When Valve opened up its Steam Tags system, it was a bit of a free-for-all. And – predictably – it didn’t take long for gamers to start adding less-than-savoury tags for games they aren’t fond of. Now, Valve has taken steps to avoid this happening again.
The new update removes an assortment of tags – including “hipster garbage”, and “Phil Fish sucks” (“walking simulator” is still applied to Gone Home), and adds a flagging function. You can now flag and downvote tags which are either:
- Not appropriate for this product
- Not helpful
Valve has also increased the number of users required for a tag to show up as “popular” – and even if a whole lot of people approve an inappropriate tag, if it’s only applied to one game, it will not be listed in the recommendation “For You” tab.
It’s a nice step from the studio, but gamers are still concerned it won’t be enough. At present, anyone can tag any game they like – whether they’ve played it or not – which still leaves a loophole for potential abuse. The Steam Tags system is still in beta, however, so it will continue to be revamped and revised before an official release.