Steam Greenlight already banning bogus game entries

Valve launched the Steam Greenlight service a couple of days ago, with the idea that it would be used by small game developers to rally support for their games to be published on Valve's PC download store. Now it looks like a number of "games" submitted for the service have turned out to be hoaxes or pranks.

Destructoid reports that one of the "games" that was submitted claims it was a 9/11 simulator, complete with images of the very real and tragic World Trade Center attack. The entry was quickly removed.

Eurogamer.net also reports that many Steam Community members are submitting game entries that have offensive or racist content. Other entries have fake games such as Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and more.

In a news post on Steam Greenlight, Valve references these problems, saying:

The community has already been active in reporting fraudulent or gag items. To help keep control on this volume of bad submissions, please us the ‘report’ function to call out games that you think are fraudulent, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

Valve says there are now over 600 legitimate games currently listed on Steam Greenlight and that over 2.3 Million votes have been generated in support of these games by community members.

Source: Eurogamer.net | Image via Valve

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The way I see it, it's for when devs approach Steam and say can we have our game on your service, steam then post about the game and gauge peoples reactions, if enough vote the dev gets the go ahead to sell their game.

That's how I would run it anyway.

Surely this must/should have been moderated seeing as it was meant to be a sounding board for games being added to the steam service?

BeLGaRaTh said,
Surely this must/should have been moderated seeing as it was meant to be a sounding board for games being added to the steam service?
But the idea of Greenlight is that the community vote for the games they like, wouldn't such moderation turn it into another Apple app store of sorts?
Edit: Actually, maybe you're right, I just saw the source that Eurogamer quoted, it sounds a bit messy at the moment: http://forums.steampowered.com...=32629441&postcount=111