Help Games Get On Steam With The Steam Greenlight Program

By Ishaan . September 2, 2012 . 3:30pm

Steam Greenlight is a new initiative where fans are allowed to vote for games they’d like to see made available on the Steam service. Game makers can submit their games to the Greenlight program, beyond which its in the hands of fans votes to make it happen.


You can access the Steam Greenlight page here. Two games caught my eye in the Greenlight section this past week. The first is a neat game titled Melody’s Escape (above), which sounds like Bit. Trip Runner, except your own music library is used to generate stages and obstacles.


The other is MangaGamer’s Go Go Nippon. Visual novel fans might want to vote for that, since getting a game onto Steam has been one of the goals for English-language visual novel publishers like JAST USA and MangaGamer for quite a while.

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  • Ryos

    I know visual novel sales aren’t exactly lighting up the charts but not allowing them on Steam isn’t helping matters any.   When the site seems to be working, I’ll check it out.

    • Zeromus321

      I actually used to consider VN’s stupid and something I would never play, this was mainly due to things I had heard online.
      But then I read the Visual Novel “Fate-Stay Night” based on a friend’s recommendation…. and I was blown away, it was one of the best stories I have ever read and it had an amazing cast of characters to back it up. And personally the universe was one of the most unique I had ever seen. So I will probably be checking this out as well.

      • Azuku

        I’d recommend Tsukihime over Go! Go! Nippon! if you haven’t read it and want something in the same vein as Fate. After Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya is a (sort of) continuation of the story. GGN isn’t bad or anything… but It’s no Fate.

        • Zeromus321

          Thanks for the recommendation, I appreciate it. I will check it out when I have the time.

  • Barrylocke89

    Apparently La Mulana is also a “candidate”. And you can bet your butt that I voted for it.

    • alundra311

      Isn’t La-Mulana already available on Playism?

      • Barrylocke89

        Yes it is, and I’ve already purchased it there. But a game like this really deserves exposure, and Steam can be pretty good about exposure.

  • DesmaX

    Talking about VN’s on steam, Analogue: A Hate Story is available on Indie Royale: 

    It’s one of those “pay whatever price you want”

  • Lazulis

    Time to spend lots of time on Steam for other reasons. 

    Oooh, Octodad…Doctor Who?!

    Hmm, this percentage system they give you when you rate up…I wonder just how many need to rate it up. Yogscast’s game is nominated as well, and it was only…%3 of the necessary support? Hmm…

  • Azuku

    I was really looking forward to this idea when I heard about it a couple months ago. Unfortunately, It’s sort of a mess right now. People submitting works they don’t own the rights to thinking it’s a wishlist or something, coupled with the massive influx of additions make it sort of overwhelming. I really hope it settles into something useful.

    I do like the people making comments like “This isn’t the sort of game that should be on Steam”, as if the entire purpose of this thing isn’t to find games that would be overlooked because of that very mentality!

  • SirRichard

    Melody’s Escape looks absolutely gorgeous and I’d love to see what it’d put out from some of the weirder stuff in my music collection. It’s only got 2% of the ratings it needs, fellas, give it the love!

    • malek86

      Valve said the percentages right now are not particularly indicative of anything, because they first need to understand what kind of traffic they can expect.

      I guess when they will get a vague idea of how much people will use the service, they’ll adjust the needed percentages accordingly.

  • malek86

    There is a lot of stuff that deserves to be voted, although also a lot of stuff that should be removed outright. I’m afraid the service is a bit rugged on the corners right now, hopefully they’ll make it better with time.

    I did already vote for a few games though.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

     I had a look at it the other day and when I saw the yogscast game there I was like, “ooh it’s nice to see this here” then I read the comments and it was full of immature people claiming the game is too childish looking (graphically) to have any place on Steam and was just a terrible Minecraft clone that doesn’t deserve existence. I’m sorry but where in the rules of Steam does it say games have to look mature?

    The greenlight program seems good on paper but I feel that too many good looking games will miss out on the opportunity to appear on Steam because of narrow-minded people.

    Then again what do I know.

    • Man, I agree with this. I personally kickstarted the Yogventures game because I look forward to it as a game, but the people on the comments page act like their downvotes will suddenly cause it to not exist.

      Of course, I find it even sadder that great games like La Mulana and Towns have only a small small percentage of votes for them. Towns especially, since it’s comments are all filled with the same “it’s a Minecraft clone, DOWNVOTE” mentality.

      • KHSoraKeyBlade

        I actually saw Towns there and it has quite the following. I know the internet will always hate but the users of Steam need to realise that games take inspirations from somewhere and will always be similar to something. I mean even the Towns description has “Drawing inspiration from games such as Diablo, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress” written there xD

        I actually found out about the Yogventures kickstarter project after it had finished, didn’t it make over $500,000 or something? I think it offers far more than Minecraft can ever offer. There is clearly inspiration from the game and based on their Youtube videos who can blame them xD

  • TrevHead

    There’s a couple of Doujins on there

    Bunny Must Die & Eryi’s Action

  • LynxAmali

    I’m laughing at the comments on Go Go! Nippon’s page.


  • Guest

    EDIT: Grah. Double Post.

    What the hell?

  • $36598391

    everything on that list sounds like they are indie games

    I was hoping to see some good PC rpgs i could vote for…

    • Doctor Nebula

      Well games by bigger companies would cost a lot more money to get onto Steam.

    • DesmaX

      Well, Greenlight is just for titles Steam is not sure if they would release.

      Bigger RPG’s (like you’re taliking) woudn’t need to pass Grennlight approval

  • I want Sudeki to be available on Steam. I know it’s a long shot BUT I REALLY WANT TO REPLAY IT AGAIN! I have like two copies of the xbox version but no original xbox. :( PLEASE SUDEKI!

    • Göran Isacson

      But… was that game even released for PC to begin with?

      • Yeah, it was later ported to PC in 2005.

  • PoweredByHentai

    Hmm, seems like the Steam servers are down.  Nothing on steampowered works whether I’m accessing it from my browser or from the Steam client itself.

    •  You could imagine why because over 300k people are tuning in to watch TI2

      • PoweredByHentai


  • Greenlight sounds like it might be a good idea, but so far, it’s been rather terrible. Sure, there’s some great games to vote on– but finding them at this point is highly difficult without specific recommendations.

    They really need to give you a way to clean up the “to vote for” list that isn’t just genre filters… Or at least remove games from your personal list that you don’t want vote on.

    • PoweredByHentai
      • Locklear93

        Yeah, the fan developers working on Fighting is Magic (MLP fighting game that actually got shown at EVO) had to tweet that they’re absolutely NOT doing that, and to report anything that looks like their work on Greenlight.

      • Yeah, there’s been a few of those too, though I haven’t seen any– the worst I’ve seen was someone actually begging for people to send them money. That was literally all the listing was.

        Really, it’s kinda sad, cause it goes to show there isn’t a ton of quality control going into this, either…

  • James Smith

    There aren’t many quality games around the greenlight yet and many are still unfinished, a good VN ready to go has a lot going for it.

    It can be the beginning of something bigger, more games could follow too, and steam would grow and offer a wider array of options. It still has room to improve for the genre and japanese games in general.

  • We are one step closer to hv the “;” series/VNs on Steam…… 

  • Zeonsilt

    This is awesome new feature.
    Voted for Nippon.
    p.s.”This game has attained 0% of necessary positive ratings so far” . I wonder how many votes it needed x_x.

  • WingsOfEternity

    As much as I’d like to see more officially localized VNs, I’m not gonna upvote this. It’s pretty obvious that this game is mostly for looking at some cute anime girls(no H-scenes though!) and has no real plot when they could get some real gems (type-Moon stuff with no H-scenes?)up on Steam.

    • Scrooge_McDuck

      It’s not like this game’s inclusion would automatically exclude a good VN out there, though. Also, showing interest to the genre in general should actually raise the chance of a real gems getting in.

      At the very least, this one has educational value.

      • WingsOfEternity

        As one of the first VNs that could potentially make it on to Steam, this game just won’t do. It can’t prove to the Steam community that VNs can tell great stories and aren’t just crap/porn. Well that’s just my opinion  and I doubt it will make it anyway looking at the comments on the page.

        • Scrooge_McDuck

          But isn’t that backwards? The goal is not using Steam to convince the community that VNs can tell great stories. It’s to convince Steam that we, as a community, would like to see VNs there in the first place.

          Having a good filter is fine and all, but the gate isn’t even open yet.

    • Zeromus321

      The problem with that is no Type-Moon stuff is localized by any actual western localization company’s. The only translations are fan-translations found on the internet you apply to the VN yourself.
      The reason for this is Type-Moon wants a heinous amount of money for any of their works to be officially localized by a western company. The same goes for many other great VN Developers like KEY.
      So the majority of the time JAST and manga-gamer just localize any VN’s they can get their hands on…. So I’m gonna up-vote it so Manga-Gamer can get some income from steam and possibly do Official localizations of great VN’s like Fate-Stay Night and Clannad.

  • Stranger On The Road

    hummm, I am surprised by the number of western VNs! Didn’t expect to find that many!

    now, how about JAST adding Yo-Jin-Bo ~ The Bodyguards and Aselia the Eternal as well!

  • Kai2591

    I voted for Go Go Nippon. Anything to help the Japanese games industry ;)
    It seems informative about Japan too in addition to being a VN, so I might get it if gets to Steam, since I wanna know more about Japan. Playing a game and being educated at the same time is a win-win.

  • Mazdian

    Went and voted for a couple of games. Hopefully Steam doesn’t set the bar too high.

    • Daru Titor

       I’ve voted for quite a few as well, one of them was a dating sim.
      Fortunately, GGN is not one of them.(It’s not buying cause it’s pretty short)

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