Pin Steam lets you do what Valve does not want you to–Pin Steam games to your start screen

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Valve are no great fans of Windows 8, going so far as to start a project to move their Steam gaming empire to Linux. It is therefore no surprise that they do not make any compromises for Windows 8, including allowing one to pin Steam  games to the Windows 8 Start screen.

That’s where FeLiZk’s Pin Steam comes in.  The app allows one to select games from Stream’s service and pin either Double Wide (the default) or smaller tiles to the Start screen, and when the game is uninstalled will also remove the tile.

This app requires you to have a Steam account and to have setup a Custom URL in your steam profile. It also requires Steam to be installed on your device to launch games.

The app is $1.49 with a free trial and can be found in the Windows 8 Store here.

Via Ghacks.net

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  • bhss

    Valve need to get over themselves, if they ignore the most popular use base on the planet, being Windows, then they’re as good as dead in their business! Both Mac OS X and Linux combined (least in Desktop) are at most a fifth of Windows market.

    • http://www.facebook.com/roman.jasek Roman Jasek

      I understand Valve. Until now they’ve had the only successful platform for game distribution on PCs. Windows Store is currently mostly for casual games, but Microsoft can as well spread it to deploy big titles in the future.

      And Steam has to be adapted to this, otherwise Valve will have problems in the future. So they are forced into trying other ways of selling their products and Linux is one of them.
      We’ll see what future brings, but let’s face it – Steam is huge right now and Valve doesn’t want to lose it’s dominant market position, so they’re trying to find a way to exist on the same market where Windows Store is going to spread.

    • http://www.facebook.com/roman.jasek Roman Jasek

      I understand Valve. Until now they’ve had the only successful platform for game distribution on PCs. Windows Store is currently mostly for casual games, but Microsoft can as well spread it to deploy big titles in the future.

      And Steam has to be adapted to this, otherwise Valve will have problems in the future. So they are forced into trying other ways of selling their products and Linux is one of them.
      We’ll see what future brings, but let’s face it – Steam is huge right now and Valve doesn’t want to lose it’s dominant market position, so they’re trying to find a way to exist on the same market where Windows Store is going to spread.

      • Bugbog

        But, in the aforementioned dominant position, wouldn’t they have been best positioned to capitalise (rather than have lost) market share with this simple app that a third party has created?

      • Oliver Mills

        Haven’t GFWL titles been available on the PC for years? Just because there’s now a App Store where they may be purchased from, there shouldn’t be a huge fuss – it’s not that different from before.

    • http://twitter.com/digthenoise Dig The Noise

      And then you have to figure that a much smaller percentage of those users are gamers. I am a big PC gamer (dedicated gaming PC, overclocked, hydro cooler, etc.) and I do not have a single Linux or Mac gamer friend or team member, and it seems to me reading forums most are doing so using Wine.

  • stanvx

    Downloaded (and brought) it last night, very handy app!
    Its definitely worth the $1.49

  • http://twitter.com/joepann Kitab

    What we need from Valve is HL3 for PC and whatever else, Linux maybe also, and not some petty palaver with M$.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rafael-Cossovan/100001945002297 Rafael Cossovan

    Dude, create a simple shortcut in your desktop, then move to:

    C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu

    Done, it’s on Start Menu, you can even create a folder named “Steam” if you like.

    Simple as that.

    PS: Sometimes the icon don’t appear on the same time, seems the start screen has some kind of cache, wait a few seconds.

    • Aaron

      Other place this can be added is C:UsersUser_NameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu
      I did have to go to the start menu and search for the name then tell it to pin.
      Best part about both methods, they are free.

  • W1N RT H8R

    I think Valve are confused. They think Windows 8 is a closed platform. When it’s actually 2 platforms, the standard and the metro version.
    The term windows 8 app is what’s causing the confusion. It should be called metro app instead (or RT app).