Oh Valve, you and your wonderful, cooky, utopian ideas.
Valve revealed its plan for user-generated review content today, aptly dubbed Steam Reviews. It intends to be a system bringing forth a true gauge of user experiences. How? Well, Valve will only allow you to review a game if you actually own it! Not only that, but Steam will display your playtime alongside the review as a mandatory feature. I know, who could have ever thought this up? Just the very idea is ridiculous.
But seriously, Valve wants to combat the issues that have plagued Metacritic and other user-based review sites by not allowing trolls to sink user scores of games they don’t like. Of course, this is a pretty simple concept, and sure, it’s not flawless by any means. Still, one could buy a game just to trash it in Steam Reviews, so if you do that, great job — you win, I guess…
What do you think? Should more sites attempt to prove ownership by forcing would-be user reviewers to log in through an API that searches their play history? Yes, it’s entirely possible to do. And by the way, I think it’s a swell idea. Aces.
Stay tuned to Fate of the Game for more.