Steam: You Gotta Pay To Have A Say

Upcoming changes are coming to the Steam system, and it’s centred on its review system. Steams new rule centre’s on the fact that only consumers that have paid for a game can give a review that counts. That means for those of us who get a game for free, or manage to snag it up through a free weekend, we can’t have an opinion that counts on their review charts.

Steam had this to say on their site about the upcoming changes:

“With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no longer include reviews by users that received the game for free, such as via a gift, or during a free weekend. Reviews can still be written by customers that obtained the game in any of these ways, but the review will not count toward the overall review score.”

The exact why behind this decision has yet to be explained, but it seems to stem from the idea that people who have paid for a game are more invested in giving an honest review. Whereas individuals who get a game for free hardly care about what kind of review they give a game, whether that be good or bad.

The Steam community doesn’t seem to be appreciative with this decision and still want their reviews to count. It’s an understandable sentiment, as it’s unfair to be dismissive of an indivduals feelings in regards to a game merely cause they got it for free. However we have very little say in regards to Steams decision and in truth platforms like Reddit, Neo Gaf, and even word of mouth often provide enough information on current games that I feel it’s a moot decision anyways. If it’s a bad game, it will be ripped down in the forums quickly enough – and then come the gifs.

Let us know in the comment’s on what you think of Steam’s decision and wheter or not you think it’s fair.

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