What is Steam 250?Launched November 2017, Steam 250 is a collection of automated Steam game rankings based on user votes—the thumbs up or down given with each review—designed to help players find the best games on Steam. Although Valve are clearly making an effort to make games more discoverable, with recent features like the discovery queue, I don't feel it's enough. Steam is growing at an exponential rate and the platform is struggling to provide consistent exposure to games that deserve it. Some people wait around for the next big release not realizing the gold that's already there. Stream 250 is changing all that with its commitment to solving the Steam game discoverability problem.
Why join Club 250?Club 250 is Steam 250's members-only club. Become a member by pledging here on Patreon and gaining access to exclusive club rewards as detailed in the rewards section. Rewards are something I'm constantly thinking about so expect more exclusive goodies in future. Moreover, your contribution is the sole determining factor of how much time I can spend improving Steam 250. With enough patrons we'll be able to make the best games ranking site we could ever build. Nothing makes me happier than when we get a new club member! 😃
What's next?Since you're investing in the future of the site you deserve to know what's in its future so you know what you're investing in. Here's what's currently on my mind:
Near future (1-3 months)
- Publisher/Developer rankings – Rankings for all the publishers and/or developers on Steam, based on their aggregate score across all published games (just for fun!)
- Automated Steam curator – Expand with more rankings, e.g. Hidden Gems.
- Discount end date – Show what date/time a deal ends at.
- Show prices on price rankings – Show exact price in USD only.
One thing I'd love to do, but will take significant time and engineering effort, is to move away from being a static site to a fully dynamic data-driven site. This would be expensive not only in terms of time but also server hardware, but would open up a lot more possibilities, including some of the following:
- Create your own rankings – Find exactly what you're looking for by entering your own search criteria. Choose any of our algorithms and apply your own weightings to produce interesting variations or create entirely new rankings using our data.
- Full historical breakdown – Browse the full performance history of games. You could ask things like: was this game ever in the Top 250? How many days was it in the Top 250 for? What was its peak position? What other rankings has this game appeared in?
- Tag search – Show me games with tag x and y, but excluding tag z. For example, visual novels without anime.
- If the site grows really big, we could start to look at expanding beyond just Steam. We could integrate reviews from other sources; we could even expand beyond just PC games to consoles and other platforms.
Please understand nothing planned constitutes a promise yet. These are just ideas for now, but depending on the level of interest and support they're all possible. Priorities may change as other ideas are posed, especially if patrons want something else, in which case my commitment is to deliver those things first whenever possible.