The Steam Community
Steam is a video game digital distribution service by Valve. It was launched as a standalone software client in September 2003 as a way for Valve to provide automatic updates for their games and expanded to include games from third-party publishers. Steam has also expanded into an online web-based and mobile digital storefront. Steam offers digital rights management (DRM), server hosting, video streaming, and social networking services. It also provides the user with installation and automatic updating of games, and community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud storage, and in-game voice and chats functionality. While this platform is the largest digital distribution for PC Gaming, it does have a toxic community.
Why They're Steam Powered In Toxicity
- Every time you post anything. We mean like anything you can imagine (such as a legit question), you will be abused or get trolls on whatever you post. There is the usual get good insult that is used there when you mention a question.
- Many of the reviews contain manchildren, elitists, trolls, and jackasses who would sometimes make unconstructive reviews. This includes False Reviews and weak biased reviews. These reviewers can try to forbid anyone to play a game when some don't even own whatever game they are trashing in the first place.
- There are some scammers that appear in the community as well. They just want to give Steam players a bad time thus causing some commotion.
- Another type of toxic people in the community are game developers who are just plain bad. They range from developers making shovelware and actual malware to those that refuse to take critisim.
- There are also sore losers who would cry about how other players are better than them which means that they do it for attention. Even they forget that whatever a game they are playing is only just a game and not the end of the world.
- It can be pretty easy to spot opinion lashers who can't just take an opinion. These lashers love to take some users to the dumps and insult others like using a racist comment or just make unclever insults depending on what kind of opinion lasher you encounter.
- They get ungrateful when a game they like might come back to Steam with Steam features implemented, yet they would riot over the price of the game (like let's say $60 as a prime example).
- Since Steam is a digital distribution for PC gaming. Do we really need to explain these types of people who also exist in the community?
- They actually deny their own toxicity. Simply criticizing the Steam community (even if it's good) can result in them mocking people who say that the Steam community is toxic. They would say like "get a life" or "quiet down new guy". A simple Google search is enough these days.
- If Steam were to put their games on sale (like the Steam Summer Sale), they become obsessed with getting games that are on sale. It's fine if you want to buy a game that is on a good deal, but there's more to life than just getting a game on sale. How can a game on sale be more important than education, getting a job, friends, family, money, helping other people and it's society, etc. It's proof that they just spend too much money on everything as if they were the Dallas Cowboys Fandom all over again.
- Some forums they make don't make any sense or appear to be irrelevant. Just look at this.
- They get really salty when they pre-order a game that turns out to be bad. Oh relax you people, you do realize that a bad game isn't the end of the world. Right? It's fine to give legit reasons as to why a bad game is a bad game, but that's just being salty. A good reason why you don't judge an upcoming game.
- There are still idiots who ignore the rules of the Steam community which can be read in this hyperlink. How typical.
- Since Steam has in-game voice chat. You can still find toxic players which are no surprise since we should all know this by now.
How They Can Download Their Games
- There are some civil users out there who try to help people who are struggling with some games and can tolerate different viewpoints
- Some reviewers are reasonable as to why some games are good or bad.
- Some are aware of how toxic the community can be.
- One of the main reasons why the Steam community is toxic is because Steam has poor moderation and tends to ignore problems going on the said community. thie article on Crappy Games wiki can explain everything