Being a complete jerk could cost you when buying Valve games

I gotta admit this would be a rather interesting idea if Valve could get it to work but the basic idea is that the way you behave when playing games on Valve’s Steam network could affect the prices you pay or games.

For gamers that have good reputations on the network they could see lower prices for games with the chance of those who are the most helpful and ‘sporting’ could get games for free.

The opposite side of the coin would see those players who yell obscenities, send threatening messages, or use hate language consistently could find themselves paying more for their games.

Valve’s Gabe Newell explains:

“The industry has this broken model, which is one price for everyone. That’s actually a bug, and it’s something that we want to solve through our philosophy of how we create entertainment products…Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them…Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave.

…So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get DotA 2 for free, because of past behavior in Team Fortress 2…Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.

You’re never going to see that in a retail store … It’s people who make hats get paid. People who are really popular play for less, or free.”

I am sure that there are more than a few gamers out there going “Right On!” but whether we’ll see anything come of the idea remains to be seen.

via TechnoBuffalo