Valve Starts Testing Steam Reviews in Open Beta, Gives Gamers a Voice

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dgrmouse

AKA, we're looking for ways to validate our useless online service by turning single-player games into communities. We get tons of free content, while you get...

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TheITGuy

I kind of have to agree with this being a not so great thing. I guess it's cool to let people voice their opinions and all but, that definitely opens the floodgates for pointless reviews. The amount of stupid reviews on Amazon in the games, electronics, and music sections are unreal. "I don't like this so it's terrible!" "I can't figure this out so it's terrible!" "I didn't read the description before buying this so it's terrible!" And the list goes on.

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dgrmouse

Some of the abuse may be filtered out by limiting the reviews to those who have purchased the game. Mostly, I just thing it's silly that there's no way to negatively rate a game. There are far more games that deserve scolding than those that warrant praise, especially with all this early-access-Greenlight nonsense.

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TheITGuy

It's already being filtered out that way but, those are just a portion of users that cause problems for the review system. Examples of pointless reviews already posted on games include "Lacks Content," "Well i have to say somthing ehhh," and "Shit." All taken from 3 random games within the first 5 reviews. Definitely not any new information that couldn't be obtained from the discussion session of a game where people can post their negative feelings about the game. The whole early access thing is a whole different problem in itself.

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John Pombrio

The "wisdom of the crowds" for gamers is more like very large crowds with very little wisdom. Look at game sites comments of a game to see how well this works. Better yet, look at the recent spate of PS4 and XBox One game reviews on Amazon, where each side votes down the other side in a childish game of "you guys did it first!" No game will win using gamers to actually give a fair review. Let's stick to the game and magazine sites.

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fry

At the very least, it's better than linking to Metacritic.

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wolfing

Not so sure about that. From what I've seen in the Steam forums, giving power to the 'community' basically will end up being a bunch of "this game sux" reviews. Like, people buying a great turn based game because it was on offer for $1 and they liked the screenshot, and then saying it's a bad game because it's turn based, for example. Or say, games like Europa Universalis 4 or Crusader Kings 2 which are super great, but not for everyone, might attract bad reviews from those who like instant gratification games.

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Peanut Fox

In a nutshell you've described my problems with review scoring systems. At the moment it's just a review, and if it stays just a review anyone looking for impressions will be able to just that.