Nowadays, Steam is becoming an increasingly popular way for people to buy games. Gone are the days of going to a store to pick up a physical copy of a pc game. Steam for the uninitiated amongst us, is a digital distribution platform, what the hell is that you ask? Essentially, it’s a place to buy and download games digitally and connect with friends. Games on steam tend to be cheaper and users can take advantage of regular sales. I have used steam for quite a long time now and I have found it really useful from a language-learning perspective for a few reasons.
Firstly, it makes it super easy to search for games that have language options in my target language. Secondly, it makes it effortless to change between languages.
If you want to buy a game, Steam makes it extremely easy to find out which languages are supported, you can either filter results in search or when on a game’s store page there will be a little language box showing all supported languages. This box lets you know whether a game’s interface, full audio and subtitles are available and in what languages. Language support depends on the developer, quite often more than not indie games from small game studios or developers might only support one language, whereas most triple-A game titles (e.g.Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim) tend to come with more language support. So, when buying a game remember to check this box and verify that your target language is supported.