When you review a game, Steam gives you this option/checkbox:

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But what does it change about your review? Does it change the review's effectiveness on the overall percent?

The only change, I know of, is that people that read your review see that, but I don't deem that information important and don't change my opinion about a game.

  • This checkbox was around long before the recent change that was made. I'd love to know what effects, if any, it had on a review prior to the change. Note that "reviewer bias" does not count.
    – BoltClock
    Oct 2, 2016 at 5:20
  • @BoltClock I did not notice that checkbox ever before, so it can't be that old.
    – Sainan
    Oct 2, 2016 at 14:31

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http://store.steampowered.com/news/24155/ states:

As of today, the recent and overall review scores we show at the top of a product page will no longer include reviews written by customers that activated the game through a Steam product key.

Customers that received the game from a source outside of Steam (e.g. via a giveaway site, purchased from another digital or retail store, or received for testing purposes from the developer) will still be able to write a review of the game on Steam to share their experience. These reviews will still be visible on the store page, but they will no longer contribute to the score.


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