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Steam goes green as Valve celebrate 20 years

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While we already marked the anniversary of Steam turning 20 in a previous article, Valve has now done their own announcement along with turning a bit green.

Valve has playfully updated the Steam store to match the original colour scheme of Steam when it launched, and it all looks a bit retro. Plus there's a fun timeline of events, which goes over various points in Steam's history along with the top games each year.

Almost all Valve games are now on sale too (there's a couple that aren't right now like Half-Life: Alyx - but it may just be a bit delayed). No big announcements so far, but Valve did say on the timeline that Counter-Strike 2 will be launching "soon". On top of that there's some additions to the Points Shop and a quick little thank you video below:

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Pengling Sep 12, 2023
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This is good fun, though I think it's safe to say that the default colour-scheme has come a long way over the years, too!

Is anyone else having trouble getting the Steam 20th Points Store page to load right now, by the way? It was coming up blank for me when I tried it just now, both in a browser and in the Steam client.

EDIT: It's working now. Got all of the things.


Last edited by Pengling on 12 September 2023 at 6:16 pm UTC
artixbtw Sep 12, 2023
Some pretty cool (if purposefully outdated) meme edits right there, but we only got a handful of the less cool ones to keep... I'd pay points for the dragon at dinner table :<
Ehvis Sep 12, 2023
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Steam adds MacOS support; we also launch Steam Play to support Linux users.

Ehmmmm.....
pb Sep 12, 2023
Quoting: Ehvis
Quote2010
Steam adds MacOS support; we also launch Steam Play to support Linux users.

Ehmmmm.....

Good catch. There was this thing/icon called SteamPlay that marked games that are playable not only on Windows... but Linux only came in 20132, and in 2015 they removed this thing/icon when they changed the Tux icon to SteamOS icon, because it all looked a bit too similar.

But to be frank, maybe there were some Linux versions of games even before the Steam client itself got ported? For example here they write "In 2010, we announced Steam Play: a way for Steam users to access Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Steam games with a single purchase."...


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Eri Sep 12, 2023
What a nice walk down memory lane is that website. Made me remember when I created my Steam acount, my teen ignorant *ss buying CS Condition Zero thinking that the single player campaign and mode was going to best thing ever, good times


Last edited by Eri on 12 September 2023 at 7:05 pm UTC
MayeulC Sep 12, 2023
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Quoting: Ehvis
Quote2010
Steam adds MacOS support; we also launch Steam Play to support Linux users.

Ehmmmm.....

Good catch. There was this thing/icon called SteamPlay that marked games that are playable not only on Windows... but Linux only came in 20132, and in 2015 they removed this thing/icon when they changed the Tux icon to SteamOS icon, because it all looked a bit too similar.

But to be frank, maybe there were some Linux versions of games even before the Steam client itself got ported? For example here they write "In 2010, we announced Steam Play: a way for Steam users to access Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Steam games with a single purchase."...

Yeah, I was about to point this mistake out too. But SteamPlay really was launched in 2010 IIRC, it was just Windows+Mac.
denyasis Sep 12, 2023
I'm honestly and pleasantly surprised how many "old games" are still pretty popular/ played today.

Or maybe I'm just old and just recognizing the old games I remember (but never played)
StalePopcorn Sep 12, 2023
I'm grateful for Steam for helping Linux gaming and me, personally, switch from being a slave to Apple's shit walled garden to the freedom of Linux on whatever fking hardware I wanted!
fabertawe Sep 12, 2023
Interesting... I'm reading and seeing those release dates and thinking was it really that long ago? And the further forward I scroll, the less games I own!
Ehvis Sep 12, 2023
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Quoting: MayeulCYeah, I was about to point this mistake out too. But SteamPlay really was launched in 2010 IIRC, it was just Windows+Mac.

And I assume that this misunderstanding caused them to skip mentioning the real launch of steam for linux.
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