There are 3 things a PC gamer can’t do without – a good keyboard, a speedy mouse, and the Steam client. The latter is possibly the most important. It’s the home of of our large backlogs which we will never finish, the place where we socialise with our gaming buddies more so than in real life, and also the eventual landing place of Half-Life 3 (don’t shatter my dreams Gaben!). If you’ve updated your Steam recently, you’ll have noticed it’s gone a shade bluer. There are some new features hiding underneath that new coat of paint.
In the past nine months, over 1,300 new titles have been added to Steam. We know you can’t play them all, so we’ve updated Steam with new features and functionality to help you discover the best new releases, the classics, and the unique indie gems you might be interested in.
1 300 titles? That’s a lot of games that don’t really need to be added to my backlog! There are a lot of improvements which can be read right here. For your convenience though, I’ve chosen the two new additions that interest me the most, and we all know life is about how correct my opinion is. The first is called the ‘Discovery Queue’.
Your Steam Discovery Queue is a powerful, new way of exploring the most popular new releases that you haven’t yet seen. You can quickly browse through games that are suggested for you, and you can choose to follow the game, add it to your Wishlist, purchase it, or indicate that you are not interested. Your Discovery Queue is automatically refreshed each day with new, top-selling releases.
It’s essentially the hot-or-not app of the gaming world. You take a quick glance at a game, then decide whether it is worth your time or not. My Steam for example, had 11 games in the queue for me to check out.
One quick glance at the tags and the screenshot gives me an indication as to what the game is about. It also appears to be quite decent based on all the user reviews it has received. What I’m not quite sold on is that this game (along with the other 10) only appeared in my queue because they are popular. I’m hoping future recommendations that appear will be based on the games I have played rather.
The next addition to the client is the ‘Steam Curators’ feature. It’s another avenue of discovering new games – based on other peoples opinions (which are clearly wrong and invalid when compared to my own).
Steam Curators are individuals, organizations, and groups that publish reviews and recommendations in a public forum on Steam.
Following a few Steam Curators is another way to discover and learn about new products. Their picks show up on your home page as well as in your community activity feed, where you can comment and rate those recommendations.
You don’t need that feature… Lazygamer is the best curator already, right? Don’t believe me? These are the curators that popped up in my Steam…
I do enjoy playing vidya james in my spare time! As of writing, there are already 1400+ curators to choose from. Good luck, and my the odds be ever in your favour! One curator you can (and should) follow is MakegamesSA. You can find all our local gaming goodness right there.
Overall though, it is a nice update by Steam. It’s what I really needed – more ways to spend my money. Thanks Gaben, you da best!
Last Updated: September 23, 2014