Here is my toss on the burning fire that is blog posts about Valve changing its policy to allow any game that isn’t illegal or trolling on Steam, in which I argue its a good move that will likely have zero impact on you personally. TAGN has a post up that has links to other blog posts (lazy linking ftw).
First and foremost, I don’t want Steam deciding what is or is not appropriate content for me as it relates to videogames. If I feel like loading up a school shooter sim, or roleplay a nazi hunting down jews, or whatever else offends you, I should be able to do that. I won’t, personally, but I don’t care or get offended because Steam has that option for me. Far more offensive stuff, like shitty asset swap games or achievement collector ‘games’ already exits on Steam today, and yet life goes on. Videogames aren’t drugs or cigarettes, where actual real side effects exist and we do need to protect the young and/or dumb from themselves.
Second, anyone who thinks that suddenly THIS will make it too hard to find a game on Steam is missing a screw or three. Right now, before this change goes into effect, 40+ games are added EVERY SINGLE DAY to Steam. Currently Steam has 22000+ games, yet you think after this change THEN Steam is going to be overcrowded? El oh El.
And here’s the thing, good games make the news. Maybe not the front page of a major site, but if a game is good, it will get buzz. Maybe you have to read a great blog like this one to find out about a game like Battle Brothers, but it will happen. Plus not only will it happen, its not even that hard. If you want an RPG, do a quick search for “Best RPG of 2018”. How many rape simulators came up in your search? Zero (unless you’re personal search history is… questionable…). How many good RPGs did you find that you can now easily grab off Steam? A bunch right? Wtf is the problem with finding games again?
Overall its a good thing that Valve will no longer be wasting their time deciding what form of videogame sex is ‘too much’ to put on their platform, or if a game about murder is ok because the people being murdered ‘deserved it’ or whatever justification someone comes up with. It’s fine. All of it, really.
(And yes, of course this is likely to change in the future, but not because someone puts something on Steam that the majority agree is ‘too much’, but because some vocal minority gets a bunch of ‘likes’ on their protest page.)