Docteur Qui 1418 Posted February 3 Share Posted February 3 56 minutes ago, enderdrag64 said: While they may not be a great indicator of the actual quality of a work, I do think that user review systems give people an important voice against the powers at be when they make shitty decisions. Steam's user review system is notorious for this, but it happens all the time: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Review_bomb In a world where the average person doesn't have much influence over the direction of corporate decisions, I think that user reviews can be an important form of protest, similar in value to what the YouTube dislike button used to have I wouldn't put Steam reviews in the same category as IMDB or RT because Valve have an explicit financial interest in the games that are being reviewed. I agree that it's an inherently unfair system which should be pushed back on, and it's only in the past few years that other online gaming shopfronts have become even remotely competitive. It's a similar situation to Amazon reviews; I don't trust them at all, even with all the attempts at transparency and user verification. Billion-dollar mega-corporations are not trustworthy platforms for reviews. The equivalent would be if RT or IMDB were the only places to view the movies or shows that are being rated, which is not the case. The biases that I'm concerned with are informed by the user base rather than any shady business practices. In terms of the critic reviews Rotten Tomatoes literally just aggregates existing data, and all those conspiracies about the site shilling for Disney because The Last Jedi has a 90% rating are completely bogus. But that didn't stop an actual conspiracy to review-bomb the film from occuring. One could argue there should be more transparency to whom Rotten Tomatoes considers to be a "critic", particularly in the changing media landscape, but as far as I'm aware there haven't been any major controversies surrounding this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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