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New Steam tools lets you highlight your game's latest update
New Steam tools lets you highlight your game's latest update
February 7, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

February 7, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Valve added a "Recently Updated" section to the front page of Steam today to showcase games that have recently been updated with fresh content.

The feature should address the increasingly problematic issue of getting discovered on Steam. The growth of Steam's catalog, thanks in large part to the regular influx of games from Steam Greenlight, has made it increasingly difficult for developers to attract player attention when they either release a new game or push a significant update to an existing title.

Developers should now also have access to a new toolset that allows you to add your game's latest update to the "Recently Updated" section and include a brief description of what's been changed.

"The more options developers have for communicating about their products the better it is for everyone," Valve's Tom Bui stated in a press release announcing the new feature. "With this new product section and corresponding developer tools, customers can more easily discover products that provide ongoing value and involvement from the developers."


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Innes McNiel
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Do developers still need to send their update news through an approval process though? I know a few devs who have mentioned that as being part of their problem with patch notes.

Maria Jayne
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"The feature should address the increasingly problematic issue of getting discovered on Steam"

Personally I don't believe this will address this issue at all, all it will do is create a new place for people to repeatedly bump their game to the top of some arbitrary list with minute but frequent updates.

A better solution would be to stop approving tons of crap your customers have to wade through to find the quality.

Curtis Turner - IceIYIaN
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InterwebZ has changed how we get games dramatically. There's more games than ever. Personally I just want more medieval, first person, or third person games. But every once in a while, a crappy little $1 dollar game can stand out. It won't have the quality or the quantity of a $30++ game, but that little slice of gameplay can stand out.

There's not even a "First Person" category on Steam. It has a long way to go.

Curtis Turner - IceIYIaN
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I rarely ever buy or get a free game from Desura / ModDB, but I still use ModDB.com rather frequently to look at games. I really like their sort by engine feature. So, I can easily browse all Source / XNA games or mods.


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