Picked up the last two DLCs for Civ V that I was missing. Also snagged Legend of Grimrock, but nothing looks interesting to me in today's releases.
Interesting Steam publisher news.... Valve will stop reviewing patches and updates for approval
, leaving it up to the game makers to get it right themselves:
While Valve have always encouraged developers to update their games frequently, those updates would previously need to be approved before they went live. They’re now changing to a new system, where developers can make updates live themselves, with no oversight from Valve.
What if your update breaks the game? Customers will tell you, and if you don’t hear them, Valve will tell you what customers are telling them. But ultimately, it’s the developer’s responsibility to check this stuff, release good updates, and fix anything that breaks.
Anna says the most effective marketing tool Steam gives developers is the pop-up message that tells you when a friend plays a game. A game that releases regular updates brings its existing players back, and each time they play, everyone they know on Steam gets more and more curious about this game their friend seems to like so much.
In the sales graph of a regularly updated game, its launch is just one of many equally massive spikes.