Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now being review-bombed on Steam

    
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This was all funny until it happened to us!

We all know how Valve (owner of Steam) hates moderating things, right? Especially down to more or less fighting review bombing simply by telling people to look at the histogram feature while otherwise remaining hands-off? And we also know that Valve (maker of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) recently turned the game free-to-play with a battle royale mode? Because it’s necessary to understand both of these facts to appreciate the irony involved in CS:GO getting review-bombed over the change in business model.

This couldn’t be more of a 1980s come-uppance moment if it involved a truck full of manure and a shout of “McFly!”

The stated motivations of the people tanking the game’s review score are concerns over an increase in cheating and the idea of new players arriving in the game without a clear picture of how to play the game, although astute readers will recall that existing owners will have the option to play among other owners rather than free-to-play players. Which means that just like any other review bombing, it’s really about bad-faith actors trying to ruin a game’s visibility on the store that the developers happen to run. If only there were some moderation tools in place for this, huh?

Source: VG24/7
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Sorenthaz

Looks like it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the total reviews CSGO has. Like even with the negative reviews it’s still not even 40% of ‘recent reviews’.

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PurpleCopper

Give it a couple more months and the reviews should be back to normal. Steam reviews are the best review system there is. It’s certainly a hell of a lot better than Epic’s no-review system.

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Armsbend

Why would Epic need a system for players getting beat at Fortnite to vent?

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Koshelkin

Not sure what their problem is. The game had enough cheaters anyway and you could get it for a couple of bucks on most sales. Lowest price was around 4$. First-World Problems?

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Mewmew

Review bombing often doesn’t have merit. That’s sort of the point here :D

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, review bombing works on games where the total votes are small enough to make a significant shift in the overall reviews.

CSGO meanwhile has ~2.8 million reviews total with only ~31% of the ~130k recent reviews being negative. Overall the game has 87% positive reviews.

They’re going to need way more accounts to make any serious impact with review bombing, lol.

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Colin Goodwin

The level of shade in this article…..is exactly enough. Lol

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Al_Bundy

I played a couple of matches of the new BR mode with a friend today.

On the plus side, it’s a quick mode with a small map, so you can hop in and have some fun and be finished minutes later. Also, it does seem a lot more balanced than most other BR games.

On the other hand though, it brings absolutely nothing new to the table and is just “yet another” BR mode with some questionable design choices (drones delivering items…). It also doesn’t feel a lot like normal CS:GO but like it was a totally different game.

Anyway, I don’t mind them adding new modes and bringing in new players. As long as they keep supporting and developing the old game…. for we all know what happened to Fortnite:Save the World once BR playerbase skyrocketed… As someone who paid money and supported Fortnite long before there was any BR, I’m still mad at Epic for ignoring StW.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

TIL; CS:GO players think there are worse people out there than themselves. Again, we’re back to “inharmonious chatroom” and such I think.