Valve Will Address Steam Review Bombing With New Tool

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Valve has announced it's revisiting user reviews on Steam in order to combat review bombing. In a blog post, Valve wrote it will now "identify off-topic review bombs, and remove them from the Review Score."

"We define an off-topic review bomb as one where the focus of those reviews is on a topic that we consider unrelated to the likelihood that future purchasers will be happy if they buy the game, and hence not something that should be added to the Review Score," Valve continued. The company admits there's still a bit of a grey area with this definition, so it's developed a tool that "identifies any anomalous review activity on all games on Steam in as close to real-time as possible."

After the tool has identified possibly troublesome reviews, it will inform Valve and the company will then begin an investigation. If Valve decides the user reviews are an off-topic bomb, the company will inform the developer that every review within the time period of the review bomb will be removed from the game's overall Steam score. At this point, however, the user reviews will still be live. It will be up to the developer's discretion over which are deleted.

Game Of Thrones Season 8: Viserys Targaryen Actor Weighs In On Who Should Win The Throne

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Game Of Thrones Season 8: Viserys Targaryen Actor Weighs In On Who Should Win The Throne

As Game of Thrones Season 8's April 14 premiere date quickly approaches, one question dominates all others: Who will sit on the Iron Throne when all is said and done? This is the show's final season, after all, and unlike George R.R. Martin's forever-in-progress books, the HBO production will actually have a conclusion.

We had that all-consuming question in mind when we recently got the chance to sit down with Harry Lloyd, who's set to play Charles Xavier--Professor X--in the third and final season of FX's X-Men adaptation Legion. Game of Thrones fans, however, will probably know Lloyd better as Viserys Targaryen, Daenerys's abusive brother from back in Game of Thrones Season 1.

Lloyd couched his opinion in the fact that he's "not quite up to date, shamefully," though he plans to catch up before Season 8 arrives. But his nomination for Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, King or Queen of Westeros, and Warmer of the Iron Throne is nevertheless perfectly valid: nobody.

WWE's 20 Most Ridiculous Products Ever Released

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WWE's 20 Most Ridiculous Products Ever Released


As long as WWE has been around, so has the opportunity to buy merchandise emblazoned with the images of your favorite wrestlers. Whether it's a T-shirt, foam finger, or those really cool Bret "Hitman" Hart sunglasses, wrestling fans have always had ways to show allegiance to their favorite sports entertainer--at a price.

That said, sometimes WWE takes things a bit too far with its merchandising plan. While it's entirely possible you owned an Austin 3:16 T-shirt, can you say the same for WWE's line of festive holiday nutcrackers? Did you actually spend money to own edible pictures of WWE superstars that were meant to be put on pizzas? Hopefully not, because both of these are ridiculous ideas.

Honestly, though, those are some of the more tame of WWE's most ridiculous products. How do I know that? Because I went and found 20 of the craziest things WWE ever came up with. So sit back and let's take a ride through the Shopzone as we look at the most bizarre pieces of WWE merchandise ever released.

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As long as WWE has been around, so has the opportunity to buy merchandise emblazoned with the images of your favorite wrestlers. Whether it's a T-shirt, foam finger, or those really cool Bret "Hitman" Hart sunglasses, wrestling fans have always had ways to show allegiance to their favorite sports entertainer--at a price.

James Gunn Reacts To His Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Reinstatement

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The Guardians of the Galaxy will, indeed, live to fight again with director James Gunn at the helm. Well, at least some of them probably will. Who knows what's going to happen in Avengers: Endgame? However, the news that Disney has rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after firing him last summer has been met with unabashed positivity by fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Gunn himself.

In his first tweet since he was fired in July 2018, Gunn shared a message on the heels of his being hired once again by Marvel Studios. "I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months," he wrote. "I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all."

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Apex Legends: Mysterious Launch Pads Have Appeared, Hinting At Octane's Release

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There are jump pads near Apex Legends' Market right now. Not just any jump pads either; they're the ones the rumored new Legend Octane places as his Ultimate ability.

We've stumbled upon it ourselves, and we aren't the only ones, as evidenced by posts on Reddit. Other players are reporting they've found Octane's jump pads as well. Respawn is just leaving coy-looking emoji comments in response, which implies this is a purposeful tease of what's to come, and not a mistaken leak on the developer's part.

Prior to this, Octane has leaked a few times, which is why so many people believe he's the next scheduled character for Apex Legends. The first mention of the Legend was a leak that showcased the character's ability page. The leaked image stated Octane's Passive allowed him to heal over time while not in combat, his Tactical caused him to move 30 percent faster for six seconds at the cost of 10 percent of his health, and his Ultimate deployed a jump pad to launch Legends into the air.

Apex Legends' Octane Teased With Mysterious Jump Pads Appearing In Game

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Out of nowhere, a new type of item--jump pads--have appeared in Apex Legends near Market. And these are not just any jump pads either; they're the ones the rumored new Legend Octane places as his Ultimate ability, suggesting that developer Respawn Entertainment could be teasing what's coming to the game soon.

We've stumbled upon it ourselves (as you can see in the video above), and we aren't the only ones, as evidenced by posts on Reddit. Other players are reporting they've found Octane's jump pads as well. Respawn is just leaving coy-looking emoji comments in response, which implies this is a purposeful tease of what's to come, and not a mistaken leak on the developer's part.

Prior to this, Octane has leaked a few times, which is why so many people believe he's the next scheduled character for Apex Legends. The first mention of the Legend was a leak that showcased the character's ability page. The leaked image stated Octane's Passive allowed him to heal over time while not in combat, his Tactical caused him to move 30 percent faster for six seconds at the cost of 10 percent of his health, and his Ultimate deployed a jump pad to launch Legends into the air.