One of the negative things I see is that it's really just going to move the discussion away from the steam site and to kickstarter or some other fund raising platform. The process for devs will be basically the same, except instead of getting votes from people on steam who say they would buy the game, they will be getting 'votes' from people funding their kickstarter campaign to pay to be on steam. Another downside for that for devs is that steam recently updated their rating system so that games purchased through kickstarter and the like don't count in the product rating system anymore, making even the most popular games purchased through kickstarter and not directly through steam get much less exposure on the actual steam site.
That's exactly what I thought when I read the article. Small developers will need to raise the money somehow. I instantly was trying to figure out how I will get my game on steam and realizing that I might have to raise funds, and that kickstarter might be what I resort to using to do that.
[quote:27wvifyg]The firm says it wants to find a balance between allowing struggling but talented creators to launch great new games, while discouraging multiple launches of questionable quality and seriousness.
The issue I have with this comment, is that in a lot of cases talented creators get unfairly judged in the eyes of others that don't know how to recognize such talent or don't understand where their talent comes from, thus can't identify it. I've seen many cases where a game is under-appreciated just because of how it looks or what it entails, etc. A lot of times, if not all the time, the creators behind the products are not considered at all! If they really want to do what they are saying, then they need to be looking at the creators themselves and not the games they are making.
I'm extremely tired of having to fight my way to try and succeed my entire life- putting in all the endless hours advancing my talent, while constantly being overlooked, etc. At the end of it all, do they really care about me personally, or are they just caring about what I'm capable of? Can't they be more concerned about my potential and help me grow instead?