There was a time when PC gaming was the thing. Even though it came after consoles, it was popular, and at times could do things consoles could not. Then, its popularity waned a little as consoles got a little better, but PC gaming was still a big thing. Then Valve came along, and they introduced Steam as a way to get video games for PC (and later Mac and Linux), but get them digitally. Soon, after some kinks were worked out, Steam became one of the best places to get video games, and it’s still extremely popular to this day.
One of the reasons this is isn’t just because major AAA developers have put their titles on the service, but rather that indie game companies have flocked to Steam in order to get exposure for their games. Via Steam Greenlight and the recent Stream Direct, thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands of indie games have been brought to the service. But, there’s a catch to this. Not all of these games are created equal, as some have malicious intent.
Cash grabs. You’ve heard the term, but you may not understand what it means in the context of Steam. You see, there are certain requirements to getting onto Steam. However, a clever person can find an easy away around them and then make very cheap, very basic games, release them, and then try to simply cash in. And sadly, this is becoming more abundant every day, as “Developers” are trying to con the system.
Now, that’s not to say that Valve isn’t doing anything, far from it. In fact, they recently took down 200 games that were literally cash grabs, and then because of that the company that made them shut down, and Valve is constantly on the lookout for more companies and games like these.
For sure, there are going to be more, because there are going to be people who value money over content. But this shouldn’t discourage you from trying things out on Steam, as it’s still one of the biggest gaming stores on the market today, and there are plenty of true hidden gems waiting for you if you go and look for them.