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With nearly 40% of Steam games releasing in the year 2016 so few of them ever managed to get noticed by the press, let alone get reviews. The Steam Shovelers plan to change that by reviewing every game released in 2017 on the platform.
Is this a lofty goal? You betcha, but we have a ton of talented and diverse writers that have written for many well-known gaming sites signed on to help us make this a reality, with more being added soon (and as demand increases).
Introducing your staff
Name: Alissa McAloon
Outlets: Destructoid, Gamasutra, PressPauseRadio, Game Informer, Twinfinite
Genres: Adventure, RPGs, Narrative, Visual Novel
Name: Bill Jahnel
Outlets: Inside Mac Games, MacReactor, Tomodom
Genres: RPGs, Adventure, Interactive Story, Puzzle, Turn-based Strategy
Name: David Jagneaux
Outlets: UploadVR, IGN, Playboy, Polygon, VICE, Motherboard, Newegg
Genres: RPG, Platformers, JRPG, MMO, Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Text-Based, Sports, Simulators, Survival, Weird Stuff
Links: Twitter, Game Writing Portfolio, LinkedIn, Book
Name: Gabe Carey
Outlets: TechRadar, Current Digital Magazine, TechSpot, Digital Trends
Genres: FPS, Action Adventure, Puzzle, RTS, JRPGs
Name: Holly Jane
Genres: FPS, Strategy, RPGs
Name: Jed Whitaker
Outlets: Destructoid, CGM, Game Revolution, Zam, Tomodom
Genres: FPS, Narrative, Nostalgic / Retro, Platformers, Metroidvania, Party, Cooperative, Beat ’em-ups, Ghouls
Links: Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Blog
Name: Joel Couture
Outlets: Siliconera, Gamasutra, Indiegames.com, Warp Door, Mash Those Buttons
Genres: Horror, Action, Weird/Dumb, “Anything that looks like it was playable on an NES”
Name: Kevin Slackie
Outlets: Game Informer, Zam, Shoryuken, COIN-OP TV, Gamasutra
Genres: RPG, Fighters, Action, Indie
Name: Lane Martin
Name: Ray Porreca
Outlets: Destructoid, VICE, Playboy, Zam
Genres: “Weird Indie Shit,” RPGs
Why? Why not?
You may be wondering why we are bothering to even attempt this, of which there are a few reasons.
1. Too many gems slip by without getting noticed or any press at all aside from no name kid that begged and got a key for free.
2. Too many awful games are flooding the Steam marketplace from asset flips to broken games, to cynical meme simulators thus making finding decent non-AAA games on Steam like finding a needle in a haystack.
3. We choose to review every Steam game in 2017, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to finish. (Or at least try really, really, really hard at till we give up and sulk about it.)
Yes, we realize what a HUGE undertaking this will be thanks to the insane amount of releases that come out on Steam, which is why we plan on having a few different types of reviews.
Steam Pile: Any game that is an obvious low effort cash grab, asset flip, or broken garbage game will get a brief (two or three paragraphs tops) description of what makes it qualify for the shit tier. These reviews will not be scored.
Early Access: Any game in Steam’s Early Access category will be given impressions and a rating that lets you know if it is worth buying now, waiting for improvements, or avoid it like the plague.
Full Reviews: Games that are fully functional and not obvious low effort or unfinished products will be given the full review treatment including a review score. AAA games should always get a review score of 1-100 with 50 being considered an average game. (This scale will be expanded on in the near future.