Steam’s Parental Controls Now Available for All Users

Valve has announced today that Steam’s Family Options — not to be confused with Family Sharing, which is still in beta — is out of testing, and a restart of the client should grant any user access to these parental controls.

What these controls specifically allow you to do is limit what aspects of Steam a user can access in “Family View,” which will be the default if you have any of the options enabled and will require a PIN to escape. You can select which games can be played and whether things can be purchased or Steam Workshop content downloaded and so on.

And so here we stand, ten years beyond the launch of Steam, and finally some user have children they want to keep out of Saints Row and other games that contain many uses of words that would lead to phone calls from school if the kid uses them. Or whatever other gaming content you deem unsuitable for the youngins. Origin doesn’t have parental controls, by the way, so.

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2 Comments on Steam’s Parental Controls Now Available for All Users


On January 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Steams new idea to form a controller-able data base. wow some people are real mugs falling for this entrapment.
offtopic but within reason:
Steam also has never honoured refunds, its support system seems content on foxing contenders in a maze of questionerable faqs and links that lead anywhere but the support email link, just as does Facebook. Why people fall for this and praise these systems is beyond even thinking about.
Most people who go out normal shopping buy something and if they aren’t satisfied with it within a certain reasonable reason, expect a refund from the shop owner, Steam refuses to refund.


On January 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Yeah sure buy a game, download, put on external hard drive and use a crack, ask for refund SCORE!!!

Nope don’t think so, Valve will not allow that type of stuff too easy for piracy to happen, and I bet you already knew that but you’re probably one of the pirates or whiners anyways.