Posts Tagged ‘Steam’

Steam Charts: From France to San Francisco

Alec is away this week, following the Vengaboys around on tour. Or, if they’re not currently touring, just visiting places they’ve been, taking photos and placing them inside his scrapbook alongside some brief reflections. That means it falls to me to tell you which ten games were the best selling on Steam in the past week, and there are some pleasant games inside.

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Steam Charts: And we all sing along like before

Had a week off. (No, not a holiday, no such thing when there’s a three-year-old in the house). Bit of a break from writing about games. Though I’d rebuild and resupply a little, come back fighting fit, ready for anything GAMESWORLD might throw at me next.

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No Man’s Sky advertising complaint not upheld by ASA

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has decided not to uphold the complaints against No Man’s Sky’s Steam page. The regulatory body announced they were investigating the complaints in September but after consultation with both Valve and developers Hello Games they’re satisfied that the trailers, screenshots and text desriptions on the game’s Steam page did not breach the advertising code. I am not entirely satisfied.

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Project Genom returns to Steam as spat is resolved

Project Genom [official site] the early access sci-fi MMO that was removed from the Steam store last week following a resentful argument between the development studio and one of its programmers, has been restored as those involved have come to an agreement over payment. Sorted.
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The Steam Autumn Sale: what are the Steam Awards?

Steam Awards

As I went to purchase a bundle of my beloved Hidden Object Adventures I was asked if I wanted to nominate them for THE STEAM AWARDS. “How would I know?” I thought. “I mean, I haven’t played them yet.” Then, another question. WHAT ON EARTH ARE THE STEAM AWARDS? Why am I expected to learn new things? ALSO the Steam Autumn Sale has started?

So, having made the Autumn Sale Brendan’s problem, I’m going to look at what on earth the Steam Awards are: Read the rest of this entry »

Project Genom vanishes from Steam as developers fight

Project Genom [official site], an early access sci-fi MMO, has been removed from the Steam store by Valve following a bitter disagreement between the Russian development studio and an out-of-country programmer. It’s a bit of a mess but basically the argument involves copyright, payments, workloads and all the expected grievances between employer and employee that can lead to disastrous things like this. As usual, it looks like money is to blame.
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Steam Charts: Just Gotta Ride It

Well, this really isn’t the chart I’d expected to see at this point of the year. We’re in peak Silly Season, and yet last week’s 10 best-selling games on Steam form a broadly unexpected bunch.

Which is exactly what I like to see.

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Steam Charts: An Incorvonient Truth

We’re nearly at the end of silly season: most of the big releases are out now, with only Watch No Underscore Dogs Two really still to go. It’s been a messy one for a lot of the big companies, by all accounts. Let’s see how it shook out during Dishonored 2 launch week.

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Steam Store Overhaul Highlights Still-Rubbish Recommendations

Valve have launched an overhaul of the Steam Store front page, highlighting handy features and slapping recommendations all over the place. In short, it would really like to recommend games to you, but it still not very good at them. I’ve seen the new store for a few days now but other folks in the RPS treehouse say this is new to them so hey, here the Steam Discovery Update 2.0 is, officially launched last night. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Infinite Consistency

you known nothing about how Battlefield is selling on PC, Jon Snow

Last week, like drinking mulled wine on a chilly November evening, I found great comfort in a Steam top ten that seemed to reflect the wide, weird and wonderful nature of modern PC gaming. After months of recurrent names, it was a bright new dawn of variety. Anything is possible.

I am a fool.
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Witcher 2 & Starbound Among Latest GOG Connect Offer

The Witcher 2, Frozen Synapse, and Starbound are among the latest games that GOG will let you redeem free on their DRM-free store if you own ’em on Steam. The virtuous virtual vendors of vintage (and virgin) video games call this process GOG Connect. The offer comes and goes — though the games are for keepsies — and the lineup shifts, so do have a gander if you fancy some handy DRM-free backups. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Store Pages Now Only Able To Use In-Game Screenshots

A part of the big Steam update that’s been rumoured for a good long while appears to be a new rule that games will no longer be allowed to use misleading screenshots in their store page carousel. The news, reported by Kotaku’s Nathan Grayson (Who he? – Ed), says that Valve have confirmed an update to their guidelines for sellers, and from now on only in-game shots will be acceptable.

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Steam Charts: Now That’s What I Call PC Gaming

An altogether healthier chart than we’ve had over the last few weeks, even if the usual ghosts continue to haunt it. That was a spooky halloween reference. It’s probably still Halloween in Tazmania or something. Even if it’s not, there’s definitely a hungover guy in a vomit-smeared David S. Pumpkins costume shambling down a street somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Spooky With Steam And GOG Halloween Sales

Want some treats this year for Halloween? You don’t have to run around carrying a plastic orange pumpkin bucket (or a pillowcase, if your parents didn’t want to spring for that kind of thing.) You need only look to the Steam Halloween Sale for delicious candies in the form of video games, of which there are a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Nightmare On Steam Street: Popcap Founder’s Slayaway Camp Gets A Deluxe Edition

Slayaway Camp [official site] is a block-based, 80s slasher film-inspired puzzle-murder game from one of the guys who oversaw Popcap during its Peggle/Plants vs Zombies/Bookworm Adventures imperial phase. Popcap co-founder Jason Kapalka teamed up with Ido Yehieli, of the excellent micro-roguelike Cardinal Quest games, for this Vorhees’n’Myerslike starring an “adorable voxel murderer.” They also recruited Mass Effect VO-man Mark Meer (no relation as far as I know, but if he says otherwise then I absolutely will not refuse it) to lend his Shepherdian tones to it.

Our Adam was very taken with the free version on Kongregate, and now it’s just pitched up as a paid ‘deluxe’ edition on Steam, with ads and f2p frippery excised, better graphics and more gore. But how many killings does it have? Read the rest of this entry »

Valve Respond To State’s Skin Gambling Complaint

The Man recently told Valve to stamp out online gambling which uses virtual Steam items – Counter-Strike gun skins and the like – as chips. The Washington State Gambling Commission gave Valve until October 14th, under threat of legal action, to stop these gambling sites and report back explaining their compliance with Washington State’s gambling laws and Valve have replied, er, several days late. Valve say that they’re doing all they reasonably can, short of cutting off important Steam services for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Sidney The Best

I have a terrible confession to make. While, on a weekly basis, I protest about the oft-unchanging nature of these charts, the truth is that a new entry makes me sigh. It means I have to laboriously type out new HTML rather than just copy the links from last week. This means terrible, unspeakable suffering in a week such as this, where there actually are quite a few ‘new’ games. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Dev Days Goss: New Vive Controllers, Steam Link In TVs

Valve invited our mate Ian Video Games to their Steam Dev Days conference this week because “they recognise his genius potential”, or so he’d have you believe. Suspicious sorts have observed that the never-before-mentioned ‘twin brother’ housesitting to water Ian’s plants looks just like him, down to the same red wine stain on his jeans, with a stick-on moustache. Other say that the tweets and photos he’s ‘sending back’ from Seattle look suspiciously like tweets from actual developers who are actually there. No matter. Either way, Valve have been gabbing about prototype new Vive motion controllers, Steam Links included with Samsung televisions, and other Steamstuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Unrefused Offers

As it was prophesied, soon it will come to pass. The Steam Charts approach their endgame: where all sales and all pre-order shenanigans converge to ensure that just one game occupies all top ten placements. Soon, there shall be unity. Terrible, terrible unity. Read the rest of this entry »