When people mention over the top comedic violence, the first game that comes to my mind is the Serious Sam series. Featuring aliens, ancient creatures and over the top weapons, the series made itself a landmark on the gaming landscape 15 years ago on March 21st, to celebrate the Serious Sam anniversary, the creators of Serious Sam, Croteam, is adding Steam trading cards to some of the games.
Released back in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter saw improved graphics and even the addition of new multiplayer modes. For example, the Second Encounter features 16-player cooperative play in the campaign while also boasting Survival modes and beast hunt modes.
What’s probably most confusing is that you can still buy the original Serious Sam games on Steam, but only the HD versions will be getting the Steam trading cards this month. If you feel like you need to see what all the fuss is about then don’t worry, as until the 22nd March you can get the Serious Sam Complete Pack for 90% off. That’s a reduction from £69.99 to only £6.99!! The pack includes both the original games, the HD remakes and the second and third games in the series alongside a bunch of DLC for several of the games.
So many good games to play this weekend with the likes of the Borderlands and Dead Rising series on sale, adding Serious Sam to the mix seems to just invite a very long gaming session with your friends, wouldn’t you agree?
Someone wrote to eTeknix today with information regarding a tutorial that claims to allow you to unlock every single Steam trading card for each of your games in just 2 minutes.
A guy who goes by the name of BigC90210 who belongs to ‘Northern Gamers UK’ has created a video that supposedly shows him unlocking every single trading card for all of his Steam games.
He says that by using a piece of software from GitHub called ‘idlemaster’ and by performing a few tricks, you can essentially get all your cards with no effort at all. Apparently, the program “uses a token” which connects to your account via a web browser and dupes the server into believing you’ve unlocked all of your cards.
A number of commenters beneath his video claim to have had success, with one or two who haven’t. Though, if it does work, and Valve find out about this, I guess it won’t be around much longer.
Valve are the creators of many industry leading gaming franchises, with Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress all offering some of the finest gaming experiences that the PC (and now in many cases also consoles) has to offer, now they’re about to expand that experience into a whole new area!
Steam have officially announced their Trading Cards Beta, something we actually caught a rumour of the other day after someone hacked the Steam Database, looks like he was telling the truth after all, the only difference is, we had no idea what Steam Cards were at the time, now we know exactly what they are.
With the growth of services such as Steam and Source, we can now celebrate in the glory of Steam Trading Cards, a new service that is set to reward gamers for doing what they do best, playing games.
“Released in beta today, Steam Trading Cards allows customers to earn Steam rewards for playing the games they love. Those who participate will receive game-specific trading cards that can be collected to earn rewards such as game badges, profile backgrounds, emoticons, coupons, and more.” – Valve
Participating titles include:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Team Fortress 2
Personally I’m immediately thinking there are now more ways of trading hats in TF2, but only time will tell if the cards will prove anywhere near as popular as those crazy hats!
Picking through the Steam Database is a great way of finding games that have yet to be released on the service, of course you can’t download them but its a system that has leaked a few titles and their release dates in the past with great success. Yet something different has turned up this week, it’s not a game, but a possible service and that service is called Steam Trading Cards.
This could be so many things that it’s hard to pin down what it could be. Stream already has services in place with games like Team Fortress 2 and hat trading, so it could be something to do with Stream Gifts and a way of trading these in the physical world, of course that could be anything from a mobile app to a physical printed card, who knows. I highly doubt Valve are working on a trading card game, eg; Magic The Gathering, it just doesn’t fit well with their company ideals.
However, there is one interesting thing that was dug up by a very keen eyes redditor, who has an incredible memory to boot! An old forum post from Valve employee John Cook was posted back on 2011 about something similar where he said:
“As all the feedback is evidence for, this is just the start of a lot more Steam client updates involving both Trading and the Steam Community / Friends list. There are too many good ideas to list, but it’s worth calling out a few items we want to address in the next release(s):
Better tools for finding & starting trades
Trading of CD-Keys
Trading of real world currency
More friends lists features, including more tagging
More games hooked up to trading”
Its always cool to hear that new features could be coming to steam and given that Steam was met with so much caution and concern when the services was first launched, it’s cool to see that “in Gabe we trust”, what ever they plan to do with this new card system, I can’t wait to try it out.