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More Steam Discovery Changes Planned

It's no secret that Valve has struggled trying to refine their discovery system for Steam, which can sometimes seem like finding needles in a haystack. Gamasutra has word that they are gearing up for another rewrite of their automated system, and are looking to provide further curation tools to allow the community to further this process. Here's a bit from their summary of points made during a presentation at Unite Europe 2017:

These basic features begin with new sorting and filtering options and settings that allow people to directly highlight the kinds of games that they either do or donít enjoy.

But beyond just that, Valve is in the process of completely rewriting a replacement for its existing automatic recommendation system. When complete, the new system should be able to examine a playerís library and individual playtimes to individually curate game recommendations based on their actual interests and gameplay habits.

As Kroll explains, this means that the games the algorithm puts in front of players are more likely to be a better fit, ultimately boosting the chance a recommendation has to result in a purchase.

At the same time, Valve has a handful of changes for Steamís existing discoverability features in the works. Part of this is an expansion of the Steam Curators section of the platform that brings live streams, video reviews, and other curator-created content to the forefront of the section.

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5. Re: More Steam Discovery Changes Planned Jul 14, 2017, 07:38 Bub
 
As a low end computer owner that likes to play games, I would buy more if I could quickly filter out games based on their requirements. In my case, if a game requires a cpu => 3mhz or => 4 GB ram, it won't run on my potato. The closest their filters now come to this is to sort games by release date. Most games pre 2009 run just fine on my old gear.  
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4. Re: More Steam Discovery Changes Planned Jul 13, 2017, 17:01 MeanJim
 
I hope this means they will stop recommending those weird ass anime visual novels to me. I have never played one and I mark them as not interested, but every winter and summer sale when browsing the discovery queue, they keep recommending them.  
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3. Re: More Steam Discovery Changes Planned Jul 13, 2017, 14:52 aka_STEVE
 
maybe add a "DEV's previous track record of releasing games stat chart" to more easily see how likely it is that you'll get what you paid for  
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2. Re: More Steam Discovery Changes Planned Jul 13, 2017, 12:04 El Pit
 
Please add "Hide shovelware games" to the options.  
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1. Re: More Steam Discovery Changes Planned Jul 13, 2017, 11:38 Cutter
 
If they hadn't opened to floodgates to shovelware and EA crowdfunded crap there wouldn't be so much garbage to wade through. It's a problem entirely of their own making and the solution is as easy.
 
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