Haven Editorial: Heated Steam Changes
Steam has for the longest of times been a hive of scum and villainy, like few others. It practically made Newgrounds look sparkling clean when compared. The platform is great for people to publish and distribute their own games in hope of gaining money and fame. Naturally this brought the opportunistic fools whom think they are great, whom will attack you with vicious rabid layers if you say their game is crap. Due to the number of games I’ve played and tried over the years I’m quite biased indeed. Especially when it comes to badly made trailer trash. Criticism is a way to improve and get better. Accept that not every one will agree with your opinion. Do not be afraid to have your views challenged and admit that you might just be wrong. In my eyes a person is not a responsible adult until they start talking it out, instead of acting like angry kindergartners. Yes people are very passionate about their projects and their beliefs. However that is no excuse to not act civilized. That primal rage reaction is unfortunately an evolutionary leftover.
Which brings me to my topic. Steam is doing massive changes to fix the plumbing on their junk clogged toilet. To a lot of people this will be a harrowing change of epic magnitudes. To me, it’s magnificent, watching it unfold. Change is good, especially when things have grown stagnant. Basically the current system is based around a small fee to publish as many games as you want. With the community being the only quality assurance to rely on. Essentially someone has to buy, download and play the game, then leave feedback on it. Hoping that the publisher of said game is not deleting the comments or making fake accounts to boost popularity.
I’ve seen some weird things in the Steam jungle. People posting movies, World of Warcraft and many, many other copyrighted products made by infinity more successful people. The changes being put in place will cause steam to become a lot more moderated and hopefully more quality will come from it. There are only so many versions of Unity Asset flip games with horrible controls and survival elements one man can take. Before he turns utterly and totally bonkers.
Sure some new and aspiring developers will be hurt by all of this. However that is the price of change. Someone will get hurt, others will get butt hurt. Meanwhile the rest will accept it and make the new system work. Remember there are other platforms that Steam out there after all.
I like the changes, I look forward to how it will turn out and I hope everything will get better.
Njål H Sand