2014 Steam releases outnumber 2013 in just 20 weeks

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By on May 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

If you, my friend, have felt as if this year Steam has gone a bit nuts with new releases, you are arguably correct.

Thanks to the constant barrage of Steam Greenlight approvals, the digital distribution platform pushed out as many releases in the first 20 weeks of 2014 as in the entirety of 2013.

It is acceptable at this juncture to lean back in your chair, adopt a baffled expression, and exclaim “whoa”.

The observation comes courtesy of Gamasutra, drawing on publicly scrape-able data.

This significant upswing in releases may explain why Valve has taken steps to increase discoverability on Steam, which seems to be powering towards an App Store-like future.

Source: Gamasutra

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They need a few more categories on the steam store page in addition to New Releases, Top sellers, Coming soon and Specials.
Re-releases
Greenlit
Early Access
DLC

Also, each game on the list should have a short hover over gif of the actual gameplay.

 

The myriad of “re-releases” for 10+ year old games is annoying… That’s what GOG is for.

 

jaeke,

I’d like them to sort out their specials list, it’s quite a pain trying to browse through.

Sphinx2000,

Completely disagree. I don’t see why Steam isn’t allowed to rerelease old games, i’ve frankly picked up quite a few and I don’t see why I should be forced to use GOG for older games.

I don’t see the problem in Steam getting so many games. Have I missed the part where Steam is supposed to be some sort of exclusive elitist platform?

I remember when Steam first started to get popular I was excited because I saw it as a way to bring back old games, I was quite disappointed to say the least when it was used almost exclusively to sell new releases.

 

So your saying GOG can go jump, and screw their niche market for old games?

Rather stick with the market dominant platform instead for everything?
Did someone mention elitist..?

 

Soon steam will be come to cluttered with shit and to tiresome to actually find a game your looking for or at least to find a game you think you might like.

Don’t get me wrong I own a crap load of games on it but where it becomes a app-store wonna be then it gets to a point where I can’t be bothered looking for any game to purchase because there is so much shit clogging the main page.

I don’t even bother looking for games now, if its a new game then its fairly easy but for older games I’ve just given up, if something pops up on the flash sale that I might like then I might buy it but until then it will stay in the steam vault.

 

Sphinx2000,

Lol what? Extreme aggression much?

To continue with the rhetoric are you saying EB are only allowed to sell Playstation, Kmart only allowed to sell Xbox and Gametraders only allowed to sell Nintendo?

Seriously you make 0 sense. When did I say that GOG should jump (hint: I didn’t)? I’m just saying that there’s no reason why Steam shouldn’t be allowed to release older games. Hell GOG releases newer games (not a lot of AAA titles but tons of indie stuff, probably related to their non-DRM stance rather than not wanting to host new AAA games) so why can’t Steam release older games? Why does it all have to be confined to GOG?

 

exe3: I don’t see the problem in Steam getting so many games. Have I missed the part where Steam is supposed to be some sort of exclusive elitist platform?

Yes, apparently steam is supposed to be for only the best games in existence. I hear it alot … I have never heard it come from valve but alot of consumers seem to think steam should be exclusively for super awesome mega titles.

hunterkiller: Soon steam will be come to cluttered with shit and to tiresome to actually find a game your looking for or at least to find a game you think you might like.

Because the “search” feature doesn’t exist, steam doesn’t draw attention to solid titles/deals/new releases and there aren’t loads of game review sites/youtubers that’ll go along way into helping you find something that might interest you.

Seriously I don’t understand this complaint “there’s too many games on steam and some of them are bad or I think they’re bad it’s such a problem. Because not buying games you don’t like/that are terrible apparently isn’t an option *eyeroll*.

 
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