And on the slightly off-topic subject of ratings:
Especially with multiple reviews i think it skews the view on a game even more. It is, after all, an arbitrary number without any relevancy, and therefore mostly subjective. I'm not a fan of it as it cannot be a legit measure.
What about a LudumDare like rating system? eg. rating graphics, story, audio etc. all seperately? The overall rating is really vague but if you split what you think about the game into categories one might be able to rate it more objectively?
More offtopic spree (sorry bout that
Yeah they use category ratings which is a tad better, but it has major flaws as well. A lot of the community is grieving about it:
Not all games qualify (or need to qualify) in each or every category. Additionally it is not as black and white as it might look from the outside. Take "Graphics" for example. Is it for technical excellency (high poly models, good animations, good use of shaders) or is it from an aesthetics point of view? (i.e. the game just looks good in the way it's been made, regardless of which methods were used creating it, let it be simple stickmen or minimalist pixels like say thomas was alone). How many categories do you want to introduce until it because vaguely fair, and when does the reader stop caring? If you want to make a certain point about its graphical style, write about it. It will be a hundred times more accurate and descriptive than any amount of points in any category.
Thats the point of reviews, isnt it. Play a game, find its strength and weaknesses, and write about it in a mostly objective but also compelling way. Educate the reader about the game while at the same time entertaining them.If you want to continue this debate, please create another thread for it. I'll gladly join the discussion but lets not derail this thread.
Wyrm: thanks for your effort on this!
I think we decided for a 2 tier sign up for reviews in another thread aswell. One where your posts need to be authorized in order to be publicly visible, and one where you can just post them directly once you've proven trustworthy
Theme, yes. That's a tough one. I've been juggling around with a few css styles in the past, nothing that satisfied me or anyone else though. We certainly lack a designer who has a good hand for that kinda stuff. Designs should be consistent throughout the site (which it currently is, but its also bland and default theme-y).
I think in terms of color scheme/palette something like i mentioned in the other thread would work well and set us apart a little from the competition
, while still being playful and enjoyable to read (sorta lucas arts palette, with purple lightblue and gold) eventhough the actual css didnt turn out quite as well viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12328&start=40#p148107