Valve made a bunch of fake games for the Steam summer sale

Two dead seagulls lie on the ground in a cartoon desert.

The Steam Summer Sale has ended this say goodbye to all transactions. But say hello to some cool art! With the sale ending, the Valve artist is now free to share all of the fake video game key art and cover art she helped create that was hidden away in Steam’s large digital catalog as part of the sale. Sure, the games are fake, but I really want to play most of them.

Art for these defunct video games was created Valve Developer Claire Hummel. She has previously worked on games such as Half-life: Alyx as well as Awakening Westworld VR. And now that the Steam sale is over and the associated time travel is over, Hummel shared on Twitter all the cool covers she did for a lot of fake games spanning different genres.

For example, here’s a fishing game where you can’t catch the fish. I would play it.

A man standing in a small boat is fishing with bait in a large lake.

And here are some key arts for the game on how to help a very important king get to the toilet. Yes, I would like to play too.

A cartoon jester leads a well-dressed king down a dark corridor.

According to Hummel, the idea behind the art was to make it “relatively convincing” so that it would blend in with the thousands of other games on Steam. However, the art and titles of the games are weird enough that you might notice something “a little weird on second glance”.

Various game titles and ideas were created by Eric Wolpaw and Jay Pinkerton., longtime contributors to Valve. As soon as Hummel had a fake name for the game, she started drawing for it.

“I was just trying to match their energy in the final art,” Hummel explained on Twitter. “It’s a lot of fun trying to make believably polished logos in a bunch of different styles/genres.”

This process has resulted in some surprisingly strange but highly intriguing fake video games. For example, who wouldn’t want to at least see the trailer for Custard Castle Small Claims Court?

A brightly colored cartoon judge with pink hair is holding a candy-shaped gavel.

On Twitter, Hummel shared that making all these fictional video games from the future “ended up being a lot of work,” but it was still fun.

“I hope everyone enjoyed finding each one as much as we enjoyed creating them.”

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