About Shiny Loot
Shiny Loot is a PC, Mac, and Linux game, web based digital distributor based out of Austin, TX. We were founded as the solution to a growing number of high quality, indepdenently developed games falling under the radar. Gamers can find new games that best match their interests using our trait and filter system, with over 150 options and billions of potential combinations. Even at only a couple months into beta, our search capabilities are the best available among digital distributors. We compliment that with a library of over 300 games.
We believe the developers have a right to protect their property in a reasonable manner. We do not believe that the majority of DRM used today do so in a manner that is fair to paying customers. Shiny Loot is committed to providing only games without obtrusive DRM. We do not support games such as those that use Games for Windows Live for single player experiences, SecuROM, TAGES, or always on-line authentication for single player games. The hardest form of DRM you will find on Shiny Loot is a one-time CD-Key validation for single player games and CD-Key checks for accessing online servers. If any game is found to be violating this policy (due to patches, undisclosed details, etc.) they will be removed from Shiny Loot.
There are thousands of computer games available. Who really thinks that dividing them into a dozen or so categories like RPG, RTS, FPS, Adventure, Puzzle, Casual, etc. is sufficient? It's an antiquated system that we are revolutionizing through the use of game traits. Every game has up to four defining traits that describe individual key features of a particular game. Do you want to settle for searching for just an action game when what you really want is a third person, squad based shooter with challenging gameplay and humorous dialogue? Our primary focus is improving the ease at which gamers can find titles that best match their interests.
Making use of the traits requires a powerful filter. You can search through our entire library by using details like genre, traits, setting, price, DRM, operating system, and more to find that perfect game. Search queries update in real time and provide both exact and recommended matches, further enhancing the ease and simplicity at which you can find that perfect game.
There is a lot of untapped potential in the gaming sphere, and a lot of gamers are looking to strike gold by being the first of their friends to play a new indie hit. Everyone knows about the really popular games and they can be purchased through many a storefront. Of course, some of these blockbusters integrate the types of DRM that we are so staunchly opposed to, which means you won't see them here. We really want to focus on providing easy access to indie studio created games, and that's a big reason for our filters and traits system. We support the creative risks that indie developers take to bring us fresh, new ideas, and we are hoping to assist the indie scene in growing as much as possible.
User Reviews & Rewards
Users need to be able to make informed decisions when purchasing from Shiny Loot. That's why we allow other users to review games, complete with ratings and comments. Community is important for Shiny Loot in many ways, and user reviews are a big part of that.
In addition, it pays to review games at Shiny Loot! A user's first approved review will earn $0.40 in Shiny Loot credits added to their account. All subsequent reviews are worth $0.15, no matter how many you reviews you write. These credits can be used to lower the price for a game or buy one outright if you have enough credits. There are no blackout dates, reward caps, or expiration clauses. Get free games by just leaving reviews!
Combines DRM-free with Steam/Desura Keys
Shiny Loot provides a storefront for customers to download games DRM-free for safety and receive third party keys for convenience. Many of the games in our library include a Steam or Desura key absolutely free with purchase. Our intent is to allow customers who want to use Desura or Steam as a game manager to do so, while maintaining the freedom and integrity of our DRM-free and Minimal-DRM downloads.