Valve has announced that Steam, their digital distribution service, has officially received the “Greenlight” community feedback feature. Known as the Steam Greenlight, the service enables Steam users to look through and vote on which games come to Steam first or whether they deserve to be on Steam at all. It's literally putting the power back into the hands of players.

Valve's Anna Sweet commented in the press release about the Greenlight, saying...
"We've been working on this feature for the last few months with the input from a group of indie partners, and the response has been extremely positive," ... "With the additional help of beta testers, we are able to launch with a solid line-up of titles for the community to start viewing and rating. And, as we've done with all Steam features, we intend to continually grow and modify Greenlight as more and more developers and community members have a chance to get involved."

All I have to say is that a lot of the games currently awaiting the greenlight look amazing. And a few are pretty much the same sort of games we've covered here before:

Miasmata, the first-person tropical survival game, it's on the Greenlight page.

Project Giana, the new-school 3D side-scrolling platform game, it's on the Greenlight page.

Slender: Source, the redo of the highly popular Slender horror-survival game, it's on the Greenlight page.

Guerrilla Bob, the isometric shooter that brings back arcade shooting with colorful graphics, it's on the Greenlight page.

There are also a ton of other cool games that I wish were on Steam but currently aren't. The fact that these games are awaiting approval basically means that Valve was just a little overwhelmed and couldn't get around to some of these titles. I mean, check out Saturday Morning RPG, this game better be on Steam soon so that I can throw money at the screen and the screen can eat it!

Now I know most people don't care about voting because it feels pointless and that whoever you vote for in other avenues and institutions in life usually results in them jamming a figurative rod up your butt with wasteful spending, budgets for social programs getting slashed, and the education system going down the drain faster than Lindsay Lohan's credibility as a Hollywood starlet. However, in this particular case, voting works because Valve is for the people and the people just want good games. So do your part and vote for the good games that you want to play.

Register now, vote like a gamer.

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