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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 focusing on independent developers and publishers.
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!
Introducing your staff
Name: Bill Jahnel
Outlets: Inside Mac Games, MacReactor, Tomodom
Genres: RPGs, Adventure, Interactive Story, Puzzle, Turn-based Strategy
Name: Devin White
Genres: FPS, RPGs, Action Adventure, Art
Name: Elias Blondeau
Outlets: CGM, Game Revolution
Genres: FPS, RPGs, Open World Action, Survival Horror
Name: Garrett Glass
Outlets: Cheat Code Central, VICE, Playboy, WhatCulture, Zam, The Koalition
Genres: Action Adventure, Indie, Survival Horror
Name: Holly Jane Amareta
Genres: FPS, Strategy, RPGs
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: Taylor Clemons
Genres: Action RPGs, Action Adventure, Survival Horror, Visual Novel
Why? Why not?
You may be wondering why we are focusing on indie developers. We feel that:
1. Too many gems slip by without getting noticed or any press at all
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.
How We Categorize Games
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.