Valve has just made an announcement that they will be updating Steam's community features coming soon. Specifically, Steam wants to refocus on community provided screenshots, videos, and Workshop created content. How, you may ask? Well, over the course of the 13-16 Valve will showcase a new feature of their community rework. Today's focus is on the "Game Hub," a new profile that each game will have showcasing popular community made content.
This new Game Hub will be completely separate from the store page already implemented in Steam. Videos, screenshots and Workshop-made content will all be available for perusal, along with rankings from community members. Each hub will also have discussion boards for the community to chat it up or call each other names. Again, every single game on Steam will have one of these community profiles.
Valve's Emily Kent details Steam's new focus on community created content:
"The New Steam Community is all about showing off the best content that gamers have created. With over 89 million screenshots, videos, Steam Workshop maps, levels, mods, and items, plus news articles and product updates, the community has created an unbelievable wealth of content around their favorite games."
Along with Project Greenlight and Valve's move to add non-gaming software into their system, Steam is rapidly evolving at a pace we haven't seen since the platform's launch. The best part about it is that Valve's pushing for Steam to be a more community driven platform, a direction I fully support and encourage. While there are certainly potential negatives to allowing "the mob" so much control, is it really so bad in comparison to the limitations of a single company holding the full range of power?
Valve's putting together an admirable experiment, if nothing else. Check back tomorrow to see what else Valve has in store for this newfangled community update. I'd expect big, very surprising, things. *wink* *WINK* *HATS*