How to Block games by Title and Tag on Steam

The simple goal is to block certain types of games from being displayed on the Steam store front page and from the Discovery Queue. To be honest, I’m tired of the Anime genre that pops up some very suspect titles. There are 2 ways to block games – by title and by tag. Most people are familiar how to block a title. Once the title is selected, click Not Interested underneath the window and it will no longer come up. Additionally, you can block by Tag in the Discovery Queue. Once in the queue, click the Customize link and exclude the Tag, in this case Anime, from the list. To block games from the main store front, hover the mouse over the game title graphic and in the right hand corner of the image you should see two downward pointing arrows or chevrons. Click this and select Preferences. You can then block a Tag, again Anime, and Save the preferences. You will of course need to be logged in to save the changes and when […]

Ember – An RPG that pays tribute to games like Ultima and Diablo

They say time is relative to the developer. And it was about a year ago when I first read news of new RPG being created that would be heavily influence by Ultima and Diablo. Oddly, it was intended to be a mobile game and available at the end of 2015. Well, that kinda, sorta, never really happened. Instead, the game was built for the desktop and it now available on Steam. However, it does an impressive job of keeping a price of a mobile game and is $9.99. And this is not some Flash based game, this rascal is a hefty 4GB download. I hadn’t been tracking the release, so it coming to Steam was a complete surprise. Nevertheless, I immediately bought a copy. And after playing for a few hours, it’s an impressive game that does play like an Ultima from the days of old. In typical style, I looted crypts and rifled through the pockets on my slain enemies. I amassed a hefty stock of junk weapons and sold them off to the […]

Time for Steam to clean up Early Access

Since there are so many titles up for sale during the Steam Summer Sale, it’s hard not to be exposed to a slew of new titles. However, it also exposes some serious flaws with Early Access. There are a lot of titles still in Early Access that haven’t been updated in a couple of years with hundreds (or more) negative reviews saying the game has been abandoned and not to waste your money. And it’s not just one or two titles, I’ve seen dozens. I think Kickstarter and Steam Early Access are a fantastic platform to let Indie developers get their games into player hands without having to go through the corporate BS that kills off so many titles. Think of how many studios Microsoft and Electronic Arts have scuttled and you’ll get my point. However, it’s becoming clear that Early Access is a dumping ground for get rich quick schemes and half-baked games where developers are hoping they’ll get enough money to finish their game. That’s not what Early Access is for. Early Access […]

Steam Summer Sale in Full Swing

The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing, so much so that the servers were actually choking from time to time as people descended on new deals. And there are thousands of deals to be had. Almost everything in my Wishlist is on sale, although I don’t think 10-15% is really enough of a discount for this sort of sale. Come on now, if you want me to be interested you need to at least give me 40%. That being said, I snagged some great deals! Lots of new games to mess around with and several indie titles that show promise. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some games I highly recommend with steep discounts. Banished Besiege Age of Empires Rise of Nations Tropico 5 Lego Worlds Windward Project Cars The Crew Hand of Fate Desktop Dungeons Forsaken Isle And by the way, what in the hell is going on with all these enormously breasted Japanese anime titles that keep jumping out at me? I have no problem with these games, but […]

All signs point to the Steam Summer Sale starting today

After casting lots, consulting the Ouija and reading sites that actually know what they’re talking about, it looks like the Steam Summer Sale will start today, and in roughly 3 hours. That’s when the current sales expires. This is usually a pretty big event and I’ve got dozens of games on my Wishlist, waiting to see if the price drops. At the moment, I can’t say there is a particular title I’m waiting for as I’ve scooped up so many games in previous sales, that my library is overflowing with titles. I think it’s too soon to get a massive discount on Dirt Rally, but a drop on Factorio might not be unreasonable. I’m sure this sale will cost me a pretty penny, it always does. And of course, I need something to go along with the new Steam Controller that just showed up.