Valve Explains Steam’s Constant Age-Gates For Games

Sick of being asked for your age on Steam? This is why it keeps happening.

Steam is a juggernaut, an overwhelmingly replete archive of games both old and new. It can almost be difficult to know where to start, such is its impressive library of classics and junk alike. One thing that remains consistent throughout, however, is the bane of almost every Steam user.

When viewing sensitive content, Steam will ask you to verify your age through an age-gate. This is usually a one-and-done on other sites, but for Steam it’s almost every time you go to check out the freshest hentai clicker. It’s a constant annoyance.

In a really in-depth update posted today, Valve delved into how it’s going to allow you to customise your storefront and either censor or allow controversial content. It’s an refreshingly frank post that lays things out simply with a closing note on the age-gate to explain why it’s such a menace.

Q: Why do you KEEP asking my damn age throughout the store?

We’re with you on this. Unfortunately, many rating agencies have rules that stipulate that we cannot save your age for longer than a single browsing session. It’s frustrating, but know we’re filling out those age gates too.”

Knowing that it’s ultimately out of their hands means the incessant bugging is understandable; I had initially thought it was down to them not properly storing a cookie or something along those lines. Quite how these agencies think you will magically de-age between sessions is a mind-boggler, though.

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