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Hi everyone, been a very long time since I posted a new thread here!
So, I've been frustrated with Steam's stance against completely free games. These developers have to pay 100 USD to be on the store, and then Valve buries them because they don't generate any kind of revenue (you can see on the right of the store page that says "steam is learning about this game". What's worse is that they all get paired along freemium/free-to-play games that generate thousands of revenue, so these games have zero visibility, they don't stand a chance on their own.
To give them a hand, I created an informative list of games that aren't demos, that aren't prologues, and that don't have any DLC that add meaningful content - for example, if a "Donation DLC" adds just a hat, I add the game to the list anyways. But it depends, and that's why curation is important.
Without further ado, here's the link:
There's a curator group that I was forced to make, but it's empty and it's just a requirement for the group.
It's very close to reach 100 games, which is an amazing number. I'm pretty sure there are already 100 fully free games but I've yet to bump into them. If you feel somewhat interested in this, you can help me achieve that. Also, I'm using the "featured" functionality of Curated pages to add a personalized list so people can add the games they really like. Or perhaps we can categorize the games depending on the genre? Who knows.
As a second concern, with time there has been a growing number of student games, that is, games made in colleges for practice. Since their quality varies a lot, at some point it might be worth discussing what to do with those, but for now, they're all in!
Thanks for reading, I'll be posting again when there's something meaningful to share.
Changelog? fantastic recommendations, thanks a lot everyone! I added all that I could and fits
New update: added around 50 games, will add more, it's on 150 games so far.
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Nice list, thanks for putting it together.
Here's some from my WL, maybe they qualify:
but they have already had a separated area on Steam, no? https://store.steampowered.com/genre/Free%20to%20Play/
What's worse is that they all get paired along freemium/free-to-play games that generate thousands of revenue, so these games have zero visibility, they don't stand a chance on their own.
Microtransactions in games is an immoral practice. They KNOW that all they have to do is convince the player to spend once. Get them to buy something inexpensive, like a load of goodies in a beginner package for 5 dollars, and it's all downhill from there. The next thing you know, that player has spent 100s, maybe 1000s of dollars on their game. Getting them to spend once means that they are far more likely to feel comfortable spending again. A fiver here, a 10 there.... it all adds up over time. In fact, it's encouraging addiction, and preying on people to an extent. The more they spend, the more they feel invested in those games. I say shame on Valve for punishing games that really are 100% free.
So, being pointed in the direction of games that are free and don't require you to spend to enjoy them are welcome. Like... I wouldn't mind if there was a once off payment for "premium" content that supports development. Developers need to eat. But the microtransaction practice is a big NOPE. =)
I don't like MTX either, but I'm kinda cool with cosmetic MTX on F2P games. I understand they have to make money, but P2W MTX in F2P games and MTX in paid games, or P2W MTX in paid games (outrageous)? N O P E. The worst of all are lootbox P2W MTX in paid games.
I don't have an issue with some cosmetic stuff or that kind of thing if it's to support the game. You know? If I am not paying to win, but buying something to support a game I love. I'd do that here and there. Not a problem. But P2W... No.
Well... I played a game years ago where there were no lootboxes, but a P2W model. I spent next to nothing on the game, yet I was one of it's top players. It was possible to get there by using simple math to calculate ranges and win fights with the units you are defending, etc. I was leading the top clan. Some guys in my clan had literally spent 1000s on the game. Obviously, we had some of the best players, but that also meant some of the most addicted, and THAT was a problem. Not a problem for me or my clan, but a problem for those individuals and their families. One guy got divorced because of the game. It was just as bad as having a guy who gambles or drinks too much. He was spending all day on the game when he wasn't working, sometimes on there WHILE at work, and not limiting himself at all. He was spending like a mad thing and not spending any time with his kids. He told us that his wife said this, but he didn't believe he was as bad as she was saying. I'd say he certainly was. Nice guy, but needed help.
I left the game after about a year because botting became a prevalent thing. That made it not fun. The people who were the biggest spenders were the ones botting so the devs turned a blind eye. I pop into their chat years later to see if anyone still used it only to find that the server was dead and they were still playing, running several computers to feed their habit.
That's why I hate microtransactions. They pull people with addictive personalities in and when they've spent money, they feel invested and keep doing it to keep their "investment" alive. The people who design these systems know exactly what they are doing and know that this will be the outcome for some people. That's why when I watched a Ted talk on setting up these systems many years ago, I was a bit disgusted. The person admitted that it's an immoral practice. He was describing how to hook people by making them feel like it's okay to part with a little cash, then a little more, and hopefully a LOT more. He said once you get them to spend once, you've broken that barrier where they feel it's okay to spend money on it. It was a bit of an eye opener to see it from the other side.
There is The End o,,,o .
( However ...Does a lone mp3 file as soundtracks count as a simple donation dlc ? )
[Edit] But, wait, I also did't see The Plan in your list ? ;) It's a classic amongst free games on Steam.
:) Thanks for this page, by the way.
Add these ones:
Also would be useful that you at least added genres/a short description of the games. I understand you don't have time to play them all, but I really don't care about the type of DLC the game has (assuming it's not content DLC), and want to find a free platformer, or TD game
The first game i ever played on Steam :)
Not sure if it’s on the list yet.
Nice. Thanks for creating the list.
OK, people, I got the follower count up to 69, nobody else can enter! :D
Thanks for the list, found some interesting games I didn't know about.
pretty good list so sorry for making it more than 69.
I perused the list and I spotted a few I think you could add:
The Mammoth: A Cave Painting
Cell To Singularity - Evolution Never Ends
Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle (Not sure if this qualifies - paid DLC but it only adds new puzzles to play, some cosmetics)
couple of those have MTX (IAP), besides the game that has content DLCs, which are things that I'm trying to avoid since those can be featured by Valve.
Added The Mammoth! Thanks for the suggestions.
bookmarked : )
https://store.steampowered.com/app/791470/DYO/ - edit, one more
https://store.steampowered.com/app/751690/The_Mammoth_A_Cave_Painting/ OoWah beat me to the bunch ; -
a couple more for you to look into, not 100% sure they will all qualify but most of them should ..
Nice. A few in there that I wasn't familiar with that look interesting. Here's one I for you to consider:
From the same dev as the excellent (but not free) Tamashii.
I have a couple to recommend:
Khimera: Destroy All Monster Girls (has a costume DLC, but it doesn't do anything to gameplay, just a way to give the dev money)
Narcissu 1st & 2nd (has a paid version where you can buy more stories, but these are there own stories, so essentially separate games)
Fausts Alptraum (art book DLC)
Grimm's Hollow (has fan content DLC like DDLC)
Trick & Treat (has a paid remake coming soon though)
Relic Hunters Zero: Remix (just soundtrack DLC)
Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 Onikakushi (this one won't be free forever though)
Sorry if I mentioned something you already added or someone else mentioned. Tried to avoid that, but I might have not noticed something.
It does have a couple of inexpensive DLCs for optional extra content. (I bought those lol)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/264380/Narcissu_1st__2nd/ Has some dlc stories but nothing required for what’s free
https://store.steampowered.com/app/224260/No_More_Room_in_Hell/ OST dlc
Forgot this one yesterday, has no dlc
A few more
https://store.steampowered.com/app/439940/Lucid9_Inciting_Incident/ OST DLC
Cool curation. Gave you a follow and will spread the word.
As for games, here are some I can personally recommend these because I played them on my gf's account and honestly thought she'd pay for them.
Aurora, a Child's Journey
The Outcast Lovers
Flicker of Hope
My Friend is a Raven
These, I've had in my wishlist for a while but haven't had time to play yet
The Mind of Marlo
Nice! I was looking for a page like this the other day. It'd be nice to be able to categorize the list by genre somehow.
To add to your list:
Lines X Free
The Monster Inside
We Were Here
Useful list, you have my follow.
Here's a few from my wishlist/library that maybe you want to add to your list:
Are you adding VR and mods to the list too?
Wow. Thanks! (Autumn Dream isn't free btw)
Oh my bad, for some reason it has a free to play tag.