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Delusibeta
Aug 7, 2013


Please don't talk about politics in this thread. This includes mentioning political preferences of video game creators/reviewers. Anybody who sees something like this being mentioned please report it. People itt just can't be trusted with handling a topic like this in a civilized manner so it's off the table.


(Previous threads: 2014-2017, 2012-2014)

Regular maintenance happens about 4pm PST Tuesdays. If Steam goes down around then, that's probably why. Head to Steamstat.us to verify that it's not just you.
Want to join the official Something Awful group? Head thataway.
Want to post a giveaway? Don't do it in this thread, it'll be lurked by who-knows-what. Instead, head here, where it's permanently sheltered by the paywall. That way, you'll know a goon grabbed your gift. Feel free to organise group buys of multipacks here, though.
Want to trade away your games instead? We've got a thread for that too. Note: the rules regarding trading have gotten a lot more restrictive. Details further down this post.
IRC. Still kicking. Details here. If you prefer Mumble, we've got that too. Discord? Pick yer poison.

Found a piece of trash on Steam and want to mock its existence? The thread for that is over there.

There are no longer any daily deals during the big sales, so feel free to go nuts on day 1.
No, G2A are not legit, don't buy from them.

Welcome to the new Steam thread, where we discuss Steam and the many, many, many games that can be purchased and downloaded from this particular website/client combo. This also doubles as the PC gaming megathread, so feel free to even if your post doesn't necessarily involve Steam.

Website: http://store.steampowered.com/

Game Reviews & Recommendations:
There's a tradition in this thread whereby users spend about a month reviewing a bunch of games on a similar theme, one game a day (ish). Here's a list of some of these lists.
Note: Credit to Palpek for initially compiling this list for the Summer Sale 2017 thread.


Lists not in the game-a-day format:
  • StrixNebulosa's effortpost on Roguelikes, for those who prefer their games turn-based, punishing and randomly generated.
  • Palpek's recommendation list from 2014. Hasn't been updated in a while, but still a good list of good older games that tend to go cheap on Steam sales.

Useful Websites & Apps
  • Is There Any Deal takes your Steam wishlist, compares the prices of all the games on it against an array of known legit digital distributors, and emails you when prices drop. Additionally, it also notifies you if any of said wishlisted games wind up in a bundle. For bargain hunters, this is essential. Other good sale sites include CheapShark and SavyGamer.
  • Enhanced Steam is a plug-in for Chrome, Firefox and Opera (and eventually Edge) that takes the Steam website and adds pretty much all the fixes you want from it. Want price comparisons right on the store page? You've got it (powered by Is There Any Deal ). Want to know how many players are playing that multiplayer game you're about to buy? This puts that information right in the store page. Want a quick way to throw your cards onto the Marketplace for slightly less than the lowest card already on there? Available with this plug-in. Want the page to remind you how much you've spent in the life of your Steam account? That's a feature! Highly recommended for everyone to use.
  • TikiOne Steam Cleaner gets rid of all the redistributable packages that Steam likes to download. Save a few gigabytes, the quick and easy way. Now works with Origin and GOG's Galaxy client.
  • Depressurizer is a tool for categorising your Steam library. It's headline feature is the ability to auto-categorise your library, but there's also a bunch of features for people who like to manage their categories manually. For people with big libraries, this is a great tool.
  • IdleMaster. From the maker of Enhanced Steam comes this simple app that idles your Steam games so that cards drop. It also automatically switches games when it has extracted all of the cards from a game. For extracting some Steam credit out of your games before a sale, this sure beats cryptocurrency mining. Warning: Steam records idling time as "playing the game" time, so this may spoil the recommendations Steam gives you in the store. Also, it can be a bit temperamental, particularly regarding remembering your Steam details.
  • Best of the rest: Steam Gifts allows you to raffle off games to pubbies, GameSave Manager gathers up your save games into backups (but updates has slowed, largely due to a rebuild into C# that has been taking years), KeePass keeps all your passwords secure, and CCleaner cleans crap off your computer (don't use the registry cleaner, it's worthless).

The Trading Changes:
So, the changes to trading is as follows:
  • Sending gifts to your inventory or an arbitrary email address is now no longer permitted.
  • Games can only be gifted to Steam users at the point of purchase.
  • Additionally, there's now an automated block whereby if the game happens to be 10% more expensive in the recipient's country, you are blocked from gifting the game.
  • This is in addition to the blocks the publisher may have manually added to the game.

End result, gifting is a lot more difficult, and it's no longer possible to hoard games when they are cheap for future gifting or future resale. Therefore, if you do want to trade, you'll need to check whether or not you'll be hit by the automated block (by checking prices in both the sender and recipient's countries).

FAQ

I have a problem!
General rules of thumb to try first:
a) If it’s a specific game that’s having problems, right click the problem game > Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity
b) If that doesn’t work, or if it’s a client issue, shut down Steam, go to the Steam folder, and delete/rename ClientRegistry.blob, then start Steam up again.
c) Restart your computer. Works surprisingly often.

The Steam client is super slow!
Try either of these:
a) Go to Settings > Web Browser > Delete Cache.
b) Alternatively, launch the Control Panel, go to Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings and uncheck “Automatically detect settings”.

Uplay is broken!
Since Assassin's Creed 2 in 2009, nearly all Ubisoft games on Steam come bundled with a required launcher called Uplay. The problem is that nobody updated the installers, meaning that 2009-2011 ish Ubisoft games now attempts to install a completely broken launcher that refuses to update. The solution: download the new version of this client first. Trust me, this saves a lot of headaches.

Thankfully, there are far fewer reports of Uplay eating cloud saves these days, but it's probably still worth noting.

How do I uninstall/reinstall Steam without losing all my games, saves and settings?
If for whatever reason you need to reinstall Steam (for example, because deleting ClientRegistry.blob doesn't do poo poo for you, or because a Steam Client update has gone horribly, horribly wrong for some reason), or want to uninstall it but save your game files for a future installation of Steam, this is how you do it:

Logout & Exit out of Steam. Make sure its process isn't running anymore by checking with the Task Manager.
Go to where you've installed Steam, the default directories are usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam, C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam.
Move the folders named depotcache, SteamApps and userdata out of the Steam folder. The first folder keeps your pre-load files and information about what you have installed (thanks for the info, gibbed!), the second folder contains all of your downloaded game & source modifications files, the third folder keeps your local copies of Steamworks' Cloud-enabled games' savegames and screenshots, plus stuff like external shortcuts for non-Steam games you've added manually.
You might want to also move the skins folder if you want to keep any custom skins, though if you haven't done any modifications to them you can just reinstall them later. Also, if you want to save any custom files in your Steam folder like custom Grid Icons or any external apps, be sure to move those somewhere else as well.

After that, you have two options. Either you use Steam's uninstaller:
• Click the Windows Start button and select Control Panel
• Open the Add or Remove Programs dialog
• Select Steam from the list and click the Change/Remove button
• Select the Automatic option and click Next
• Click Finish to uninstall Steam
Or, you can manually remove Steam:
• Manually delete all of the remaining contents of your Steam directory. BE SURE THAT YOU'RE NOT DELETING ANYTHING YOU'RE GONNA BE MAD ABOUT LOSING LATER!
• If you need to clean out your Windows Registry (YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING), go to Start > Run and type in regedit.
• For 32-bit operating systems:
- In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\.
- Right-click on Valve and select Delete.
• For 64-bit operating systems:
- In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Valve\.
- Right-click on Valve and select Delete.
• In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Steam.
• Right-click on Valve select Delete.
• Close your Registry Editor.
After that, you can just reinstall Steam and move the "evacuated" folders back to where they belong.


My client/Steam website has changed to a foreign language. How do I fix it?
Sometimes Steam decides to change the selected language on its own. Nobody has any idea why. The easiest way to fix this, go to the Steam website and select English in the drop down box, as shown by this picture by Heran Bago:



If you have Enhanced Steam installed, there's an option to flag up when you're browsing a non-English version. You'll see the red bar in the picture, which automatically fixes this problem when you click on it. Another reason why Enhanced Steam is a pro-download.

This game/DLC sucks/just went on sale after I bought it/is busted/. Can I get my money back?
With some exceptions (that tell you prior to purchasing the thing), yes you can, so long as you've bought it within the last two weeks and haven't played it for more than two hours. If you're within these rules, full refunds are available, automatic and are (largely) quibble-free.

Should I buy this movie on Steam?
No, because you won't get a download, it's strictly steaming. Considering most of Steam's movie catalogue are the sort of zero-budget indie fare that's also available on Vimeo, VHX and GOG, you should go there since you'll (usually) get a download copy for your money.

Is G2A/Kinguin/G2Play dodgy?
Yes, very dodgy. These sites resell keys. They don't give a crap if said keys are stolen or fraudulent. You are strongly advised to avoid G2A, G2Play and Kinguin.

Delusibeta fucked around with this message at Sep 1, 2017 around 22:24

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Delusibeta
Aug 7, 2013


Oh, and if anyone is doing a list of reviews/set up a curator page and wants me to add it to the Recommendations list, feel free to PM me.

(this post is also reserved, just in case of OP overflow)

Delusibeta fucked around with this message at Aug 7, 2017 around 21:29

Mordja
Apr 26, 2014



Mmmmmmm, that new thread smell.

deep dish peat moss
Jul 27, 2006

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.


You forgot to make all the buttons and graphics enormous in the new Steam Thread UI.

MMF Freeway
Sep 15, 2010



its up, restart steam

Kanfy
Jan 9, 2012

Just gotta keep walking down that road.


We have a fresh start so let's all be smart & cool & friendly & enjoy video games together.

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

No fear! No pain!


I'm on a roadtrip heading home now but when I get home I'll tidy up my list of roguelikes for this thread, because everyone should play the best games in my favorite genre!

Also, ground floor!

I hope this thread is as fun and useful as the last one!

Propaganda Hour
Aug 25, 2008

YOU PEOPLE ARE PIGS!


For those wondering, Steam Support still kinda blows.

havenwaters
Nov 11, 2011

even speedwagon was trolled


Propaganda Hour posted:

For those wondering, Steam Support still kinda blows.

Some things will never change.

Im_Special
Jan 2, 2011

Look At This!!! WOW!
It's F*cking Nothing.


Kanfy posted:

We have a fresh start so let's all be smart & cool & friendly & enjoy video games together.

Or, we can all post our game categories for 5 pages.

Olive!
Mar 16, 2015

It's not a ghost, but probably a 'living corpse'. The 'living dead' with a hell of a lot of bloodlust...


And the previous thread will be immortalized with my thread title

Welcome, welcome new thread!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcLlL6hRQ74

Morter
Jul 1, 2006



'Cause I don't give a
kcuf
Like the F-word
reversed


We finally, really done it...

YOU MANIACS!!!

YOU BLEW IT UP!!!


(Hi, new steam thread)

(Edit: first page krew )

Really Pants
May 20, 2005

What's...where's...how do I even begin to describe your pants/underwear situation?!
You couldn't make your pants any lower, so you made pants for each leg! SAY IT!

early thread access

Edmond Dantes
Sep 12, 2007

Reactor: Online
Sensors: Online
Weapons: Online

ALL SYSTEMS NOMINAL


Here we go again!

Thanks for making the thread, Delusibeta.

Olive!
Mar 16, 2015

It's not a ghost, but probably a 'living corpse'. The 'living dead' with a hell of a lot of bloodlust...


Really Pants posted:

early thread access

The thread is empty, you have to put it together yourself and the manual doesn't fit inside

CommissarMega
Nov 18, 2008


Bring on the anime porn, everyone!

But seriously though, is Fate?Extella good? How much do I need to know about the Fate franchise before I play?

Enola Gay-For-Pay
Jun 15, 2007

It is always Friday night, motherfuckers


Lipstick Apathy

Hi, I would like to discuss whether the Dark Souls games are good, which one is best, and what a casual scrub you are if you don't like them. I'd also like to discuss circumcision, tipping, and Donald Trump.

Also, anime is trash.

FirstAidKite
Nov 8, 2009




Steam games are pretty cool except when they're not

Mordja
Apr 26, 2014



Enola Gay-For-Pay posted:

Hi, I would like to discuss whether the Dark Souls games are good, which one is best, and what a casual scrub you are if you don't like them. I'd also like to discuss circumcision, tipping, and Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's tip is circumcised?

havenwaters
Nov 11, 2011

even speedwagon was trolled


CommissarMega posted:

Bring on the anime porn, everyone!

But seriously though, is Fate?Extella good? How much do I need to know about the Fate franchise before I play?

It's in the Fate/Extra Fateverse thing so different time line from FSN and F/Zero but also a different timeline thing from Fate/Apochryphia or whatever the current anime is called. It's a musou game. Altera put some drat clothes on please, dammit why do I have to buy clothing DLC for you to put on some pants.

You don't need to know too much more than that I think.

Ragequit
Jun 1, 2006



Lipstick Apathy

I had 100 hours in the previous thread version and am unsure of this new update. How can I go about getting a refund on this early access mess.

Enola Gay-For-Pay
Jun 15, 2007

It is always Friday night, motherfuckers


Lipstick Apathy

Mordja posted:

Donald Trump's tip is circumcised?

I will tip you to circumcise Donald Trump.

Pocky In My Pocket
Jan 27, 2005

Giant robots shouldn't fight!



Whats going on?

Edmond Dantes
Sep 12, 2007

Reactor: Online
Sensors: Online
Weapons: Online

ALL SYSTEMS NOMINAL


havenwaters posted:

It's a musou game.

It's kind of a mix of Musou and visual novel; I was mildly interested because of the musou component but I just watched a dude play for an hour and there were like 2 fights in that time, the rest was some anime girl going UMU while having a crotch window in her dress.

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

No fear! No pain!


CommissarMega posted:

Bring on the anime porn, everyone!

But seriously though, is Fate?Extella good? How much do I need to know about the Fate franchise before I play?

As I understand it, it's the sequel to Fate/Extra and CCC, but in a weird "is the sequel to a version of extra we never saw / CCC didn't happen" kind of way, soooo who knows.

That said this trilogy is unrelated to the rest of fate stuff so read plot summaries of the first two if you're really concerned.

Note: I haven't played it or CCC so my information is second hand and could be wrong.

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006

THE CLAMPS!
or clamp like device




Mordja posted:

Donald Trump's tip is circumcised?

I've been in this thread for less than two hours, I'd like to return it.

SelenicMartian
Sep 14, 2013

Sometimes it's not the bomb that's retarded.

Just a reminder.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/284160/

http://i.imgur.com/sDGNaAQ.mp4

http://i.imgur.com/IFqtN7n.mp4

http://i.imgur.com/HPveNwb.mp4

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

No fear! No pain!


Edmond Dantes posted:

It's kind of a mix of Musou and visual novel; I was mildly interested because of the musou component but I just watched a dude play for an hour and there were like 2 fights in that time, the rest was some anime girl going UMU while having a crotch window in her dress.

Nero's design may be terrible but her Umu is heartfelt!

Bruteman
Apr 15, 2003

Can I ask ya somethin', Padre? When I was kickin' your ass back there... you get a little wood?


Just Cause 4 not looking so good.

Jim Barris
Aug 13, 2009

she had tiny Italian boobs.
Well that's my story.


man i am really psyched about Ys VII coming to steam along with every other Ys game yet to be released.

dmboogie
Oct 4, 2013



Jim Barris posted:

man i am really psyched about Ys VII coming to steam along with every other Ys game yet to be released.

hell, same

WirelessPillow
Jan 12, 2012

Look Ma, no wires!

Jim Barris posted:

man i am really psyched about Ys VII coming to steam along with every other Ys game yet to be released.

personally am super excited for Ys VIII to see how it changes things

Fun Times!
Dec 26, 2010


Ground floor

Steam sucks

Palpek
Dec 27, 2008


Do you feel it, Zach?
My coffee warned me about it.


I'm here. Let's be cool in this here new thread.

HerpicleOmnicron5
May 31, 2013

How did this smug dummkopf ever make general?


Fun Times! posted:

Ground floor

Steam sucks

I prefer water and ice personally to steam. Looks nice while in the process of condensation though!

Phlegmish
Jul 2, 2011



I just wanted to say:

And also I can't get the third star for wolves in Dragon's Dogma and it's really bugging me

monster on a stick
Apr 29, 2013


Thread title checks out

Palpek
Dec 27, 2008


Do you feel it, Zach?
My coffee warned me about it.


A round of applause to all the fresh new posters soon-to-be regulars that will surely arrive to make great posts...right?

Digirat
Sep 14, 2011

stinking
rat-vole
rodent
piece of
TRASH


Mods took the money and abandoned the old thread while still in early access. Get your posts refunded.

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Ihmemies
Oct 6, 2012



Fun Times! posted:

Ground floor

Steam sucks

I thought steam was bad in 2003 AD when it force-replaced won.net and I had to install it in order to continue playing CS and NS. The only thing they fixed in 14 years was download speeds. Back in the day nvidia etc. sponsored servers for steam, and hoo boy they were always slow.

I still can't figure out what Valve did with all their money? They could have remade the client a thousand times, make it follow windows design guidelines, have bigger font, look less dark? Implement patches so that it downloads and applies only changed bytes, not complete files. 30GB for a game patch? Please...

I wish I had saved all the marvelous steam gifs from back in the day

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