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The Jingle Jam 2021 Games Collection is live to help charity
2 December 2021 at 2:50 pm UTC Likes: 1

Got some duplicate Steam keys to give away:

Clustertruck (Linux native)
Crowntakers (Linux native)
Murderous Pursuits (Proton: Silver)
Regions of Ruin (Linux native)
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam (Proton: Borked due to EAC, maybe for someone who dual boots?)
Surviving Mars (Linux native)
The First Tree (Linux native)
Unrailed! (Linux native)

Message me which one you want. First come, first serve. And to weed out bots also tell me your favorite color. Good luck! I'll check my PMs later today.

APT 2.3.12 package manager released, will no longer let you break everything
18 November 2021 at 7:20 pm UTC Likes: 7

Doesn't matter if the mistake was more on Linus or APT. The open software community, especially the APT team, reflected on the issue and reacted. If you think whether the change was necessary or not isn't important: In the end it just shows how flexible and responsive Linux and open source software development can be when issues arise - and that's a great outcome.

Mind-bending puzzler Superliminal is getting a multiplayer mode
28 October 2021 at 10:11 am UTC

Quoting: CyrilSo we won't get it in the GOG version, right?
Isn't multiplayer on GOG a no anyway?

Wolfire Games filed a lawsuit against Valve over abuse of their market position
30 April 2021 at 12:50 pm UTC Likes: 14

Since my comment is rather long, I've put it in a spoiler. Thank you if you read it, just had to get it off my chest somewhere, lol.

Spoiler, click me
As if a mere adjustment of the cut would fix anything. That's far too short-sighted and simplifies the real issue.

Customers/backlog
I'm not a dev, so of course I can only speak from the perspective of a customer. And as a customer I don't have infinite resources: My money and even more as I get older my time is limited. When I reflect on my purchasing behavior and my Steam library itself I notice: I buy way fewer games that I did year ago. Why? Limited time, as mentioned before. That limited time I want to invest in the games that interest me the most (right now) and games I see myself complete - be it a short, sophisticated game with fresh gameplay or a longer game with long-time motivations (collectibles, dense story, ...). Furthermore, I amounted a huge backlog of games that are cool but didn't get to play or finish yet.

Market saturation
What I want to say is that my library is oversaturated. Others already mentioned here in the comments: The market is oversaturated, too. Hundreds of games come out every day and not only do they have to compete with current or future games, but also loads of older (indie)games (e.g. why play a new probably average indie metroidvania when I haven't even touched masterpieces like Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Shovel Knight or Celeste?). Of course people pay attention to Steam reviews a lot and will probably refrain from buying a game that might not be rated positive enough in their opinion.

Customer expectations
Also, customer interest is way different than years ago: Many players expect "games as a service", multiplayer/coop games and most importantly communication (even more with early access games). You can't throw your game at the store and expect the algorithm to sell it for you. Building a community and communicating with users through blog posts isn't only important on release, but before and after it. Maybe your average-looking farming sim or mediocre JRPG is just that: Not good enough. And even if it's great you have to convince people of it being great not only when they play it, but before: Sell your game. Marketing, communication, build your community.

Why I and probably many others use Steam
Even though Steam has many half-assed features (broadcasts, new chat, 32-bit client without ipv6 support, ...) it's still considered the status quo. Why? Because there is nothing better around especially on Linux:
Epic: Nothing aside from freebies or exclusives keeps customers there, because there is nothing else. Also, no Linux support
GOG: On the rise (see recently released article), but still no Linux support.
Steam: Sales, returns, community, excellent Linux support with Proton which is absolutely insane if you look just 5 years back in time, ...
Don't get me wrong. As soon as there is a really superior platform on the market or Steam turns anti-customer, people will switch and vote with their wallets. See the paid mods drama they started or that the Steam cut already gets adjusted if you reach a certain threshold sales (which is still out of the league for indie games, though).

Conclusion
What's the solution then? I don' know! I'm not getting paid to come up with one.
Is Steams cut too high? Probably, depending of how much devs use Steam features in their games. As a minimum they'll give you an audience that you have to make use of, host your game, do the billing and a lot of community features from a forum over game server network capacity to inventories with paid skins and stuff. Maybe let devs choose what they need and adjust the cut based on that.
Should the price parity be dropped? Depends. If a dev decides to release on a storefront with fewer features that can offer to sell their game cheaper due to lower running costs or whatever, that should be possible. But what would happen in the long term? I think games value and prices would drop even more, which first seems good but quality would severely suffer long-term. E.g. key stores are there yet and Steam sees nothing of the money gained there, even though they cover all hosting costs and stuff.
All in all I believe Valve is still a giant money-sink that could innovate way more. Since they are privately-owned, nobody knows how much money they really own or where it goes. Imo they haven't abused their market power that much. If other big companies like EA or Activision would be in charge, we'd be screwed. But for the time being, competition hasn't managed to catch up despite Valve's/Steam's flaws and due to the complexity of the market.

Metro Exodus arrives for Linux on April 14
25 March 2021 at 2:59 pm UTC

I love how they casually confirm ray tracing support in a reply on Twitter as if it was just a matter of course.

Challenging sci-fi action RPG Hellpoint is now available
30 July 2020 at 8:22 pm UTC Likes: 1

Pre-release gameplay videos looked kind of boring, to be honest. All enemies were basically one-hit kills: No combo geographies you could pull off like in Shadows of Mordor or the Batman games - just button-mashing.

We're giving away two copies of 3dSen PC
25 June 2020 at 4:39 pm UTC

Would love a copy. Good luck everyone!

Realistic gun simulation FPS 'Receiver 2' announced from Wolfire Games
15 December 2019 at 12:11 pm UTC

Quoting: OrkultusI wonder if VR support will happen?
According to the store page on Steam:
QuoteDoes Receiver 2 have online multiplayer or VR support?
No, Receiver 2 is designed to be a single-player experience played on a monitor with a mouse and keyboard.
Maybe they'll change their mind, though.

Remember the SMACH Z handheld? It's apparently going to be at E3 this year
4 June 2019 at 7:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

It's a little bit late to the party. Times are tough with Steam Link Anywhere around. Why purchase an expensive new device when you already have a smartphone or tablet?

The Swords of Ditto is a much better and more interesting game with Mormo's Curse
15 May 2019 at 7:56 pm UTC

Doesn't work for me either. Starts up, but hangs on the intro screen and sometimes when it gets into the main menu it hangs when I click on anything.