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A reminder about Steam's platform-specific wishlist feature you should be using

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Back in 2017, Valve rolled out a small change to the wishlist feature on Steam that quite a few people still don't know about.

We previously posted about this when the change happened but as always, things get lost and people forget. If you head to this page (click your username -> Preferences) on Steam when you're logged in, scroll to the bottom and you will see this:

The box above doesn't mention it, but this allows developers to see wishlists from a single ticked platform. Why is it important? Well, we speak to a huge amount of game developers and a very common issue we've come across since this was implemented was a very low volume of wishlists from Linux.

A lot lower than you would expect, some of which is naturally due to our lower market share (of course) but also because so many people just don't know this feature exists. We've also ended up reminding a lot of our readers and followers on this, with a surprising amount of people having no idea it's even a thing.

Since it's a manual process (and only works if you tick one platform), if you don't go and do it yourself your wishlist entries on Steam don't show up as being for Linux. So it's a feature that sounds good on paper and is well meaning but doesn't work that great in practice.

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callcifer 22 February 2019 at 12:10 pm UTC
The thing is, if you only choose Linux you won't get Windows-only games shown to you at all in your discovery queue or sales/discount emails whereas I want to see them. Maybe I'll try with proton, or even boot to Win7 just for that game.

I want a way to signal "I'd like to see this game on Linux and I'd pay for it" without making all the Windows stuff disappear and so far Steam doesn't seem to allow that.


Last edited by callcifer at 22 February 2019 at 12:11 pm UTC
wintermute 22 February 2019 at 12:12 pm UTC
EikeI switched off the emails instead.

I want the emails when they refer to Linux games.

subWill I still get informed about that game being on sale even if it only has Windows version?

Yes you will, this is precisely the problem I have with the system.


Last edited by wintermute at 22 February 2019 at 12:15 pm UTC
Ehvis 22 February 2019 at 12:14 pm UTC
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I obviously had this set already since I quite like having of the Steam lists filtered for Linux games only. Mostly, win games still appear in "Special offers" and the endless recommendation list at the bottom of the front page. But tagging Windows games on my wishlist just because I might want to see them on Linux is too much of an intrusion on its primary function.

If there was a special list/tag that would not pollute the wishlist when you only wish for the platform, I'd be all over it.
sub 22 February 2019 at 12:25 pm UTC
wintermute
EikeI switched off the emails instead.

I want the emails when they refer to Linux games.

subWill I still get informed about that game being on sale even if it only has Windows version?

Yes you will, this is precisely the problem I have with the system.

That seems to contradict what callcifer says.

So what's the case actually?
Leopard 22 February 2019 at 12:35 pm UTC
With Proton ; that is basically useless , at least for my use case.
Eike 22 February 2019 at 12:40 pm UTC
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wintermute
EikeI switched off the emails instead.

I want the emails when they refer to Linux games.

subWill I still get informed about that game being on sale even if it only has Windows version?

Yes you will, this is precisely the problem I have with the system.

That seems to contradict what callcifer says.

So what's the case actually?

QuoteThe thing is, if you only choose Linux you won't get Windows-only games shown to you at all in your discovery queue or sales/discount emails whereas I want to see them. Maybe I'll try with proton, or even boot to Win7 just for that game.

AFAIK, that's true for the discovery queue but wrong for the sales mails.
wintermute 22 February 2019 at 12:41 pm UTC
subThat seems to contradict what callcifer says.

Callcifer didn't say anything about emails that I can see.
callcifer 22 February 2019 at 1:04 pm UTC
wintermute
subThat seems to contradict what callcifer says.

Callcifer didn't say anything about emails that I can see.

I did say sales emails, but maybe I was wrong about that. It's been a long time since I last tried going Linux only on that checkbox. Still, discovery queue alone is reason enough for me to not uncheck Windows.
Ninex 22 February 2019 at 1:09 pm UTC
The description I've seen of this feature before, and even in this article, don't seem to match up to the actual description on Steam to me. It sounded like a way to let developers know you wanted were wishlisting a game to play on Linux, but the actual description just looks like it simply hides games for other platforms from you as you browse. Is this for your benefit only, or can developers see that you have this option ticked?
Liam Dawe 22 February 2019 at 1:29 pm UTC
NinexThe description I've seen of this feature before, and even in this article, don't seem to match up to the actual description on Steam to me. It sounded like a way to let developers know you wanted were wishlisting a game to play on Linux, but the actual description just looks like it simply hides games for other platforms from you as you browse. Is this for your benefit only, or can developers see that you have this option ticked?
Developers see Linux wishlists, that is the point made in the article.

Edit: Made a minor text adjustment to make that much clearer.


Last edited by Liam Dawe at 22 February 2019 at 1:32 pm UTC
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