Valve has optimized the way the user review system works on Steam in an attempt to combat the bombing, which has been a concern for some developers for quite some time.
While it is not currently clear how much Valve will be effective in identifying off-topic revisions (or if it will help solve the problem), this is good news for developers who may have been worried about their titles.
The bombing of the reviews was a serious problem for the developers, with Devotion the last game to have been hit. In 2017 Valve had already made changes to its user review system to combat spam.
As explained in a blog post, Steam will attempt to minimize the number of "off-topic review bombs" on the user score displayed at the top of a game's store page, allowing users to activate their preferences. your account to see all the reviews counted.
How does Valve identify off-topic revisions? Using a tool they built, the goal is "to identify any abnormal review activity on all games on Steam as close to real time as possible," and then notify a group of people to Valve, who will then go to "
" Once our team has identified that the abnormal activity is an off-topic review bomb, we will mark the time frame that includes and notifies the developer. Reviews within that time will then be removed from the Review score calculation. "
But Steam users can still choose to have off-topic review bombs included in all review scores they see, but they must be enabled with the checkbox below their Steam Store options .
According to the post, the "off topic" criterion refers to reviews "where the focus of those reviews is on a topic that we consider extraneous to the probability that prospective buyers will be happy if
I complaints about DRM and EULA changes are considered off-topic based on this rule, with Valve defending his reasoning that "the" general "Steam player doesn't care so much about them, so the Review Score is more accurate if it does not contain them. "