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Valve overhauls the Steam Store with new categories, hubs and filtering

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Previously available in Steam Labs, some of the biggest changes to the Steam Store in years are now live for everyone.

This update to the Steam Store brings a new look for various tags, genres, categories and other themed pages across the whole thing. You would have seen them in action during the various sales but now they're everywhere. This is part of Valve's work to make finding games easier, given how Steam has grown to host a massive amount of games.

You can find all the categories at the top of the Steam Store:

Some of what's new includes the hub pages for all categories, themes, genres, and tags with each of them being personalized for you if you're signed in:

You get the usual big banners of games trying to grab your attention, and then plenty of filtering and sorting options below and this is on every single type of tag on the store. It's actually quite an impressive advancement for the store and should make finding something to play easier since you can tweak what you find to your liking.

This is why Valve continue to get my money. Not just because of Linux support and the Steam Deck but they are clearly always trying to make even just the basic store experience better.

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This is nice but as a older person trying to game I feel really pushed out. I'm trying to find just fighting games and no matter the storefront I get everything in the sink that even has a fist or kick in the game.

I end just tapping out and not playing any thing at all or playing stuff I already own.


Last edited by Arcadius-8606 on 9 September 2022 at 1:56 am UTC
Eike 7 Sep
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Quoting: Arcadius-8606This is nice but as a older person trying to game I feel really pushed out. I'm trying to find just fighting games and no matter the storefront I get everything in the sink that even has a fist or kick in the game.

I end just tapping out and not playing at thing at all or playing stuff I already own.

I get tips for my favorite genre (point and click) from a Facebook group. Or looking at known publishers/developers.
Quoting: EikeI get tips for my favorite genre (point and click) from a Facebook group. Or looking at known publishers/developers.

That seems to be the only way for me also. Sign up for newsletter but if the company is massive then you get junk instead of what you want.

Retail gaming has been horrendous for me in the last 10 years in trying to just buy exactly what I want.
Eike 7 Sep
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Quoting: Arcadius-8606
Quoting: EikeI get tips for my favorite genre (point and click) from a Facebook group. Or looking at known publishers/developers.

That seems to be the only way for me also. Sign up for newsletter but if the company is massive then you get junk instead of what you want.

Retail gaming has been horrendous for me in the last 10 years in trying to just buy exactly what I want.

I think what really got better (though I seldomly actually make use of it) is that you can take a look on YouTube how the game really looks and "feels". No more pig in a poke.


Last edited by Eike on 7 September 2022 at 7:37 pm UTC
Quoting: EikeI think what really got better (so I seldomly actually make use of it) is that you can take a look on YouTube how the game really looks and "feels". No more pig in a poke.

That is valid. I remember even before youtube going to ebaum's world to see gameplay vids of games that ppl camcorded back then. Help making a good purchase.

I find all of the mixed labeled games to be deceptive. From GOG and others, I just want to see a list of fighting games. That term is known for decades as what it is. How does a farm simulation game get put in there just means that no one is curating properly and/or trying to get some deceptive purchases in there.

It has me keeping my money in my pocket but my game library ancient
denyasis 7 Sep
Agreed. I stopped using the store for browsing shortly after they implemented the "feed-like" scroll for the store. I mostly find games via recommendations on GOL or other sites/communities.

I know Valve makes all their money from the store so there's the incentive to keep people engaged Steam as much as possible, but I never felt super comfortable browsing the store (to be fair, it's the same with most online stores for me).

I'm glad they are making it easier to browse. I'll have to try it out.
Quinn 7 Sep
I don't use the Steam Store to browse, I always know exactly which game I'm buying.

It's a nice redesign though.
Yeah the categories while nice, are extremely broad stroke and meaning of the word.
Possible games are trying to target all categories now so basically call themselves things they really aren't at the core.

I'd like to see a feature that lets the community vote on what a games category should be and when it gets to a certain high number it can influence it for change.. I dunno.

I'd like to see the ability to save previous page when you click on a title so the back button works better and actually takes you back instead of an approximate.


Last edited by TheRiddick on 8 September 2022 at 12:56 am UTC
Quoting: TheRiddickYeah the categories while nice, are extremely broad stroke and meaning of the word.
Possible games are trying to target all categories now so basically call themselves things they really aren't at the core.

I'd like to see a feature that lets the community vote on what a games category should be and when it gets to a certain high number it can influence it for change.. I dunno.

I'd like to see the ability to save previous page when you click on a title so the back button works better and actually takes you back instead of an approximate.
The community would just troll and do something akin to "review bombing" whenever something controversial happens around/within that game.

And regardless of whether their frustration is justified, moving a game in an unpopular category to effectively "cancel" it, is not the solution.
crse 8 Sep
What I thinking is lacking right now from Steam discovery system:
- Missing country tag.
Different culture, different story telling, more ways to discover truly unique gem.

- Anime tag is used too broadly.
After all there's no single definition of anime style in art context.
Is Junji Itou-inspired games is anime style? What about Pokemon-style game?
It feels like Anime tag is used by Western standard of anime.

Anime-tagged games from Japan, South Korea, China, and Western are often entirely different thing.
Different country origin = different interpretation of Akiba culture.

- Country language tag.
A lot of games are supporting various language that are not included in Steam language choice, especially open source one.
Heck, Indonesian, which is one of the most used spoken language still doesn't have proper tag. The only way to discover them is via curator.
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