In the thirteenth episode, we discuss Valve’s community driven Steam Awards. No Man’s Sky’s have announced their Foundation Update and Ubisoft’s new approach to extended content.

Sid, Joseph and Brian sit down to discuss their nominations for Valve’s Steam Awards. Unlike most awards, Valve have opted to allow the community to decide on the winners in unconventional categories. Awards for “Best Use of a Farm Animal” and “Just Five More Minutes” have allowed any game to be nominated. We go through each of the categories and discuss our individual selections for the awards. Consequently, their choices spark up some surprises as we learn more about each other.

In a slow week of news, No Man’s Sky developers, Hello Games, have finally resurfaced after over 9 weeks of little to no communication with their customers. With the 1.1 release, titled the Foundation Update, comes the addition of new games modes, Base Building, new materials, freighters and farming. As a result, controvery has started as previous issues including interface problems, combat, and multiplayer features have yet to be addressed. It appears that they’ve been working on features without delivering the original game that was promised. With some new features looking promising, there’s a lot of cynicism. However Joe is adamant on supporting Hello Games and hopes they deliver a game that Hello Games can be proud of.

Other side topics include how Geralt of Rivia sounds like the most bored man in the entire world and how Ubisoft seem to be doing their best to become a better consumer-friendly company.

 

The No Man’s Sky debacle is so close to being over, but alas, terrible people, they linger. The Steam refunds policy is a fairly recent update, following EU law in regards to digital products. And of course, Joseph has some beef with some terrible people.

Valve’s rules clearly state that if the purchase was made within two weeks and you’ve played less than two hours of the game, you’re entitled to a refund. Recent posts on Reddit, blogs and other sites have shown that Valve seem to have been offering refunds to user with well over 14 hours, in some cases 100 hours of gameplay. Is this wrong? Joseph believes that the outrage of No Man’s Sky is unnecessary.  He takes the stance that these gamers are terrible people for their level of entitlement.

On the other hand, Sid takes the stance that maybe, these terrible people aren’t wrong and perhaps in this particular case they should be able to get a refund, to an extent.