What would even $500 actually discourage?
Why even discourage it?
How is anything "being on Steam" any worse than it "being anywhere at all on the internet"?
IT on your platform, weaken your platform and brand. Steam doesnt have to stay top dog forever and if a store with less crap than https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-m7jOos4IU
willcome along, consumers would appreciate it.
After all, what do I expect from a store? I want to find my shit simple and easily and when I browse I expect discover-ability, relevant
suggestions @recommendation engine and generally games with GOOD ratings. As in numbers, Because I dont have the time to read all the reviews, I just want to know if a game (or movie @rottentomatoes) has a GOOD consensus or a BAD consensus.
If a game has good ratings its usually at least of quality. It might be uninspired like COD games but its not objectively BAD.
A game with incredible faults but with a cult following might have bad reviews while being actually good (or at least appealing to some customers); like Deadly Premonition.
We all heard the news that "Nearly 40% Of All Steam Games Were Released In 2016"
90% of those games are rotten crusty ass trash. Asset flips, jokes, insulting pos.
In a world where entertainment and with that gaming is getting so hopelessly oversaturated, what you need bitterly, is control.
Gabe's dream was it to have an open network system where everyone could just upload any game, with basic checks for malware.
Now, after knowing that 100 bucks flat for infinite games doesnt deter any of those freaking jokers and digital homicide type people, they are trying to do it with Steam Direct.
Having to be an actual company, having to pay a significant amount of money per title.
I absolutely do think this will deter much more people who are shit and yes it might make it just a tick harder for actual passionate indies with good games, but their passion will carry them over that hurdle, and with LESS shit flooding into steam their discover-ability raises, so its even economically worth it.
In a world with this many freaking games coming out. How do I find the good ones?
Steam should do that. Mainly because no one else can, because everyone goes to Steam for PC games. So there really isnt any other option, other than to just drown and never find anything because you got like 8956 assets flips per day and 1 gem.
If you dont already know a game you want, browsing for a new game should not show you stuff thats irrelevant to you. Which is the basics of recommendation engines of course.
Tags, numbers ratings and less trash-games will help this process. And seeing as valve wants to solve all this via algorithms and not Apple style manual curation, they need all the help they can get.
If Steam doesnt get a good grip on this mass flood of games coming in. The future will be very very blurry and now one will be able to benefit at all from being on Steam.