Talk:Steam (software)

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Early Access Section/Mention?[edit]

Would it be appropriate to include a section on the Early Access program on Steam? Given that games on the service that are being developed, but can be purchased I think it would probably be appropriate to mention it. --John Wukong (talk) 21:49, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

It's already in there under "developer tools" and more discussion about early access in general is at Early access. --MASEM (t) 21:54, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
I think it can be discussed more at the Early access, and provide a link to it. Looks like they're trying to kill Steam greenlight.[1]--Vaypertrail (talk) 11:27, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Another area to be added - Steam sales / opinions about them / gamification[edit]

Particularly in light of the issues around the gamification of the summer sale, I think we do need to add a section about the various sales (daily and weeklies in addition to the major events), and how these sales are seen by the community , not only the "praise" they get but how they are sometimes considered poor, etc. I know I've seen a few references but this is definitely a area to be addressed here. --MASEM (t) 02:33, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Every retail website has summer/day/hot etc sales so this isn't notable on it's own. EA said the sales were a bad idea[2][3] which I think was removed from the article. Propose some sources.--Vaypertrail (talk) 21:41, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Steam's summer/holiday sales are very notable compared to any other digital storefront's, if not for the jokes/memes about how no one's wallets are safe. And the manipulation done during the last sale's gamification brought attention. --MASEM (t) 06:23, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Another example [4] and they meant about how Steam Sales might cause the indie bubble to burst. I agree that we only need passing mention of the daily/weekly, but it's the big block sales that is the point of interest over any other storefront (if not having other storefronts follow suit). --MASEM (t) 13:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

File:Steam Store.png[edit]

File:Steam Store.png needs updating with another Steam stock image, it's from December 2012. Also need one with a visible username or a reasonable photoshop of it removed.--Vaypertrail (talk) 20:54, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

i can do that... give me a few. i won't publicize my username, however. privacy reasons. -- Aunva6talk - contribs 21:11, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
actually, nothing has really changed. i see no reason to upload a new one, the current one is censored to protect the uploader's privacy, and I kinda doubt you'll get anyone else to upload one that isn't censored. -- Aunva6talk - contribs 21:36, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, unless the user wants their name shown, we always will need to scrub the name from any screenshot. And I do agree, there's so little changed on the interface to demand a new screenshot now. --MASEM (t) 06:22, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
the only image that really needs work would likely be the logo. I think it should be on a dark backgrounds, as it is difficult to see against the white background of wikipedia -- Aunva6talk - contribs 18:29, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Brand?[edit]

Steam is becoming a type of brand? Software for all platforms, website, social media site, video games console, operating system, all called Steam. Need to consider revamping templates, and where new article splits, redirects or merges are needed.--Vaypertrail (talk) 21:33, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Not really. Steam Machines and Steam OS, the two biggest offshoots, have their own articles. And I really haven't seen RS' that call Steam a "brand", though if it becomes one, the first place to address that is at the Valve's article to start. --MASEM (t) 06:26, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Conflicting info[edit]

  • Infobox: Initial release Windows: September 12, 2003[1]
  • Steam_(software)#Initial_release: The Steam client was first made available for download in January 2003...

Which is it?--Vaypertrail (talk) 22:11, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

I read that as "Beta" vs "Release" versions per the sources. The public non-beta release - what we use in the infobox, is the Sept 2003 date. --MASEM (t) 22:30, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Text needs changing to make this more clear...--Vaypertrail (talk) 23:58, 12 July 2014 (UTC)