Steam implements new Tagging system for finding and sorting games

Steam Tags

By on February 14, 2014 at 9:06 am

Steam has just rolled out a new system called Steam Tags, to help users find, sort, and recommend games for others.

The tags work much as you’d expect, with users able to ‘tag’ games however they feel best suits the product in question. This has already had the perhaps unfortunate side effect of users creating tags such as ‘Bad‘, ‘Garbage‘, ‘Overrated‘ and ‘Not A Game‘.

The FAQ on Steam’s Announcement page addresses this question specifically, suggesting that developers who don’t agree with the tags on their games should consider that “tags can be a good indicator of when there is a mismatch between how you perceive your game, and how your game is perceived by customers.”

“Often this is simply because there is some piece of information regarding the game that customers feel is missing from the store page.”

Learn more about the new tags system here, or click here to browse the top tags created so far.

Source: Thanks, Nacimota

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Some amusing ‘abuse’ of the system happening lol

http://store.steampowered.com/tag/browse/#global_597

^^ Dark Souls is under Casual >.>

 

lol Dark Souls as casual!

Anywho. As a fanatic gamer I know of what games I love and want far before release. This service probably won’t apply to majority of the posters here.

 

timmytim,

For the most part, likewise, except I can see it being quite handy during steam sales to potentially find new games to play and pick them up cheap

 

timmytim: Dark Souls as casual!

I agree with dark souls being Casual … it is basically a game of Simon …

Anyways my favourite is Natural selection 2 “gorgelicious”

Praise the sun !
http://store.steampowered.com/tag/browse/#global_5325

 

It’s going to be a shame when they remove this due to it making their store look completely idiotic.

 
 

Apparently there’s actually spoilers in some of these too that people are putting up,
ugh.. yet another ‘feature’ Valve implements that the young and immature are making a mockery of. Shame too, since it has it’s uses as a quick reference at times. The ‘Kickstarter’ tag for instance is handy.
You really should need to actually own the game before you can make a tag I feel…

 

stoibs:
Apparently there’s actually spoilers in some of these too that people are putting up,
ugh.. yet another ‘feature’ Valve implements that the young and immature are making a mockery of. Shame too, since it has it’s uses as a quick reference at times. The ‘Kickstarter’ tag for instance is handy.
You really should need to actually own the game before you can make a tag I feel…

I thought you did have to own the game to put tags up, seems like a massive oversight if you can just tag any old product.

 

meji,

I just clicked on the first thing on the store page I saw that I didn’t own – Castlvania 2 or something – and it’s giving me the option to suggest or write a tag.
Granted I didn’t actually follow through and confirm/submit anything though…
Maybe you’re right.

 

lol @ the bad tag.

Isn’t a tag system ussually for the creator? Ie, the people who made the game can put which ever tag they feel best?

Edit:
HA! http://store.steampowered.com/tag/browse/#global_5900

 

I’ve been using the tagging system to tag games that have a specific piece of outside DRM like Uplay, SecuROM or GFWL. I also tagged C&C4 as “Requires constant Internet connection”.

Am I donig it right?

 

Best ones for me so far has been Payday 2 – “Bag throwing simulator”, and Sanctum 2 “Herpes Achievement”

 

I would rather have tagging ability within our own games libraries rather than on the store pages (like back in the original beta’s before we ended up with ‘categories’) :/

 

matty:
Isn’t a tag system usually for the creator? Ie, the people who made the game can put which ever tag they feel best?

The problem is developers will embellish what their title really is and what the game is about.

COD: Ghosts summary
**extraordinary step forward**
**all new Call of Duty experience**
**stunning levels of immersion and performance**

Skyrim
**play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.**
[Quests and conversations very rarely offer you multiple ways to complete them or advance, you never really get to define yourself you can not choose responses to characters and choose the personality your character has.]

 

stoibs:
meji,

I just clicked on the first thing on the store page I saw that I didn’t own – Castlvania 2 or something – and it’s giving me the option to suggest or write a tag.
Granted I didn’t actually follow through and confirm/submit anything though…
Maybe you’re right.

Tried the same thing you mentioned, it let me tag Risk of Rain without a problem and I don’t even own it, I could also report and up vote others tags. So you are indeed right and you can just tag any old game it seems. Going to suck for a developer when the net hate train gets down on a game (for right or wrong reasons). Then again look how many The War-Z sales it might of saved.

 

silenceoz: The problem is developers will embellish what their title really is and what the game is about.

COD: Ghosts summary
**extraordinary step forward**
**all new Call of Duty experience**
**stunning levels of immersion and performance**

Skyrim
**play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.**
[Quests and conversations very rarely offer you multiple ways to complete them or advance, you never really get to define yourself you can not choose responses to characters and choose the personality your character has.]

That’s a description though, not a tag. No one is going to search for “extraordinary step forward” or “play any way you want and define yourself through your actions.”. It would be pointless for a dev to write tags that don’t have the potential to get lets of hits. It would be more along the lines of *COD* *CALL OF DUTY* *FIRST PERSON SHOOTER* *ARMY* *WEAPONS* and for skyrim *FANTASY* *MAGIC* *DRAGON BORN*.

 

camerooni,

What is wrong with library categories? Surely they perform a very similar job, just that categories are one per game whilst tags are as many as your heart desires.

makena,

That may not be as inaccurate as first thought. Most people cannot handle extended sessions and tend to only play it very occasionally and in short bursts :p.

Seems legit…

 

matty,

If it was developers writing tags it would be.
“Game of the year”
“10/10″
“perfect”
“must play”
“Immersive”
“Epic”

None of the developers are going to put in tags like “Average’ “Boring, not fun” “Buggy”

Thats why steam users should be tagging not Dev’s

 

PinothyJ:
camerooni,

What is wrong with library categories? Surely they perform a very similar job, just that categories are one per game whilst tags are as many as your heart desires.

You sort of answer the question yourself..

my little OCD hearts wants as many tags as makes ‘sense’ in my own head.. Want to list games by publisher, developer, genre, theme, ‘feeling’, played status, series franchise, quality, longevity, gameplay quirks or features, buzzwords of the day.. the point is options.. especially when you have 1000 games in your library and you’re randomly looking for that game that you remember that you thought was ‘cute’, and was a ‘platformer’, but had ‘rpg-elements’, and was definitely ‘indie’.. clicking on any one of those things would bring that game up.. current category it is in is none at all because it’s too arbitrary and cumbersome to manage.

 
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