Helping Hand begins with your character getting into a car accident and smashing almost every bone in their body. In the game, you can only communicate with your left hand. It’s more interesting than actually being in a full-body cast, but not by much.
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The Steam Workshop for Garry's Mod - the monolithic physics sandbox that emerged from Half-Life 2 -- contains 15,974 maps made for all sorts of different game types and purposes. Jazztronauts is its own separate heist game, but it takes place on those maps. Yes, that means it already has nearly 16,000 levels.
For the past couple of weeks, players of a PC platformer called Abstractism have suspected that something is amiss. The game has been accused of “cryptojacking” people’s machines, or clandestinely using their resources to mine for cryptocurrency. Today, after sustained outcry over the weekend, Abstractism was removed from Steam.
At first glance, Clicker Heroes 2 doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary. It’s a clicker game in which you incrementally build up a fantasy hero and watch numbers skyrocket to the point that perspective dies. You do this forever. What makes Clicker Heroes 2 different from other games in its genre is the $US30 ($41) price tag — and the zero microtransactions.
According to developer Creative Assembly’s Grace Carroll, the Total War series’ Steam community was, until very recently, a mess. Largely left to their own devices, forums became “toxic” and “an awful place to be”. Instead of letting the trash fire burn, though, the developer decided to dedicate resources to putting it out.
Think there are too many similar battle royale games? Or perhaps you’re a member of PUBG’s community, ready to revolt over the state of the former king of the genre. If you think you can do a better job, Battle Royale Tycoon will give you a chance.
In April, Valve made changes to Steam that bolstered user privacy while hammering a few nails into the coffin of unofficial sales tracking monolith Steam Spy. The service is not 100 per cent dead, but developers have been searching for alternatives. Last month, they found one. Now it’s been shut down, too.
For the first time in years, the Steam summer sale has a limited-time game attached to it. It's called Saliens, and it's, well, not very good. That hasn't stopped dedicated groups of Steam users from trying to exploit the gooey-green alien crap out of it, though.
In Mario Kart, red shells target your nearest rival and ruthlessly stop them in their tracks. Marketing company Red Shell, meanwhile, helps video game companies more accurately target you. This fact has not sat well with some players who have recently discovered the software in a veritable kartload of Steam games.
On Steam, "asset flip" refers to a game that's haphazardly assembled from pre-purchased environments, objects, and sound effects for the purpose of making a quick buck. Or at least that's what it's supposed to refer to. Over time, the definition of "asset flip" seems to have devolved into "anything that ever uses a pre-made asset," and is now a weaponised insult. Case in point: People have decided that PUBG is an asset flip.
Last year, Valve put limitations on Steam trading cards to stop sketchy developers from making a living leeching money from the user-powered trading card economy. Now it's doing something similar with Steam achievements.
I lost my raft. Not the best way to start a game called Raft, but I soldiered on, desperately doggy-paddling through an endless sea in hopes of finding dry land before I starved to death or got eaten by a shark. As the in-game sun set, I accepted my fate: I would die cold, afraid and alone. I looked up at the Moon. It was beautiful.
Yesterday, Valve announced a sweeping new policy for Steam: From now on, the platform will allow "everything" except for games Valve decides are "illegal, or straight up trolling". In light of controversies such as the recently removed school shooter game Active Shooter, the announcement came as a surprise to those who were expecting Valve to offer a solution, rather than wash its hands of the task. But that's what Valve does.