Steam - Changes to Rating Score for Games

The review score for games on Steam has received a tweak for how the score is actually calculated. Now, only users who actually paid for the game will be factored in.

Steam is taking some controversial steps toward "accuracy" in their review scores. In Steam, it has been possible to review games and influence the overall score of the game. This feature itself isn't changing, but how this score is determined has changed quite a bit. The only reviews that factor into the score will come from users who have actually purchased the game.

Valve has provided little information regarding their thought process behind this particular change, but it is no mystery that this particular feature was exploited. Up until this point, Steam has trusted that the players reviewing a game had actually purchased it. But, it's the internet, and trust is usually misplaced here. Many reviews came in from people who never even played the game, affecting the overall score. This would negatively affect the developers of the games, providing false feedback, whether it is good or bad.

The system was frequently used by trolls and other forms of haters, and it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume there were paid reviews, good or bad. Since the Amazon incident, it's no mystery this occurs.

The new system is intended to provide more accuracy, but at the same time, it also singles out a specific group of users who might receive their games as gifts or codes from giveaways, etc. No word yet if there will be some sort of way for them to provide a review and still get it to count.

What do you think of this change? Does this directly affect you because of how you acquire your games? Let us know in the comments below!

Mar 11 2017, 03:30 am
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Matthew Wiebke
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