Valve gives users tool to report Steam products for pornography, hate speech, legal violation, other reasons

New features and a recent statement from Gabe Newell show how Steam is becoming more of a self-publishing platform.

A new feature on Steam will allow you to report products for containing pornographic content, content that violates the law in your jurisdiction, and other reasons, according to an image posted by Steam Database.

You’ll also be able to report a product for containing “content that is patently offensive or intended to shock or disgust viewers,” exploiting children in any way, hate speech, fraud, malware, and adult content that isn't age-gated.

The feature is similar to Valve’s recently launched Steam Tags, which allows users to add text tags to individual games and software on their associated Steam Store pages.

These features, along with Steam reviews and new tools that allow developers to configure Steam sales and discounts, allow users and developers to manage content on Steam without much help from Valve.

In his recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit, Gabe Newell said that Valve is working on making Steam a self-publishing system.

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enoslives7
enoslives7

Uh oh, better not speak out about Barry Saetoro....OOPS, I mean Barack Hussein Obama.

Does anyone else find it strange Barry Saetoro has gone to such lengths to hide his past??

megakick
megakick

Instead of VALVE paying somebody to monitor the games VALVE wants the gamers to do it for them for free?


billzihang
billzihang

I can see this being exploited for people's dubious agendas.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

You can report games for being offensive, or supposedly spreading hate speech? I can sense a lot social justice warriors on the horizon....

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

Oh god, I guess we won't be seeing eroge games at all.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

unrelated, but Jesus Gamespot, get your website design together already. The site looks awful.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Whether you agree with it or not, porno and hate speech are protected under the first amendment.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Final decision on any removal still lies with Valve - something that some of you here at GameSpot don't seem to realize. :/

High-time that there are tools like this, I say - more power to consumers, even if that power may well be abused by trolls. Also, this one is more useful than the tagging system.

quakke
quakke

What, so it's now offensive that i can see some boobs in couple of FPS games?

Link3301
Link3301

I think a lot of people don't realize is that valve is just giving us the ability to report games. The power age-gate and remove them still lies in valve's hands.

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

Great, a feature that will be abused to remove games the users just have grudges with and not because of legit issues.

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

Steam Box is a reskinned Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Where's the report feat. for all those subpar indies flooding the Steam store? Which is about 70%+ of Steam library.

JoInfo
JoInfo

So Valve is basically saying that ESRB isn't good enough... And they're enabling people to troll-tag games. Bad move.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

East Germany justified their censorship by dismissing dissenters as "troublemakers" and saying people are "offended" always using the narration that they are people up to no good going against the general public. Just sayn..

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

While I don't think any adult or offensive content should be banned just because some users hate it, I would hope Valve takes fraud, malware or any kind of social engineering seriously. Of course, users themselves need to be careful regardless. It's unrealistic to think Valve can keep track of everything at all times.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

Looks like they are deputising some of the Steambots into a Stasi. Nobody likes a nark reporting history needs lustration. It's called free speech and freedom of expression so just deal with it.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Seems a lot of people are overlooking something here. 'You’ll also be able to report a product for containing “content that is patently offensive or intended to shock or disgust viewers,” exploiting children in any way, hate speech, fraud, malware, and adult content ->that isn't age-gated <-'. That bit's important, people. They aren't flat out removing all offensive stuff.

LiquidOcelot145
LiquidOcelot145

>Social Justice Warriors and Tumblrtards launch and all out cleansing purge on Steam, removing any game that features any form of misogyny. A male only protagonist, the "damsel in distress" story trope, impractical female armor, "implied" rape, "implied" violence against women, "implied" trauma triggers, and just about any other impractical, illogical, insensible reason they can concoct to get games banned that they deem either demeaning to the LGBT community, or detrimental to their ideal of a "perfect" society as a whole
>99.9% of the Current Steam library does not survive the purge
>only game to survive the purge?
>Gone Home

MEANWHILE

>Gamers now have a chance to remove games that are not games, and usher in a platform that gives gamers what they want- games with superb gameplay mechanics
>no more walking simulators, no more "story before gameplay" games, no more $40 games with nothing but wandering down semi-different corridors while listening to some voice actor drone on and give you exposition on the plot, instead of discovering and enjoying the plot on your own, and of your own accord
>They purge the remaining games left over by the SJW's great Steam purge
>First (and last) game removed?
>Gone Home

And.... Here we.... GO!

ahpuck
ahpuck

You shouldn't give users that much power, they will only use it to wreck havoc.

delta5931
delta5931

Gonna go report War Z, ORION: Dino Horde, and Day One: Garry's Incident because of how crap they are.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

People are not very good judges about this kind of stuff.

chavao666
chavao666

Isn't that gonna make people take shit too serious and really screw others such as that guy who was arrested for joking that he would kill babies or whatever

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@DoomZaW  

You can say that - but when someone says something which really offends you, don't be a "social justice warrior". ;)

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

@DrKill09 Well, the 1st Amendment was intended to protect unpopular political opinions and religious rights, among other things.  There is nothing political or religious in a porno.  However, "hate speech" is typically politically and sometimes religiously oriented.  You may not agree with the message, but then that's just the nature of politics and religion.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

@DrKill09it is, and steam are allowed to do what they want because its their platform. that's also part of the first amendment

NotCeo
NotCeo

@Redblaze27 Why would you assume that Valve is just going to remove content without first checking if the reports are valid?

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

@Mr_BillGates Have tons of indies in my Steam library which are great games to me. Are any of them the next big indie hit? No. But for what I paid for them, versus the entertainment I got out of them? They where worth it in my book. Yeah there are a lot of crappy ones, but go to any GameStop, and you'll find 70% of the games on those shelves are mediocre as well. It's just a matter of keeping an eye out for the interesting ones.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

@Mr_BillGates You have a point about all those crappy and lazy indie titles that have flooded Steam. I mean, if you don't have the talent or resource to make an AAA game with the great 3D graphics then don't make it at all. I am tired of those cheap lazy subpar indie games with there simplistic 20 year old 2D graphics getting a pass because they are indie... come on.. seriously.

NotCeo
NotCeo

@JoInfo Most games that aren't major retail releases don't go through the ESRB process, and don't have any sort of rating on their Steam page.

hikaruai
hikaruai

Not enough tin to build you a hat, sir...

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

@delta5931  You're one of those people who only look at metascores without actually playing the games. Orion Dino Horde is actually very good, the metascore rating is for something else not this game. 

observer98
observer98

@chavao666  Yeah that was very weird. A Canadian woman reports a Texan teenager for joking he would kill school children and eat their hearts. Apparently he can get considerable jail time for that.

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

@Lord_Python1049 @DrKill09"Hate speech" does not have to be incitement.  You're talking about inciting people to riot against some other group.  Yes, it can be incendiary, but people have passions on both sides of most every issue.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

@Butt_Chunx @Mr_BillGates I agree with a lot of indies being simply 8, 16-bit era cash-ins. Yet what you are saying about triple-A game quality in indie games? If every indie developer did that, there would be none. Plus, in my opinion, the bland, photo-realistic graphics every single game seems to possess anymore gets very old, very quick. It's nice to play something different every once in a while, even if it isn't a perfect game.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@hikaruai

Tin may be forged with hammers but ignorance is formed with dismissals, think about that.

Link3301
Link3301

but there wasn't really any proof he was insane, plus he was clearly being sarcastic to mock they guy he was arguing with.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@Link3301

Word to this wise, directly threatening to hunt somebody down and shoot them or threatening to commit an act of terrorism is not a joke in any circumstance and dont give me any police state crap about it because it has never been ok.