- Oct 25, 2017
I mean, we got indie devs now going full on "we need curation" and saying that Steam is full of trash, clearly thinking they are the ones above the supossed trash qualification line. I am not going to blame them for wanting more money, and more importance, but it is clear that in the end their focus is on their product being successful (and maybe their friends), not on everyone equally. And with a huge amount of games there comes a other problem: Discoverability will always end up recommending one game instead of another, it wont be able to recommend all games and please everyone.i don't think anyone excepts "everything being successful", devs are mostly frustrated with their livelihood being tied to an unpredictable black box that can silently ruin them overnight
ehhhhhh that's not quite it. indies want to be noticed for sure, the rest you just made up...
and i didn't say valve doesn't support devs or doesn't offer a good toolset, i'm saying devs are within their rights to ask better of valve, just like users like you
On the other side, it is more about being annoyed at devs thinking that any fault in the system is clearly targetting them, and that clearly Steam has something against them, despite trying to please them as much as possible. And the "ask better of Valve" while not asking better of other shitty practices outside of Valve. Valve is the store / platform with the best tools for discovering games and that has the lowest entrance barriers (because they listened to the devs), yet developers are always arguing that it is shit and bad.
Edit: I just noticed the bolded part about what I invented. I sadly did not. It comes from one of the demands that indies had with EGS: that their games didnt contain links that redirect to other games, and that the focus of their page should be only them. Yes, that is a good thing for them if people go into their page... but fucks up the similar games which would be recommended.
Edit: I would also say that the "devs frustrated about being tied to an unpredictable black box" is the same in all other platforms (with the added unpredictability of being accepted into the black box) and that it is just a situation caused by an explosion of offerings while the demand (even if it grew quite a bit) being outstripped by the offerings. There is just not enough of us to support all the devs that try to make it.
I mean, most small indie devs are in "well fuck u" whenever there is any argument with the customers, which the whole EGS situation just made worse, as it gives them an avenue not to care about us in any aspect. Devs saying they are fucking us over because we will know it will make it better in some nevulous future.
We have talked about it months ago and i have said i dont blame them fully, as it is a problem of our social bubbles not touching nowadays, makinh it easier to blame us (and Steam) for the failure of their projects.