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Text Comments (365)
El Chaos (2 months ago)
Yo guys, the Camposanto moron didn't "criticize" PewDiePie, he threatened legal action against him by means of DMCA. Be careful with your wording, please.
Robert Nicholson (2 months ago)
i super hope they are checking into fake bad reviews with as much diligence
Hank Hill (2 months ago)
Steam for Solaris OS is on the way! Yay!!!!!
I Always Asked For This (2 months ago)
Yet it took 173 shovelware's from Zonitron to get them banned.
Violet Snow (2 months ago)
Steam's review system is pretty awful anyway. It doesn't really matter.
El Dordo Mufasa (2 months ago)
I think Valve should include a metacritic score on the game page, I always try to consider gamer reviews alongside the professional
Supernova71288 (2 months ago)
Wow, 6 fake reviews and they got banned? Damn Steam, no mercy.
NolePtr (2 months ago)
Same reason Tinder doesn't have reviews.
Halo King (2 months ago)
HI Gus
Animebryan2 (2 months ago)
Giving your own game fake positive reviews is always a bad move, because if your game was any good you wouldn't need to do that in the first place. However, I can sympathize with developers who get review bombed (especially by trolls). Maybe people shouldn't rely too much on what a reviewer says (take it with a grain of salt) & just play a game & see for yourself if whether or not a game is good or not. After all, not everyone is going to enjoy a game no matter how well to try to please your fans/audience.
robertthebard (2 months ago)
#Irony ? They take reviews seriously on Steam? Since when? How many user accounts have been banned for review bombs? None? Very few? Did they do anything about it? I'm frankly surprised to learn that anyone actually uses Steam reviews for anything, given how easily the system is gamed, by gamers. I know I don't use it for reviews, and frankly, I hardly use it for anything else, if I can avoid it, to the point where I'd rather buy from EA, at least I know what they're about, as opposed to Steam, where a rash of negative reviews could mean that, as you mentioned in this video, something unrelated to the actual game causes a rush of negative reviews. Check the review bomb on the original version of Skyrim, as another example, when the CC was released, and you can't even get the CC on the original Skyrim. It's a worthless platform when it comes to actual reviews, sort of like MetaCritic, which doesn't even require a registered copy of a game to post a review.
Listing Characters (2 months ago)
I am happy that the guilty party stepped up and accepted the blame. That's a very mature thing to do, and I hope that Steam will work with the others on the dev team for an appeal.
Daniel Goodrich (2 months ago)
I hate it when that happens. Despite what steam says when they pull a game I ALWAYS lose my copy.
S Dew (2 months ago)
steam needs to take on the false preview movies of some of these games, that look NOTHING like the actual game!!!!.. the polish guy wrote 6 yes SIX reviews for hes own game,, like that has a influence on the total amount of reviews LOL, to be banned off steam for writing 6 false reviews is stupid!
OriginalSparkstar (2 months ago)
I dont read reviews I play what looks fun
Porkins (2 months ago)
Oi no exploiting reviews! Hang on, let's hide negative reviews for rockstar
papas182 (2 months ago)
lol ameteur.
"Gamers Bay" (2 months ago)
Cheaters never prosper. But I guess some people are just too ignorant to realize that, like the developer noted here.
Mania Red (2 months ago)
i utterly ignore positive reviews, the only reviews i ever look at are the negative ones, if the reviews are crybaby "this game is too hard!!" "The characters are ugly!" or other stupid non-starter complaints i will usually give the game a shot, if the reviews are legit, -game not finished IE. Lack of animations, Missing textures, game breaking bugs, those negative reviews matter.and influence my purchases.
Shrednaut (2 months ago)
I don't think it matters. Triviality. Six reviews, so what? Give him a second chance. If he is a repeat offender then perma-ban him. If the people don't like it they will bring the ratings down in no time anyway. People will still try it despite bad reviews anyway, so he just needs to respect that. Have you ever watched a movie/ read a book with bad ratings that just so happened to be one of the best you've ever seen/ read? Games are the same way. You just can't judge a book by its cover. People know this. I hope he has really learned his lesson.
Jojo Mahama (2 months ago)
Moving Switch??? Maybe???🤔
Jonathan Green (2 months ago)
Ban? No. Suspend? Yes for maybe a few months or something.
Shambles1980TRealOne (2 months ago)
Why is his head like 10x bigger than it should be. Did he miss every day apart from head day in the gym?
MJRookieForge (2 months ago)
Mr. Sorola, the Steam logo in the thumbnail doesn’t look so good :c
Maurice van Creij (2 months ago)
"I am so sorry I got caught."
CitizenX3639 (2 months ago)
1,000 more important problems than user reviews, please.
ROAD TRIP! (2 months ago)
Still nobody is complaining about the tidal wave of fake reviews in the many crappy games on Google Play...
LodanSD (2 months ago)
Whenever I see a review score listed as Overwhelmingly, I tend to take a good look at the Negative reviews just to see the validity of such reviews, as well as see if there's any major problems with an Overwhelmingly Positive game. I don't just take the basic score at face value, I do research the reviews.
Fulufhelo Mulaudzi (2 months ago)
The guy admitted his mistake. Valve should take out his game for a limited time and then bring it back to Steam.
kevin peterkin (2 months ago)
That t-shirt is LIFE
kevin peterkin (2 months ago)
That t-shirt is LIFE
iCrazyBlaze (2 months ago)
Don't worry, they'll re-upload it on itch.io. And then leave more fake reviews.
H Koizumi (2 months ago)
Thank the PC gods for Gus being there to correct Ashley about PC. She's can be such a console peasant sometimes.
Colin Campbell (2 months ago)
I appreciate this duo for gaming news.
Oneiros (2 months ago)
Meanwhile, some devs are still creating 20 fake studios to release the same game under different names and are still able to release their game. Seriously, there are more important matters than 6 fake reviews on a game.
Momiji (2 months ago)
I enjoy just how Godlike Pewdie has become.
Javier m (2 months ago)
Steam' fake gaming.
Nick Alphonso (2 months ago)
u should get nerdy chicks as host
J K (2 months ago)
Rails to riches is on xbox I think
WolfyOfHonor (2 months ago)
Meanwhile Stellaris is being review bombed by salty Chinese, who themselves are illegally on steam, since it is blocked in China. But that is none of my business...
Derrick Cardona (2 months ago)
I think the guy host has Tetanus?
imnotmike (2 months ago)
I'm really surprised anyone listens to user reviews of video games. I've never taken user reviews seriously. You look at them and 90% of them are 0 or 10 - who looks at that and thinks, yeah, this are probably fair and unbiased reviews.
Gamer's Haunt (2 months ago)
Trying to make thier reviews more legitimate, how about stop listing games with a 70% score as mostly positive. That'd be a great improvement towards making them look more legitimate and less like a marketing tool for the developer. Also delisting a slew of negative reviews that come after a developer does something really stupid or asinine would be a good step as well.
elin111 (2 months ago)
Prediction: He'll sneak back in like basically every other banned dev.
Pcwizard7 (2 months ago)
Suing the buyers of the game for bad reviews was LMAO Good way to keep people buying your games
Erika Wellen (2 months ago)
I don't know who's laughing in the background but he's so genuinely amused it makes me smile.
JULEMANDEN99 (3 months ago)
just buy tabletop simulator if you want boardgames
JULEMANDEN99 (3 months ago)
im still scrolling the games for bad rewiws because the bad rewiws tells about querks aka some bad rewiws made me buy games because they ware what i were looking for in the game^^
Taylor Jones (3 months ago)
This isn't good, but if they are gonna crack down on 6 fake reviews, they need to get rid of the millions of shitty games/asset flips.
Tartiflette (3 months ago)
_"Being locked out of Steam is a dev death penalty!"_ Aren't a lot of competent indie devs avoiding Steam these days? Because it's a lot of headaches (and a big Valve cut) for no exposure at all given the flood of trashy games releases?
Tartiflette (2 months ago)
Or they can move to GOG and itch.io. But even then my point is that if you get kicked out of steam, there are other platforms available for your next game, and those might be more profitable too.
Generic User (2 months ago)
Most devs fleeing Steam go to the Switch, but that need to be decided early on if they don't want to spend months (and more importantly the little money they have) porting their game to another platform. If the game is already out, it's deadly for the studio to be kicked out.
Kitty (2 months ago)
sadly no its main source for indies because of how easy it is to get it put there
Bathrezz1 (3 months ago)
Not sure whats worse; troll steam reviews that intentionally damage a games reputation without any consequence or fake good reviews in the hopes to make money.
Willaces Will (3 months ago)
Am I the only one who don't read any review? I find a real game play video and try to see what us good and bad. Or play the demo if it has one.
Lexx (3 months ago)
Gus' one liners are brilliant (ᗒᗜᗕ)՛̵̖
DeadShoes (3 months ago)
Why does valve not to after snail games for pixark fake reviews? $$$$$ steam is anti consumer
suddenshotty (3 months ago)
It looks like Snail games (The ARK publishers) are posting fake reviews on their latest VR game, whats your opinion on this? https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/8iw3lo/is_snail_games_faking_positive_reviews_for_ark/
Mitchel Mattera (3 months ago)
If you look at Steam reviews for an indication of if a game is definitely good or not you're stupid. Yes, sometimes Steam reviews are a good indicator that a game will be good. But how would you know until you played it yourself? That's why the refund system now exists. Context: 0:44
CRAZY GREG FILMS (3 months ago)
I think it's good that he admitted it, other than be like that other guy who tried suing everyone that gave his games bad reviews.
SC P (3 months ago)
8 min empire was kinda amusing, wasnt really my thing but was interesting to waste some time. to be fair. the review and return system is kinda crap. some games start off bad and some players are just too bad to get into the game :P
STR8L8CED (3 months ago)
Fukin Slayer
hyou zan ren (3 months ago)
Dont care about review anyway! I simply play it and if it suck just refund it!
TamashiiKanjou (3 months ago)
Seriously though, you'd think with everything that happened with Digital Homicide, people would have some sense about how they handle bad reviews. Yes, it's nowhere near as bad, but leaving good reviews for your own game in this kind of way to combat bad reviews is just asking for trouble ><
SuperWolf1964 (3 months ago)
Fake user reviews are a pain: I bought "No Man's Sky" because of the glowing reviews on steam and YouTube.
Ultgamer cw (3 months ago)
They bothered to take down two games from a developer for fake reviews mean while thousands of asset flippers are coating the steam store.
Mark Brown (3 months ago)
Why tf did youtube recommend this video? Please don't highlight cheaters.
StahliBoi (3 months ago)
I love how the guy is like "unfair negative reviews" and yet the game looks like total garbage.
Mathieu Latour (3 months ago)
Steam make sure it doesnt happens again, with them...
Reed's Redactions (3 months ago)
I felt like slapping the guy in the background who laughed when Ashley mentioned GOG.com ... GOG rules!
Nebularium (3 months ago)
And yet, hundreds of trash asset flips still remain available for your pleasure.
LittleThomasKid (3 months ago)
Why would anyone trust Steam reviews? Especially when the mass just flock to downvote a game during any sort of controversy, no matter its relevance to the game in question.
The Killing Committee (3 months ago)
Glad I didn't have an eye tracker on, it would of caught me reading the word 'kingslayer' for 6:42.
Cheappy V (3 months ago)
so wait... I can create 6 accounts and *take down* _any_ Steam game this way!?
Adam W (3 months ago)
It might help if Valve would not let so many crap game and devs on to there platform.
PaelMoon (3 months ago)
Make a new company, his wife is main shareholder, put game back up with new name.
Rafal Borowski (3 months ago)
Poor people, bad attitude, hate, crime and government corruption. Racist and nationalist culture with a good hint of bad overall behavior... and apparently fake game reviews... #Poland in a nutshell.... And I know that for a fact. I live in this cesspool for the past 30 years...
Miki Cerise (3 months ago)
Good job Valve.
Spirit_of_Yami (3 months ago)
rip dev
GasTheFanz (3 months ago)
How come no one is busting Funcom for padded reviews then?
TITONICS2 (3 months ago)
what's wrong with having subtitles, is it that hard to put them in the video since you already written the script for it?
War Doggo (3 months ago)
wow barbra looks weird today
NecruN (3 months ago)
Dont trust Amazon reviews I work in Amazon they actually remove any bad reviews from items they sell and ship... it is pretty shitty practice and they even Ban people from posting reviews if they leave many negative reviews on amazon products,.
Bronx Dragon (3 months ago)
....But I look at youtube and twitch gameplay vids to determine if I will like the game and will purchase it. Word of mouth or in this case text is kinda worthless.
Rob (3 months ago)
I'd like to dive face first into that if you know what I mean ;)
Nagataka_306 (3 months ago)
I wounder when Artix entertainment will get hit like these people did.
AlexLifeson1985 (3 months ago)
But Hunt Down The Freeman is totally cool.....carry on.
Ausintune (3 months ago)
Steam should have better quality control.
Dakka Gaming (3 months ago)
"Something we take very seriously" - Valve 2018, regarding quality control on Steam. hah
Werner Wallman (3 months ago)
Steam should fix their broken assetflipping crap instead...
SLAV (3 months ago)
Ooo kurwaaa
Bane BlackGuard (3 months ago)
and yet they do nothing to stop people from making fake negative reviews. where are all the bans for that?
Brad Torville (3 months ago)
As for this dev, who knows? Maybe CDPR will acquire them next.
thanks (3 months ago)
how to kill any new small game, make 10 accounts, buy only that one game, review that game positive with very similar reviews, never touch the accounts again..... what is stopping this honestly
Kate Marsh (3 months ago)
Holy crap i love Ashley's response to "well he can go to other platforms". Just gold!
Brad Torville (3 months ago)
Yeah, the fake reviews are the embarrassment. Not the crappy games they expect people to pay good money for. No, not that.
joep1432 (3 months ago)
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BatNigg-_- (3 months ago)
I mean if he bought the game 6 times, I kind of feel like he's entitled to 6 reviews. If we can get a 1:1 receipt:review ratio then I'm cool with it.
Leonidas Thanatos (3 months ago)
I think this one deserves a slap on the wrist style punishment instead of getting crushed by the ban hammer.
anthony sweat (3 months ago)
You guys doing weekends now or recorded this Friday?
Jacob (3 months ago)
Sooo how about them unfair/blackmail reviews? Why haven't those users been banned?? I am calling bullshit.
Blinkeh TheGhost (3 months ago)
10/10 sources
sciencemile (3 months ago)
Hey you know, based on what the SPJ members said they wanted from game journalism, I think you guys should submit for the kunkels next year, this is a good presentation format.

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