Valve will attempt to combat review bombing on Steam by removing offtopic and DRM focused reviews

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    PC gamers will likely be familiar with Steam and its user review section, where players can see hundreds of opinions all at a glance, to help determine if a certain game is good or not. And like any storefront that features user reviews, it's common for particularly heated users to collectively "review bomb" a title by bombarding it with negative reviews over certain updates, additions, removals, or even issues unrelated to the game itself, such as a developer's political affiliation or choice. In the past, we've seen examples like this for Devotion, a game that had an in-game picture making fun of China's president, which prompted hundreds of users to attack the game for that factor alone. On the other hand, there was also the time where Epic Games secured the latest Metro title as an exclusive, fans went and posted multitudes of positive comments for the game despite it no longer being available on Steam, with a majority of them not even talking about the game, but rather how they wanted to see the Epic Game Store fail.

    Valve intends to curb this behavior by making a few changes to how a Steam game's review score is calculated. In the future, the company will remove all "review bombs" from the default store page, which will target all "offtopic" reviews. According to an official post on the Steam forums, an offtopic review is defined by if the content focuses on anything unrelated to the game, like DRM debates, personal developer affiliations, or exclusivity complaints. Whenever a title receives a major influx of negative reviews, Valve staff will individually look into the case, and if they find evidence of review bombing, they'll remove any reviews made during a limited period of time.

    In every situation that this occurs, a notice will be posted in order to inform users. Additionally, if you still want to see those reviews, you can simply check a an option in your user settings to allow them to be visible.

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  1. Sonic Angel Knight

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    As long as I can complain about DRM here and not get removed, I'm okay. :creep:
     
  2. Souliousery

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    This is good, I can form a better opinion of a game!
     
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  3. KingBlank

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    DRM Debates... sure, but they better not remove complaints about DRM ruining player experiences and causing technical issues as it often does - that is a completely valid reason to review a game poorly.
     
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  4. migles

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    took them too long.... the reviews area is just a meme fest...
     
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    How you say that EULA and DRM aren't part of a game when you CANNOT play without them (legally), is just plain stupid. Valve need to get their heads checked. Review bombs are real and valid IMHO. If the creator of a game is a convicted criminal and I don't want his work to benefit him then I think that's entirely relevant!
     
  6. Chary
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    At least Steam has user reviews in the first place.

    ...Lookin' at you, Epic Games Store.
     
  7. migles

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    it all depends if the person reviews the game as "DrM iS bAd" or makes a proper review where the drm is a valid point to complain..
     
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    but those meme are GOLD, i love reading meme reviews. you still have to be talented to write funny reviews.
     
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  9. Sonic Angel Knight

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    :P

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  10. migles

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    camel toes? what is this game? now i am curious
     
  11. SonowRaevius

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    Now if metacritic would do the same. It gets so tiring trying to read reviews that deal with the goods and bads of gameplay, and not a bunch of trumped up idiots who never play the games giving it a bad score based on memes, politics (or lack thereof), and pure hatred for a series they just don't like.

    It's honestly to the point now where I don't even true reviews and either pirate or rent where available before I make a decision on a purchase I am indecisive over.
     
  12. Zense

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    Don't worry. Gamers will find a way to reviewbomb and still warn about DRM, without specifically saying drm. No algorithm can outsmart us.
     
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  13. wurstpistole

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    Yet if the review only bombs this and does not reflect the game's quality, then it just makes the game look wrong. And that sucks big time.
    I want to know if the game is good and not if it has Denuvo.

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    That's exactly the bullshit I am talking about. Why in the world does this count towards the game's total score. Idiots like this should be suspended from reviewing at all.
     
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    Glad they're finally implementing this.

    When I go to the review section I want to know if the game is quality or not and if I'd be interested.
    I don't want to see why risen gamers hate drm or a dev at that particular time.
     
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  15. wurstpistole

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    Also, it should be mandatory that only verfiried owners of the game - meaning having the game in their library - can post reviews.
     
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    Oh so they're going to censor people who complain about DRM being utter garbage? How pusillanimous.
     
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  17. wurstpistole

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    Absolutely correct, since it has nothing to do with the game's quality. I can only vote for it. Sucks to have games appear worse than they are because of some publisher's decision.
     
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    DRM does not curtail piracy, because people are going to pirate the games anyway, so what's the point?
     
  19. Arras

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    It has always worked like that. The problem is you can buy, write a bad review and refund it.
     
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