Steam Wallet Codes – Nothing is Free

Over the course of Steam’s existence, Valve has added a ton of features like the Steam Workshop, the Marketplace, forums, community groups, and everything else that make it the platform we know and love today. But the one service that seems to be getting a lot of attention on the web is the Steam Wallet. If you don’t know, the Steam Wallet is a digital wallet service similar to Paypal. Unlike Paypal, money in your Steam Wallet can’t be withdrawn, only deposited. And your Steam Funds can only be spent on through their platform. It’s basically a re-loadable Steam gift card. In fact, you can buy physical gift cards at some retailers with scrach-off codes that can be redeemed for Steam Wallet funds.

So why has the Steam Wallet garnered so much web attention? Primarily because of those Steam Wallet codes I just mentioned. Those codes have become a hot commodity among the Steam community. As a result, they are often used in trading and betting. Many groups have popped up offering free Steam Wallet funds in various forms. Some trying to mislead unsuspecting gamers into some sort of scam or trap. Others trying to persuade you to do something for them in exchange for the Steam Wallet code. Regardless of what it is, free is never free.

Usually those sites fall into one of three categories: Generators, Surveys, or Traffic Pyramids. Generators are probably the most common claim you’ll hear. I’ve TONS of different people saying the have this “Super Hacker Delux 2000 Steam Code Generator”. All you have to do is download a suspicious, likely harmful program and install it on your computer. Yeah, no. Stay far away from these phony programs. I’ve seen people advertise generators for the Xbox, Playstation, and PC. But I’ve never heard of a real one.

Surveys are another common system people use but, unlike generators, it might actually work. It depends heavily on which website you’re using. The basic idea with these websites is that somebody, somewhere, is trying to convince you to take an online survey in exchange for Steam Wallet codes. They do this because their job is to convince people to take these surveys. If you finish the survey, they get paid by the advertiser who runs the survey. The reason it’s fishy is because the person offering the Steam code could simply keep the code and the money he got from the advertiser. If you ever use a website or service like this, make sure its a trusted source.

Traffic pyramids are almost always fake, but a few have been known to actually be legitimate. This is a classic style of “website” used for advertising. They basically offer you a Steam Wallet code but only if you can send X amount of people to their website through your special link. Then they get people to click on their link and so on and so on. 99% of the time you won’t get a Steam code even if you do get enough people to click your link. Like I said, some have worked out for some people but I wouldn’t recommend trying them. It’s a big waste of time. Make sure no matter what you do out there on the internet, be safe, be aware, and never download anything unless it’s confirmed safe.

Review: Planet Coaster

You guys remember Rollercoaster Tycoon? Man, I used to spend hours on end playing that game. Something about building rides, keeping guests happy, and managing a theme park was just… awesome. There’s been a few games that tried to recapture the magic of Rollercoaster Tycoon, but none that really compared. That is, until the game studio Frontier developed Planet Coaster. Frontier aimed to create a modernized recreation of RCT while still staying true to the original.  They knocked it out of the park.

Planet Coaster is one part theme park builder, one part management game, and one part coaster simulator. If you’re looking to build a financially successful amusement park that will thrill your guests, it has that. If you’re looking to customize a theme park down to every last flower in your garden, it has that. If you’re looking to build custom coasters and ride them in first person when you’re done, of course it has that. Planet Coaster offers three types of game modes: Career, Creative, and Challenge. Career is a series of scenarios with specific goals you’ll have to achieve to move on. Creative allows you to build a park from scratch with unlimited money. In challenge mode, you’re given a limited amount of money and tasked with building a profitable park. Each mode provides a unique experience and they’re all quite enjoyable.

The game-play itself is very fun, though a little repetitive. For me, a lot of the enjoy comes from making creative parks. The game allows you access to every component in the prebuilt scenery items. You can use them and other tools to create custom scenery and props. You can get super detailed with your scenery and customize shops, rides, facilities, and really almost everything. However, if you’re not interested in the creative side of the game, you may not find Planet Coaster as appealing as I do. The career mode is a lot of fun and offers a lot of depth and challenge. The challenge mode, on the other hand, leaves me slightly disappointed. While every park starts out fun and challenging, it’s very easy to get to the point where money isn’t an issue for your park. There’s no real failure state for the game so once you hit that point (which happens quickly) the challenge is gone.

Unfortunately, the management side of the game is lacking as well. Each ride, store, facility, staff, etc. can each be managed on an individual level. You can even decide the little details like whether you should sell your burgers with pickles. The problem, however, is that there’s no reason to manage any of the details. The management loop is always that same: Wait until there’s a complaint, immediately fix it. If your employees are unhappy, give them a raise. If your line is too long, raise the price. If there’s no line, lower it. There’s very little depth to any of the management side of the game. Despite it being shallow, I do think the management gameplay fun, I just wish there was more to it.

All in all, Planet Coaster was easily one of my favorite Steam games of 2016. Despite the complaints I just voiced, those are my ONLY complaints about the game. I absolutely love this game. It may not be as challenging as I would like, but I have a great time detailing and customizing every square inch of my park. Custom rollercoasters going through tunnels and around volcanoes. Peaceful gardens with sleeping dragons. Frontier is still updating Planet Coaster with free dlc and content patches. Plus, they have Steam Workshop support. You can download blueprints from anyone on Steam, or upload your own to be rated and used by the Steam Community. There’s consistently new content available to use in your parks. I feel that really adds longevity to the game.

If you’re interest in building awesome rollercoasters and thrill rides in your own custom amusement park, you can pick up Planet Coaster on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/493340/

Welcome to Steam Gaming World

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