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ABOUT Anti-Consumer Practice Report

Warning you about anti-consumer practices in the Steam store.

Please make sure to go to the Curator tab and click the "Follow this Curator" button. Joining the group will not make the recommendations show up on store pages.

I made this group so I could become a Steam Curator and report on anti-consumer practices, such as manipulating reviews, abandoning unfinished games, not delivering promised features, preventing Steam refunds, and other such problems with the Steam store. This is not meant to be a list of games that you should under no circumstance buy, but rather, it's meant to be a tool to give you information you need to make an informed decision, and determine if getting a game is worth supporting anti-consumer practices.

Want to report a game? Post about the game in the forum, explain why it should be on the list, and link as much evidence as possible. Don't suggest a game in the comments on the group page or as a response to a review, because there's a good chance I'll miss it.
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RE: When should we consider a game abandoned?
  • Public development appears stalled, with no updates between July 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016. Staff remain active in the community.
  • Public development appears stalled, with no updates from 2016-06-01 to 2016-12-31. Private branches still being updated, and staff are still active.
  • Public development appears stalled, with no updates between 2016-06-01 and 2016-12-31, although private branches are still receiving development.
  • Game is seemingly abandoned, having had no information from devs or game updates between July 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016.
  • Game is effectively abandoned, having not received any public updates between 2016-06-01 and 2016-12-31, despite active staff and private branch.


Please note that when I say active in the community, I'm only referring to Steam. If a staff member for a developer/publisher is posting news on the games page, or on the games forums, that would count, but if they're only posting on their Twitter and Facebook pages, and those pages aren't listed in recent news posts or stickied on the forum, I'm not going to factor that in. If the game is being sold on Steam, it's the companies responsibility to make information available to the Steam users, not the users responsibility to try to hunt down the devs to find available info.

So, what do you guys think? Is this a good way to handle the situation, or is there a better way to do it? As usual, please vote on the poll!
http://www.strawpoll.me/11250510/




P.S. As I mentioned last post, we're coming up on a season that tends to have multiple Steam sales, which is a time that the information this group provides could really help people out! If you know of anyone who you think might appreciate a heads up, please link them to the curator page! If everyone who followed the curator page told one friend about us, we would move from page #12 of the top curators to within the first 10 pages! The less pages people have to dig through when looking for new curators to follow, the more likely they are to find us organically rather than just by word of mouth!

When should we consider a game abandoned?
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"Informing consumers of companies with anti-consumer practices, such as manipulating reviews, abandoning unfinished games, not delivering promised features, or preventing Steam refunds."
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Mr. Nobody Jul 19 @ 11:33am 
Relic, COH3, was pointing out the bad practice of silencing critique....
Mr. Nobody Jul 19 @ 11:28am 
Thread got banned after 36 hours, permanent ban with no reason given...
Fomin Jul 8 @ 6:30am 
Incredibly dishonest review manipulation!

Hypercharge: Unboxed devs admitted to flagging my review as "false" because I described "DLC" containing nothing nothing but skins as "microtransactions".

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2832251965

Then they banned me from the Steam forum citing a post that literally read:

"Thanks I'm looking forward to it!"

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2832250632


Major outlets like Eurogamer use the term "microtransactions" to refer to cosmetic "DLC".

It's clearly dishonest to flag my review because it used the word "microtransactions" in the same way that is the standard in the industry. #StopReviewTampering

https://eurogamer.net/2k-confirms-borderlands-3-will-have-cosmetic-only-purchases-following-microtransactions-confusion
Fomin Oct 1, 2021 @ 10:53am 
I was perma-banned from the AW forums for criticizing a new scheme to sell lootbox keys.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2616100549

The ban was issued by the same mod who personally insulted and harassed me for daring to describe an event that required completing daily missions on 21 different days as a "grind."

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2616095633
Fomin Apr 28, 2021 @ 6:09pm 
Humble Bundle now sets charitable donations by default to 5% and caps them at 15%.

Or to put it another way, if you spend $20 on a bundle, the default you will give to charity is $1 and the most you can give is $3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW6vURpuaEo

If you feel like donating to charity, just donate to charity.

https://www.worldvision.org/sponsor-a-child
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