You’re telling me I can get Subnautica for 25% off? Greeeeeeeeeat
The annual Autumn Steam sale has begun and it sure looks dire. Not only is it kicking right off the bat with some early access garbage, but this sale is lacking some features many have come to regard as standard. These missing features include the flash sales, community picks, and lightning deals. These compromises were made for the sale’s theme, exploration, which roughly translates to “haha fuck you, find the deals!” There’s not even any trading cards, which seems like an odd thing to not include considering how much they’ve played into past sales.
As I mentioned, the deals themselves aren’t even that great, though that could change as the sale progresses, and in the end the deals are what matters the most. Still, it’s a little disheartening to see Steam’s idea of a sale this year amount to “whatever, put a shark on here and tell them to find the deals,” considering the one thing you could always expect from Steam sales was some weird meta game. It just seems low effort.
If you’re like me and you wanted to go and buy someone a copy of Bad Rats their morning, only to find that the Steam storefront was down, well, here’s the reason why.
Last week, a vulnerability allowed others access to your account provided they had your username. This was done from a loophole in the password request system. It’s since been fixed (hence the downtime earlier), but the exploit may have been available since the 21st.
There is some good news. Valve seems to be able to detect who may have been effected, and will be issuing password resets to those impacted. Also, if you had Steam Guard enabled, then you should be fine, as it’s a two-step process based on hardware. Still, that would only impact someone’s ability to log in, and passwords for those with Steam Guard may have been modified.
The new policy will allow Steam users to submit refund requests on nearly any purchase made through the store, with a few restrictions. Pre-orders, games, DLC, and bundles are all eligible, provided you have submitted the request within two weeks of the purchase and have less than two hours of play time (combined across all titles in the case of a bundle.) Looks like I won’t be able to get my money back on Day Z.
There are some exceptions, notably that movies are not eligible for a refund, and neither are games in which you’ve been VAC banned. Any money you’ve added to your Steam wallet through pre-loaded cards, and Steam keys purchased through third parties are also unable to be refunded.
Still, it’s better than the previous standing policy of “well, that sucks.”
Mike Maulbeck, one of the heads of the tiny studio developing Paranautical Activity, a game I have in my Steam library for some reason, has gotten himself into hot water after posting some CON-TRO-VERSIAL tweets!!!