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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 29, 2014, 07:24:53 PM
So what your saying is Yggdrasil is like what Sasha Fierce is to Beyonce?

You go girl.
47  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 29, 2014, 12:13:27 AM
Comment sections are something we have discussed at length multiple times actually among the staff. Ultimately we've agreed each time that it's not a direction we want to go in. There are multiple reasons for that, maybe someone else on staff can take over that issue for me, I feel like I've written enough walls of text tonight. If you do want to discuss a review for a game, there is usually a thread for said game in the forums and you can leave a comment there and you will more than likely get a reply from the reviewer themselves.

I will say it's really unlikely you will sway a reviewer to change their opinion in any meaningful way that would require an edit. Short of full-blown errors that is.

Re wanting to be a reviewer: Personally the hardest part for me is being your own editor. To be able to look at your own work hard and get that big red pen out and sort the good from the bad, that's the real challenge. Then you pass it along to someone with an even bigger red pen. Haha.  If you practice enough you will get better at writing but to be your own editor requires you to change your entire way of thinking. If you think you can do that, then I don't think there is anything stopping you from being a good reviewer.
48  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 11:44:23 PM
@Glassjawsh: Compared to the time spent actually writing a review, the amount of time deciding on a number is never going to add up to a lot. Most of the time you have a number in your head for what it's going to be. After all, before I go into writing a review I already know whether or not I liked the game, and to what degree. When I said I don't spend a lot of time thinking about the number, I mean I'm not sitting there going "Is this an 85 or is it more of an 86. Hmm, the dilemma." That is just ridiculousness.

As I said the Overall is probably going to get the most thought put into it, but what really is the amount of time spent. Five minutes tops? I'm hardly going to give it a score that's completely contrary to what I said in my review.

Also I'm not trying to make games sell when I write a review. I might like the game and hope it does well, but I never let a commercial factor seep in. You are right that scores influence how many copies a game sells, but all I care about is making sure that my opinions are represented as defined by myself. Not compared to another reviewer either on RPGfan or elsewhere.  

Well it should take shape if it's a good review, so I don't agree there.

I will agree I liked a positive, negative or neutral scoring system better, which we actually do for DLC content.

Now I feel back at step one because that was my whole point is some of the reviews didn't take that shape correctly compared to what the person was actually saying in the review. There is quite a few of them that I feel that way and the biggest problem with them is that they are not giving the truly good games as much justice as they deserve if some rag tag game is rated only a couple percents under them.

That's already been explained as because you're comparing two different reviewers who have different tastes and differing scoring systems. You need to look at reviews on an individual level. If the review is good and answers your questions to satisfaction, what a completely different game was given is irrelevant.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic here (It's 4am in the UK and I might not be on the right level of tact), I'm trying to give perspective. It's actually really good to write for RPGfan as your given practically total freedom to say how you really feel, and when it goes through editing the proof-readers really try to keep your voice. I think a lot of readers really enjoy RPGfan reviews because they feel really honest, but the flipside of that is your going to have wildly different reviews from person to person.

Let's take for example a review that I wrote and a review that Kyle wrote for the same game, Bravely Default.

Kyle's: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Bravely_Default/index.html (Overall: 75%)

Mine: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Bravely_Default_Flying_Fairy/index.html (Overall: 92%)

If you read both reviews, you will find our opinions don't differ nearly as much as a glance at a scoreboard might appear. We both likes the same things, we both disliked the same things. No major disagreements. It's just a matter of degree. If you actually take the average of the scores Kyle gave the review you come up with 80% which is 5% above what he gave it, and pushes the game into a different "level" of quality than he didn't feel comfortable giving it.

My average works out as more or less what I gave it, though I promise you I didn't calculate that at the time, just a happy coincidence. I merely knew I was going to give this game 90% something and did it.  In short: Our reviews are pretty similar, the scores not so much.
49  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 11:12:10 PM
Well it should take shape if it's a good review, so I don't agree there.

I will agree I liked a positive, negative or neutral scoring system better, which we actually do for DLC content.
50  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 10:39:17 PM
I'm saying that personally, for me, the concept of attaching a score to a review and expecting it to be any way accurate to your expectations is inherently flawed. As I said, they could be higher or lower for the complete opposite reasons you yourself would give it.

Asking for such a thing to be "accurate" is quite laughable really. :P

As a reviewer I won't even say I hate attaching these scores, because in truth I don't even think about them that hard. I just spent hours trying to write a witty, interesting, informational review for a game I spent even more hours playing, and people expect me to sum it up in a couple of digits? No, I don't think about them very hard. I just go by rough amounts to how I feel, with perhaps a little more care given to the "Overall" score, because that's the one people are going to look at hardest.
51  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 10:23:37 PM
Surely if your looking to form an opinion on the game to sway your buying choice, reading the actual words within the review will be infinitely more helpful than a number?

For all you know the game could have a great score but for all the reasons you hate that the reviewer loves, and you would never know until you read the review.

I mean, let's be honest here. Reviews are given easily digestible scores along with the actual review itself because 1) A lot of people are lazy and don't want to read full reviews 2) Game companies want alluring numbers to put on their advertising.

52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 25, 2014, 07:30:28 PM
Lots of things.

I'll put it in spoiler tags.

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The ham fisted anti-deforestation plot. Nearly as bad at the anti-abortion episode.

Why did the tree fairies need the little girl to speak through? Why torment her with visions. Did they abduct her sister, or did they just return her from elsewhere? The subplot with her sister makes no sense.

The governments top-notch plan to take care of the forest problem was to BURN IT DOWN? The entire planet is now a forest and your bright idea is to start a forest fire? In the middle of London? Though the entire population of London seems to have disapeared any way, so it doesn't matter.

Clara seems like the worst teacher ever. Not only does she tell people in her special needs class that they have no imagination, she also allows for overt bullying of the other students.

No body needed to be there! Absolutely no intervention was nessecarry. If the Doctor didn't just so happen to land on that day, He probably never would have known.

How would everyone on Earth "forget" the time it was completely covered in a dense forest? It's not like you can miss it. And this is the Imformation Age, it will have been recorded a million times over.

Clara made absolutely no sense in this episode. Her characterization is all over the place this season. Was she seriously going to let a group of innocent school kids to be burned to death for no other reason than that they would miss their mums and dads? Isn't her incredibly annoying boyfriend Danny an orphan? How would he feel about her saying that?

53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 25, 2014, 04:42:07 PM
I thought it was the worst episode I've seen in a long time. :P

I don't know how you could find it good, really. :P
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 24, 2014, 09:33:36 PM
You're a married man Grim!

I'm telllllinngggg
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 01:53:54 PM
Maybe fun wasn't the right word. Amusing perhaps?
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 01:13:56 PM
I assume this wasn't meant to be locked or put into some sort of quarantine cause someone used a homophobic slur so I've unlocked it.

Be free my pretties!

Is it weird I wanna tank my rank in League of Legends from Gold to Bronze V just because it looks so fun down there.
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 04:24:17 PM
Fury makes you take more damage but your limit goes up really fast.

Sadness makes you take less damage but your limit fills up really slowly.

I was playing an FF7 hardhack and Sadness was practically required due to the flat damage reduction :p
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 21, 2014, 02:42:17 PM
Yeah! I thought of Dice when I saw her as well xD

Have you seen Gone Girl yet Dice? It's an awesome movie.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 20, 2014, 03:32:51 PM
Theodore is mine! You can't take him away from me!
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 20, 2014, 01:42:04 PM
Bought a new teapot today! It's adorable.
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