Chazore said:
shikamaru317 said:

This is good news overall. It could cause some problems with even more developers making lazy asset flip games and such, but their recent attempt to police content landed them in alot of hot water, especially when they told the makers of a bunch of visual novels with erotic content that they had to remove their games, but didn't tell the same thing to makers of AAA games with erotic content such as Witcher 3. Deciding what you should or shouldn't play should be an individual decision, not something that Valve decides for you.

I find the idea that everything needs to be curated as a bad.


For one, you've got a small select group of people deciding what you can/cannot buy based on what they think is allowed/not allowed. Out of the millions of people that use the storefront, a good chunk would end up being alienated thanks to the small curator group's idea of what is good/bad.

For another you have that curation group possibly allowing what is deemed as garbage from another group onto the storefront. This in turn would annoy that group for quite some time, if not indefinitely. Valve has already pointed out that they have not only seen people being upset when one thing changes, but that other groups voice the same displeasure when things are reversed. They know there is no winning, no making everyone happy, not even their internal staff, who have previously voiced conflicts with one another. 


This decision is ultimately for the best. They only have two core rules to go by, while at the same time developing more tools for users to make use of in terms of filtering what they would like to see/not see from the storefront. All without harming each other's wants/not wants on the storefront itself. 

Yeah, it's good news overall, and it's absolutely understandable why Valve has arrived at this decision. There was no way to make everyone happy. For instance, in regards to the recent erotic games situation, they had a consumer advocacy group complaining about sexually explicit games on Steam for over a year, so they finally caved in and decided to crackdown on games with sexual content, but then when they did it started another firestorm of controversy with even more people complaining about the crackdown on the erotic games. There is no way to make everyone happy, and there was even in-fighting within their own policing team about the situation. Ultimately it was easier for them to just let consumers decide what they should or shouldn't play by themselves, and that's a good thing imo. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 06 June 2018