c4maniac Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:01pm
Free Games
I wonder if steam thought about having 'free games' but with ad support. Much like what the google play store does. You can download angry birds for free with ads or you can pay for no ads.

Just a thought if say steam wanted to get more people to this platform. That might be one way to do it.

I am not saying free games for AAA titles like AC3, skyrim,..et all I more talking torchlight, bastion, etc...
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nhanb Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:34pm 
Haven't they been doing that for Team Fortress and some other free-to-play games?
blackout24 Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:34pm 
Everyone would simply use something llike AdFree on Android. I have never seen a single ad on my device.
b4cki ❤ Katzii3 Nov 27, 2012 @ 12:04am 
Originally posted by Thanaz:
Haven't they been doing that for Team Fortress and some other free-to-play games?

+1

I'd call tf2 AAA title and you are not even bothered with ads, you can buy additional items/hats but they don't give you any advantage. You just show your love for the game by buying something and Valve got a lot of love from the community for this fantastic game. Same with Dota2 and I'm pretty sure there are more to come.
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Sindwiller Nov 27, 2012 @ 6:51am 
Why? Why would you like to see the Steam store turned into something similar to the Play store et al.? There are, either way, enough F2P games which, admittedly, usually don't cover any alternative OS's.
axeolin Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:03am 
Originally posted by c4maniac:
Just a thought if say steam wanted to get more people to this platform. That might be one way to do it.

I am not saying free games for AAA titles like AC3, skyrim,..et all I more talking torchlight, bastion, etc...

There's a plethora of these games right now for a few pence, or a couple of quid. I mean c'mon, prove John Carmack wrong when he says the linux community don't want to pay for games :-)

Even if you spent your last £500 on a gaming PC and are now living in the box it came in, you can using steam trading to get games.

e.g play TF2 use drops to get metal trade metal for keys trade keys for games.
c4maniac Nov 27, 2012 @ 9:22am 
Originally posted by axeolin:
Originally posted by c4maniac:
Just a thought if say steam wanted to get more people to this platform. That might be one way to do it.

I am not saying free games for AAA titles like AC3, skyrim,..et all I more talking torchlight, bastion, etc...

There's a plethora of these games right now for a few pence, or a couple of quid. I mean c'mon, prove John Carmack wrong when he says the linux community don't want to pay for games :-)

Even if you spent your last £500 on a gaming PC and are now living in the box it came in, you can using steam trading to get games.

e.g play TF2 use drops to get metal trade metal for keys trade keys for games.

I'm not talking about me. I'm talking about an audience on mobile that is huge at the moment moving toward a gaming platform which they are used to. Move the casual audience who are playing farmville, bejelwed, and angry birds for free already. Take a look at my steam list...over 200 hundred games all of which I paid for...


Destado 13 Nov 27, 2012 @ 2:15pm 
Are you daft sir? Ads in Steam? No. It has not been needed up to now.
Boxfriend Nov 27, 2012 @ 6:13pm 
no. just no. may your god have mercy on your soul for suggesting such blasphemy.

and to this:
Originally posted by Thanaz:
Haven't they been doing that for Team Fortress and some other free-to-play games?
They actually made quite a bit of money from TF2 before it went free to play. Just throwing that out there. (because it's important to some of us)
thedarknite Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:26pm 
I'm of the opinion that the ad supported games on mobile platforms are like that because very few people are willing to pay for games whose entire advertising consists of a couple of screenshots and a comparison to a popular not free game (eg free to play Osmos clones).

The barrier to entry for mobile games is so much lower that you end up with a vast array of small developers churning out shovelware with ads that I've stopped even looking in the Play store.

I'm happy to pay for games that I think I will enjoy playing. Hell, I bought Torchlight retail and purchased HB6 to get a linux version, and it's not like the cost for most games on steam is particularly high.

Originally posted by Boxfriend:
They actually made quite a bit of money from TF2 before it went free to play. Just throwing that out there. (because it's important to some of us)
A number of studios, especially in the MMO space, found their revenues dramatically increasing switching to F2P with micro-transcations (some of them may be P2W)
c4maniac Nov 27, 2012 @ 11:24pm 
Put all your feelings aside for second and say to yourself would steam benefit with more users? Would steam linux prosper with more users? If you answered yes to those come up with something that will draw users in. Draw them into a OS that is free to playing free games with ad support.

Linux is so far fetched out of the main stream its not even funny. These are realities on other platforms to have ads.

100 million downloads of the original angry birds on google play store for free. Even if you got 1% of that audience it would be 1 million people. If the service is good it will draw more people in.

Run an OS for free play a game for free...or buy if you want to. Ad revenue is not a bad thing.
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