A rant about the state of digital stores

For years now Steam has been top dog when it comes to gaming platforms and in particular its store had praise heaped upon it. Self proclaimed citizens of the “master race” would look down upon mere console mortals and boast about the superiority of the service and its store front. Console digital stores meanwhile varied from being over priced to unforgiving when a refund was requested and we could only look over at Steam with adorning eyes. Times however have changed on both sides of the divide and it’s definitely not a positive change. Digital stores are a mess and the industry leaders need to up their game and sort them out.

Nearly 40% of Steam’s entire game library released in 2016, that’s well over 4,000 games and that number continues to sky rocket. That is a monumentally huge amount of “games”. That figure seems impressive at first but when you look at what sort of games make up that figure it quickly gets very depressing. Most of the games on Steam’s digital store are now utter shite that don’t deserve to be played let alone traded for currency.digital store

Ever Since Valve opened the green light flood gates its digital store has become infested with abominations that offer recycled engine assets and/or staggeringly poor performance in terms of frame rate or just crap gameplay. Once upon a time I imagine having a game release on Steam’s digital store being somewhat of an achievement for developers who put in the effort and worked hard. These days unfortunately good games are buried under horrid titles like the ones Digital Homicide pumped out like a bloke with lose bowels.

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Valve need to regain control of their digital store and perhaps even think outside of the box and implement something like… oh I don’t know, QUALITY CONTROL!! It’s so hard to find the games that deserve the attention these days and even finding the AAA titles usually requires you input the title and search as they too seem to get quickly buried beneath the shit.

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Microsoft, not content with pissing off PC gamers with “Games for Windows Live” have got in on the action too. Their Windows 10 digital store looks more like a mobile phone app store with the interesting games being buried beneath a downpour of brown rain. Somehow the Xbox store remains largely user friendly and although you are still being ripped off with inflated prices you can at least easily navigate through a library that by and large remains turd free, kind of.

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Sony… well Sony have obviously seen what’s been going on over on Steam’s digital store and decided that they wanted a piece of the action and so not only began infecting its digital store with some horrendous excuses for games but have been actively promoting them on their YouTube channel. Games like Skylight Freerange2, Firefighters: The Simulation and of course the giant hindenturd called Life of Black Tiger. Still I guess those “games” at least make No Man’s Sky look ok… maybe. The last thing we want PlayStation and Xbox to take from Steam is the delude of crap games.

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The situation is fast getting out of control and it desperately needs rectifying. Finding good games is hard enough as is, what with biased media reports, dodgy marketing and if you are on console, little hope of getting a refund. The last thing gamers need when they are looking for a new game is the need to don a pair of waders in preparation for being knee deep in shit just to find the next game to add to their library. Digital stores can and must be better than this and gamers need to be demanding better from the big companies.

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