Much of what the steam mobile app does is available on their (unpublicized) mobile website http://store.steampo...bilestorefront/ which is really nice if you don't have one of them oh-so-trendy phones. The messaging feature however is part of the app, I think.
It's kind of funny, but the Steam Mobile app is actually better in many ways for Steam usage.
That's an interesting site! It's a less common occurrence today, but growing up, I used to get really pissed/disappointed when a game didn't have subtitles because that generally meant I wouldn't understand one damn thing about the storyline or even what I was supposed to do in the game.
One of the reasons I love Valve's games so much is that they pack their games full of subtitles - even including ambient noise (many games just have the dialogue subtitled). I really like the ambient noise subtitles because it gives me more of an idea of what kind of atmosphere I'm playing in - kind of like how hearing people can sometimes get really scared by horror movies because of all the noises going on in the background. Some people may think Valve can go a bit overboard with the subtitles, but I truly do appreciate them.
Thanks for those articles. In a similar vein there was this piece on Slate a short while back addressing subtitling and streaming video. A lot of subtitling is strictly aimed at language translation, so it surprises me when I see [door creaks] or [footsteps echoing]. The sad thing is how advancing technology can make things less accessible; before the CD-ROM/Multimedia revolution, everything important was written. I remember other discussions of ebook DRM impeding text-to-speech tools.
I love that site, its really well done and also they were behind this really well done article, how I found out about them myself,
Basically talks about how everyone is really just temporarily able bodied, Due being only one accident,or illness, or even just natural age before they also have issues with current games.
Also here is another good article http://www.gameinfor...it-matters.aspx this one talking about the button mashing segments of recent likes like God of War and Uncharted.
One of the worst things with the Kinect type future games as well. They totally ignore the fact that many people just can't make the gestures and voice commands they want.
Hear hear, especially bundle stuff that I didn't want.
I don't even need to sell them back if I could just trash some of the games in my library I'd be more than happy.