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Steam has a new tool that uses AI to recommend games to you

Not bad, not great, but there is definitely potential.

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Steam’s Discovery Queue has always kinda been garbage. I’ve found some games through it, but typically it is just overhyped and random games that make its way to the list. Now, Valve has a new tool that uses AI to recommend games.

Called the Interactive Recommender, the tool uses machine learning to look at the games you’re playing to recommend titles. Previously, recommendations mainly came from what was popular and if the game’s tags lined up with other titles you own or have in your wishlist.

More about Steam’s new Interactive Recommender

The Interactive Recommender for Steam looks at the games you are playing (or have played) and looks at what other gamers are playing. It then takes all of that data to see what you have in common with other users and suggests games that may not fit into a tag or metadata to suggest new games for you to try out.

Once recommendations are offered, you also have the ability to narrow the recommendations down by only looking at specific genres or using sliders to see newer or older games, as well as a slider that lets you see games that are popular or more niche.

Surprisingly, it will still show you games you already have on your Steam Wishlist and there doesn’t seem to be a way to remove recommendations. After using the feature a bit, it is definitely preferable to the Discovery Queue, but I’m still not sold on it. After altering sliders and categories, recommendations were decent, but there was never a moment where I was convinced that a recommendation was really for me.

Even so, as more people use it and Valve works on the system, I could see this being a useful tool for gamers looking for something new to play.

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