CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 21:32:
DarkCntry wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 21:20:
Sacrifice wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 21:12:
I see a lot of complaints about shovelware on Steam. That may be true, but do people browse directly on Steam for new games? I just use gaming sites like Blues News to find games that I might like.
What I don't really understand is that people are getting so bent out of shape when it's really nothing different except instead of physical copies of shit games being on store shelves, we have digital copies of shit games on virtual shelves.
I can remember walking into various stores and seeing shit games all over the shelves back in the mid-90s, you didn't see me complain to the store, I just moved on and bought something that I wanted.
That comparison is not very good at all because brick & mortar stores always kept a conservative stock of current games only in maybe an aisle or two at most.
Steam's "stock" spans over a decade of game releases and thousands upon thousands of games.
For a more apt comparison, imagine a brick & mortar store that is filled to the brim with fifty aisles of game boxes and extra displays and shovelware out da azz.
Then try to find a good indie game, i.e. one of the underrated gems that is really awesome (no one here is arguing that finding GTA V is hard, I hope) but that is buried between other boxes about mid-way in aisle no. 37.
You're joking right? You have never heard of stores like Toys R Us, KB Toys, EB Games/Babbages, Software ETC?
It doesn't matter how good or 'indie' the titles were, there were plenty of ways around that (see: catalogs, mail-orders, etc), where you could just as easily obtained something you were looking for.
That said, it still doesn't change the underlying argument here...the amount of titles on Steam mean jack shit, the age of titles on Steam mean jack shit...it's the simple fact that the only difference today than it was 'back in the day' is that everything is digital and available without you leaving your house, it doesn't change that the motions for buying something.