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Valve launches Steam user reviews

Valve launches Steam user reviews

Developers also have the chance to respond to these reviews and any comments they leave will be clearly marked out.

Valve has added a user-generated-review section to its digital distribution service, Steam.

Currently in beta, the section lets Steam users rate any game that they have played and also leave feedback on the reviews of other users. In a feature similar to social networks, users can also follow reviewers they like.

Although a review can be submitted after simply launching a game, the review will also show how many hours the reviewer has logged on the game through Steam before reviewing it.

Additionally, developers will actually have an opportunity to respond. If a game's developer responds to a review for a game that they have worked on, the comment will be flagged up as being from the developer.

The reviews do not currently culminate in a numerical score or starred rating of any kind, although Valve is considering adding this further on down the line once the company has gathered and evaluated initial data from the reviews.

These reviews will be included alongside Metacritic data in the games' entry in the Steam store.

The review feature will replace the recommendations that Steam users can write to people on their friends list. All existing recommendations have been upgraded to reviews instead, although are currently only visible to friends.

Recently, Valve unveiled plans for a line of 'Steam Machines', micro-consoles manufactured by third parties running SteamOS. The devices will be aiming for a 2014 release and beta tests are expected to start by the end of this year.

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XXAOSICXX 26th November 2013, 10:27 Quote
Metacritic data only exists on store pages when the metacritic score is above 50% lol...which means when it's absent the first thing you do is go to metacritic to find out why!
Draksis 26th November 2013, 10:35 Quote
considering the general level of hate on the steam forums, I don't think this review system will end up meaning anything further than 'how many haters does this game have'.

/2cents
Porkins' Wingman 26th November 2013, 10:56 Quote
Well if you've got to have at least an hour's game time to post a review then it makes it more hassle to post a hating review than other sites.
Pete J 26th November 2013, 13:00 Quote
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also leave feedback on the reviews of other users
Oh good. I'm sure that the Steam community, being of such a collectively sound mind, will in no way abuse this feature.
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Originally Posted by Draksis
considering the general level of hate on the steam forums, I don't think this review system will end up meaning anything further than 'how many haters does this game have'.
I have similar thoughts.
Draksis 26th November 2013, 14:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Porkins' Wingman
Well if you've got to have at least an hour's game time to post a review then it makes it more hassle to post a hating review than other sites.

That would be a step in the right direction, but as it stands now, you only need to launch the game to write a review. Hopefully Valve will fix that.

I was actually think that each developer should know roughly how long their game will take to complete. So why not have each developer give that number to steam, who then in turn say you need to play half/third of that time before you can write a review. I know that won't work with sandbox games, but still it's an idea to try at least.

/2cents
Porkins' Wingman 26th November 2013, 16:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Draksis
That would be a step in the right direction, but as it stands now, you only need to launch the game to write a review. Hopefully Valve will fix that.

I was actually think that each developer should know roughly how long their game will take to complete. So why not have each developer give that number to steam, who then in turn say you need to play half/third of that time before you can write a review. I know that won't work with sandbox games, but still it's an idea to try at least.

/2cents

Sure, good idea. But don't forget, to launch it you've got to pay for it (unless you can run pirated games through Steam without endangering your account). If you've paid for a game then should you not be entitled to write a review, regardless how much time you spend with it running?
bawjaws 26th November 2013, 16:41 Quote
Personally, I don't think there's a problem with letting people submit a review even if they haven't played the game, as long as the review automatically includes their total play time so that their comments can be put in perspective.

That way, you can filter out all the reviews where total play time is 0, or less than an hour, or whatever.
Funky 26th November 2013, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
Personally, I don't think there's a problem with letting people submit a review even if they haven't played the game, as long as the review automatically includes their total play time so that their comments can be put in perspective.

That way, you can filter out all the reviews where total play time is 0, or less than an hour, or whatever.
+1
Griffter 27th November 2013, 04:44 Quote
where is HL3...
Pete J 27th November 2013, 05:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
That way, you can filter out all the reviews where total play time is 0, or less than an hour, or whatever.
Hmm, just had a thought. Nothing to stop someone just alt-tabbing out of a game for a while and watching a film or two.
bawjaws 27th November 2013, 12:15 Quote
That's true, but there's no perfect system for recording "active" play time... and to be honest, Steam doesn't record play time accurately for all games anyway. I've got a few games where the main .exe runs through a launcher .exe, and only record the time the launcher is open. Then again, there are some which have launchers but still manage to record time accurately, so it's pot luck :)
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