As the world's most famous PC gaming platform, Steam and its operator Valve have been censured on the game content review standards. In May this year, several adult game developersExpress, Valve said that they violated the adult content regulations, hoping that they can delete the game of pornographic content, otherwise it will be removed from the Steam shop.
Valve's move triggered a large number of players denounced, although there is news that the "butter smashing action" is behind the pressure from the radical public welfare organization NCOSE (American anti-sexual exploitation organization), but in the end still apologized by Value. Come to an end.
In addition to the problem of erotic games, a shooting game called Active Shooter also caused quite a lot of fire in May.dispute. The game itself takes the campus as a scene. Players can play terrorists to shoot passers-by in schools. Taking into account the sensitivity of themes, this setting makes the game slammed by many people before they are on the shelves; plus the developers themselves. There are also a number of bad records, and Steam finally forced this offense.
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After these two incidents, the discussion about the content of the “steaming game” review criteria has become increasingly fierce: What is Steam-supported games? What is Steam disallowed game? Have certain political inclinations? Or racial discrimination? Or is it pornographic and violent? Valve obviously needs to give a clearer answer instead of unilaterally marking a red line.
Today, Valve Operations Director Erik Johnson issued aLong announcementHe said that after some time thinking, Steam has already decided internally that it will allow and accept all conforming games to be put on the store in the future unless it is illegal in itself or maliciously provocative.
In the announcement, Erik Johnson elaborated on Steam's position and principles. He said "Valve should not be the person who decides on this".
"If you are a player, we should not choose what you can and cannot buy for you; if you are a developer, we should not make choices about your content. These are ultimately It should be up to the user to decide. ”
In the past, although it was very convenient to put new games on Steam, there was still someone inside Valve who was reviewing possible controversies in the game. As for the future, Valve may further open the authority. Johnson also said that under the new standard, Valve can be more focused. Instead of creating a better tool and optimizing the recommendation algorithm instead of being a referee personally.
In addition, Erik Johnson also pointed out that Valve is still working hard to improve algorithms and tools to better make appropriate recommendations for content based on different users, or to allow players to set options to determine what they want to see, but these options are “Does not represent Valve's values ”:
"Steam" will certainly include game content that you like and you hate. You have the power to create content, make choices, and make dissatisfaction. The same applies to other players on Steam. They will also see that they don't like it. You think of a reasonable work; and for developers, even if its game is not liked by many people, it also has the power and opportunity to obtain their own audience. ”
In short, Valve finally chose to respond to all those who questioned Steam with a "non-intervention" attitude. Compared to Apple and Google's various articles for their respective application stores, the current practice of Steam is not so much as "completely open". ;, it would be better to say more when it is a “ shake hands dispensers & rdquo;.
However, for a platform that already has a certain amount of volume, avoiding controversy is not necessarily the best solution. In the future, ethical discussions caused by Steam games will only become more and more, and not less and less.
It is worth mentioning that the range of “illegal games” that Valve mentioned in the announcement is also not clear. After all, different countries and regions have different systems. In this regard, they prefer to allow developers to specify the content of possible disputes when submitting a game so that Steam can classify it in advance. If the developer deliberately conceals the fact that it will eventually let Steam “hedge”, then Steam will also consider directly stopping cooperation.
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