Originally Posted by Aaron D.
What's really strange is that I see very few people defending Take-Two's actions.
The bulk of the push-back seems to be against the abuse of the Steam User Review system and the ethics of review-bombing.
It is possible to be angry at Take-Two for their actions while sanctimoniously viewing protest-reviews as fundamentally disingenuous and/or unethical.
Shame so many only view it as a black and white / 'with us or against us' proposition, as it's anything but.
The weirdest thing for me is that I actually see where the protest-reviewer's are coming from. I personally don't think it's right (use of the User Review system), but I understand their rationale. That doesn't automatically absolve Take-Two, they're jerk-holes for their part.
This makes the whole Corporate Apologist accusations ring hollow, imo. It's a complex issue, but people would rather pick a side an lob grenades rather than consider the shades of gray.
Is it really abuse though? I've seen numerous reviews which have legitimate reasoning for their negative or positive review.
Reviews are created to evaluate something, often containing both factual and subjective observations. Should someone choose to write a review detailing what they like about the game and what they find negative about it and overall give the review negative then that is their decision based upon their evaluation. This makes it a legitimate review to me. Cursing and leaving things like "F Take-Two!" Isn't what I would say is a legitimate review, or even a meaningful or good review by any means and may even be doing more harm than good, as they're giving the Steam reviews system a bad reputation like this.
Of-course, they'll kind of always be those who wish to do otherwise and people will tackle things in different ways, good or bad. I don't mean to encourage any kind of abusive behavior, that's not good. If you have someone thing to say about GTA V and want to give it a negative review, please make a meaningful review and not just two lines of hatred. The same for positive reviews of any game.
Within the "Frequently Asked Questions"
section on Steam for Reviews this is listed:
Q. Can I write a negative review?
A. Yes. If you are unhappy with the product, or don't believe that it is delivering on what it promises, you may write a review and tell other customers why you do not recommend it.
Many people are clearly unhappy with the product as a result of Take-Two's attack on the single player modding community. so they're writing a negative review. Although modding isn't exactly a thing that was promised either. However Rockstar have previously voiced their opinions on single player modifications when asked about it, in which they appear to have no problem with it.
Asked & Answered: The Rockstar Editor, GTA Online Updates, PC Mods and More
Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.