Interface  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Interface  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Steam updates customer review system Thu, 05 May 2016 04:21:57 -0400 StratGamer48

On May 3, PC game distribution platform Steam announced an update to the customer feedback system in which they are going to rework on the visibility for recent reviews and scores

In the past, Steam reviews were ranked by upvotes. When the game was released, early reviews were more likely to have more upvotes than those posted later. When games are updated, the older, high-ranked reviews may no longer reflect the game. In response to this situation, Steam changed the review system to having the most recent reviews be in the front page of the games. When users look at the review section of the game, they will see the most recent feedback for the game, because that reflects the most recent version of the game.

In addition to this, Steam added a Recent Review Score to calculate the positive percentage of reviews within the past 30 days for games that have been on the service for at least 45 days and have enough reviews posted during that time period. The overall score is still present as well, in case you still find that information helpful.

New Steam review interface on Europa Universalis IV, now mostly complaining about latest released Mare Nostrum DLC

In addition to promoting visibility of recent posts, Steam also added:

  • a summary tab that focuses on recent posted and recent helpful review
  • a new checkbox when users are writing a review to more easily disclose if user received a copy of the game for free
  • the ability to see reviews in all languages by selecting "all language" from language dropdown in reviews tab

This new comment ranking system allows potential users to better understand what the game is like after several updates.

Leap Motion, A Look Into the Future of Gaming Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:44:56 -0400 Aneudys Tejeda

Just a few minutes ago I had no idea what Leap Motion was. After watching the demo video above that gave a glimpse of what it can do, I think it's totally awesome!

Leap Motion is a company developing advanced motion sensing technology for human computer interaction. It's like using the touch screen on your tablet or phone minus the touching and more like the Microsoft Kinect hand gestures. Leap Motion is the world's most accurate 3-D motion control technology for computing.

July 22, 2013 saw the release of the Leap Motion for $79.99 to pre-order customers. Thus far the product has received mixed reviews but with several sites saying it shows promise. In the world of gaming I think this could be used in some really cool ways.

iOS and Android 

Plenty of fun simple mobile games out there. The kind of games that work best on a touch screen. The Leap Motion already showed a glimpse of playing Fruit Ninja but why stop there. Angry Birds I felt worked better on a touch screen than on a controller. Plenty of other games could benefit from the Leap Motion.

Strategy Games 

One feature I thought was cool was the use of the maps. First game that I thought of was PlayStation exclusive The Last Guy, One of my favorite games on the PSN. The top down perspective would be awesome with many other strategy games. In terms of zooming and pinching a group to attack another area it seems like it would work very well. Tower defense games would be fun with the Leap Motion as well.

Drawing and Designing

With the use of your finger as a stylus games like Draw Something would be perfect (if that game was still relevent). But plenty of DS/ 3DS titles would transition nicely. As shown in the demo, drawing looks to be fun and easy. A cool game with designing would be another great use.

I wasn't a fan of how a shooter would play with this device, I feel that is more left to a controller in hand. But there are other great uses for a sweet device like this.

What are some games you think would be cool with this device?