Valve Says It Will Remove 'Off-Topic Review Bombs' From Steam Scores

Steam “off-topic review bombs” will no longer count towards a game’s Review Score

If they decide that the reasons stated during that period are spurious enough to be considered "off topic", then that entire cluster of reviews will no longer factor into the overall score, and the developer will be informed, though no reviews will be removed. Instead, Valve has taken the uncharacteristic approach of hiring a new team that will investigate surges in reviews, subsequently categorising cases like the latter example above as off-topic.

Valve is working to counter review bombing on Steam by removing what it considers off-topic reviews from the overall review score.

While it's not now clear how effective Valve will be in identifying off-topic reviews (or whether it will help in solving the issue), this is good news for developers who may have been anxious about their own titles.

In a news post, Valve described a series of planned changes to Steam's review system aimed at minimising the impact of review bombs.

In brief: Valve first tried to implement measures to combat review bombing in 2017 but a new announcement from the company admits that there's room for improvement.

Image Valve
Image Valve

"Once our team has identified that the anomalous activity is an off-topic review bomb, we'll mark the time period it encompasses and notify the developer".

The downside to this process is that every user review during an off-topic review bomb will be removed from a game's overall Steam score, even the good ones. Because review bombs tend to be "temporary distortions", all reviews will be caught in the net.

KitGuru Says: Depending on how the team conducts their investigation, there could be a major flaw in the new system - what's stopping players from disguising their review bomb to make it look relevant when it's brought about by something off-topic? It emphasized that it is not deleting reviews, but only changing the way it calculates review scores, and said that it has decided "not to unilaterally grandfather in what's happened in the past", which is presumably why the Metro reviews remain untouched despite clearly being review bombs. It is worth noting that the reviews themselves will not be removed, but rather made hidden so that those who are still interested in them can still find them. Our reasoning is that the "general" Steam player doesn't care as much about them, so the Review Score is more accurate if it doesn't contain them.

It also committed to ensuring that users can continue to use the review system as they see fit, including "to react to deception or discovering something they've been sold is sub-par". "It's the same reason that we decisively ban partners who engage in review manipulation-customers need to be able to trust the system for it be valuable".

Quebec cannabis giant Hexo acquires Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike
Newstrike , which has the stock symbol HIP , was set to be acquired by CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.in an all-stock deal in 2017. The overall total volume in the last trading session was 3773215 shares while it's while its relative trading volume is 2.58.

President Donald Trump planning visit to Ireland
DONALD TRUMP has said he is surprised at the way Brexit has been handled - and blamed Theresa May for ignoring his advice. Mr Trump said he had seen Mr O'Rourke's announcement and said: "I've never seen so much hand movement".

'At least 100 missing' in Zimbabwe after cyclone
Malawi has also been affected by the natural disaster, where 56 lives were claimed by aggressively heavy rains earlier this week. Senior forecaster Jan Vermeulen said: " Cyclone Idai made landfall at about midnight and is now lying north-west off Beira".

Related News:

  • Bale: Manchester United boss Solskjaer fails to rule out move

    Bale: Manchester United boss Solskjaer fails to rule out move

    The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea mostly have easy games for the remainder of the league season but Man United will have to face the likes of Man City, Everton and Chelsea.
    Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

    Australian Man Appears In Court On Murder Charge After Christchurch Attack

    New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern , said the gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle , along with what appeared to be explosives.
    Canadians Andreescu, Shapovalov notch upsets at Indian Wells

    Canadians Andreescu, Shapovalov notch upsets at Indian Wells

    And now Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime have each other. "This year all the wins have definitely given me confidence". Next week, Andreescu, Shapovalov and Raonic will head to the Miami Open, another major tournament.
  • River flooding expected by end of week

    River flooding expected by end of week

    Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates as necessary. The plant was built at 903 feet above sea level, which is 13 feet above natural grade, NPPD said.
    Manchester City in UEFA Champions League

    Manchester City in UEFA Champions League

    I respect a lot the desire of all the people and the players, and I can be really part of that, I can be part of that dream. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have. "When Manchester City came here it was similar.
    Mafia boss 'Franky Boy' killed in drive-by shooting

    Mafia boss 'Franky Boy' killed in drive-by shooting

    According to local media in NY , he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu. The 53-year-old reportedly ascended to the top spot in the gang in 2015, taking over from Domenico Cefalu.
  • Reputed Gambino crime family boss shot dead at NYC home

    Reputed Gambino crime family boss shot dead at NYC home

    An assistant DA there referred a reporter to the office's public information officer, who was not immediately available. For one, a 24-year-old man from Brick, New Jersey has already been arrested in connection with the murder.
    Google Ads to Provide Users With More Assistance After Ad Disapprovals

    Google Ads to Provide Users With More Assistance After Ad Disapprovals

    While Google might have targeted fewer ads a year ago , the company nearly doubled the crackdown on advertisers and developers. The company provides examples such as for-profit bail bond providers, which it bans from advertising through its ad network.
    New documentary makes sensational claims about missing Madeleine McCann

    New documentary makes sensational claims about missing Madeleine McCann

    They've also reportedly urged others to refuse doing interviews with production house Pulse Films, who's making the series. NETFLIX has released a trailer for its controversial new documentary series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann .
  • Man in court after 49 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

    Man in court after 49 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

    However, a man who claimed to be responsible for the shootings left a 74-page "anti-immigrant manifesto" at the scene. At about the same time, there was a second shooting at Masjid mosque in Linwood, where seven more were killed.
    Roger Stone's trial date set for early November

    Roger Stone's trial date set for early November

    At other court appearances, prosecutors from the USA attorney's office had spoken on behalf of the government. Stone has maintained his innocence and blasted the special counsel's investigation as politically motivated.
    Qualcomm Apple lawsuit: Jury awards $31 million in patent lawsuit to Qualcomm

    Qualcomm Apple lawsuit: Jury awards $31 million in patent lawsuit to Qualcomm

    Qualcomm's legal victory today covers a case that's only one of many legal tussles playing out in courtrooms around the world. Billions of dollars are at stake in that trial, which goes to the heart of the licensing dispute between the tech giants.


Most liked

Australian media broadcast footage from Christchurch shootings despite police warnings
He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. "One of which has publicly stated that they were Australian-born. Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen.

Here's What Happens in the End Credits of 'Captain Marvel'
In a corner, Captain Marvel's beeper (which she left with Nick Fury at the end of her movie) is beeping, until suddenly it's not. Since Captain Marvel is immune to poison, Liquid Courage will grant her bonus Attack without needing to withstand Poison damage.

Gaza border protests called off after Israel air raids: Organisers
Witnesses said the powerful explosions from the air strikes rocked buildings in Gaza and lit up the skies over the targeted sites. Four Palestinians were wounded in the Gaza strikes, the enclave's health ministry said, while no Israelis were reported injured.

Malcom Brown signs three-year, $15 million deal with New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints are adding a big name at defensive tackle, signing New England Patriots free agent Malcom Brown . Brown, 25, played four years for the Patriots after being selected No. 32 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas.

Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters Launches on PS4
Any and all support helps keep DualShockers as a standalone, independent platform for less-mainstream opinions and news coverage. Now, players can appreciate new high-level quests, new entrance, and victory scenes and better costume unlocking.

China hits back at United States over human rights violations
While the report is generally based on factual reporting, the USA can use it to signal changes in its views of other governments. Pompeo acknowledged that despite extreme abuses in many countries, Washington would work with them if needed.

Nigel Farage leads 'Leave Means Leave' march from Sunderland
They've got their no-deal taken off the table by four votes", he said. "I'm sorry, but that really riles me". In contrast, one counter-protester told the Press Association "it's going to be a disaster if we leave".

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules to Allow Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gunmakers
Even though the court allowed the case to proceed, he said, there still be a very high bar for successfully suing Remington.

Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Tiny Waist In Sexy Cutout Jumpsuit
Considering Stormi's Kar-Jenner peers are named Chicago and True, Rose doesn't really feel on-brand. I looked up names, and I saw Storm, and I really liked that".

Diet-related changes in human bite spread new speech sounds
They also found that labiodental sounds occurred accidentally when trying to make other speech sounds in the overbite model. They range from the virtually ubiquitous "m" to the rare "click consonants" heard in several languages in southern Africa.

New Zealand shooting: Australian senator egged after controversial remarks
Queensland Senator Fraser Anning was filmed striking the 17-year-old after being egged during a meeting at Moorabbin, Melbourne . Several of Anning's supporters intervened tackled the boy to the ground while the Senator slipped out a side door.

Chelsea Clinton Apologizes To Students Who Blame Her For NZ Attack
On Friday, a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, killing 49 people. "Certainly, it was never my intention".

No Man's Sky Beyond update includes No Man's Sky Online
As such, there'll be no microtransactions or subscriptions, and updates will continue to be free for all pre-existing players. This effectively adds an MMO component to No Man's Sky .

Eddie Jones Names Scintillating Team As England Seek Bonus Point Win
Ben Te'o drops out to the bench with Manu Tuilagi moving from outside to inside centre allowing a comeback for Henry Slade. Jones explained his logic, saying: "With young players, particularly in this environment, you've got to look after them".

Thieves steal fake Bruegel masterpiece in police sting
Officials kept up the ruse in the hours after the theft, telling newspapers the theft was a "hard blow for the community". And it was the copy the art thieves took off the wall.