Weekly eXchange #180 – R.I.P Steamspy…

Join Nate, Troy and Joshua as they bring you all the important information on all of your favorite 4X and strategy games! This week they talk about Empires in Ruins, Civilization 6, Endless Space 2, Galactic Civilizations 3, WH40k: Gladius and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive

Show Notes: 

  1. Empires in Ruins update – 01:27
  2. Civilization 6 update – 03:15
  3. Endless Space 2 update – 10:29
  4. Galactic Civilizations 3 update – 12:43
  5. Gladius update – THIS IS THE KIND OF SHIT THAT PISSES ME OFF – 18:30
  6. Surviving Mars update – 20:00
  7. Phoenix Point update – 26:57
  8. Valve killed Steamspy?, Eurogamer article, Kotaku article and Pretty Good Gaming video – 30:29

Games played and others – 45:32

  1. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  2. Driftland: The Magic Revival Steam page
  3. Hearthstone webpage
  4. Diplomacy boardgame
  5. Stellaris Steam page
  6. Oriental Empires Steam page
  7. XCOM 2 Steam page
  8. April Fool’s Contest finished…
  9. Ash of Gods: Redemption Let’s Play by Dallen


10 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #180 – R.I.P Steamspy…

  1. I think you guys are looking at the Steam privacy settings ‘issue’ a bit too narrowly. IMO the new defaults have nothing to do with SteamSpy or any speculation regarding Valve’s earnings. They are, in fact, Valve’s initial attempt to bring Steam into line with regards to the new EU laws concerning privacy, the GDPR, which is one of the most important privacy legislations in several decades. The GDPR starts to take effect on May 25th and any service operating in the EU, like Steam, is required to be in compliance.


    1. Yes, but that’s not what I’m getting at here. A single switch flip and all of our info is hidden. It has been like this for years. They could have set it up like that and called it a day. No, I think valve went after steamspy and steamdb and others like them because of what happen when steamspy exposed them. Who wants to be exposed like that, no?

      Look at your options and you’ll see what I mean.

      But, that just my opinion. Yours is equally right, and we could both be right, and valve just took this opportunity to do it so they won’t be seen like the bad guys.

      Anyways, thanks for listening.


  2. The Galciv3 ‘how to play’ article sounds just like WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. HOW ABOUT A LINK!!!!! I’ve looked at their page and can’t find it.


    1. Found it! I didn’t realize there were three links instead of just two. This is something I’ve been hoping someone would do for quite awhile. Has any game been changed as much as this one has since release?


      1. Yea, Stellaris, but the latest changes have made some people very angry. Interesting enough, is that typical Paradox titles undergo such extreme changes through subsequent releases.


  3. Surviving Mars, I love it, I hate it. Game is a little slow. I always end up waiting for things to happen even on the fastest speed. Endgame needs some work. Managing your colonist feels pointless. I gave up on it and it hasn’t seemed to make one bit of difference to the game. Colonist with flaws…because the first people we send to the stars are going to be hypochondriac idiot lazy scientists. This is the best Earth has to offer? The flaw perk system doesn’t make much sense to me. Having said all that I’ve got 150 hours in the game, I’ll be starting a new map tonight and look forward to the DLC.



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