VIP Edit: Since the forums have been updated it is uncertain whether the points system will be re-incorporated into the forums. Because of this we cannot offer the original reward of points for anyone who chooses to post their review on this forum.
Please don't let this stop you from writing a review and we will be looking for an alternative reward as soon as possible.
- Moose Island
OK, guys...time to announce what all the latest changes to our review setup is about. Some of you have probably noticed that the Reviews section has been moved to the main forum page and subforums have been added. While these are currently for the NDS and PSP, they will be added to as we receive reviews in order to include Gamecube, PS2, and XBox games as well as PC games and Retro games. It can always be expanded in the future, as well. :) So what does this ultimately mean for you guys? A lot, I think.
First of all, comments directly under the reviews will no longer exist. There are a couple of reasons for that, but the primary one is that as the review section grows, we want to keep it easy to read and to browse. With every review put out from now on, there will always be a discussion thread that is linked to in the main review, allowing comments but preventing those comments from taking over the thread. Instead of comments below the main review, that will be the place for "counter-point" reviews..if you choose to do a review of a game, but you believe you can offer an alternative viewpoint, your review will go through the very fast and stream-lined screening process and then posted below the original thread for a very easy point, counter-point type of browsing without having to sort through twenty different threads. I like to think there's a certain logic to that.
Next, there will be a point award system that will be immediate for reviews that are given, and they will be fairly significant considering the value of the content you are providing. As of this moment, and all point values are subject to change and will be announced if changed, there will be 250 points granted to a review of a game that we have not already covered. This is for ANY genre of any time, from retro through the PSP. If you are offering a counter-point review to a game already reviewed, that will be worth 100 points to be granted from us to you. Just because the points are less does not mean the quality can be less. As a professional site, we want the reviews as professional as possible. Makes sense. This is also why there are no half-points for mediocre reviews. It's kind of an all or nothing thing. I don't expect award winning poetry by any means, but I do want it to be 90% grammatically sound and intelligent.
So use this topic and tell me what you think...I'm very interested in your opinion, since ultimately these reviews are for YOU guys.
As for the Creative Content team that will be reviewing the..uh..reviews, that would be Abe_Froeman and football at the moment. There is always the chance of adding to the team, which I definitely want to do. Being on the Creative Content team does not require you be a moderator and does come with a few perks of its own, but I don't want to announce them..mainly because I don't want someone on the team only because of the perks.
So let me know what you think!