Like most companies, much of what Valve (the company behind the hugely popular Steam game store) sees tinkers behind the scenes never sees the light of day. Concepts are born, shattered and rebuilt and sometimes thrown away without anyone outside the company ever seeing a hint of it.
Seems Valve is trying to change it, giving users the opportunity to give feedback on potential new features before they "are completely baked. The company has just debuted a new project called" Steam Labs ", which will give super-early adopters a early look at concepts that might eventually make it to Valve's Steam games store.
You can find the new Labs page here.
The first three experiments are all focused on helping users find new games:
- Micro Trailers: Six other looping video trailers starting to play when hovering over a game in store graphics
- Interactive Recommender: Since the Steam client is used to launch most games you buy through the steam store, Valve a good picture of what you are playing and how long, this experiment takes that data and uses it to find other games you might like based on who you played the most. ng ever heard of, you can filter out the popular stuff, limiting the result to only the lesser known ones.
- Automatic display: An automatically generated "shopping channel" style of various kinds that marks the image material of the latest releases. Over time, they hope to have an automatically generated story that tells a little about what you see. for now, however, it is just motion picture of music.
The valve is quick to point out that all these experiments are just that ̵
If anyone in Valve could continue and classify Half Life 3 as a steam test and give us a look at what goes on in hell, that would be good.