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Old 04-03-2017, 12:32 PM   #1
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Valve is Revamping the Way Steam Recommends Games

PC Gamer has the story.

Major changes are on the way to Steam that will, in theory at least, dramatically improve the quality of the discovery queue and the utility of the curation system. Based on a post-Valve-visit report by YouTube guy TotalBiscuit, the goal is to use a combination of data and more focused and effective curation to ensure that users only see games they'll be legitimately interested in, while effectively killing off bad games "by making them invisible."

TotalBiscuit said Valve believes that, for the most part, the system is actually working quite well, but it wants to ensure that people know why things are happening the way they are. The data used to drive the system will be available to everyone, which will enable a quicker and easier analysis (and, presumably, correction) of problems that result in "bad" games being displayed on user pages. But "they [also] want to be able to show that bad games are not actually clogging up the Steam store page," he said, and that despite how it may appear, that they're not getting any "real" attention. The ultimate goal is that "everybody's Steam page looks different but it's personalized perfectly to them, based on the data they have."

Probably the biggest front-facing change will be the addition of "Steam Explorers," an opt-in system in which users buy a game from a pre-selected list, then play and evaluate it based on various criteria. The games will have to be purchased, but Valve is considering "perks" for members of the program including unique badges, access to exclusive forums, and no-strings-attached refunds (one per week) which will make "explored" games not too terribly different from conventional review copies. The idea is apparently to come up with something more akin to what Valve originally had in mind for Steam Greenlight, but with more incentive for those taking part to approach it actively and seriously, thereby making it a more effective system for separating the wheat from the crapola.
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:32 PM   #2
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:07 PM   #3
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I really don't like the "personalized" dashboard initiatives these days that are becoming more popular across various media. I feel that they push people towards cookie-cutter thinking/tunnel-vision viewpoints (boiling complex issues down to conservative vs. liberal seems to only serve those in power). How are people supposed to know if they like game genre x if they've never been exposed to it, or viewpoint y if they've never been exposed to it/thought empathetically about the other side's view? I think these algorithms/dashboards encourage extremist points of view/are literally guiding people's thinking (along a path) more than they ever have before. I watched like two Netflix documentaries on the marijuana industry over the course of maybe a year, and based on the dashboard I saw after, it's like they thought I was Tommy Chong or something (can't wait for this history to inevitably be used for other kinds of profiling, since everyone wants to roll back online privacy protections).
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:35 PM   #4
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They need to change their whole UI, its terrible.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:02 AM   #5
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AkumaATR - You're not supposed to be able to think for yourself, or have a choice, as you're supposed to buy what you're told to buy and like it.

Example: Apple buy beats. The new iPhone has now headphone port (at least there's adapters) and you're told that the port is old, no longer required etc. P.s. Did you know that we have lots of wireless headphones? We do... lots of famous people wear them... have you seen the advert? Also the word 'only' gets on my nerves. 'Only 20,000'. "Oh what value".

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Personalized dashboard makes sense.
If you bought Thief and Dishonored you probably want to know when Styx is on sale.
If you bought Red Alert and Starcraft, you probably want to know when Homeworld Remastered is on sale.
If you want something completely different, there is nothing stopping you from going to the sale pages to find something unique.
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