Valve launches community game guide

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Steam platform plays host to user-generated walkthroughs; company reconsidering L4D2 Oz

PC games maker and digital distribution leader Valve Software has unveiled its user-generated games FAQ service, Steam Guides.

Designed to eventually provide gamer-written guides to all of the titles available on Steam, the company's digital distribution platform, Steam Guides already boasts nearly 1,300 user-generated contributions.

"Whether you're stuck on a certain puzzle or looking to find all the hidden secrets in a level, there's probably a guide to help you through," explains the company.

"And if there isn't, try your own hand at creating one to help others."

Gamers will be able to access the guides without leaving their game via Steam's overlay interface to save stressed out players from exiting their game to find answers online.

The fully-fleshed guides platform allows for pictures and features a community rating scheme to allow users to find the best walkthroughs and tips on offer.

This new feature moves Steam towards a goal of becoming a holistic gaming platform and comes as the company increasingly makes its move towards challenging the dominance of home consoles under the TV with its micro-PC offerings.

Additionally, legal changes in Australia's games rating system that allow for adult-only titles may have opened up the opportunity for Valve to pitch its gruesome zombie FPS to the region.

"We have been exploring the options here and what we can legally do," commented company bigwig Chet Faliszek.

"We will have more information on this when we understand the issues fully and how we are moving forward but don't worry any cost associated with it doesn't worry us, this is something we want to do."


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