Steam Trading Card shows up in database

Image accompanying database entry also mentions "Steam Trading Card beta access."

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A new entry for something called the Steam Trading Card has appeared in the Steam database.

An image accompanying the listing shows the text "Steam Trading Card beta access" in a style similar to the other community tools currently available on the PC, Mac, and Linux digital distribution platform. The Steam Trading Card entry was previously filed in the Steam database as CookiesTestApp20352.

Users can already trade in-game items and Steam gifts with each other, as well as sell certain items for Steam Wallet money using the Steam Marketplace.

One popular theory on the Steam Forums is that Valve is making an easy-to-use method of identifying reputable traders across its various community marketplaces.

Another common idea is that Valve might be working to introduce support for trading card games into the Steam framework. Blizzard is currently working on a trading card game of its own with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and other TCG's like Magic the Gathering are already available in some form on Steam.

Valve has recently been experimenting with the VR headset Oculus Rift, patching support for Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2 for the device. The company is also working on producing a Steam Box computer designed to sit under a television in a living room.

Discussion

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telaros
telaros

I'm willing to bet that Steam will be supporting Blizzard's rival (aka the people whose idea they stole to make their own free to play card game micro-transaction filled game) and they are merely adding a safe way to trade the cards in-game, while not having to be in the game itself. A way to tract down and locate others that have what you want or vice versa.


This is half wishful thinking on my part. On a broader sense it'd be really cool if other card games were considering going Digital. As many amazing card games already are if you've bothered to check, if you're into card games but don't like the limitations of not having access to traveling miles on end every weekend to a card shop for tourneys or just wanting to play when you want to play.

And that is what I think.

I still hold my breath for the day Steam allows a way to trade in legal games you've bought that are unplayed, and trade them in towards new titles!

A good idea is you can choose, upon trading a game, to get credit or a % discount usable for games released up to the point you did the trade in. The Credit from trade ins will last forever in your Steam Wallet till used, where as the % discounts would be limited to games released upon the day you traded it in for % and anything before.

DP1130
DP1130

Steam: Give us something that lets us turn unused library games into gifts or trade in for other stuffs on Steam PLEASE!!! 

Zloth2
Zloth2

Or maybe Valve is having little workplace contest where everyone makes up a little graphic to put into the Steam DB.  Whatever entry makes the biggest splash in the media earns the creator an extra floating holiday.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

For a second there I thought I was going to get something back for all does Steam games of mine which I don't use.. ugh oh well.

shadow_Metroid
shadow_Metroid

Or they could be making a card game with all the valve game characters.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

I just can't wait for Steam to accept Trade-ins. I have lots of games that I could use for a discount for some other games in my Wish List.

ultralesus
ultralesus

Valve are one of the few companies I have genuine faith in... I'll wait for something to be officially announced before I start the paranoid panicing.

feathers632
feathers632

I wish I could trade the awful bioshock infant i'm stuck with on steam.  

carolino
carolino

Steam don´t become $-team

please?

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Very interesting.  This could be the basis for all future digital transactions and digital ownership.

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Is it just me or Steam is really turning into a hat exchange market?

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

Maybe they're going to pro-actively add support for steam users to trade/sell their games within the steam ecosystem, using wallet funds etc, in an effort to appease European consumer groups before the courts eventually get round to demanding real support for it.

Yeah right.

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

And the public outcry begins now....'greedy money grubbing company', 'for shame', 'companies will do anything for a quick buck'

theend3r
theend3r

@JoInfo Torrents should only be used for cash grab DLCs (which most of them are).

telaros
telaros

@JoInfo Because it's up to us to choose who we support. I can care less for big companies and their lackluster line of rehashed garbage. But by supporting real developers like those who make Dark Souls (Atlus), we help pay off the cost of development.

Atlus has a good system. They make what they can based on the amount of support and feedback from fans, gauging interests and sell to those numbers. Anything over that helps pay the people who made the games as there are some that don't get paid unless an actual legit copy is sold. It is called royalties and are divided among many people involved. Arguably this is production costs, but I assure you it is different.

Once it goes past all that, any profit above that helps potentially fund newer games.

With indie devs, they don't have the luxury of a lot of these things that are normally handled by Publishers like Ubisoft. They are on the most part funded by the community and tend to have much more inventive and traditional senses for gameplay. Not super high budget, but usually feel more rewarding from time to time and very addicting.


You can pirate all you want. But if you think that companies can't see what you're downloading? Well, you're wrong. While there are protections you can get to mask yourself, there are always risk that a high profile game will cost you quite a lot. And guess who takes responsibility for your actions if you are not legally able to be tried in court? Yeah, your parents.

I support who I like. And as one who owns quite a few 'high profile' titles, I can tell you that the shoddy work on most of them, which are heavily dlc based now a days, just isn't worth the risk. Doesn't stop people I know from doing those things, but one in particular already got a warning from Comcast that if caught downloading games like that again that they will permanently lose internet access and a warning of legal action came later.

We all know the one guy that does this pc hacks and distributes them. What are you going to do in the next gen? Support indie at the very least, they need our support.

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

@JoInfo Lets encourage the freemium/mobile apocalypse by not paying people to make anything better. 


aeterna789
aeterna789

@JoInfo This guy is paying the Iron Price for his games.

lingo56
lingo56

@JoInfo Because then developers fall and there will be less and less games coming out for PC, if you can't afford new games then what are you doing gaming on a PC in the first place.

toshineon
toshineon

@JoInfo Because I got a ridiculous ammount of games on Steam for a relatively small ammount of money, that's why. I used to torrent a lot of games before, but developers should get the money they deserve for a product you enjoy.

Wolfkcing
Wolfkcing

@JoInfo 

Because some of us actually care about this pastime/hobby. Because what you're doing makes it less appealing for companies to make games for pc. Because what you're doing makes other companies want to do terrible things like DMR/always online.

Because damn near every two weeks we hear about a gaming company laying off a portion of it's staff.  

 I know some companies are money grubbing pricks but some actually deserve to be paid for their hard work.

artdlov
artdlov

@JoInfo Wish there was a "dislike" button for your comment...

ricemanstm
ricemanstm

@JoInfo Congratulations on posting one of the dumbest suggestions ever. Leeches like you are the reason why fewer games come out on the PC platform.

lingo56
lingo56

@carolino Well the sales keep getting better and better all this is doing is letting you trade more things.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@carolino They already are. They have 70% share of digital PC market.

lingo56
lingo56

@Techn1c4l Well what would the world's #1 war themed hat simulator be like if other hat wears couldn't give their hats for other hats.... hats.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

@barrybarryk the reason why they've said before they'd never do this is because someone could hijack an account and quickly transfer all their games of their account for good

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@barrybarryk There are a few games in my Steam library that I picked up during sales, but I know I'll never play them.  If Valve were to consider allowing game trading, I would be all for it.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@buffaloblitz85 That's more of a vocal minority, not representative of the greater public. Most people don't go into a frothing rage over companies doing what they're supposed to be doing: exchanging goods and services for money.

wezkilla
wezkilla

@buffaloblitz85 but they will though lol, if someone actually thinks a company is making a game cause its "fun" and for the customers and not for the money i think they need to come out of lala land 

JoInfo
JoInfo

@telaros I love the gaming industry. And I do support it when the price is right. I'm just trying to give people an honest insight into the mind of someone who does pirate. Yes, there are risks. But the reward reaps far greater profit.

Look at it this way, if there was an unattended "lemonade stand" on the side of the road selling video games, and there was a sign that said, "$50 per game." with a jar next to it, most people, simply being human, would either give themselves a huge discount, or just take the game for free altogether.

I'm not stopping what I do. Unless laws are changed that force me to stop. I'm truly sorry for what you might think of me.

ricemanstm
ricemanstm

@petez34 @JoInfo Yeah he / she / it did. Now the big question...is he/she/it really THAT stupid and asinine...or just an attention deprived troll looking for the limelight? :-)

JoInfo
JoInfo

@lingo56 I'm a PC gaming pirate because it SAVES money in the end. Sure you pay upwards of $1500 for a decent gaming rig. But that price doesn't even come close to paying $30 to $60 a piece for games, like Steam and console fools do.

lingo56
lingo56

@JFERNANDEZ84 @feathers632 You should be able to trade games you don't play anymore that are in your library. I'd love to trade games I don't play for some Dota 2 or TF2 items

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

@FlyingAce1016 I'm sure that's the real reason, and not that so long as Valve are the only ones selling a game with no used sales they can fix the prices and continue to monopolise PC gaming.

Hopefully it won't be a decision left up to Valve for much longer though

Wolfkcing
Wolfkcing

@JoInfo@telaros 

What risks? You mean downloading a virus? or the law slapping you down?  You're profiting? You've lost me.

Games cost a lot of money to make and have to be sold at more than $50+ in most cases. If you don't pay, then that company/lemonade stand goes under. Then you and the people have no one to go to for your lemonade. At least not AAA quality lemonade. But you may be fine with the non-innovative low budget garbage that results when companies are too scared to try anything new.

If a game is really good that the price "is right."

If a game truly sucks and asks for $50-$60 then just don't buy it.

petez34
petez34

@ricemanstm I'm pretty sure if he downloads for free he's immune to your lameass attempt at insulting him.

anigmha
anigmha

@JoInfo @lingo56 "I'm a PC gaming pirate because it DESTROYS the industry in the end."

There, fixed it for ya.

ricemanstm
ricemanstm

@JoInfo @lingo56 If you can't afford the games then find another hobby. And if you're spending $1500 to build a "decent" gaming rig, then I've got beautiful low mileage top of the line Yugo I'd LOVE to sell you.