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Playing Matters is a group that values playing wins from SteamGifts. We hope to create a respectable and dependable platform to unite friendly and passionate gamers.
Our group is not so much about making giveaways, but about enjoying what we already have and sharing fun with like-minded people. We aim to create a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere in our group.
We fully encourage fun little chats to take place in our group giveaways. Additionally we have our own Discord server for our members to make new friends and enjoy each other’s company while also enjoying our wins.
Before applying to join our group, please make sure that:
If you meet the requirements mentioned above and want to join, reply to this topic stating that you are applying to the group and tell us a bit about your favourite SG win. It doesn’t have to be much - maybe a sentence or two.
Creating a BLAEO account is not required but we’d still like you to post the link to your profile if you have it, whether you use it actively or not.
We will have a look at your profile(s) and contact you in due time.
We hope to see you among us. Have fun winning games and playing them!
Please don’t send friend requests to mods or admins.
If you don't receive a direct reply within 7 days, your application is likely under consideration. Also, if your application is rejected please don’t allow this to break your spirit. Instead use it as a motivation to discover and enjoy new games among your SG wins. Who knows, maybe your next favourite game is right around the corner.
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Not applying since I'm way off the mark, but I do have a few (legitimate, not rhetoric "waaah, why aren't you letting me in?") questions regarding the 50%/25% rule. I know you aren't looking for bare minimums,but still I think there's a few edge cases, which, while smoothed out by an attempted 100% of played wins, could potentially add up for players with bad luck:
What happens with games with harder than average to earn achievements, even moreso those that are post-campaign challenges? For a couple of concrete examples:
Furthermore, what happens with games with no achievements? Those can make up a non-trivial amount of people's wins and they shouldn't get less love for it.
Shouldn't there be some sort of "grace period" between dipping below the minimum and getting kicked? It's entirely possible (albeit not probable, I know) to have remarkable streak of luck on SG and suddenly find yourself with plenty of new games on your hands.
But not to be a sourpuss, let me tell you about my favorite SG win. The Binding of Isaac (classic, with DLC) is a really lovely game. It's pretty hard at first, but as you collect more and more items and you learn the meta, it becomes a challenging but still very enjoyable experience. It's not perfectly balanced with several moments of bad luck killing or at least severely hampering runs, but it still keeps getting you back for more.
You are correct on your points. The whole achievement thing is not very fortunate since we in no way want to encourage achievement hunting from anyone who doesn't want it. Definitely non-achievement games should get the same care.
But when it comes to evaluating whether a person regards gifted to them games with care or not, the best we can do is taking all the data available in consideration.
I would like to stress our take on what we are looking for. Beating wins, exploring the game content in any (legit) way which the person wants and hereby enjoys the most. Simple as that. If this looks fine, then there is only a question of how big part of wins has already been taken care of. If it seems that there is not enough compared to our borderline, a person can just play more and reapply. I believe everyone can do this.
Yes, a person who doesn't care of unlocking extra achievements or going extra mile to anyhow demonstrate that they have beaten the games may (not necessarily though) need to beat more wins for their playing to be evident for us, but there is nothing bad in this. And after this is done, they are in.
Same comes to any "unfortunate wins", broken games, beaten games with few achievements, rare cases like steam achievements being added after the game was beaten and so on. If a game will never be beaten for a reason, or will never be recognized as beaten by a script, just continue playing and enjoying other wins and eventually you will be fine. Our absolute minimal requirements are already at such a low point where everything which does not conform with "beating" notion will not create permanent blocks and will become less and less noticeable when continuing playing and winning.
About winning "a lot" in a short time.
It is always the choice of the person whether they want to keep participating in more GAs when they have already lately won games which they can't play yet.
This is also a choice whether a group member prefers to beat more wins first to always be far away from the minimal requirements and never bother dealing with scripts and all this :) I recommend. Everyone knows better how much they can play or how often they normally win good games. Maybe it is good to strive for only the best games if there is not much time to play?
Then there is always an option to temporarily leave the group if you have problems playing games recently but want to continue winning for some reason. Later when problems are dealt with and wins are played, it will be simple to return to the group.
Simply being more mindful, more responsible here and there.
Oh, I have a friend who's favourite game is The Binding of Isaac. I played the game for a while too, unlocked some characters and items and can totally understand how it can be engaging, but the game somehow didn't grow on me. Maybe I am too bad at it, I have no recollection of ever beating the game :D
Got a question for you. When I first joined this site, I entered a lot of giveaways, not necessarily just ones I was interested in. I made lots of giveaways too--I'm level 6. Would these be held against me, or would it be possible to go forward being judged on my only recent win, from 3 years ago? I played it for a similar group and quite enjoyed it.
Sounds funny. Speaking your words, your old gifts will be held against you :3 No rest for the wicked!
Come on you have only few wins, and maybe some of these are nice games. Also going through old stuff normally gives more order for future.
Fair enough lol Dungetris should already qualify I think, I'd just have to get on the other 9.
Hello, I want to join the group. At the moment I have won 6 games, 2 of them have already been completed, 1 is in progress and I aim to go through the rest, since I only enter giveaways of those games that are really interesting to me. It is difficult to say which of the games I like the most, since they are truly hits of their time.
Just Cause 2 is my first entry into the series, and the huge scale of the island where the events take place is really amazing, and it is a separate pleasure to feel like the real cause of misfortune for its dictator and his loyal army.
The next game was Warhammer 40000: Space Wolf, and there is everything is a little more complicated... On the one hand I really wanted to try, on the other hand, the game itself was not very friendly, somewhere lazily done and sometimes lacking of ideas, but the very fact of each victory really pleased, so the overall impression of the passed campaign remained positive.
Now I'm going through Tomb Raider, and it's hard to say something - this is a real hit of its time, which did not have time to become obsolete, and I am happily running through the story.
You are doing great, and you were very lucky with wins indeed.
From the games you mentioned I have completed myself only Tomb Raider and in my opinion this reboot was awesome. (A bit of disappointment though that 2 following games were just "more of the same" and at some moments overstayed my welcome, but these were still quite good).
However as we noted on our Steam group page, from a person with less than 10 wins we wish to see more than a half of wins beaten upon joining, preferably all of them. Don't hurry, please play these at your most enjoyable pace and lets continue the application later :)
Hi. I'd like to join. I've never won a game yet though o_O
Hello! I can enter in this group¿ Thanks!