 of games for the under 5′s

  20. Swabbleflange says:

    How odd. I thought about looking for the option, and hid the original version of Company of Heroes this morning, without knowing it wasn’t a thing you could do before.

  21. zentropy says:

    Finally! My OCD is thankfull :)

  22. PopeRatzo says:

    You mean Steam has been hiding Half-Life 3 all this time?

  23. Shadow says:

    Once you have plenty of games (100+), it just seems more efficient to use the Installed filter. A personal Hidden filter seems rather useless, unless you really want to never see a particular game ever again, even among the uninstalled. I suppose it’s the closest thing to “disowning” a particular item.

    • PopeRatzo says:

      I have some particular games that I really never want to see again, so yes.

  24. Turkey says:

    I want steam to have a “boss key” that just shows MS-Dos looking graphs of how many hours you’ve spent playing your games and stuff.

  25. RanDomino says:

    Next could they maybe add the ability to change the icons back to the black square instead of this ugly blue circle?

  26. Crystal Silence says:

    Yay, finally I can hide all these Half Life additions that I never needed anyway (like Lost Coast or Deathmatch — multiplayer’s not my cup of tea), and Dragon Age Awakening (why would I need a separate library game if I can launch both Origins and Awakening from the main menu?), as well as some games that I regret buying (like Skyward Collapse).
    Being able to assign games to several categories is a pretty neat thing too.

  27. WiggumEsquilax says:

    So many people will finally be able to say goodbye to Bad Rats.

  28. Tom Walker says:

    They’ve slightly changed the typeface!

    This font is overpowered. Nerf please.

  29. green frog says:

    It really irks me how Steam has genre tags for browsing in the store, but doesn’t allow you to use those tags for browsing through your huge library. If I want to see what RPGs I have, I have to manually sort them out one by one. And until now, games can only be in one category at a time.

    It’s been around for ten years and it’s massively popular, but sometimes Steam still feels half-baked in my opinion.

    • Excelle says:

      YES! Steam has so much damn data, and it doesn’t let you use any of it. There’s so much functionality that would be simple is they just exposed the data in searches. I mean, why the hell can’t I search my library for multiplayer RPG games that myself and 2 other people on my friends list own?

      I have wasted many an evening playing ‘got’, ‘not got’ on Teamspeak with friends while trying to find games that a) support online multiplayer, b) we all own and c) we all have installed.

      I used to have to do this before Steam even existed – why have Valve not fixed this pain in the backside?!

      • LionsPhil says:

        Indeed. And if they added “near misses” to that—games three out of four of you have or such—they could even drive sales out of it.

  30. jon_hill987 says:

    So now Steam no longer changes icon to say it is downloading a game. Well done Valve.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Seriously? That’s dumb. In true Valve form, they just have to remove something useful for every useless thing they add.

      • jon_hill987 says:

        Yep, as far as i can tell i now how to mouse over to find out when Steam has finished synchronizing Skyrim, something that takes an age and breaks my internet connection until done. Same goes for an unexpected update suddenly slowing down my connection.

  31. HadToLogin says:

    From console world, similar news. You remember Steam Family Sharing? Sony just announced Friend Sharing – you play Borderlands 2 and got bored running alone? Invite friend who doesn’t have it to play with you. Want to fatality your friend from abroad, but he doesn’t have MK? No need to buy it, just invite him.

    Only announced downside for now – you need to reconnect every hour.

    Hopefully Valve will take note of this.

  32. halcyonforever says:

    I can now retire my venerable “Dead” category, for games that are unplayable. Used to depress me just seeing them in my games list still.

    RIP City of Heroes on steam.

  33. DrManhatten says:

    *Yawn* wake me up when they finally abandon DRM

    • alfie275 says:

      Steam does not enforce any DRM, it’s actually up to the developers whether they want to implement the DRM.

      • Emeraude says:

        Valve may not enforce any DRM (I’m not convinced of that) anymore but their platform is the tool and the mean by which others do. They’re the one selling the service to publishers.

        And as always: if you’re coming to Steam via retail, then the only thing that Steam is for you *is* its DRM component.

        • pepperfez says:

          To be fair, Steam also supplies a unified patch distribution and multiplayer system. I’m really, really hoping GoG Galaxy will be able to fill those roles, though, because Steam is still largely a DRM system that makes me feel like I’m playing my games in an outlet store.

          • Emeraude says:

            To be fair, Steam also supplies a unified patch distribution and multiplayer system.

            Well to be exact, that’s part of the services provided to the publisher, not the customer.

        • sophof says:

          By this definition, GOG and such are also DRM, it simply doesn’t make sense. If it doesn’t digitally manage your ‘rights’ it’s not DRM, it’s not that hard…

          • Emeraude says:

            I wasn’t aware GOG forced you in any way to install software before you were allowed access to the games you paid for.

            Apart from the game itself I mean.

  34. fish99 says:

    At least it scrolls smoothly now finally (that is new right?).

  35. Gnoupi says:

    What kind of monster would like to hide Altitude!
    Such a great little indie multiplayer game (which still has regular players even after a few years. That’s pretty rare)

  36. kickme22 says:

    You forgot to mention that now steam has Music playing support built in.

  37. Frank says:

    I have used “zeh”. It’s like “meh” but alphabetical.

    “zehq” is for questionable games, which may not belong way down there. Also, there’s “unfavorites” for the truly life-destroying games, like Blueberry Garden, Delve Deeper and the Path. (Yes, we all have different hated games, but I’m sure we all agree on the game pictured at the top of this post.)

  38. Quiffle says:

    Goodbye Global Agenda, Warhammer Online, Eve Online (On Steam anyway), My six other copies of Civ IV….

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    Rikard Peterson says:

    When Steam downloaded its update today, I reflected on the size of it. Almost 100MB. It wasn’t that long ago when that was huge, and something to leave the computer on for a couple of nights in order to download…

  40. sirdavies says:

    The most important new feature BY FAR is selecting several games at once. With the Ctrl and Shift keys. It’s kinda sad that this wasn’t in there until now.

  41. Fenix says:

    So long, Dota 2 Test

  42. Stevostin says:

    And we *still* can’t make multiple selections in game list that are often well above 100 games. Jesus.

    • Gnoupi says:

      You can’t? I can, personally, and I can edit categories for the whole selection.

  43. Press X to Gary Busey says:

    Just noticed they also reworded the option to disable automatic updates for games.
    Now the option says “Only update this game when I launch it”

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      jrodman says:

      Buh. That’s certainly inferior to providing the functionality described, but it’s better than having it be wrong as it has been for years.

    • AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

      Sadly, there’s still no way to switch off automatic updating for multiple games.

  44. sophof says:

    “Games can now be assigned to more than one category at a time”
    What is this sorcery?!

  45. Booker says:

    What disturbs me, is that this news does not mention that the Steam client now cannot display anymore it’s activities in the icon. I loved that feature, that I could see when the client was downloading something and so on. I perceive this as a clear change for the worse. I so hope they are going to restore the previous functionality.