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Steam will soon require devs to use proper in-game screenshots for their games

Jezbollah

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I suspect this is somewhat to appease the current UK investigation into the No Mans Sky saga.
 

Glix

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I was just raging about this looking at the PSN sale. I was interested in a couple of games, and when I click on them (web store) no pics, vids, or links to pics and vids.

Its moronic. I could search for media, but it's the principal.
 

Kyuur

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Personally, for many game genres that I enjoy (TCG, MMO, etc) concept art is going to catch my attention more than screenshots will. I can see why they're doing it though.
 

Corpekata

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I was just raging about this looking at the PSN sale. I was interested in a couple of games, and when I click on them (web store) no pics, vids, or links to pics and vids.

Its moronic. I could search for media, but it's the principal.
In this case it's more about removing stuff that is misleading (concept art, random troll bullshit for when some idiot sneaks through Greenlight, or just flatout ads for DLC).

The store itself has always been good about having media on it, it's just a few people abusing loopholes that they are closing.
 

Stumpokapow

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Request 3: Take your shitty cat-girl porno games and launch them into the sun, holy fuck
 

Krusenstern

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Oh boy. Awesome.
This counts for already published games as well, what? That's both cool and insane.

Can we even report screens that are obviously touched up?
 

MrNelson

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Awesome. Rip NMS. rip fallout 4.
It sounds more like they're just trying to keep things like concept art and prerendered cut-scenes out. Bullshots and the like are still good so long as they're showing gameplay, which the screenshots on those pages already are.
 

BocoDragon

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I'm surprised this wasn't a policy already.
 

Zomba13

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I could still see people who really want to exploit it by just having an ingame concept art or something section and then just having a screenshot of that showing the "faked" screenshot. It would technically be in game, as much as showing a menu or something would be, and I can see some of the shittier tier of Steam games doing it.
 

AHA-Lambda

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Guessing this is due to the ASA's complaint against No Man's Sky?

Good news, this can only be a good thing.
 

Par Score

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Hopefully they extend this to videos too.

There's no excuse for using touched-up pre-release trailers to show off your game once it's out, Valve should mandate straight gameplay footage.
 

Stumpokapow

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Too bad, Valve respects the taste of people who like catgirls :p

But don't worry, soon you will be able to customize your Steam experience further to match all your personal preferences and objections!
I generally agree with you that restricting content is a fools' errand and instead Valve should open the gates and rely on curation tools, I just very specifically think that awful anime porn stuff should have an off switch.
 

Phamit

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I wonder if the No mans Sky Refund requests put this on a higher spot on the to do list
 

SmartWaffles

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Get fucked Konami and Koei.

(Konami used PS4 screenshots of PES while their game is a shitty PS3 port, and KT is infamous for using PS4 bullshots on Steam with a big majority of their games being PS3 shoddy ports)
 

Corpekata

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Thought you guys were exaggerating about NMS but lol, yeah a lot (all?) of their screenshots are from the year+ old trailer that wasn't much like the real product.
 
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Well, so they won't be using artworks now... but mostly, the problem in the industry wasn't artworks, but doctored screenshots, aka bullshots.
 

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Pretty good to hear this. If they want to add artwork they should point out the picture is just artwork.
That and I'd also like to see the game mode mentioned in the images

Doom '16 for example has a handful of screens of demons in campaign environments that aren't actually in the final game

maybe they were in snapmap, maybe they were added later, maybe the image isn't accurate at all. They should be removed or labeled

Had I known those images were bullshit I wouldn't have bought the game when I did
 

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It sounds more like they're just trying to keep things like concept art and prerendered cut-scenes out. Bullshots and the like are still good so long as they're showing gameplay, which the screenshots on those pages already are.
Wouldn't bullshots count as pre-rendered cinematic stills?