Tuesday, 19 June, 2018


Valve to stop policing Steam and ‘allow everything’ (except trolls)

Hunipop along with other ‘adult games’ have recently been flagged by Valve for their content Hunipop along with other ‘adult games’ have recently been flagged by Valve for their content
Melba Vasquez | 09 June, 2018, 07:12

Valve will handle some of this content on a case-by-case basis. It was hit with a hail of criticism last month when it told developers they would have to pull games for violating a no-pornography guideline.

"If you're a player, we shouldn't be choosing for you what content you can or can't buy", Valve explans in a post on its blog. "Developers who build controversial content shouldn't have to deal with harassment". Those choices should be yours to make.

Valve concluded that there was no way it could make decisions on what sort of games should be allowed on Steam Store without making some people angry with any decision it makes.

"So what does this mean?" PC Gamer has reached out to Valve to figure out if you'll still need those external patches for HuniePop or Sakura Dungeon, so if they hear back we'll update this story with Valve's statement. Until now, all of the titles you see in the Steam Store were approved by a human, but that's going to change. After much public outrage, Valve, the company behind Steam finally made a decision to remove the game from sale.

Valve's new laissez-faire attitude toward what content is published on its digital storefront Steam is "ridiculous", said Itch.io founder Leaf Corcoran on Twitter Wednesday. YouTube past year implemented new policies to age-restrict inappropriate videos posing as children's content.

In an interesting post to the Steam Blog today, Erik Johnson goes over what games get to be on the steam store. From here on out, Valve will not be policing content on its store - no matter how tasteless the game is or how much backlash the game receives. They may not have confirmed this part of the policy just yet, though the company did quelch the rumor that their payment processors were the driving force behind Valve's hesitance to allow full blown sex-driven games.

Do you agree with Valve's clarified content strategy? In his review of the game, Waypoint's Patrick Klepek pointed to an apparent disconnect between its sales pitch (whose Steam listing primarily describes gameplay mechanics) and its content (which Klepek says revolves around "sexual violence, the power dynamics of sex between genders, and how society often views gay sex through the lens of straight men"). Valve sees these tools as necessary since, as Johnson admitted, controversies will continue under its new policy. If you're a developer of offensive games, this isn't us siding with you against all the people you're offending. We believe you should be able to express yourself like everyone else, and to find others who want to play your game. In addition, the company announced the implementation of a new filter system that will allow users to remove unwanted content from their page.

The argument here seems to be that no content policy can exist in an ideological vacuum, and Valve has chosen the wrong ideology by trying to choose none of them.

Rather than engage in this never-ending debate, Valve has chose to take a step back from it, letting user tastes dictate what gains a following on the platform.

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