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Steam user reviews are getting more and more useless, thanks to reddit-like voting habits

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:55:19 -0700

Thorough, useful user reviews for games on Steam are getting totally drowned out by one-liner quips and puns that tell you less than nothing about the game. I don't know if this has been a problem since day 1, or it just caught on recently, but I've been noticing it more and more lately.

If someone dares to post some valid criticism of a game, they will get downvoted to oblivion. If someone posts a well-thought-out positive review, they can get a few upvotes. If someone posts an irrelevant one-line joke, they immediately rise to the top of the pile. I am amazed that, going by the vote percentages, 85% or more of Steam users are mouth-breathers who would rather read a useless joke than something that will actually help them decide whether or not to buy a game...

Of course I'm ranting and generalizing, but it bothers me. I was excited for steam reviews, and they seemed great for a while. I could go to the front store page for a game and get a few worthwhile opinions, positive and negative. Now I have to go a couple pages down to get a decent cross section of opinions. Pretty soon, it won't even be worth looking.

submitted by Ensvey to Games
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Destiny Angry Review

Avoiding Bioshock Infinite Spoilers? Don't read the Kotaku review.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:43:10 -0700

So I just got Infinite and have played few the first couple areas. This morning I was glancing at reviews, seeing what other people thought and I stumbled across something in the Kotaku review that made me very unhappy and feel like a big reveal in the game was ruined. There isn't any sort of spoiler warning attached to the review either which kinda pissed me off. Sooooo, if you don't want to have any important plot details ruined: Don't read the kotaku review. The offending sentence is below for anyone interested so SPOILER FUCKING WARNING

Edit: Fuck, this blew up. I'm sorry to the people who opened it in RES and saw the spoiler anyway. I don't know how to fix that so I'm just deleting it, if you want to know just go to kotaku (don't) and read the review.

submitted by hairyalge to Games
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