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Steam User Reviews are tongue-in-cheek customer reviews of various video games titles that are available for purchase on Valve's online marketplace platform Steam, in a very similar vein to the facetious reviews that are posted by users on Amazon and eBay.
In late 2013, Valve introduced a user ratings and review system on Steam, allowing users to rate and write reviews of any video game titles they have purchased on their product pages. Within the first fe weeks, multiple satirical reviews were written for universally-panned titles, including Bad Rats(shown below, left) and Infestation: Survivor Stories (shown below, right).
After the release of this feature, more tongue-in-cheek reviews continued to surface for a wider range of titles, including AAA popular releases as well as controversial games. With the increase in popularity of the reviews, a number of video game review sites like Kotaku and PC Gamer soon caught on with the joke and published facetious reviews of video games based on user feedback found on Steam. On January 14th, 2014, a link to a compilation of humorous Dota 2 reviews was posted to the /Dota2 subreddit, where it gathered 1,001 upvotes and 169 comments prior to archival. In late December 2013, a Tumblr blog titled Steam-Reviews was made, as well as another one titled quality steam reviews in late June 2014, both compiling a series of funny steam reviews taking from a variety of games.
On January 25th, 2014, a discussion on the Steam subreddit r/Steam was posted discussing whether or not Steam Joke Reviews were funny or were hindering the ability to get actual information on the game from real reviews. On January 14th, 2015, Valve added a "funny" button alongside the upvote and downvote button on Steam reviews to acknowledge the use of the reviews for satire.
 Steam – Steam Reviews
 Kotaku – Skyrim, As Told By Steam Reviews
 Complex – Please Shut Up: The Best and Worst User Reviews on Steam
 PC Gamer – The most baffling Steam reviews
 r/DotA2 – Some of the game reviews on steam sure made me laugh. And cry. And wonder
 Tumblr – Steam Reviews blog
 Tumblr – Quality Steam Reviews blog
 r/Steam – Valve has added/are adding a "funny review" button
 Wikipedia – Digital Rights Management
 r/Steam – Reviews that try to be funny
 Steam – Bad Rats:the Rats´ Revenge
 Steam – Infestation: Survivor Stories
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Jan 24, 2015 at 05:14AM EST
Jan 24, 2015 at 09:23AM EST
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