“So let’s empower players and get them in on categorizing games and giving one- and two-word feedback to developers!”
Oh man, how badly did that Valve meeting have to go that Steam Tags got out of the door? I do not care for Valve one way or the other, but this has got to be one of the worst ideas I’ve seen in the games industry. You don’t just give players the tools to grief games and studios directly while screwing with their fellow gamers. You don’t unless you do not care about the stupidsplosion that will follow.
It’s good to know that Valve has a witty comeback to studios concerned that their games are being slapped with holocaust and racist tags: “Tags can be a good indicator of when there is a mismatch between how you perceive your game, and how your game is perceived by customers. Often this is simply because there is some piece of information regarding the game that customers feel is missing from the store page.”
That is marketing-speak for “We don’t give a flying flipper-do, pal.”
Well, break out the popcorn, because this is going to be interesting to watch