The Steam Summer Getaway Sale has come and gone. With sales cut back to a minimum, you might wonder what worthwhile venture Steam holds, now that the days of checking the latest sales are behind you. Steam Greenlight is one such venture.
If you do not already know, Steam Greenlight is a community ‘sales-pitch’ of sorts for game developers. Developers can post their games, software, concepts and mods onto Greenlight and receive community feedback in the form of ratings. If a submission receives enough positive feedback, it is then considered ‘greenlit’ and eventually is released on the Steam store.
The reason that Greenlight can hold a player’s attention for so long is the power that a single click carries. Rather than having a market saturated by games favored by a single publisher, players have the ability to decide what types of games they want to see on Steam. By rating a submission as something they would play, players increase the chance of a game they want being released. If players decide a game does not deserve to reach the store, they can vote ‘uninterested’ to hinder its progress (and even stop it altogether).
With such a large selection of games to follow, where does a player begin? The best place is the ‘Released’ section. Someone who is new to the Greenlight system might be surprised at the amount of games that have been released and at their popularity.Surgeon Simulator 2013, Starforge and Gnomoria are all examples of games that have been frequently featured on Steam’s front page and that also were released through Greenlight.
Players also can create collections of their favorite submissions, subscribe to follow news on specific submissions and even request to be reminded to vote on a submission on a later date. These tools may seem arbitrary but empower players to find their own niche in Greenlight.
Once a player has gone through a few pages of submissions, recommended submissions will begin to appear in their ‘queue.’ Here, players can find submissions that are similar to others that they have found favorable. They can even go as far as to specify which genres they want to see in a queue and generate new queues entirely. Games like Toribash have many genres, and this allows them to be found easily if players pick multiple genres that relate to the game in their queue.
Ultimately, Steam Greenlight is an amazing tool for consumer empowerment. It can be daunting at first, but as players begin to vote for their favorite games and receive customized content, the possibilities are endless. For players who are looking for something worthwhile to do on Steam other than play the games in their library, Steam Greenlight is a great place to start.