If Steam Starts Curating Games, Then What's The Point Of Game Reviewers?
Now I know there are some people who will instantly drop to the comment section to decry the title, make excuses and go on and about the necessity of the current setup of the video game market, but I do at least implore you to watch the video first before making any snap judgments.
John Bain, a.k.a., TotalBiscuit, brings up some interesting points about “fixing” or “cleaning” up the Steam store. It needs an overhaul, he says. It needs better, cleaner navigation, he says. I sort of agree.
One of the the key points brought up in the video, however, is about content curation: what deserves and does not deserve to be on the Steam store? Well, this is where things get a little less clear and a lot less friendly.
TotalBiscuit's suggestions about adding better clarity and navigation to new releases – or old games being promoted as new releases – is admirable, but somewhat misguided.
In the video above, he uses Summoner as an example of what he feels could be a good game being promoted in a proper way on Steam. He also uses Desert Gunner – a game that was recently released on Steam but was originally brought to the market in 2006 – as an example of a game that didn't deserve to be on the front page. Well, who's to say what deserves to be where?
I haven't played Summoner and I don't know if it does deserve to be on Steam's front page. I also haven't played Desert Gunner, so I don't know if it deserves to be on Steam's front page, either.
Here's where the suggestion of filters get hazy: who determines and how, what deserves to be filtered? Riptide GP2 isn't necessarily new, it's been out on other devices for a while. I love the game, though. I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't see it on the front page. I almost purchased IHF Handball Challenge 12... whether it's good or not isn't the point, but I did want to play it. I considered adding it to my wishlist, as I may pick it up later. I easily could have missed it with a filter being on.
Now, adding a filter could be nice, but again, how do you determine what games should be filtered? Not every gamer has the same tastes in games. Even more than that, not every gamer knows about some of these older titles being re-released for the first time on Steam. While a filter may be great for games I may not care about, like Science Girls, BoneTown or Strategic War in Europe, I'm willing to bet that there are more than a handful of gamers out there who do like those games. A filter for everybody is not necessarily a good filter for everybody.
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