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Fifth set of Steam Greenlight games greenlit: Anodyne, Distance, Organ Trail, and more

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Valve has announced the fifth set of games (opens in new tab) to be promoted from Steam Greenlight to Steam distribution. The service gives everyone with a game and $100 the chance to earn a Steam distribution deal—so far, 76 games have been greenlit, and 16 of those have been completed and released on Steam. The latest batch is below:

Surgeon Simulator 2013 will make a fantastic addition to the seemingly endless cavalcade of [MLG] Pro simulation videos (opens in new tab) . [Update: by "will make a fantastic addition" I clearly meant that someone already made one last month (opens in new tab) , which is like a year in internet time.]

While these developers should be proud of their accomplishment, Valve doesn't seem too proud of Greenlight: Gabe Newell recently called the experiment (opens in new tab) "a bottleneck rather than a way for people to communicate choice." He wants to go further (opens in new tab) , doing away with "artificial shelf space scarcity" entirely. We game in exciting times.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.