Steam, once a faceless retailer of digital goods, is making an effort to widen the scope of the online sales tool. Where before information on a game’s page was written only by the creator of that project, Steam is opening the floodgates and letting users add reviews to product pages. The feature hits Steam today and is still considered to be in beta.
Users are able to post reviews to the pages of products they own, providing an open forum to share their experiences with prospective purchasers. Other users have the ability to thumbs-up or thumbs-down a review, depending on its helpfulness. There is currently no overall score system in place at the current time, but this may be added later on in the beta. The full list of features can be found on the Steam website.
Good idea? Bad idea? I think we’ll have to wait and see on this one. Obviously adding comment systems to a major gaming platform opens up the doors to abuse and spam, but if anyone can do this right, it’s Valve.