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This is a post about Greenlight

Posted on September 10th, by Jordan Rivas in Video Games. 2 comments

Jonas Kyratzes is a serious game developer, and a good one.

He has the right to criticize Valve for charging a $100 submission fee for Steam’s Greenlight program. Valve has the right to ignore him. Valve has the right to charge whatever they like for their service, and developers have the right to partake or not, criticize or praise.

Fellow developers and spectators have the right to assert Jonas is not a serious game developer because he does not have — through profits from prior art, or otherwise — $100 to spend on a game’s budget. They are wrong, but they can assert whatever opinion they like.

Regarding Valve’s decision, many people have asserted all sorts of things, called each other all sorts of names. At a glance it seems petty, and mean, and fiercely personal. This issue has stoked flames of personal identity. But moreover, it has caused contention about group identity, reminding us the latter will often be argued over with greater fervency than the former.


Greenlight is a selection process. Steam users can vote and comment on submitted indie games, and the reactions are tracked to highlight the games generating the most interest.

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