Valve curbs abusive Steam Tags after games were tagged with "not a game," "hipster garbage"

After people posted offensive tags and personal attacks like "Phil Fish sucks," Valve is allowing users to flag offensive tags.

Only a few days after the launch of Steam Tags, the internet has found a way to abuse them to the point where Valve is now allowing users to report offensive tags.

After Gone Home was tagged with "not a game," Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP with "hipster garbage," and Indie Game: The Movie with "Phil Fish sucks," Valve released an update that should reduce these cases.

The update will allow users to click a flag icon that will appear next to every tag, which will downvote it. Valve said that right now there are four reasons to report a tag: Either it's offensive/abusive, not appropriate for the game or product, not helpful, or contains a spoiler. The update also fixed an issue where swear words appeared unfiltered in some places.

In general, Valve explained, a tag needs to be applied by more users before it will appear in the popular tags sections. At the moment, Gone Home is still tagged with "Walking Simulator."

Unlike the Steam review system that allows you to review only games you've played, anyone can tag any game.

Valve launched the beta for the new tagging feature on Steam earlier this week. It allows users to add text tags to individual games and software on their associated Steam Store pages.

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DrKill09
DrKill09

...but Gone Home IS NOT A GAME.  It's Hipster garbage.

LowTechGeek
LowTechGeek

Oh, humanity: you adorable, precious, little parasite! :-)

nicecall
nicecall

people can't resist to troll hahah, i wonder if any other intelligent life in the universe act like such d-bags

Hurvl
Hurvl

User created content is great! Especially when it becomes abuser generated content. This is why we can't have nice things.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

they need a system that checks the tags are relevant to the game before they go live on the game, otherwise this tag system is pointless.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I don't know what they were expecting exactly.

While not catastrophic, it's easily the stupidest thing Valve have done in a long, long time.  They really should know by now how immature gamers can be.  Give them something to help them, watch them tear it up in front of you because they can't stand the idea of someone else liking a game they don't.

Depressing, but true; we haven't grown up yet.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Tunnel Rats is still tagged with "10/10 It's alright - IGN"

deadpen
deadpen

HA, they need to rename steam to steaming to refer to the steaming pile of shit it is.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

What is really funny (or sad) is that I never even noticed them until people started talking about them online.  But then, I haven't really looked at the Steam store since the last big Steam sale.  There aren't any interesting games coming out...well, at least that I'm willing to pay full price for.  Gone through some of them and they seem pretty funny and accurate to me.

Talavaj
Talavaj

Why would you filter the most accurate tags ?

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

The comments in this thread lead me to believe probably most of these tags involved people here...

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Well as long as DmC has "franchise killer" and "#TooEdgy4U" tags on it, I'm happy. Castlevania: LoS also has a much deserved "God of War" tag on it.

chuckles471
chuckles471

These tags are actually helpful.  I know they are a bit tongue in cheek but they are more truthful than most user reviews.  


What are they only allowed to have gushing ones saying how great the game is?  It's not really fair if that's it.

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

Steam user reviews and recommendations are about as helpful and informative as Metacritic user reviews.

demondogx
demondogx

Most of the big AAA games had their negative tags removed
Gee i wonder who pushed valve to be able to remove tags....

leesielung
leesielung

is this going to be 1080p 60fps ?

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

HAHAHA!!! "Walking Simulator," priceless.

demondogx
demondogx

Why did they remove Fish AI tag on COD Ghost
It was their major addition that the developer itself bragged about

kevicus12
kevicus12

How could Steam not have seen this coming? Big-name releases won't be affected by this very much but indie games are going to suffer big time with idiot tags from morons who simply don't like the idea of a game.

Vojtass
Vojtass

Don't know about Gone Home, but Dear Esther is hardly a game.

pMarK
pMarK

A rare bad idea from Valve. They should just tag games themselves. Seeing a indie gem tagged "Indie Shit" hurts.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@GH05T-666 What is relevant, how will they decide that and who will do that? They'd need an army of employees to sort the out the mess that the army of self-entitled douchbags has created. Even if just one out of evey 10 000 people that visit steam are self-entitled douchebags, that still means that thousands of people abuse their power ("muahaha! I'm mad with power" they go) to tag games.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@deadpen But you are already the biggest there is. So they might as well stick with Steam as they are way less shitty than you.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

@Talavaj  Because people had their feelings hurt.


Honestly though, f*** 'em if they cant take a joke.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

@Bellum_Sacrum  


Castlevania :LoS should have a "Like God of War But" tag on it.... :)


And of course, all Resident Evil games on Steam should carry a "Melodramatic Bollocks" tag on it...in honor of Mr O'Dwyer.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@chuckles471 a game such as Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People being tagged as 

"anal ravager"

"anal enravagement"

"anal ravaged"

"anal ravaging"

is not helpful for developers

shingui5
shingui5

@john_matrix_007  

Well, Steam reviews are so much more helpful than metacritic reviews, for two simple reasons: You have to own the damn game before you can review it, and the system shows how much time the person has put into the game. 

warriors30
warriors30

@Skrilla_XS  That's not even offensive. That's an accurate explanation of the gameplay. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@kevicus12 You do realize that tags have to be upvoted right? If those tags are being upvoted by so many people, they must be true. It's not like it is unheard of for indie games to be pretentious hipster garbage.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@kevicus12  This is why Steam Tags have beta. Additional changes will come soon.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@Vojtass Agreed. It's more like that books have pop-up versions, so this is the pop-up version of a audio book (with dynamic visuals :) )

JachAnen
JachAnen

@pMarK Or let developers handle it. But let users vote on it.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@snakebite6x6x6 

When someone tags a game that you like very much with a troll tag, do tell yourself whether you can "take a joke". ;)

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@shingui5 @john_matrix_007So you're saying that there is a chance that people that wasted ours on the game are going to write anything but "masterpiece" about it?


Please, they're equally as bad.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@warriors30 @Skrilla_XSThat's cheeky, without getting insulting like "hipster garbage". I honestly thought that one was directed at Gone Home as well.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Bellum_Sacrum  No, it just means there are a lot of 'like-minded' people out there.

Which could be good, sure, or it could be very, very bad.

stan_hg
stan_hg

@Bellum_Sacrum Thats correct, There are plenty of people that do admit the game is bad even when they are "wasted" more than 10yrs in that said game

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Bellum_Sacrum Not true, I wasted hours on the last Wolfenstein, beat the game, and was really disappointed.

So... I wrote a review on here.  Hoping someone else would not waste their time (or at least know what they were in for).