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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyFri 6 Feb 2015 - 10:49

NintendoLife writers don't get paid anyway, if I have my facts right. It's all for prestige.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyFri 6 Feb 2015 - 12:33

And its not nearly as prestigious as writing on the hallowed pages of GNamer.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyFri 6 Feb 2015 - 12:58

I feel guilty for putting them down now. Embarrassed But they've still got nowt on Drunka. All those years of NGamer-reading paying off.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyMon 9 Feb 2015 - 11:58

I like the enthusiasm and general positivity of NintendLife reviews, even if you can predict their scores based on the game in question. They're a refreshing antidote to EDGE and IGN.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 10 Feb 2015 - 15:37

I am a visionary.
Not only have Eurogamer dropped review scores, like I've always advocated, they're tagging games with "recommended", "essential" and "avoid" like a briefly went through a phase of doing when I was reviewing games in poem form over on dinosaurpoems.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 10 Feb 2015 - 15:59

I'm unsure whether or not I'd cut out review scores from my reviews. Whilst I love the idea as it puts more focus on the body of the review instead of the score, I do like having the score as a sort of capping off point.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 10 Feb 2015 - 16:05

I've never been the biggest fan of scores, but I particularly dislike the way the community can react to them; getting too caught up in the numbers amd the metacritic and so on then ignoring the words which the writer poured so much time and effort into. For example, some of the drubbings you'd see in NGamer's review round - up would have gotten the message across without a 20% at the end.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 10 Feb 2015 - 16:32

Very true. I might give a scoreless review a trial run for my next one. If it doesn't suit my writing style, so be it, but it might stop me from using the score as a crutch of sorts.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 10 Feb 2015 - 16:36

I love scores, me. Dunno whether it's because I'm a numbersy person in general, or whether it's being able to compare similar games (in the reviewers'/site's opinion), or whether I'm just another sheeple (sheeperson?) who wants to be told what to buy in definite terms. That said, I'd never use one without the review.

There are definitely problems with scores, and there can be an unhealthy focus with them (culminating in the stupid practice of withholding bonuses depending on Metascores). That said, I'd say that means there's a problem somewhere else than with the practice. Whether it's the readers making mountains out of molehills, the developers being utter morons, or (in rare cases) the number on the end being entirely incongruous with the review's content, suggesting bad writing or maths.

I don't think these problems are inevitable either, and with a bit of common sense only the first one is likely to still be a problem. And that's only because you will always get idiots on the Internet.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 10 Feb 2015 - 19:43

It's an intriguing move from Eurogamer: the stance that's been promoted makes sense and I hope it doesn't backfire by reducing traffic to the site. The idea of a percentage scheme has long been senseless to me, too: are you really saying that a 75% football game is better, objectively, than a 74% FPS? No

For the Gintendo site - well, mixing it up would be a great way to go. Thumbs Up!
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 9:08

Scores are a very convenient tl;dr way of finding out if a game's good or not... unless you actually sit and think about it. Metacritic is, despite protestations from people with common sense, a massively flawed system. Everyone who "scores" does so at a different level (just as everyone who reads scores interprets the number ranges differently), and therefore this only works if every source has a score for every e.g. game; without it, the numbers are skewed by the limited data they have.
If you even bothered finishing that last paragraph, you're probably thinking "duh, well obvs"; and yet people always go back to Metacritic - me included.

Therefore I agree with Eurogamer's stance, and hope everyone can agree to do the same; however, I don't trust my lazy self to skip to the end; we've all got to get a bit better with reading.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 9:18

In the NGamer days, I used to do a sort of two-stage thing: read the scores, then later, come back to the reviews I wanted to read. You could at least trust that the scores would be consistent within the mag (more or less), and it would allow me to skip over the 60%-earning strategy and puzzle games, but pay closer attention to the 10%-review that would usually be good for a chuckle.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 11:05

I am extremely anti-scores. I have been for a long time, as they are arbitrary and pointless. I prefer a descriptive score and a really simple one at that:

Liked - Mixed - Disliked.

As simple as that. Then in the review, or simply in the Conclusion paragraph, they can explain how much they liked or disliked it, or what they were mixed about. I for the life of me, cannot understand how scores make sense. Everything about a review score is subjective. An excellent game that does absolutely everything right can get a poor score. If I reviewed Grand Theft Auto purely on what I liked, and assuming a 10 point system, I would have to give it a 5 at most. Objectively, I would give it a 10 as the sheer scale of quality is obvious.

I don't read reviews, but I do actually use Metacritic, just to get a broad overview of what is being said about it, and unless it is clear the game is horrible, hello Sonic Boom, then what I like is all that matters. I fully support game sites ditching scores and admire any that do so.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 13:50

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In the NGamer days, I used to do a sort of two-stage thing: read the scores, then later, come back to the reviews I wanted to read.  You could at least trust that the scores would be consistent within the mag (more or less), and it would allow me to skip over the 60%-earning strategy and puzzle games, but pay closer attention to the 10%-review that would usually be good for a chuckle.

You mean you didn't read every single word of every single issue, front page to back page, skipping the features and reviews you were excited about so you could come back to them as the last thing you read each time?
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 13:52

I would generally read absolutely everything, but the other way around: the 50-60% reviews would only be read once I'd exhausted everything else. And the Mailbox after that.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 17:00

Just a quick question about the house style: will we be using 'we' or 'I'? I ask because I plan to write a review of Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down! soon, and want to include the line "... the sort of sliding block puzzles that, thanks to the Professor Layton series, routinely haunt our/my dreams".
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 17:11

I'd say "I" simply because of how disparate the styles and opinions are. Although in that example I think "our" would work either way.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 18:34

New podcast is up on the site!

I would have put it in the new podcast forum, but didn't want to step on Mas's toes there before it went up on his YouTube channel.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 18:43

Just post in the same thread? Anyway, I've got some comments on it which I wasn't quick-witted enough to think of on the spot, but they can go in that thread.
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There's only an episode one thread up right now. I guess Mas can link to his YouTube video once it's up on his end - I'll make the thread now. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptySun 15 Feb 2015 - 18:48

Ah, ignore me. Not having the most quick-witted day. Duh!
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 17 Feb 2015 - 19:16

New article! By me! Finally! Laughing

http://www.gintendo-namer.squarespace.com/articles/2015/2/17/mario-kart-double-dash-a-second-look

And I've also succeeded in creating a homepage with a feed of some description. After much research, I've found it's only possible to create a home page "feed" with recent posts from each bog category in a fixed order. Which means, in laymans' terms, that I've rigged it so new posts appear on the homepage, but only in that fixed order. So, say for example a new podcast is posted, on the homepage the new post will appear, but it will only appear as I've set it (which in this case is the third post down). Does that make any sense?

So basically, if somebody posts a more recent article than my Article post in another field (Podcast or Review, in our case), then they'll sit on the homepage but below the older Article post because that order has to remain (unless you really want to have to fart about and reshuffle the entire page layout each time, which really is more trouble than it's worth). Have I lost anyone? Laughing I've tried to place them in a "most frequented" order: Articles > Reviews > Podcast. All can be changed, though I've rearranged the site headers to reflect this order.

Oh, and it's also possible to add some home page blurb, but for new posts to appear below blurb, I really don't think it's necessary.

@mas: I notice that there's no longer an Indie Weeks tab atop the page, yet it still exists within the forum's architecture. Do you want me to create a summary feed for the home page for this category still?


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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 17 Feb 2015 - 19:23

Nicely done Stu, both on the article and homepage front.

I think the only thing the site really needs now is an about page with those peer-written blurbs about the writers.
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PostSubject: Re: GNamer Major Writes Site   GNamer Major Writes Site - Page 5 EmptyTue 17 Feb 2015 - 19:26

Thanks, Jay! Do you want me to plonk a placeholder one in there whilst I'm here? I'll let someone else do the blurb-writing honours. Smile
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Why not, aye! Smile
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