Steam is placing grownup video games on maintain whereas it prepares a brand new software
Valve Software wants to keep every game on Steam as long as it’s not illegal or trolling. This means that adult-related content is welcome on the platform. The company pledged to keep everything on Steam in early June after questioning its plan to remove Japanese sexual visual novels from its platform. The company stepped back from that stance, advocating an open version of Steam, but also promising new tools that people can use to make sure they don’t see certain types of games in their version of the store … and now Valve is holding some games from Steam back until, according to at least one developer, these new tools can be prepared.
Shining Song Starnova developer Love In Space told fans on Twitter that Valve will not add its game to the store until it has the tools to allow you and I to prevent Steam from ever showing us a game like this.
We have now been updated by Valve regarding Shining Song Starnova. The bottom line is that they are working on new features to give people more control over the content they see and SSS has determined that these features are needed before they are available live on Steam. [1/2]
– Love in Space (@Love_In_Space) July 12, 2018
Love In Space also said there is no schedule of when to expect the game or filter options on one of the largest PC game sales portals in the world. But Valve has confirmed that it is working on them and that it is holding back certain games.
“Yes, some titles are on hold,” a Valve spokesperson wrote in a note to Gamasutra. “We’ll have more information about this soon.”
In a blog post on Steam last month that looked at what Valve should allow on Steam, longtime Valve engineer Erik Johnson said it was not the company’s role to play gatekeeper. Instead, the company should create the tools gamers and developers need to find each other. He also gave some early ideas about what Valve thinks of when it comes to new ways to control your Valve shopping experience.
“With this approach, we can focus less on monitoring what’s on Steam and more on developing these tools that give people control over what types of content they see,” said Johnson. “We already have some tools, but they’re too hidden and nowhere near comprehensive enough. We will allow you to override our recommendation algorithms and hide games that contain the topics you are not interested in. So, if you don’t want to see anime games on your store, this is your pick. If you want more options to control exactly what types of games your kids see while browsing the store, you can. “
Personally, I hope I can turn Steam into nothing but adult anime games. Where are my waifus, gift!
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