Owners of DiRT Showdown got a nice surprise this week, when they opened up Steam only to discover the arcade rally racer had transitioned into ... waifu?
Players on Steam, Reddit and Twitter started noticing some weird behaviour when they opened up Steam recently. It started with DiRT Showdown, a rally racing game from Codemasters. Instead of a standard banner shot of a rally car in their Steam library, they got some waifu.
A quick search shows the image came from Nekopara Vol. 0, a visual novel from 2015. Why DiRT Showdown's banner got replaced with an adult game about catgirls is another question entirely, one users had no trouble asking.
Why does Dirt Showdown have this thumbnail?
Is Steam telling me that I'm a weeb trash?
I don't even own Nekopara
Why is this on there
Stem plz pic.twitter.com/ZQD0DWbVdk
— Arby da Foxxo (@FoxyBoiArble) December 2, 2019
This isn't DiRT Showdown pic.twitter.com/efLt7EgkaX
— softwaregore (@softwaregorebot) December 2, 2019
Que clase de dirt Showdown me regalaron? :v pic.twitter.com/6lcZxcjSyp
— Mcder3 (@mcder3) December 2, 2019
Anyway, for some reason, Dirt Showdown is now a waifu game in my Steam client. pic.twitter.com/XArLNGVE16
— Prostate Puncher (@DeathReveals) December 2, 2019
But it wasn't just DiRT Showdown that was supposedly affected. The game has since been pulled from Steam, but users noted that other games were getting swapped around, too.
А может, баг????? pic.twitter.com/mZZNGgELGp
— Kosmonávt Tomaš (@herohascome) December 3, 2019
Some users even got this for Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer on their Steam account, although on my account all I got was a blank image.
So this is the Call of Duty MW3 Multiplayer default banner on Steam... pic.twitter.com/OqLjhv6GWC
— Colin (@CoderColin) December 2, 2019
It's worth noting that users can now set custom logos and backgrounds on their Steam library, simply by right-clicking on the banner image in the Steam client. It's not known what exactly caused the bug, and I've contacted Valve for clarification but timezones meant I didn't hear back by the time of publication. The games affected, or at least the ones in my Steam library, appear to be OK (or displaying a blank image like MW3).
Still, it's a good bug for a laugh. There's more than a few people who would probably give DiRT Showdown another look if it had some extra waifu. Maybe an idea for DLC, Codies?