Play over 500 free demos in the latest Steam Game Festival

Cure those winter blues with endless games

Credit: Valve

Cabin fever sinks its hooks in most deeply in February, and even more so after a year of staying at home, but Valve’s here to cure what ails you. The latest iteration of the Steam Game Festival kicked off at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, offering hundreds of game demos for you to try until the event ends at the same time next Tuesday.

And yes, they’re all free-as-in-beer free to play.

“The event features over 500 demos across multiple genres, plus developer-hosted livestreams and chats,” Valve said in an email to journalists. “And, in a new addition for this edition (see what we did there?) The Steam Game Festival will livestream its own show on the event page and Twitch for the first day of the festival, featuring a select group of demos.”

Steam started holding Game Festivals alongside the 2019 Game Awards, hosting 13 demos of games tied to the show. But the format picked up steam (heh) in 2020, opening its virtual doors to hundreds of more titles. Iterations of the Steam Game Festival even stood in admirably for GDC and E3, two high-profile gaming events canceled in 2020.

You should have no issues finding something worth playing in the Steam Game Festival: February 2021 Edition. Some of our favorites from the E3-inspired Summer Games Festival will no doubt make a return appearance, but hey: Every game demo is free! Grab whatever catches your eye, and consider branching out to genres you normally avoid, or never even heard of. We were fascinated by the SuchArt: Genius Artist Simulator demo last summer despite describing it as “just a painstakingly realized art studio” with “a weird story layered on top.” And we’d never witnessed anything like the brilliant opening to the Genesis Noir demo. Both probably would’ve slipped under our radar if it wasn’t for the Game Festival.

Variety is the spice of life, friends, and the perfect fix for the winter blues. Head over to Valve’s Steam Game Festival: February 2021 Edition landing page and play something new.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Brad Chacos

Brad Chacos

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Brother MFC-L3745CDW Colour Laser Multifunction

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?