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Right now, there are close to 4,000 games available on Steam. Do you have the time to sort through all of them to find the few that you’ll enjoy? I know I don’t. Even with the search feature, it can be hard to determine which games are worth playing. That’s where Steam Curators come into play.

Recently, Steam users gained the ability to make public game recommendation lists, effectively turning them into content curators. As a user, you can follow individual curators and their recommendations will pop up on your Steam home page and community feed.

The top curators are prominently displayed on the Steam Curators page, but we’re not interested in them. There are a handful of other lesser-known curators (who have fewer than 1,000 followers) who also provide quality lists that are worth checking out.

GameMaker: Studio

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GameMaker long held a reputation as a game development tool 5 Free Game Development Software Tools To Make Your Own Games 5 Free Game Development Software Tools To Make Your Own Games Have you ever wanted to create that game that's been bubbling in your mind for years? What if I told you that the possibility wasn't all that farfetched? The past decade has seen some massive... Read More for hobbyists only. That is, until Hotline Miami exploded onto the scene in 2012 and legitimized GameMaker as a tool capable of creating high-quality games that people would pay money to play.

Since then, we’ve seen plenty of follow-up “GameMaker success stories” in the form of Nidhogg, Gunpoint, Risk of Rain, and others.

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If you’re a GameMaker enthusiast, whether as a developer or a player, then this list will be of interest to you. It’s a collection of Steam games that were created using GameMaker, which should give you a better idea of what it’s actually capable of making.

Oculus Compatible

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There’s no doubt that the Oculus Rift is going to change the gaming landscape 5 Oculus Rift Demos That Will Blow Your Mind 5 Oculus Rift Demos That Will Blow Your Mind Forget the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One - I've seen the future of gaming, and it is neither of them. The Oculus Rift is amazing - and with $16 million in fresh funding, the... Read More . Virtual reality is the next frontier and we’ve only seen the surface of what will be available to us a few years down the road.

If you’re hyped for the Rift, then you’ll want to follow this list for sure. It’s a collection of games that currently support the device or plan to support it at a later time. Play them now and experience the wow-factor for yourself.

Overlooked Indie Games

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The indie gaming scene saw a massive renaissance starting in 2010, which can likely be attributed to the timely release of fast-paced development environments like XNA, UDK, and Unity. Nowadays, with prevalent use of cross-platform libraries like HaxeFlixel and LibGDX, anyone can make a dazzling indie game in no time at all.

Which introduces a problem: too many indie gems fall through the cracks, never receiving the attention they might’ve deserved. Everyone knows about Spelunky and The Binding of Isaac. What other indie games are worth playing? That’s why this list exists.

Scott Manley

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You may know him as the YouTube personality who loves all manner of space games, including EVE Online 5 Reasons To Give Eve Online A Second Chance 5 Reasons To Give Eve Online A Second Chance Over the past few years CCP Games have made changes to help newbies dig into Eve’s massive universe, and they’ve paid off. Read More , Xenonauts 6 Of The Hardest, Most Unforgiving Strategy Games Ever 6 Of The Hardest, Most Unforgiving Strategy Games Ever Ready to distinguish yourself from the masses? Here are some of the toughest strategy games ever designed. Try mastering all of them. Read More , and Kerbal Space Program Steam Early Access: These 5 Games Are Worth Buying Early Steam Early Access: These 5 Games Are Worth Buying Early Would you like to play games before they're even released to the public? With Steam Early Access, you can! Read More . What you may not know is that Scott Manley also curates his own list of Steam games worth playing.

He’s an avid gamer with good taste, though most of his recommendations are biased towards space games, indie games, or otherwise quirky games. Still, you should check them out, and while you’re at it, you should also check out his YouTube channel.

Space Game Junkie

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For those who would rather live in space than on Earth, this list of recommendations will keep you busy with thousands of hours of space game content. What’s great about space games is that no two are ever really alike despite the similar atmosphere.

There are a few obvious picks here (such as FTL: Faster Than Light FTL: An Awesome Space Game Any Computer Can Run [MUO Gaming] FTL: An Awesome Space Game Any Computer Can Run [MUO Gaming] PC gaming is my preferred form of downtime, but I understand that’s a luxury. I find that habit affordable only because I upgrade my own system. If I didn’t have the time or knowledge to... Read More ) but there are some unfamiliar gems mixed into the bunch, and they’re surprisingly fun.

Turn-Based Strategy

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We love turn-based strategy games. We’ve recommended free turn-based strategy games 5 Popular Free Turn-Based Strategy Games 5 Popular Free Turn-Based Strategy Games The turn-based strategy genre has always been a niche, lacking the popularity of even real-time strategy, never mind first person shooters. Unfortunately, being niche means there are fewer free games to choose from, but some... Read More in the past, even ones that can be played from your browser 3 Excellent Turn Based Strategy Games Online 3 Excellent Turn Based Strategy Games Online So, if you're into fast-paced racing games, heart-pounding first person shooters, or edge-of-your-seat tower defense games, then you can click the back button now and find another article. This isn't that kind of article. Here,... Read More , but for the most part, the popularity of turn-based strategy tends to be outnumbered by the real-time genre 4 All-Time Classic 4X Games To Lose Yourself In 4 All-Time Classic 4X Games To Lose Yourself In If you are looking for a little more than just pointing and shooting or mindlessly blowing through hordes of enemies, strategy games, and specifically those of the 4X variety, are perfect for you. Read More .

And that’s why this list proves useful. It includes some of the best turn-based titles currently available on Steam, ranging from “the fan favorites to the easily overlooked”. If you have a turn-based itch that needs scratching, check this one.

Gaming On Linux

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One of the big myths of Linux 5 Lies Linux-Haters Like To Tell 5 Lies Linux-Haters Like To Tell Linux may have been a scary operating system before, but all of that has changed in recent years. These myths, which are more accurately called lies, are now dead. Read More is that it’s terrible for gaming. We’ve shown before how Linux can play AAA titles Linux Has More Than Just Indie Games: Top 8 Blockbuster Games Available Linux Has More Than Just Indie Games: Top 8 Blockbuster Games Available While it's true that Windows still has a better selection of games, there are plenty of "AAA" titles (the really big hits) that are already available under Linux. Read More and prospects continue to look up. With Valve investing itself in the operating system with SteamOS and Steam Machines Valve's 3 Big Announcements: Everything You Need To Know Valve's 3 Big Announcements: Everything You Need To Know Valve has announced its own OS, a new line of Steam Machines, and a controller. What does it mean for gaming? Read More , gaming on Linux has never been better.

This is a great list of games with strong Linux support, meaning that there’s a good chance you’ll be able to play without any hassle whatsoever even when you aren’t on Windows.

Choice and Consequence

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Back in 2012, Mass Effect 3 was slammed for deception 8 Disappointing Video Game Endings 8 Disappointing Video Game Endings Video games offer epic experiences with the power to excite, enthrall, and entertain. At least they do on occasion, when all of the various elements needed to turn a game from a mildly amusing distraction... Read More . Players were led to believe that their in-game actions would have a real impact on the overall narrative but the ending threw all of that out the window.

Are there any games where player decisions actually matter?

This list seeks to answer that question by focusing on “story-driven games with an element of choice and consequence,” which includes branching narratives, multiple endings, and meaningful decisions. If that’s the kind of gameplay you want, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

The Steam Curators program is barely one month old and it’s a long way from perfection, but it’s a fantastic concept that will only get better with time as long as Valve gives it the care and attention that it deserves. These lists are proof that the concept has value.

Do you think the curator program is good or bad? Which curators do you follow if any? Share with us in the comments below!

  1. max
    October 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Awesome! These all look really good.

    • Joel Lee
      October 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      I hope they prove helpful. :)

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