Employee Of The Year!

And if that’s not a real award, it should be. And it should go to Steam employee Erik Johnson:

‘The harsh reality of this space, that lies at the root of our dilemma, is that there is absolutely no way we can navigate it without making some of our players really mad,’ he wrote.

‘Valve shouldn’t be the ones deciding this. If you’re a player, we shouldn’t be choosing for you what content you can or can’t buy.’

That’s such a refreshing change that it’s almost painful to hear it.

‘The Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate, and don’t think should exist. Unless you don’t have any opinions, that’s guaranteed to happen.

‘But you’re also going to see something on the Store that you believe should be there, and some other people will hate it and want it not to exist.’

Steam have, correctly, judged that this way lies madness, or tyranny by snowflake millennials, which pretty much amounts to the same thing.

He clarified: ‘Games we allow onto the Store will not be a reflection of Valve’s values, beyond a simple belief that you all have the right to create & consume the content you choose.’

Wow! It’s hard to emphasise just what a difference this attitude will make, should it spread. Of course, there are people who aren’t comfortable with this:

This new approach has drawn some criticism, with gaming site Rock Paper Shotgun calling the ruling, which will enable VR porn games onto the online store for the first time, as ‘jaw dropping‘.

The site noted: ‘Unfortunately this also means they’ll likely be taking a similarly hands-off approach regarding wildly sexist, racist or homophobic content.’

This has kicked off an amazing outpouring of bile from the usual suspects in the gaming world. It’s going to be a bumpy ride for Steam.

But if they stick to their guns, it’s going to be a much more mature world.

4 comments for “Employee Of The Year!

  1. Errol
    June 11, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    A more mature world? One where a tiny, noisy minority doesn’t demand complete and absolute control? I’ll believe it if I see it.

  2. Pcar
    June 11, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Well done Erik Johnson and Steam.

    Stand strong and ignore the moon-howlers, they are minority albeit a noisy one.

  3. auralay
    June 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    They are building tools to enable people control what kind of content they see.
    “The tools will seemingly allow you to filter what content you see in the store through granular categorisation. If you don’t want to see anime games, you can make that choice; if you want to restrict the kinds of games your children see, you are responsible for making that choice. ”

    …you are responsible …
    Now there’s a revolutionary concept!
    (Not sark – I think the American Revolutionaries would approve.)

  4. June 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

    The illusion of choice – in fact they’re gathering data on you.

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