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You can now hide your Steam gaming shame

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Sometimes, in a drunken Saturday night blur, you may end up buying a game on impulse – and end up with Barbie Horse Adventure 3 (just me?) as a mark of shame in your Steam library. There’s no need to wallow in your shame any longer. Steam has now been updated, and it lets you hide games from your library.

You’ll have to opt in to the latest version of the beta client, but once you do, you’ll be able to nominate games in your list on a per game basis, and hide them from view. unfortunately, as it stands, you’ll only be able to hide those games from yourself.

Prying eyes on the internet will still be able to go through your library and see what games you’ve been playing, so you may want to hold off on purchasing those dodgy Japanese dating sims or weird games about loving pigeons and whatever other rubbish is available on Gaben’s digital delivery service.

Still, it’s a bit of a godsend for those who’ve bought in to every single Humble Bundle, and partaken in every single Steam sale to end up with a library full of rubbish. You can now safely stow that stuff away, at the same time minimising any shame if somebody happens to look over your shoulder as you scroll past Sakura Spirit.

Here’s what else is New! and Improved!  in the latest Steam beta.

Steam Client

  • Updated desktop user interface styles, simplifying common controls and navigation elements, and neutralizing overall color palette to align with Steam web pages and Big Picture mode
  • Don’t delay content updates for games set to high priority
  • Fixed crash if you clicked on a game on the downloads page or clicked the details option in the games grid view

Library

  • Add “Hide this game in my library” functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called “Hidden”, which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user’s profile.
  • Synchronize selection between main window library views and Small Mode.
  • Fix game details panel scrolling to the top during game download/update
  • Fix crash when switching from downloads or grid view to details view

In-Home Streaming

  • Added hardware accelerated decoding for Mac OS X 10.9 and newer
  • Implemented periodic refresh to help repair screen smearing issue with NVIDIA hardware accelerated encoding
  • Fixed race condition that could cause streaming connections to fail to connect with a timeout notification

Last Updated: August 8, 2014

44 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 8, 2014 at 08:48

    Cool, finally I can get rid of DOTA.

    Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 8, 2014 at 08:48

    Cool, finally I can get rid of DOTA.

    Reply

  3. Umar

    August 8, 2014 at 08:50

    Hatoful Boyfriend, Still a better love story than Kim and Kanye.
    We should all be proud of the games we play. Even if it involves pigeon love and loli boobies

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      August 8, 2014 at 08:51

      But what if it involves both, at the same time!?

      Reply

      • Umar

        August 8, 2014 at 08:52

        Then pop the champagne and celebrate diversity!

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 8, 2014 at 08:55

        Don’t egg him on.

        Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        August 8, 2014 at 08:56

        Really dude. Don’t encourage the man

        Reply

        • Umar

          August 8, 2014 at 09:00

          🙁

          Reply

  4. Umar

    August 8, 2014 at 08:50

    Hatoful Boyfriend, Still a better love story than Kim and Kanye.
    We should all be proud of the games we play. Even if it involves pigeon love and loli boobies

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      August 8, 2014 at 08:51

      But what if it involves both, at the same time!?

      Reply

      • Umar

        August 8, 2014 at 08:52

        Then pop the champagne and celebrate diversity!

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 8, 2014 at 08:55

        Don’t egg him on.

        Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        August 8, 2014 at 08:56

        Really dude. Don’t encourage the man

        Reply

        • Umar

          August 8, 2014 at 09:00

          🙁

          Reply

  5. Kensei Seraph

    August 8, 2014 at 08:51

    I can finally get rid of those test items cluttering up my library.

    Reply

  6. Kensei Seraph

    August 8, 2014 at 08:51

    I can finally get rid of those test items cluttering up my library.

    Reply

  7. Ryanza

    August 8, 2014 at 08:52

    So that’s what Steam did with DRM. It hid the DRM away. But I still see it.

    Reply

  8. Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    August 8, 2014 at 08:52


    Fixed race condition that could cause streaming connections to fail to connect with a timeout notification”

    Wait…. Steam is racist now???

    Halflife3 Confirmed!

    Reply

  9. Macethy

    August 8, 2014 at 08:52

    Origin had this feature of ages now…

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      August 8, 2014 at 08:54

      It’s kind of pointless to hide games on Origin when they all fit on the same screen even when using the large icons.
      Whereas on Steam, it can be a bit annoying digging through 100+ games to find that 1 you want to play.
      I’ve actually had to go through my list 3 times to find the game that I wanted to play.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

        August 8, 2014 at 08:59

        I categorize them:
        – Unplayed
        – In progress
        – Achievement hunting
        – Completed
        – Ugh (for some that are included in bundles)

        Reply

        • Kensei Seraph

          August 8, 2014 at 09:00

          I should probably do that sometime.
          Mine are under All and no where else.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 8, 2014 at 09:04

            It makes choosing a new one or a favourite much easier

          • Kensei Seraph

            August 8, 2014 at 09:06

            Or just finding your current one.

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 8, 2014 at 09:08

            Hahaha, you can just right click on the Steam icon in the app tray (bottom left, next to your clock) and it will show games you recently played

  10. Ryanza

    August 8, 2014 at 08:52

    So that’s what Steam did with DRM. It hid the DRM away. But I still see it.

    Reply

  11. Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    August 8, 2014 at 08:52


    Fixed race condition that could cause streaming connections to fail to connect with a timeout notification”

    Wait…. Steam is racist now???

    Halflife3 Confirmed!

    Reply

  12. Macethy

    August 8, 2014 at 08:52

    Origin had this feature of ages now…

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      August 8, 2014 at 08:54

      It’s kind of pointless to hide games on Origin when they all fit on the same screen even when using the large icons.
      Whereas on Steam, it can be a bit annoying digging through 100+ games to find that 1 you want to play.
      I’ve actually had to go through my list 3 times to find the game that I wanted to play.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

        August 8, 2014 at 08:59

        I categorize them:
        – Unplayed
        – In progress
        – Achievement hunting
        – Completed
        – Ugh (for some that are included in bundles)

        Reply

        • Kensei Seraph

          August 8, 2014 at 09:00

          I should probably do that sometime.
          Mine are under All and no where else.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 8, 2014 at 09:04

            It makes choosing a new one or a favourite much easier

          • Kensei Seraph

            August 8, 2014 at 09:06

            Or just finding your current one.

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 8, 2014 at 09:08

            Hahaha, you can just right click on the Steam icon in the app tray (bottom left, next to your clock) and it will show games you recently played

  13. iAmWeasel

    August 8, 2014 at 08:58

    Aaaah I see what they’ve done here… so now you can hide all those backlog titles and restart your hoarding efforts from scratch.

    Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

      August 8, 2014 at 09:23

      The funny thing is I can see this happening to people and then a couple of years down the line they check their hidden items and have a mini heart attack

      Reply

  14. iAmWeasel

    August 8, 2014 at 08:58

    Aaaah I see what they’ve done here… so now you can hide all those backlog titles and restart your hoarding efforts from scratch.

    Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

      August 8, 2014 at 09:23

      The funny thing is I can see this happening to people and then a couple of years down the line they check their hidden items and have a mini heart attack

      Reply

  15. Dutch Matrix

    August 8, 2014 at 09:17

    There are just some shame that cannot be hidden…
    (Refresh for shame)

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

      August 8, 2014 at 09:22

      O_O

      Reply

  16. Dutch Matrix

    August 8, 2014 at 09:17

    There are just some shame that cannot be hidden…
    (Refresh for shame)

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

      August 8, 2014 at 09:22

      O_O

      Reply

  17. Kromas

    August 8, 2014 at 09:25

    I just like the new button colour scheme. Also the new quickbar icon.

    Reply

  18. Kromas

    August 8, 2014 at 09:25

    I just like the new button colour scheme. Also the new quickbar icon.

    Reply

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