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Greenlit: Game Dev Tycoon, RIOT, More

Riots are less scary when you can imagine all the participants as little baby ants.

There are so many videogames! More than I can count with my entire, exceedingly creepy plaster hand collection. Valve tries its darndest to get the best ones on Steam, but they just keep coming. Perhaps throwing the towering Select-O-Tron 9000 and 3/5 into hyperdrive is the answer? Valve’s having a go at it, at least, and so far the result’s been smaller batches of games at an appreciably speedier clip. Last time, that meant three games, but this time it’s six. Hooray, progress! Standouts include the piracy plagued Game Dev Tycoon, Harvest-Moon-meets-Minecraft standout Stardew Valley, and the creatively named RIOT, which is about riots. Details after the break.

The full lineup also includes Contra-ish action-platformer Bleed, CryEngine 3 horror adventure The Legend, and medieval strategy Legends of Eisenwald. Those sound super action-packed and dramatic, but yeah, I’m all about the one with farming. I mean, is it not human nature to collect, build, and loudly fawn over pixelated cows?

Valve also posted a reminder that your votes do count. Just, you know, maybe not as much as you’d expect:

“These titles were selected on the same criteria we have been using in the past: Votes in Greenlight give us a hugely valuable point of data in gauging community interest along with external factors such as press reviews, crowd-funding successes, performance on other platforms, and awards and contests to help form a more complete picture of community interest in each title.”

Ultimately, though, it means more interesting games get exposure, so that’s something. Greenlight will probably never be perfect, but it seems like Valve’s at least trying. Just, you know, kinda slowly and perhaps too methodically. But then, this is Valve we’re talking about. When have they pretended to be anything else?

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