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A feature that was often requested by Linux gamers, was a way for us to show developers there's a demand for a port. Valve has delivered something interesting to help. Although it does have a small caveat, it's only if you pick one platform in your Steam settings.

Writing about it on Twitter, Valve developer Pierre-Loup linked to this post on Steam that explains it:

We have made changes to the wishlist aiming to improve developers' visibility of any interest in their title coming from Steam users playing on platforms they're not currently targeting.

If a user only has one platform filter selected in their Steam store preferences, adding a game to their wishlist will result in it being specially reported to the developer in a new platform-specific breakdown of the wishlist report:

Currently, Steam has this feature some of you might be familiar with (set it here):

Now they're actually making some more use of it, so developers will end up seeing something like this:

A simple change overall, but one that could end up proving quite interesting for developers. I don't imagine this suddenly moving mountains (being realistic here), but we've long needed something official like this to help things along a bit more.

More changes like this, to help developers decide can only be a good thing for Linux/SteamOS gaming.

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Purple Library Guy 7 December 2017 at 4:54 pm UTC
g000hThere is one BIG problem with this though. Not all Linux gamers are going to want to set their Account Preferences to only show Linux/SteamOS games in Search Results.
Actually, that makes me think of another hiccup in the scheme: The only way to have your wishlist show non-Linux games to the developers as wanted for Linux is . . . to make it so you don't see non-Linux games when you're searching for things to put in your wishlist.
(Ooops. Looks like other people have already pointed this out)


Last edited by Purple Library Guy at 7 December 2017 at 5:05 pm UTC
Asu 7 December 2017 at 8:23 pm UTC
yeah... now Bethesda knows why skyrim is on my wishlist lol...
Colombo 7 December 2017 at 10:34 pm UTC
What about this:

Preferred system setting:
1. If not set, estimate from the most common platform AND/OR from setting in store.
2. If set, THIS system is the preferred system.
-- This enable to have auto-detection of this setting, but it can still be overruled by user preference.


Wishlist:
1. Wishlist works like shopping list. Therefore direct unfiltered connection to non-wanted platforms is bad.
2. So either create more structured wishlist or special button.
3. In either case, special buttons/settings needs to be available. "I wish this was for my platform". Other stats can be also present as well, like "I wish this had DLCs, I wish this had sequels, I wish this had multiplayer, I wish this was in X sale". If small, but informative number of cases are present (providing options from which people decide is quite complex thing and many questionaries fail to make it limited and comprehensive at the same time), devs could have a powerful tool to find potential buyer.

This however needs structured wishlist that would enabled greying-out games that don't follow current conditions.

So what we have? Two powerful stats.
1. How many players have your game but don't play it because it is not on their preferred platform?
2. How many players play this game, but have different preferred platform?
3. How many players wish for this game, but only if it was cheaper (i.e., waiting for sale, number of customers that wished game to be cheaper vs number of customers that bought that game when it was cheaper could be an interesting stat).
4. How many players wish for this game, but need feature X/platform.
thed4rkn1te 7 December 2017 at 10:39 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy
g000hThere is one BIG problem with this though. Not all Linux gamers are going to want to set their Account Preferences to only show Linux/SteamOS games in Search Results.
Actually, that makes me think of another hiccup in the scheme: The only way to have your wishlist show non-Linux games to the developers as wanted for Linux is . . . to make it so you don't see non-Linux games when you're searching for things to put in your wishlist.
(Ooops. Looks like other people have already pointed this out)

The way the platform preference in your settings works is that it limits featured products on the store front and discovery queue to your platform choice. If you search for a title or browse a genre you see results for all platforms and there is an additional option to filter the specific search by platform.

Essentially, setting Linux as a platform limits what games Valve tries to directly market to you.

(adding Darksiders 3 to my wishlist)


Last edited by thed4rkn1te at 7 December 2017 at 10:53 pm UTC
edo 8 December 2017 at 2:37 am UTC
Now devs will finally realize how really few people are the people making so much noise about linux versions of the games.

But thats good, I like this feature.
ElectricPrism 8 December 2017 at 5:03 am UTC
If I could filter my wishlist by platform that would be great.

I used to add Windows games to my wishlist and then pop in to request Linux versions. After a bit of work I helped convince to get a few games ported.

I removed all Windows games after a while just cuz I have 0% interest in purchasing no windows games.
s8as8a 8 December 2017 at 5:27 am UTC
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s8as8aIf I enable this, would I (still) be able to receive games with no Linux port as gifts?

Would the only things that change be that (i) games that have no Linux port just wouldn't show in the store, when I'm logged in, and that (ii) I'd help show demand for Linux ports?

1. This setting affects only the main page of the store. You won't see non-Linux games in your discovery queue and in the "Now Popular", "New" and "Specials" sections. Although you'll still see all games in the "Upcoming" section.

2. Yeah, that'll help show demand for Linux native versions. But nobody know will it really help as of now
Thanks for letting me know.
tuubi 8 December 2017 at 9:10 am UTC
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edoNow devs will finally realize how really few people are the people making so much noise about linux versions of the games.
Just in case you're not being sarcastic: If they "realize" anything at all based on these numbers, they're idiots. This number won't come close to reflecting reality, partly due to the problems brought up here. If Steam had a proper port wishlist feature, it might help in gauging interest. As it is, developers and publishers would do much better with Linux sales data on current ports of games in their genre/market.
Eike 8 December 2017 at 11:29 am UTC
To ease filling your whish list (if you like to), I suggest collecting games worthy,
so the whish is only two clicks away for each...

http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/1500126447390588003/
Perkeleen_Vittupää 8 December 2017 at 11:48 am UTC
Of those Win/Mac only titles, i just added some LA CLASSICS due this change which i used to play.

Dark Forces
X-Wing
Tie Fighter
The Dig
X-Wing Alliance
X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter +The Balance Of Power
Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
The Secret of the Monkey Island

-I don't think i'll add any current Win-only titles until the system makes more sense.

PS. I know all of these work through Wine. Won't help Linux gaming if one only accepts that route without official support or similar.
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