Steam Shields Borderlands Games from Review Bombing

A tweet from Steam Database notes that Borderlands 2 is the first game to benefit from Valve's recently announced plan to prevent malicious review bombing of titles on Steam. Word is: "Borderlands 2 is the first game on Steam to make use of the 'off-topic reviews' marking. Over 4000 reviews are excluded from the rating calculation." Similarly, off-topic reviews for the original Borderlands are also being filtered from the main results. The bombings in question stems from the recent announcement that Borderlands 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first six months following the release of the shooter sequel. An interesting aside here is that although Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford placed responsibility for the store exclusivity on publisher 2K Games, he tweeted about bitterness over Valve's disinterest in addressing the review bombing before they ultimately did just that. Ironically (especially since he characterized his complaint as ironic), he said it makes him "kind of happy about 2k’s decision" and that this motivated him to "want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing’s current posture on the platform."
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CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 23:17:
Mordhaus wrote on Apr 6, 2019, 22:08:
Doesn't matter. I don't buy games from companies that do exclusives. I still won't buy EA games, and now any game that goes exclusive with Epic. I will buy from GOG and Steam when and if the games become available there.

Wat?!?

Which is it now... you buy the games or you don't?

And if you do: Why the hell would you buy from Steam out of all places then? Steam is Valve's exclusive publishing platform. They have never released a single one of their games outside Steam (contrary to EA or Epic who have many of their older games on GOG and/or Steam). Valve/Steam have all but invented digital store exclusivity. Among the big stores they are also the last bastion of exclusivity. Even Blizztard are selling Diablo and ancient Warcraft games on GOG now. Valve? Nope. 100% Steam exclusivity of their games to this day.

Your reasoning makes zero sense. I mean, just admit you hate Epic and be done with it but pulling nonsensical reasons outta your ass makes ya look kinda foolish bruh!

Valve released their games other than the multiplayer shooters on a disk, or did you forget the orange box? Blizzard still maintains exclusivity on all of it's newer games and THAT IS FINE!

Let me rephrase a bit, I don't give a damn if a company releases their own product on their platform. But when a company like EA buys up game studios and then forces them to stop releasing games on anything but the EA store, that means they lose my business. When a company like Epic starts doing console shit like buying up exclusive rights to games, they lose my business.

The developers might still get my money, ONCE the exclusive access is pulled, but it will be through another store, not Epic.

Epic is of the same mindset as EA, games as a service not as a standalone game. Sadly this is a direction that a lot of companies are going in, but most of them aren't buying up exclusive rights to games I've been wanting to play since they were announced.

Sorry if that doesn't makes sense to you. Hopefully you understand now that I've clarified, because I don't think I could break it down to a lower common denominator than grade school intelligence.
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