Steam is a very valuable resource for numerous reasons. First, it’s a place to get a great plethora of games. Second, anyone can put a game on the platform, as long as you meet certain criteria and are willing to pay a small price. Which is why many indie games find their homes on Steam. But also, it gives players a voice in regards to user reviews, so they can make known what they feel about the game, and once a bunch are made, they’re aggregated and given a viewable score of sorts like “Mixed”, or “Positive”, etc.
But, in recent weeks and months, a disturbing trend seems to have started on Steam, gamers are now trying to manipulate the user reviews for various reasons. Some to help a game, others to try and give a game a bad score review wise. Well, this is wrong, and so the team is going to start changing things.
In a blog post, they detail what they’re planning to do. First off, they’re going to work on how the scores for the user reviews are calculated. They’re going to try and make it so that they can more easily determine what is an actual good user review, and what isn’t. For while reviews can be negative, there’s a difference between an honest negative review, and a manipulation attempt. This difference is going to be a key focus here with the new update.
Then, there’s going to be a different way of displaying the overall “score” of the review, mainly by showing more-or-less the proportion of players who thought the game was good and who didn’t.
The team also notes that they are still working on other things to make the user reviews system better for all, and that they hope to put in these changes very soon.