As a gamer, I am always looking forward to the next game that will capture my interest, whether it’s a big budget AAA game like Battlefield 4, or an independently created gem like Sanctum 2.
To do this, I try to stay on top of information and news on upcoming releases, or anything that happened to slip by my notice. There are many different ways to do this and my counterpart, Mr. Coleman, aka partner in zombie-killing G-Man Junior, will be writing about websites that cater to gamers. I will be focusing instead on a more PC-specific mode of staying in touch with the gaming world, i.e., Steam.
I’ve written about Steam twice before, see The Wake Weekly website and check under opinion for our past and present columns to learn more, so I won’t repeat myself more than necessary.
Steam, a digital distribution and communications platform, among other things, is owned and operated by Valve software. Steam allows you access to the gaming community 24/7; through their user interface on your computer, you can quickly check out what’s going on at a glance.
The first thing you see when you open up the Store page is their featured items slide show. This includes pre-release offers, games currently trending, and new releases along with hot downloadable content. Next you see what the weekly deals are, a great way to save some cash, then you can scroll down to check out everything from top sellers, recently updated games, what your friends just got and even news headlines.
Unlike websites that tend to include new movies, comics or TV shows, Steam focuses directly on video games.
Their Steam Greenlight program gives you a chance to check out what the best and brightest in the Indie gaming community are cooking up. You always have brand new games showing up on the slides for you to browse. Their Wish List system allows you to keep tabs on games you really want in the future. When a game on that list goes on sale, they will notify you so you can pick it up, and it allows friends or even family to see what you want for your birthday or Christmas.
On top of all that, the steam mobile app keeps you connected while on the go, giving you access to the sales so you can see what’s going on and even chat with your friends.
Speaking of friends, some of my favorite games have come from seeing what they are playing, asking their opinion of it, and getting it for myself to play. This, coupled with the community page and opinion comments, allows me to see what gamers around the world think.
It is purely and simply a place to browse for and find out about games. Is there a game you would like featured in Local Gamers? Then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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