Can anyone enlighten me about those Steam characters?

#1 Posted by zonerover (584 posts) -

 

This might be obvius but who exactly are those characters who appear during all the Steam sales? Are they just random? Do they have names? Is the black one evil? I have no idea.
#2 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3208 posts) -

They're trying to be like Bungie.

#3 Edited by Mikemcn (6989 posts) -
@Tru3_Blu3 said:

" They're trying to be like Bungie. "

What? Now Im more confused.  
 
I have no clue where they came from, they're just the Steam Mascots i guess. 
#4 Posted by BeachThunder (11960 posts) -

They're the Steam Mascots and they've actually been around for a while. Also, yes, they do have names:
 
Bodkins
Tappet
CyL

#5 Posted by ch3burashka (5084 posts) -

They're mascots that never really took off. Just go with the flow.

#6 Edited by zonerover (584 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:

" @Tru3_Blu3 said:

" They're trying to be like Bungie. "
What? Now Im more confused.   I have no clue where they came from, their just the Steam Mascots i guess.  "
I admit I'd like more clarification on the Bungie thing too. But I would have thought Valve would have had some backstory for these mascots since they don't exactly seem like the company to just randomly draw some things and make them consistenly appear in one of their brands.
#7 Posted by zonerover (584 posts) -
@BeachThunder said:
" They're the Steam Mascots and they've actually been around for a while. Also, yes, they do have names:
 
Bodkins
Tappet
CyL "
Great, so they do have identities. One of the mysteries of the world has been solved.
#8 Posted by MadeinFinland (839 posts) -
@zonerover said:
" @Mikemcn said:
" @Tru3_Blu3 said:
" They're trying to be like Bungie. "
What? Now Im more confused.   I have no clue where they came from, their just the Steam Mascots i guess.  "
I admit I'd like more clarification on the Bungie thing too. But I would have thought Valve would have had some backstory for these mascots since they don't exactly seem like the company to just randomly draw some things and make them consistenly appear in one of their brands. "
It's Valve. I wouldn't be surprised.
#9 Posted by RazielCuts (2955 posts) -

Sorry to necro this thread but I've been wondering about this myself for a while, steam sale has come and popped it into my head again. I feel the question didn't really get answered.

Who/What/Why/Where/When? Why were they created, was it to give a personality to Steam or the sales themselves? When did they come about? The steam profiles all list as them having joined May 19, 2009, was that the first steam sale? There's a few 'comics' about them, are they user made or did Valve ever do a web comic?

Personally I think the design is pretty poor and sub deviantart inspired and I'm surprised Valve trot them out, especially when they have designers who can come up with designs like these guys -

Maybe Valve at times can feel a bit corporate and so these guys are supposed to soften them up a bit but I think they hurt the brand more than anything.

#10 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -

I'm guessing May 19th 2009 was when Steam first implemented the community feature, where players could make a profile page, join game groups, etc, and these guys were used as examples for that. Don't know much else though.

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