I've been following and supporting games on Greenlight for a while now. I know how long it can take for overwhelmingly popular, well-known games to get through the system, let alone how much of a death sentence it is for... "legitimate"* indie games.
This week Giant Bomb touched on Greenlight @0:11:22, here: http://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/giant-bombcast-04-16-2013/1600-465/
I know not everyone has the time to find and listen to two minutes of conversation, so let me transcribe the main** points** they made:
Jeff: "Papers, Please!" is on Greenlight!
Patrick: Yeah!... those games don't do very well on there, though. People are pretty hostile about them.
**Jeff: Yeah, like, what the f### does it matter to them? Like-- I... I feel like as a service, me, you guys, the listeners of this podcast, we should all just go to Greenlight and just start clicking Yes on /everything/. Because, who the f### does it hurt if they're selling stuff? That's the part about Greenlight that makes me crazy!
Brad: Well, if you start flooding Steam with broken s###, then...
Jeff: Okay, sure, yeah--
Brad: Just makes sure it works first, and then yeah.
**Jeff: I feel like anything that resembles a /functional thing/, right, that should just be /there/, and then at that point turn Greenlight into like what gets /promoted/ on the Steam homepage, you know?
With the above in your mind, I'd like to ask you the following:
If a game is done, is not broken, is a "functional thing", and someone wants to buy it, what reason is there for it to /not/ be on Steam?
I feel as though Valve is being excessively restrictive in their selection process. What is the benefit of excluding games that are /done/, that people /want/, that already exist on other platforms such as Desura, GOG, GamersGate, Direct2Drive and more?; Games made by companies that already have other games on Steam?; Games that would benefit immensely from Steam integration?
I would really like to hear the logic behind pitting indie games against each other. In my eyes, this process is madness.