Jun 25, 2015

Steam Review System. The good and the bad.

Steam Review System. Is it good or not? It depends on situation.


The Good:

You can share your opinion about game\software\video with other Steam users. Either its would be an public view or friends only.
You can describe whats good and whats bad about game\software\video.
Multi-language supported.
BBcodes are supported.
Developers can personally respond on your review.
Other users can comment on your review.

The Bad:

Users can be extremely rude in their reviews.
Information cant be verified, unless you did research on game\software\video.
Lying reviews can get on top of game\software\video store page.
Reviews can also contain information about developer rather than game\software\video.
Reviews can also contain some information that is completely not related to game\software\video. Example would be: Food recipes or how someone had a good time with their hand.
Reviews rarely gets moderated by VALVe employers, unless developers and\or moderators requests to do so.
Other users can also like\dislike your review. In some cases, some users may find your review funny.(Which is completely useless option to be honest.)


Now, allow me to voice my personal opinion on bad points.

Users can be extremely rude in their reviews.


Some users perfer to swear instead of looking for some ways how to explain the stuff without swearing.
Some users even abuses with that and instead of creating proper review, all I can see is a simple swearing and butthurt.
Example: 
Rage about something that user didn't like in game\software\video.


Information cant be verified, unless you did research on game\software\video.

Some reviewers hopes for people to blindly believe them without doing any research.
Even if they do provide their evidence, you gotta remember that any evidence can be modificated\edited. It is advised to do some research by yourself and ensure the guy writes the truth.
Example:
Few guys got banned for rule breaking forums, yet the reviewer claims that they got banned for nothing.

Lying reviews can get on top of game\software\video store page.

Sadly enough, most people blindly believes in lying review and keeps liking the review and hoping for review to get on top of game\software\video store page.
Example: Contagion video game. Right now, it does has some lying reviews there that contains misleading information and most people blindly believed in this information.

Reviews can also contain information about developer rather than game\software\video.

Review System was built for reviewing the stuff such as game\software or a video not for discussing developer. If you got personal problems with developer, either add him on Steam Friends and discuss everything or post your feelings about developer somewhere else. 
For example: At Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or even in worse places. 
Posting review about developer considers as abuse and can be flagged by developer\moderators resulting for your review either to be deleted\locked down.

Reviews can also contain some information that is completely not related to game\software\video. Example would be: Food recipes or how someone had a good time with their hand.

Once again: Review System was built for review the video game. 
Nobody gives a damn thing about food recipe, because we can view it on Internet by ourselves.
Example: TF2 video game.
Nobody gives a damn thing about someone having a good time with their hand. You dont even need to ask why.
Example: Some visual novel games such as: Sakura Spirit\Sakura Angels or else.

Reviews rarely gets moderated by VALVe employers, unless develoepers and\or moderators requests to do so.

Which I think it is true. I havent seen other reviews gets moderated unless developers and\or moderators requested to check out the review for suspicious activity.
For example: Contagion video game. I personally request developers for check out before requesting VALVe employers to check out review and do next steps in moderation.

Other users can also like\dislike your review. In some cases, some users may find your review funny.(Which is completely useless option to be honest.)

Like\dislike buttons are quite fine, but they can be abused a lot. 
Examples: Fake Steam accounts, blindly believing people, random clicks, else.

While other people was requesting an option to sort reviews that is pointless or else, VALVe decided to add "Funny" option on reviews.
In my opinion: This is completely useless option. Sure, there might be some fun reviews, but I am actually looking for constructive reviews instead of some pointless joke reviews.

Conclusion.

The review system is good and bad at same time. This is my personal view on review system.
It is sad for me, when I see bunch of people breaking rules or uses review system to express their hate on something\someone. But I do like review system when users follows the rules and gives constructive feedback on stuff.
However, once review system were added, I already had a bad feeling about that. Because you know...Steam.


Once again, this is my personal view and opinion on this system. You may\may not agree with this one, but do not provoke\start any other flame wars about that.

Thanks and have fun.
-Orphanage

1 comment:

  1. Steam reviews was really nice at the beginning but now since it got popular more and more dumb people are posting useless information or abuse it and the latest added "funny button" from Valve only makes it worse :P

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