It's Review Time

Week 1

My first two entries are starting off on what I love the most in my, and many's spare time . . . VIDEO GAMES!

A game page from steam
The top of the page showing the game
The top of the page after showing the game

Steam

Steam is an online website that provides computer gamers with a simple way to buy computer compatible games. It was developed by Valve and the much joke inducing, Gaben. These two websites are currently in a bit of competition because of prices and developer rights each company gives. But this isn't entirely about that. The Steam website isn't a main concern compared to the apps they provide. In my opinion I feel better using the website more than the computer app. It's more cleaner looking without the overlay but the only problem is that this is mostly used as an advertisement for the computer app. When I first came to this website I was confused on how you were supposed to play the games you buy. Of course, this was when I was younger and much has changed. I never noticed the green install button at the top. It's relatively small compared to the rest of the screen. Otherwise, the layout is pretty great. When you first come on the website you get a preview of a popular game people are playing. I'd assume it's based off of the amount of people who bought that game, but who knows. Below that you some games that are coming out soon or payed to ad "featured" games. Then you get to the special offers, creators, popular VR games, browsing and offers. Each thing is one after another. When you click on the game at the top it takes you directly to the games page. You get a video of gameplay with many screenshots to interest you. Everything here is also in order, so the next thing would be where you buy it. The updates, and the About, the requirements, reviews, and much more information you'd want to see. Going back to the home page the game you click on goes away seeing as you already saw it and aren't interested anymore. Overall, the website is functional and responsive to how big you make your browser. The information stays in place and doesn't go across the screen to where you can barely read it. There are at least four different menus, but they are explained well enough to understand what you're looking for. The problems come in when you make the browser smaller to the "phone" size. The blue menu at the top becomes way too large, but you only really see them unless you scroll up on your phone. Likewise, the font becomes a little too small when you want to search the FAQ or ask look for steam support.

My time in portia game page
The games shown are in a pussle piece layout
This is the top of the page

EpicGames | store

The competitor!! Not to long ago Epic Games announced the were making their own online store and by far I think it's much better than Steam visibility and ethical wise. I first went on here because a friend told me they were giving these "big" name games for free. I mean, who doesn't love free games? Anyways, they're giving the away a new one every two or so weeks so that will give them the much sought after traffic every company wants. Especially, after their most blow up game which is Fortnite that, like myself, aren't interested in. But, The Epic Games Store is almost entirely dedicated to games. There is no community profile or overlay. It has only been a month or so that it started so I'd expect it to happen in the future but at the moment it's an easy "buy and play". Of course there is some downsides to being brand new and having majority of your traffic be children. One little glitch and they're "torches and pitchforks", which leads to the reviews being bad. I love the simplicity of the sight so much. It's so much eye pleasing than the Steam store by far. There is only one menu at the top with everything you want to look into. Everything is aligned scrolling down, just like Steam, but it's game after game. The free ones, the featured, the mod editors then the footer. The featured games have both the price and the creator before you even click on it so you know who the dev's are. Once you click on the game you want, it takes you through all the previews and screenshots scrolling down. And while you scroll you can see the price follow you instead of having to scroll back up. The first thing you see is the developer-made description instead of having someone at the company do it themselves which gives the developers more freedom. The also include the social media of said developers which greatly improve their following. You get the system requirements and the age restriction in a large image so parents can see what type of game they're buying. The website is very responsive no matter the size you make it. The menu slide's into the corner. The games become one after another instead of the "puzzle" style. The mod editors size down to two on each line and all of the information is neat. The only thing, which I thought was a problem at first, was the free games at the top. I thought it was cutting the image off because it was too big, but it's actually kind smart. That was the only part that move on the page which I thought was kinda cool.

Phone version of the Epic games store
Phone version of steam
Final Thoughts:

I think Steam's website is much better to use than the computer app but I can see why the app is validated due to more app "sales" and "interaction". Plus the only way to play the games you get is through the app so you kinda have to deal with that mess. Valve's store is a hybrid. It's more of a shop/ social media platform, and I'm not really interested in being friends with people when I'm playing. Although, in comparison to Steam I do personally like the Epic's layout more. It's simple and clean. You can see here that I didn't talk about the app. That is because the app matches the website pretty well compared to the other one and I don't really have a problem with it.