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Steam Brings A Game Tagging System

Posted by , 12 February 2014 at 8:57 pm UTC / 7777 views
Steam is continuing its raft of updates, after adding in a recently updated section they have now added user a controlled tagging system.

If you wish to simply filter Linux games it's now under the "Games" drop down list under Mac OS X.
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When filtering from your new "For You" menu, it seems it picks up your operating system automatically as well, at least when trying some tags for myself it automatically set me to "Linux/SteamOS".
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It's quite different from Steam's original tagging system that developers set on their own games since it now allows us to set any tag, including in your own language.
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It's fantastic to see Steam continually update the website to make things better and easier for users, where other sites have simply stagnated.

I hope Desura's talk of new design won't turn out to be vapour-ware. It's been promised for a long time now.
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DrMcCoy 12 February 2014 at 9:23 pm UTC
Would be nice if they could integrate that into the client to replace the awfully limited category system.
liamdawe 12 February 2014 at 9:24 pm UTC
DrMcCoyWould be nice if they could integrate that into the client to replace the awfully limited category system.

Do you mean your games Library category system?
DrMcCoy 12 February 2014 at 9:31 pm UTC
Yes, exactly. I always hated how you could only place a game under one category, and how it often failed to sync properly. Ideally, I want that to be completely replaced by grouping the games by your own tags (switchable to popular tags made by other people or friends). Add a way to filter out certain tags, and I'm happy.
Linas 12 February 2014 at 9:32 pm UTC
But how do I get a list of Linux games now?
DrMcCoy 12 February 2014 at 9:40 pm UTC
LinasBut how do I get a list of Linux games now?

There's a "Browse by Platform: Linux" at the bottom of the "Games" menu there.
Linas 12 February 2014 at 9:40 pm UTC
LinasBut how do I get a list of Linux games now?

To answer my own question.

Games - Browse by platform - Linux
liamdawe 12 February 2014 at 9:47 pm UTC
LinasBut how do I get a list of Linux games now?

To quote the article
QuoteIf you wish to simply filter Linux games it's now under the "Games" drop down list under Mac OS X.
Linas 12 February 2014 at 9:54 pm UTC
QuoteQ. How does tagging work with different languages?
A. When a user applies a tag, we will categorize that tag under the language that user has Steam set to. Those tags will then only be visible to users that are also viewing Steam in that language.

That is interesting, but not sure if in a good way or not... This basically means that smaller communities will end up with a subset of games tagged. May need to run Steam in English just to gen any meaningful results.
stan 13 February 2014 at 12:25 am UTC
Linas
QuoteQ. How does tagging work with different languages?
A. When a user applies a tag, we will categorize that tag under the language that user has Steam set to. Those tags will then only be visible to users that are also viewing Steam in that language.
That is interesting, but not sure if in a good way or not...
As a French who is running Steam in English (well, it didn’t ask me which language I wanted… I suppose it picked up my system’s language, which is English), I’m not very fond of this. I’d like to be able to tag and comment in French if I want to. However I suppose the vast majority of French users have Steam and their system in French and I’m an exception.

Edit: BTW the « recommended by steam » menu just tells me: « your friends aren’t recommending you anything! »… meh.
FutureSuture 13 February 2014 at 6:44 am UTC
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Awww, Linux no longer gets special attention on the Steam website.
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