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Steam players can now earn coupons for new games by playing old ones

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I thought this might be of interest to people heavily invested in steam.

Steam will release a new beta feature within its service called Steam Trading Cards according to an announcement from the company. The trading cards integrate with a handful of Valve titles at launch, and players that collect the cards will be able to use them to earn coupons as well as profile backgrounds and other items to augment their Steam experience.

The launch titles that will generate trading cards to collect include Don't Starve, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, Portal 2 and Half-Life 2. When players get a particular set of cards they can craft them into a game badge to get “marketable items” like emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons for things like game discounts or DLC. The badges can then be upgraded, or “leveled up,” by collecting the same set again.

The info page states that half of any card set is dropped during game play while the other half is “earned through collecting prowess.” Badges contribute to a player’s “Steam Level,” and as that number rises players get account-bound items including extra friend list slots.

Interested parties can join the beta now via the Steam Trading Cards Group. Valve states that the trading card feature will slowly roll out to other titles over the coming months.
Source: Ars Technica

Link: Steam Trading Cards

You have to sign up to the group and wait for an invite e-mail to the beta program before you can start. I think i'm probably number 60,000 in the queue, so I won't be joining any time soon unless anyone here has spare invites.
 
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Sweet, free games!
 
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I don't understand the badge/achievement obsession. This just makes me think of that.
 
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all I can think of
 
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I don't understand the badge/achievement obsession. This just makes me think of that.
I personally like it because of the feeling of achievement, and something to work for in the game.
 
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I personally like it because of the feeling of achievement, and something to work for in the game.
Shouldn't a game be designed to be rewarding without needing external attachments.
 
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consider this, for a sandbox game with no instructions (minecraft), the achievements can guide the player or even make them aware that a certain feature/location/enemy/weapon exists

the worst achievements are 'collect 10, 100, 1,000 items', those would be plain stats (which some people like anyway, but dont belong as achievements)

as for this steam thing, even if you're not into achievements or they dont entice you to play, you will start playing to 'earn' things (like they did that one holiday sale, i earned lots of dlcs & full games instead of buying)
 
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essentially the bonuses they do for holiday sales just all the time.
 
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Shouldn't a game be designed to be rewarding without needing external attachments.
What does achievements in games have to do with Steam putting this in to give away games?

either way, lets put it this way, some games you can play and set a goal, lets say BF3, you want a specific weapon, or a KDR, or some other stat. Multiplayer games (FPS/MMO) are pretty easy to set goals in, it's a game of a competitive nature. But single player games, not somuch, you always got the default goal of beating the game, but what else? Explore everything? If you look at many of these achievements in games (especially SP), lots are discovering certain types of easter eggs that you might have never even known existed. Or doing things in a way that is out of the ordinary, but then you realize that way has some sort of reference to pop culture.

Putting these things in gets people to not just play the game to beat it, but to explore the world, and try weird things. Or at the very least, push their ability.

I beat both GoW I and II and did Challenge of the Gods/Challenge of the Titans. I did this on PS3 and got the Trophies for it all. And that was some of the most challenging gameplay I have ever come across, but when I beat it (despite the trophy), I felt a great sense of accomplishment, and I probably would have never even tried those challenges out if the trophy had not existed.
 
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anyone get in yet? i did and have 3 invites to spare :O :O :O
 

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I activated the opt-in for steam betas to be able to take part in this, but so far, nothing. :\
Sweet, free games!
Uhh...no. Free customization items for your stuff, like the profile page...or coupons.
anyone get in yet? i did and have 3 invites to spare :O :O :O
Cool, may I have one, please?
Thank you! :)
 

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this seems a lot like a members rewards program! very cool.
 
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1 invite left :eek:
 
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Thanks again, AlienIsGOD! :respect: