They created the best PC gaming platform Steam and are continuously improving it.
They provide the community with free tools that can be used to easily create, share and find user generated content like maps, mods and other content. Because of this you can keep playing your already existing games with new content. There is also a lot of user generated content because these users get a large share of the money earned from it.
So when Valve released the level editor for Portal 2 about a year ago, I couldn’t wait to create my own level. Even though the level editor is really straightforward and simple, it took me quite a while to create the level (mainly to test and prevent players from taking unintended shortcuts).
To map I created is called “TAG recruits survival test” and is a tribute to my old Half-Life Deathmatch clan called The Assassins Guild (TAG). To give you an idea of the map I uploaded a quick tour video to YouTube:
The map can be downloaded from steam: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=72096196.If you’ve played my map, please leave a comment.
I really liked making the map, but because it takes a lot of time I don’t know if and when I’ll make a new map. Luckily many other people have been creating content and at the time of writing 263,886 maps have already been created. My friend Bart Fuchs also made a map you might want to check out called: cubed laser.
Ever since I’ve been young I enjoyed playing pinball, both physical ones and virtual ones on PC and consoles.
One of the in my opinion better pinball games is Pinball FX (2) / Zen Pinball (2). At first these games were only available on consoles. Afterwards they also became available for Mac, smartphones and tablets. And with the release of Windows 8 it was also for PC/Windows tablet through the Windows 8 store. Now it is also available for PC gamers without Windows 8 through Steam with the free table called Sorcerer’s Lair:
Additional tables cost about 3 euros from the Dutch Steam store, but prices may vary depending on where you’re from and which platform you’re using.
I personally prefer Pinball FX2 on steam instead over the Windows 8 store version because:
Steam is less platform dependent. For games you bought on steam if they have versions for Mac, Linux, Windows you’ll often be able to play it on these platforms without having to buy it again. Also the Windows store is relatively new, so it is unsure how long it will be supported.
Steam often has sales which might allow buying additional tables cheaper.
I already have a lot of games on steam, so it is easier to have all my games in one library.
With steam it is easier to play your games on other systems. You only have to install steam, logon with your own account and download the game.
Even though Pinball FX is a great game, there are still some things I’d like to see improved:
Currently you have to buy the pinball table over and over again for each platform you want to play on.
Being able to play all tables on all platforms. Now some tables are simply not available on some platforms.
Being able to have a consolidated view of friends and their high scores independent of the platform.
Have achievements be applied on all platforms you use. By example Xbox Live achievements, PS3 trophies and Steam achievements.
I hope you enjoy the game. If you’re interested to see a compilation of available pinball tables on all platforms, take a look at this video:
It’s up to you how much you pay, but paying more than the average might get you bonus games. Sometimes even also previous bundles.
You can decide how the paid amount is split between the developer, charities and organizing party.
Games are multi platform (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android), but this differs per game.
Games are DRM free, but this differs per game.
Games are redeemable on the steam and/or desura platform, but this differs per game.
(Indie) Humble Bundle 6
(One of) the first bundles with this concept was the Indie Humblebundle and they have just released their latest bundle: Humble Indie Bundle 6 which in my opinion contains the best games I’ve seen in a bundle yet:
The Humble Indie Bundle 6 contains the following games:
PS: Even though it’s not in the Humble Indie Bundle, Torchlight 2 is coming out tomorrow as well. It is fairly priced (especially in a 4-pack), looks promising and will include modding options (expect a lot of fan made content).