Valve Creates ‘Boomer Shooter’ Genre On Steam
Steam, a leading digital games distribution platform, has seen a steady rise in the number of “Boomer shooter” games in its library in recent weeks. These games are marked by a focus on simplistic, retro-style shooter experiences, often with simple 3D visuals.
The trend is largely credited to Valve’s efforts to promote and feature these games on its platform. Valve started by adding to Steam’s library a handful of classic titles that have been digitally remastered for modern platforms. Several of these have become immensely popular, and those successes have brought more developers to the platform and inspired more titles to be released.
The genre has evolved significantly from its early days, with developers pouring new ideas into the Boomer shooter framework. Most notably, the games have evolved to feature bright, vibrant visuals and a range of styles, from puzzle-solving and exploration to traditional first-person shooter action.
The flexibility of the genre and the support from Valve has attracted a range of genres, from indies to AAA titles. Fans of the genre have seen a dramatic increase in options and ways to play. It has opened up the gaming experience for more people than ever before, as the games often appeal to a wider audience than the typical action or role-playing games on the platform.
The Boomer shooter genre on Steam is an example of how support from a major platform can lead to new and interesting genres that appeal to a broad audience. And it demonstrates the potential of online platforms to foster creativity and experimentation.