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Steam lets you see how much you spent so far, among other changes

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Steam's sweet spot

As much as I love Steam's new changes, the decision to check how much you've spent on Valve's digital distribution platform definitely isn't everyone's cup of tea. Not gamers mind you, because most of us like not being treated like numbers.

Let's face it, who doesn't like honesty when it comes to conducting of any sort of business? Well, it's usually analysts and "economists" who tend to heavily favour big corporation at the expense of the Great Unwashed.

Indeed, the first backlashes seem to have come from the financial sector, since giving consumers an overview of their spending habits is not something that sector deems a particularly smart. In their financially twisted minds, Steam is making a move that has an extremely high likelihood of negatively impacting their profits.

It's not hard to see where this is coming from, seeing as how casinos around the world have been doing it for a while now - keeping them in the dark, both figuratively and literally. Players leaving because they've realised it's sunup? Shut the shades, remove daylight, fixed. And to be fair, it works like a charm, albeit not in favour of the poor sods whose addictions have bought many yachts around the world, many times over. Don't kill the golden goose and all that.

Unfortunately for them, the gaming industry has grown into a formidable economic beast that, unlike standard manufacturing or service-based industries, heavily relies on ethics. As you can expect, ethics isn't something Wall Street is famous for, making their fear of Steam's transparency quite understandable.

Thankfully, our lord and saviour GabeN has still got our backs in the transparency department and I for one am not ashamed to say I love him and Valve for it. I'm quite certain that this last round of changes on Steam will not only not negatively impact profits, although I wouldn't go as far as to say it will drive them upwards. Having said that, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they did.

Spoof image of Gabe Newell in wildfire throwing discounts around And GabeN delivered us from evil!

Whether Wall Street can understand that gamers don't like being lied to is not a debate I'm willing to have with the sector whose non-transparent actions almost ground the entire planet to a halt just a few years back. Now I'm way past caring about the fate of the world but I will say this - leave Steam alone.