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Valve brings free-to-play games to Steam

Valve brings free-to-play games to Steam

Valve has announced that it will now officially support free-to-play titles over Steam.

Valve has announced that Steam will now officially support free-to-play games featuring microtransactions - a feather that had previously been missing from the digital store's hat.

Five games have been launched on Steam in time with the announcement - Champions Online: Free for All, Forsaken Worlds, Spiral Knights, Global Agenda: Free Agent and Alliance of Valiant Arms.

Each of the five initial free-to-play games will feature exclusive content, says Valve, which will be unveiled through a new 'F2P Games of the Day' slot which will cycle until Saturday.

'The introduction of Free to Play games is another example of the constant evolution of Steam,' said Valve's Jason Holtman in an official statement.

'Free to Play games offer new game genres and game experiences for customers, while offering developers and publishers new revenue opportunities and the ability to reach customers in areas of the world where the traditional packaged goods model is less popular than F2P.'

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Jamie 15th June 2011, 11:47 Quote
Looks like a Quarian
feathers 15th June 2011, 11:54 Quote
Looks like an Aquarium
Denis_iii 15th June 2011, 11:56 Quote
Bit-tech, please ask Valves "Jason Holtman" WHY I can't change my username :/
fingerbob69 15th June 2011, 12:00 Quote
"free-to-play games featuring microtransactions"

...So not entirely free,then.
Mentai 15th June 2011, 12:07 Quote
They should put Lord of the Rings Online on there. I might download it then.
Stickeh 15th June 2011, 12:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
"free-to-play games featuring microtransactions"

...So not entirely free,then.

You don't have to purchase the add on items ;)
Scarlet0pimp 15th June 2011, 12:26 Quote
World of Tanks, come on
crash32953295@msn. 15th June 2011, 12:48 Quote
Hopefully this will make up for the loss of EA games :(
Xir 15th June 2011, 13:16 Quote
So...a review? Or at least a short-look-into?
V3ctor 15th June 2011, 13:24 Quote
So... We get to play a free game, and I'll only buy things in the game if I want to? I won't mind to play IF the people that pay for the "extras" don't have an unbelievable advantage.
tonyd223 15th June 2011, 13:27 Quote
all I got is a spoon - every one else got M16's?
Tokukachi 15th June 2011, 13:44 Quote
any of these games any good? I haven't heard of any of them and don't fancy hours of trawling through review's that were probably out of date before they were published...
kenco_uk 15th June 2011, 14:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonyd223
all I got is a spoon - every one else got M16's?

Ah yes, well, it might look like a spoon but.. oh hang on.. hmm. Yes, it's just a spoon. Sorry. Best of luck.
.//TuNdRa 15th June 2011, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonyd223
all I got is a spoon - every one else got M16's?

There is no spoon.

Anyway; Downloading Global Agenda very, very slowly, (Thank you, TalkTalk. For your little leaving gift of Dialup Speeds)

I can see why the games being on Steam would be a good thing. I wouldn't've looked at it otherwise.
leveller 15th June 2011, 16:05 Quote
Free games is never a bad thing. +rep Steam
Quote:
Originally Posted by .//TuNdRa
There is no spoon.

The spoon is a lie?
FelixTech 15th June 2011, 17:10 Quote
I've been playing Spiral Knights since last month. It's quite fun, a bit like a cross between a Zelda game and Phantasy Star Online (with click, click, click combos). However there is an in game energy system which is used for both playing AND progressing in the game, which means you are limited to 90 minutes of play of a couple of low level items crafted per day. Rather than restrict content, it restricts the playtime of free players - whether or not you are OK with that is up to you :)
Ljs 15th June 2011, 17:35 Quote
Any one tried Forsaken World yet?
Dominatorbuster 15th June 2011, 17:54 Quote
I would like to see The Hunter brought to steam www.thehunter.com
OCJunkie 15th June 2011, 20:02 Quote
Free-To-Play is totally cool, even if its just basically overglorified demos (there's always limitations acting as incentives to "upgrade" the game to paid status).
azrael- 15th June 2011, 20:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
Bit-tech, please ask Valves "Jason Holtman" WHY I can't change my username :/
^ This. Especially considering my "username" is a long defunct email address. That's right, kiddos. Back in the olden days of STEAM your email address was your username.
Sloth 15th June 2011, 22:59 Quote
Good on Valve for adding more and more games. Just beware of free to play schemes, they're never free for long. Just as a League of Legends player, eventually you crack. ;)
leslie 16th June 2011, 02:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonyd223
all I got is a spoon - every one else got M16's?

Hippy!


There is nothing wrong with spooning!
Make love not war?
Does this mean we can go around spooning people?
To spoon or not to spoon.
Is that a spoon or are you just happy to see me?
Does spooning in a fighting game equal make up sex?
MSHunter 16th June 2011, 08:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
"free-to-play games featuring microtransactions"

...So not entirely free,then.

"THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH!" -Heinlein

most free to play games can be played to completion without paying. Most often you pay for premium content. Yes it usually ends up costing much more if you buy every item then if you buy a traditional game and if you don't like this model do not buy it, vote with your feet!
sp4nky 16th June 2011, 13:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by tonyd223
all I got is a spoon - every one else got M16's?

Is that a Battle Royale reference?
Fizzban 16th June 2011, 18:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerbob69
"free-to-play games featuring microtransactions"

...So not entirely free,then.

They are free if you want them to be. Usually everything can be obtained by effort and time. But you will have to invest an awful lot of both if you want to have the very best equipment without paying for it. This has the rather nasty effect of a two tier player base. Those who pay and those who don't. Those who don't pay always QQ about those who do, as they feel it undermines their efforts. I find it funny really. They play the game knowing that others can pay to get what they have instantly rather than weeks/months of effort. Yet still complain about it. Go play a p2p game then! Duh!

They also seem to miss the point that without those players who pay they couldn't play for free.
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