Valve has announced a series of changes coming to Steam filters, which revolve around more effectively filtering violent and sexual content on the platform. This basically gives us an idea on how Valve will deal with the huge influx of content that makes its way onto Steam. We don’t know yet if previously banned content will make it back onto Steam, but it just might.
One of the bigger changes is that Steam now requires developers to describe the content that appears in their game if it’s of a violent or sexual nature. This would make it like somewhat of a parental advisory section on IMDB. As the blogpost puts it, “We think the context of how content is presented is important and giving a developer a place to describe and explain what’s in their game gives you even more information when browsing and considering a purchase. When you’re looking at the store page of a game with mature content, we’ll display that developer-written description to you.”
Valve further added that every developer with mature content in their game will be “encouraged” to add such descriptions. Valve is also going get a bunch of mods to monitor games to which these new rules will be applicable to.
Valve also took this opportunity to address what they meant by banning games that were “outright trolling”. Basically, they said this would include developers who aren’t actually interested in buying or selling games and are just trying to rile people up with something that just barely passes for a game. This also includes people who are trying to scam people out of stuff and just basically cause chaos in general.
User Steam filters have also been reworked, moving from the previous three ignorable tags to ten. It also affects all games with these tags now, and not just recommendations, so expect a more tailored Steam store. Even mature content has individual filters now, so you can filter out just violence if you’d prefer to still see games with mature sexual content.
The blogpost was pretty long, and we didn’t cover nearly all of it, you can read the entirety of the post here.
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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