Steam bans 40K cheaters in a single day and plans user interface ‘refresh’

    
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The commandment has come down from the Steam mountain that thou shalt not cheat. As you picture Gabe Newell etching Valve’s TOS on rock tablets, know that this is not one rule to take lightly.

Last week, Steam ended up banning over 40,000 cheaters over the course of a day thanks to its anti-cheating software. The huge leap in bans was in part due to the Steam summer sale, which brought out temporary accounts in large numbers of players trying to circumvent game rules.

For those remaining, Valve has big plans in store for the platform’s user interface. A “refresh and update” is coming at some unknown date, bringing with it an overhaul to how the games library functions. Once the update hits, users will be able to jump quickly into recently played titles and enjoy more informative and better designed game pages.

“A small group of people from valve are not the ones dictating which games show up to all customers because we don’t think that’s the way to serve all customers,” said Alden Krol at Unite Europe this week. “So the approach we’re taking is to give customers the tools they need to be able to customize and personalize their store.”

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Dividion

The interface is fine. I’d rather have Half-Life 3. =-P

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Zen Dadaist

I’m hoping for screenshot management, like being able to group them up into albums and re-order them. I screenshotted a series of events in a game recently and carefulyl uploaded them in the right order to show the narrative. Steam scrambled them into a random order. I was pretty annoyed, shall we say.

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Sashaa

That, I would like too.

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wandris

All you regressives must see that progress is imperative. No cost is too high. No sacrifice to large. Steam must go forth and redesign its UI for the good of all men.

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Manusun

Maybe Steam should figure out a way to allow me to play MY games on more than one PC at a time…

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Slaasher

Heresy!!

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Vellik

Well, while I’m cautiously hopeful that the UI change will be for the better, in reality I know it probably won’t be. People are used to what it currently is and some people (myself included) have found a skin by now that makes the UI at least to their liking. There will probably be much gnashing of teeth, but at the same time, given what Microsoft did to Windows with Win 10, I can only see a UI update as a potential annoyance.

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kidwithknife

Oh god… I mean, I’ll give it a chance, but I never seem to like it when a service revamps their UI. I like ‘me simple and bare bones. Hopefully it won’t be a flashy, useless mess like the new Hulu UI.

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Dug From The Earth

Im just waiting for the ability to remove a game from my wishlist from the actual store page of the game.

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Tandor

Indeed, my wishlist is a constant surprise to me!

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miol

Or those free games popping in as part of your library without asking, and you can only hide them from the list, but not really delete them and stay forever attached to you!

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McGuffn

I’d like to buy a game directly from the wishlist.

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zeko_rena

Scary, I have been using the old interface for like eight years so even though in theory it isn’t very good I am so used to it now that it feels good, if that makes sense haha

Lets hope the improvement will be an actual improvement :)

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Tandor

I welcome both a more customisable interface and the departure of those caught cheating.

Why people feel the need to cheat in a computer game, or can derive any kind of satisfaction from “winning” by doing so is utterly beyond me, but I guess that in life generally there are some rotten apples in every barrel.

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Slaasher

“Some?”
I think it would surprise us all how many bad apples there are.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

This would be welcome. The interface right now is absolutely awful