It was announced a few days ago on Steam’s STCards group page that Steam’s Trading Card system would be leaving Beta on June 26, which happens to be today of course. For those who don’t know, Steam Trading Cards are virtual commodities that can me collected and, of course, traded between Steam users.
The Cards themselves are earned through playing games on Steam. Once an entire set has been collected, cards can be turned into game badges and tradable community items.
Unlike the traditional badges that Steam users may be used to, the badges crafted from STCards “earns you marketable items like emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons.” The badges can also be upgraded too, which is done by collecting the same set of Cards used to create said badge.
The rewards you get from crafting said badges are randomised, and to get them you’ll need a set of game related items. Even though the rewards are tradable in of themselves they can only be used while you possess them. Once you trade them away you cannot use them again.
With the release of the Trading Cards Steam has added Cards to the following games:
- Binding of Isaac
- Company of Heroes 2
- GRID 2
- Crusader Kings II
- Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
Steam has stressed that even though the Trading Cards have been released they will still “iterate on the features and add new ones.” Steam will also be continuing to add Cards to more games in the future.
I like the idea of there being tradable items that can be obtained through playing games. It reminds me of back in the day where I would be trading Pokémon cards at my old school.
Of course, for those who collect and hoard (like me), it may come to a point where you might be in a situation where you’ll be trading items with someone you know/some random and you’ll be doing the timely traditional ritual of repeatedly going, “got, got, got, need, got, got, need, need, got, got…” I’ve definitely been through that on more than one occasion (and not just with Pokémon trading cards too).
Having said that, Steam will be adding new features to the Trading Cards system so it may not come to a bottleneck quite so quickly (unless you’re an active collector of course).
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