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Valve Takes Nearly 200 Games Out of Steam

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A short while ago I reported about the high numbers of Steam games that are flooding the market. Valve is trying to get rid of bad games however, as unbelievable as that might be. They try to get rid of games that are just Unity asset flips that try to get easy money off the Steam Trading cards and inconspicuous customers.

The company has recently reported that almost 200 games have been retired from the Steam Storefront until now. The 173 games go with names like Clickey, Grim Banana and SHAPES. I’m sure at least none of you have ever heard of these games. But these were developed by a company named Silicon Echo Games.

Don’t be too excited though, these games are your average Unity asset flips that anyone with the access to Unity’s storefront can make. And by basically submitting all the games through one Steam Direct application, the studio was able to successfully circumvent the $100 dollars per game quota.

How can a failure of a game sell Steam Trading Cards anyway? Well, the process is pretty simple. The games are usually sold at low prices or as part of bundles. The creators abused the system to create some automated systems that would get and buy card without that much effort. That way, the Steam Storefront would think these games would be popular and recommend them to actual users.

Essentially, these low-life developers would trick the system into believing they are as good as games like Sonic Mania or Jettomero when in reality they are far from it. So what happened from here on out? Well, for starters the entire Silicon Echo library is no longer available, according to the SteamAPI. Even if owners can still access titles in their personal collections. They’ll just be unable to collect trading cards, going forward — rendering them essentially useless.

We can only hope that Valve continues making more progression in regards to taking out these Asset Flips.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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