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Introducing Steam Labs

jshackles

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the capability to make the world's first enhanced store. Steam will be that store. Better than it was before.
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Behind the scenes at Steam, we create many experimental features with codenames like The Peabody Recommender and Organize Your Steam Library Using Morse Code. For the first time, we're giving these works-in-progress a home called Steam Labs, where you can interact with them, tell us whether you think they're worth pursuing further, and if so, share your thoughts on how they should evolve.

We've selected three initial experiments to share as we launch the Labs. Each of these is designed to help people find the games they'll love.

Micro Trailers are lovingly-generated six-second game trailers, arranged on a page so you can digest them all at a glance. Check out our new micro trailer collections for adventure games, RPGs, builders, and more.

The Interactive Recommender looks at your top-played games and uses machine learning to recommend other titles it thinks you'll love. Find old classics by directing it toward popular titles released in the past ten years, or discover that diamond-in-the-rough by zeroing in on niche games launched in the past six months.

The Automated Show is a half-hour video featuring the latest Steam launches. Leave it on a second monitor while you work, or glue your eyeballs to it and let hundreds of games wash over you.

So pop on your lab coat, try the experiments, and then share your feedback to help shape the future of Steam.

To follow future news and additions to Steam Labs, join the Steam Labs Community Group, where we'll share announcements and updates.

Cheers!
-The Steam Team
 

JSoup

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Kinda neat.
The pile of six second trailers all at once did get me to click on things I otherwise wouldn't have.
Edit: But the recommendations thing isn't great for me. What it takes into account isn't an actual representation of my Steam playing habits. My top 50 games consists of a lot of games I wasn't actually playing, just running Idle Master in the background to farm cards. Since there is no way to tell the thing that, the results are sort of skewed on one direction for me. Good first try, though, I'll use it more when it's had more features added.
 
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PengTiki

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the automated show might help sate my decaying ADD riddled brain, more input, more bright lights
 

Helios

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I really like the changes, though that 6s trailer is useless on some games right now. The interactive recommender already looks better than the steam discovery queue.