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Steam Community getting big overhaul

Valve is introducing an array of community updates to Steam.

Valve is giving the community side of its digital distribution service Steam a big overhaul, as it has revealed new features over the last four days.

On day one it announced Game Hubs, which work as the nucleus for fans of individuals video games to share their screenshots and videos, read news, download workshop items and engage in discussions. Content is rated by players so that all the best stuff can easily be accessed and the discussions mean gamers do not have to traipse through the Steam forums to talk about their favourite titles.

Day two saw the unveiling of Group Updates. This is giving the community created groups an overhaul with a new layout so that it is easy to see who's in it, what it's about and what the group has been up to recently.  Each group now has their own discussion area for private or public debate with moderators having complete control to shape the forum as they see fit. They will now also have the ability to list their favourite games and set a default language.

Valve then announced improvements to My Content Updates on day three. This is the area where all the content you create can be put in one easy to access place, making it easy to show off to other gamers and manage. Steam users will also now be able to favourite content created by other people so that it can easily be found again at a later date and shared with friends.

Lastly, day four saw an update with the Friend Activity section, which is entirely dedicated to what users' friends are getting up to in a very rich and interactive feed that allows them to rate and comment on almost everything. Much like Facebook, gamers will be able to leave status updates to brag about their achievements or ask for help and advice from friends. They will even be able set nicknames for friends so they can easily tell who they are.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801431596-ADNFCR