There Are Too Many New Games On Steam

There have already been more new games released on Steam in 2014 than there were in all of 2013. And it's only May.

Advertisement

By itself, and on principle, this isn't a problem. The more games available, the better.

But - and this ties directly into something I was talking about last week - it's a massive problem when you consider the way Steam currently operates.

The Gamasutra report highlighting the numbers explains why this is a bad thing:

What this means is that, while in 2013 your new release might have shown up on the front page of Steam for a few days, you're likely to see your game drop off the front page within 24 hours of you releasing it. (And notably, the front page of Steam now automatically defaults to "Top Sellers" instead of "New Releases.")

This hurts developers (well, indie devs, which compromise most new releases anyway), but it also hurts gamers, since if you don't log into Steam for a few days you're likely to have missed most games "time in the sun" unless you start digging (and while it's easy to say that's easy, most people simply don't do it).

Illustration for article titled There Are Too Many New Games On Steam
Advertisement

I said it in my earlier rant, and I'll say it again here: Steam's store needs a redesign. Apple and Google have a far greater problem with a flood of new releases, but their approach to managing it - by highlighting a number of games across a number of categories, from new titles to genre showcases to quality, curated selections - is infinitely more successful.

More games have released on Steam so far in 2014 than all of last year [Gamasutra]

Advertisement

DISCUSSION

The bigger problem is that there's no curating for the storefront anymore. With 40% of new releases being a back-catalog dump and the other 30% being Early Access content with questionable development plans, how am I supposed to trust anything on there anymore?

The combination of Greenlight and Early Access has made an absolute mess of the Steam Storefront and I don't think the design of the storefront itself is the problem. (For all those that are desperately trying to get a Windows 8.1-esqe Metro UI, please leave it alone. At 850+ entries, I need a list, boxes don't help.)

With Earth Year 2066 failing hard with questionable advertising and frankly not being complete enough to warrant being on Early Access and with Towns development halting before all the promises for development were made (Towns was put on Steam prior to Early Access program), there's no more trust to be had.

This IOS app store BS is not what I expected from ValvE in any form and it only makes me mad that what was a great place for good games (for the most part) is now a flea market.