Steam Greenlight Concepts added by Valve
Posted: 10.02.2013 08:07 by Comments: 7
Valve faced a controversy when it began charging $100 to developers to put their games on Steam Greenlight. This was done as an answer to the numerous fake games and hoaxes that popped up when Greenlight was free. Naturally, indie developers were displeased.

The company has now added Steam Greenlight Concepts, which is a free version of Greenlight. The chief difference is that high-rated games won't be published on Steam. Basically the service is to pitch ideas to gamers and see if it's worth paying the $100 to post on Greenlight proper.

Gamers can check out the Concepts page here.

Source: GameSpy
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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 10, 2013
Just as long as 'games' (loosely, very loosely termed) like "War z" don't get through, it'll be fine. I still think most games that come through Greenlight are over-priced though.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Feb 11, 2013
Yep. I think Greenlight should include the price they want to sell at. Asking "Would you buy this?" is very different to asking "Would you buy this for $25?"

I think that there should be a requirement that the game gets completed before being put up on Steam also. I'd buy Towns - if they ever finish it.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Feb 11, 2013
I would definitely like to know at what price they want to put it up for cause if it`s more they what`s on the devs page i am not buying that.

And steam really needs to check the games it puts up,war z was an unbelievable scandal and for good reason,i don`t think anyone wants something like that to happen again.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Feb 11, 2013
There's absolutely nothing wrong with beta games being sold on Steam as long as they are clearly marked as such. The main problem with War Z was that it was being sold as a finished game when in fact it wasn't.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Feb 11, 2013
Indeed but that wasn`t it`s only problem,pretty much every reviewer said the game is a scam,you can just buy guns and ammo for real money so the whole purpose of the game is to take all the money off it`s players,that`s not something that should be in any game,ever.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Feb 11, 2013
I'm divided on sale of items. On one hand, I'd rather play the game and earn rewards, and selling the items feels like a cash grab, on the other hand, some people *don't* want to earn rewards and would like to just cheat.

It comes down to two things;
Does allowing players to buy stuff cause a noticable disadvantage to players who choose not to buy?
Is the game packed with stupid grinding or artifical limitations to encourage/force the player to buy?

I suspect War Z answers yes to both - or would if they'd finished making it.

But yes, a big banner saying "BETA" would be nice, same as they do for demos and DLC now. It's one thing to say "buyer beware", it's another to be misleading.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 11, 2013
The real controversy, besides being a crap game where the biggest danger was being killed by other human players rather than Zombies, was the Steam Store page.
Now Steam might not check every game it releases, but if describing it in detail on a Store Page, they should at least do a bit more than simply cut & paste what the Developer has sent them. In this case, it WAS fraud, blatantly, as the unfinished product that was released held little of what was described. That is why they were quick (relatively for Valve) to refund.

Steam gives me to the bathroom:)