Valve Launches Community-Designed Game Guides

Valve Launches Community-Designed Game Guides

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For Steam users, FAQs for your favorite game are just a Shift-Tab away.

As gamers, we've got it pretty good when it comes to game guides. Back in the day, if you got stuck on an especially difficult level, you'd either have to track down a magazine that published game walkthroughs or find a friend who knew the solution. Then the internet happened, and services like GameFAQs allowed us to find guides, walkthroughs, and cheat codes instantaneously through the browser of our choosing. Gamers love the arrangement, even if magazine publishers don't, but Valve thinks they can make game guides even better. The digital publisher has opened the doors for users to self-publish Steam Guides in its Community Hubs, all of which can be accessed directly through the Steam Overlay without turning off your game.

Unlike official game guides published through Steam, community guides are entirely controlled by individual Steam users. Not only will this allow for a multitude of free guides to be published very quickly (currently over 1000 and rising), it also allows for a wider variety of guide topics. For example, right now players can find multiple walkthroughs, class-specific strategies, weapon and item descriptions, and even tips for optimizing your game. Creators also have the ability to embed screenshots, YouTube videos, and data tables that can make their guides both comprehensive and visually engaging.

Steam Guides can be accessed through any Community Hub, but most players will likely Shift + Tab their way to the Overlay instead. From there, a Guides tab lists the most popular guides for the game you're currently playing, as well as those you've recently read. The convenience of the system is pretty hard to dispute, and since Valve follows up new services with a multitude of updates, Steam Guides could very well include more features in the coming months.

Source: Steampowered

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Accessing game guides without leaving games was possible through the browser option, but this still seems like quite a nice little feature anyway since it saves you the trouble of searching for the game. Including screenshots or video clips would really be helpful in certain games. Yeah, I'm looking at you Ys II. I wont say this is revolutionary, but I certainly like this addition. I don't use game guides unless I have been stuck for a long time so I doubt I'll use it a lot...

Okay, so Gamefaqs for Steam then? Maybe I need a second cup of coffee, but this doesn't sound all that earth-shattering to me. I guess I'll need to see it in action...which may be handy as I'm working my way through Brotherhood at the moment.

When your playthrough never seems
to be livin up to your dreams,
And suddenly you're finding out,
the FAQs of Valve are all about you

What I want is a Workshop for the Source Filmmaker, with maps and models already compatible with it.

Still cant complaint all that much about this

josemlopes:
What I want is a Workshop for the Source Filmmaker, with maps and models already compatible with it.

Still cant complaint all that much about this

You read my mind.
But i guess this is a nice addition in case Gamefaqs is destroyed by Anonymous or something.

This is mighty fine news. Mighty fine indeed.

Jhooud:
Okay, so Gamefaqs for Steam then? Maybe I need a second cup of coffee, but this doesn't sound all that earth-shattering to me. I guess I'll need to see it in action...which may be handy as I'm working my way through Brotherhood at the moment.

I cannot Alt-Tab out of some games like Skyrim, which usually crash to the desktop. Sometimes I can get back in after a few tries, but it seems to be the case with a lot of Bethesda games. Oblivion and Fallout 3 were the same way. This new feature sounds like a hoot.

Neat, but it does make the game-guides that they sell via Steam kinda rendundent.

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Well this'll be nice. Would be very helpful in games such as skyrim and the like.

I think it's great that people make the guides and that Steam helps distribute them. But I also think it's sad that we need them. Much of the information in guides is content that belongs in an instruction manual, this should really be the responsibility of game developers.

Bostur:
I think it's great that people make the guides and that Steam helps distribute them. But I also think it's sad that we need them. Much of the information in guides is content that belongs in an instruction manual, this should really be the responsibility of game developers.

Depends...a good user guide to a game is "this is how I did it", not "this is how you should do it". It's a suggestion, not a rule.

 

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