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Valve are continuing to roll out more features to help gamers find the titles they want to play, with the latest being Developer And Publisher Homepages which is expected to roll out on June 18th. It's still going to be in a Beta when it's rolled out, while they continually add features.

According to this Steam Partner page, it's currently in a "closed beta" with a limited amount of developers and publishers testing it out. As you can see from the shot above, it looks quite a bit like the current Curator system (see ours for example).

What's even more interesting, is that page talks about franchise pages. So it sounds like publishers would be able to have a specific section for series that have many entries.

I have to say, I actually love the idea of this. Being able to follow specific places, see their upcoming titles and so on, it's a good way to help sift through the noise. You could obviously argue that this is what their respective websites are supposed to be for, but when Steam has so much of the market already, actually having it all there makes a lot of sense.

What do you think?

Thanks, SteamDB.

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Ehvis 8 Jun, 2018
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I'm surprised it took this long.

I often click the developer/publisher links on game pages to see the list of games they were involved in. Either to see if there is something else interesting or to see what they're about and how their Linux support is. I'm not too sure this will change much for me in that regard.
Liam Dawe 8 Jun, 2018
Quoting: EhvisI'm surprised it took this long.

I often click the developer/publisher links on game pages to see the list of games they were involved in. Either to see if there is something else interesting or to see what they're about and how their Linux support is. I'm not too sure this will change much for me in that regard.
I end up doing that a lot too, this seems like a natural step really.
TheSHEEEP 8 Jun, 2018
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A lot of things about the Steam store are ridiculously sub-par.

Take the review functionality.
You still have to write BBCode there, FFS! No WYSIWYG, no shortcuts...

Speaking about reviews, I seriously hope they will remove that thumbs down/up nonsense, since many games simply aren't that clearly good or bad. A simple 5 star system would be much better.
Hugorm 8 Jun, 2018
hop there well be a easy way to bookmark the side man wanna follow, not as it is now.
I like the thumbs down/up but it cud be follow whed a +/- star system.
Ehvis 8 Jun, 2018
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Quoting: TheSHEEEPSpeaking about reviews, I seriously hope they will remove that thumbs down/up nonsense, since many games simply aren't that clearly good or bad. A simple 5 star system would be much better.

Agreed. The thumbs up/down system is even objectively silly. Technically, any game that is "decent" should get a 100% thumbs up rating because it's not bad enough to vote it down entirely. It's only because people start choosing because of specific things that these ratings don't become entirely polarised.
elisto 8 Jun, 2018
Also if we trust the leaks valve is planning a massive steam UI overhole.
Liam Dawe 8 Jun, 2018
Quoting: elistoAlso if we trust the leaks valve is planning a massive steam UI overhole.
Not really a leak when they've said it themselves that they're working on it :)
tonR 8 Jun, 2018
I'm fine with it as long the page NOT being myspace-fied.

itch.io -style game page is most perfect IMO.
qptain Nemo 8 Jun, 2018
Quoting: TheSHEEEPSpeaking about reviews, I seriously hope they will remove that thumbs down/up nonsense, since many games simply aren't that clearly good or bad. A simple 5 star system would be much better.
Quoting: EhvisAgreed. The thumbs up/down system is even objectively silly. Technically, any game that is "decent" should get a 100% thumbs up rating because it's not bad enough to vote it down entirely. It's only because people start choosing because of specific things that these ratings don't become entirely polarised.
Personally I really enjoy assigning specific ratings to things, it comes naturally to me to "precisely" quantify various merits I see in things into numbers and I enjoy doing so. However, this made me realize that to a lot of people it is not so, and a such thumbs up / down system is much more natural as they simply divide things between stuff they like and enjoy and stuff they do not. I'd suspect they're the majority so this decision seems to be quite rational on Valve's part. Maybe they're not, it's hard to say if there are more people who enjoy rating things or people who just like the simple dichotomy of like / dislike.

Also the way the system works now the users reviews on Steam provide at least one pretty specific metric: the % of user satisfaction within the audience of a given game, within its niche. Sort games on Steam by user reviews. You get a pretty interesting, somewhat surprising list I think.

Just my two cents.
lucifertdark 8 Jun, 2018
So it's not just me that uses the developer/publisher link to find out what other games they've got on offer. Now I won't have to. :D
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