Changes to the GameSpot User Leveling System

After a number of years of what was quite frankly a broken user leveling system, we've made some changes. Find out more!

As some of you may be aware, a recent bug made it impossible for users to earn user level experience points (XP) on the site, frustrating our users and making it impossible for them to level up. Because many of our site features, such as commenting and writing user reviews, require a specific user level, this also unfortunately made it impossible for newly registered users to ever be able to perform those important community interactions.

Fixing this bug required that we dig into the specifics of how our user leveling system worked--something that was designed and built years ago by members of our development team that are no longer here--and in the process, we discovered some…interesting…details.

How it used to work

Each day, users could earn up to 2500 XP. For simply visiting a GameSpot.com page when logged in, a user would earn 500 XP, with additional XP awarded by visiting extra pages on the site at a rate of 5 XP per page. There were no other ways to earn XP, which means to hit the daily cap a user would have to browse 400 pages per day.

This was, simply put, a broken user experience. GameSpot is a community and there are many different ways to interact with it. We believe that each of these ways should be rewarded, and so we made some changes.

How it works now

Due to popular request, we updated this list on August 28, 2012, to include a couple of new items.

As before, there is a daily cap of 2500 XP, but we've completely redone how other XP is earned so that user actions directly contribute to user level:

  • Visiting a GameSpot.com page while logged in: 500 XP (can be earned once a day)
  • Commenting on a story: 20 XP
  • Posting in a forum thread: 20 XP
  • Creating a new comment thread: 30 XP
  • Posting a user blog: 100 XP
  • Earning an emblem/achievement: 50 XP
  • Rating a game: 10 XP
  • Following a game: 10 XP
  • Being followed by another user: 100 XP
  • Visiting 10 pages on GameSpot.com while logged in: 50 XP (NEW!)
  • Writing a user review (stacks with rating a game): 90 XP (NEW!)

And there you have it: full disclosure on which user actions can earn you XP, which is just one part of our leveling system's "secret sauce."

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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gotb
gotb

Cool (: 

LexLas
LexLas

Wow 2500 xp per day ! I would have never imagined that one could. I think i know only one person that has maxed out their levels. Cool info, cheers !

Shinobi-Neo
Shinobi-Neo

visint 10 pages while log in, I do visit even more than 10 pages, but it doesn´t change my level,

jazilla
jazilla

so any new changes coming after you updated the systems? is it working how you guys want it to? let us know!

EvanescentCrow
EvanescentCrow

What about watching a video? Seeing as most (if not all) of them have ads, it would be nice to get some XP for it.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Thanks for getting off your asses and updating an outdated system :) Morbid curiosity: If the recent leveling glitch never happened, would you guys have continued to let things be?

Bamul
Bamul

Glad to see that this levelling system finally got reconstructed and updated.

DaX_Factor
DaX_Factor

I'm fine with this either way. I've been on GS since before leveling was the fad and will probably be here after.

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator

The additions to the leveling system are good.

 

persianlink
persianlink

So all the fuss was about that? Lol, if I developed that system, I sure as hell would like to keep it secret. But well, it did work, didn't it? :P

SvV_Ying
SvV_Ying

Absolutely an improvement. Much more of a nowadays rating system.

Solid_Sterb
Solid_Sterb

Cool. Sounds like an improvement to me.

Darthkaiser
Darthkaiser moderator moderator

So what happens to the daily exp we got before?

You know by doing nothing we leveled up a little and using that we created the leveling up guide

Is that EXP gone and replaced with this system or are these EXP points are added along with the daily EXP

arad96
arad96

The lurkers have been pleased.

zinoalex
zinoalex

I believe, as others have suggested, that GS sshould have a way to reward activities done by users, retroactivly.

pokecharm
pokecharm

glad to see this change - too bad the review portion isn't retroactive!  I have a good amount of reviews, but won't see any 'changes' to my profile on it until later ;)  thanks for writing this all out!

madman683
madman683

this is a great update. member since'05 and it's a significant change in ways of leveling up.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

This sounds alot more exciting and thanks. It's to think the original creators of this system are gone, but we'll always remember them :)

glez13
glez13

This looks better now. =)

vguy555
vguy555 moderator

One question:  Is the page visiting capped at 50 XP per day?  For example, if I visit 30 pages in a day, would I get 150 XP or only 50 XP?

kitty
kitty moderator

I like the new additions. All we need now is a way to get some XP for watching a video.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It is nice to know how many points we receive for contributing on the site, but there is always a way to abuse the system, as some may post useless posts simply to level up quickly.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

I think reading articles and watching videos is the main reason why we are on here. Why earn points for something we will be doing regardless. Commenting/rating E.T.C which guides us to put more effort into it is worth the XP points =)

 

It makes sense!!!

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

so viewing a vid, or listening to podcasts don't net you any additional xp? its the same as just viewing a page on gs?

avatarIVN
avatarIVN

So, I got 20xp just for making this one comment, right? Now that you have opened that door, would you mind making a few improvements in the union system please?.

kkee
kkee

Thinking about this a bit more, there seems to be no incentive to read articles, watch videos, etc. It's more about posting as much as you can in forums and comments. It should really be a mix of both.

Gallego
Gallego

i think is better and more detailed ^_^ welcomed change

AveryMarx
AveryMarx

Page browsing should still give a little.

Overlord93
Overlord93

Sounds good. But I still think a few XP should be given per page visit.

glez13
glez13

You should have left the 5XP per page + this new ones as bonuses. Lurkers are gonna die and also there is gonna be a spike of useless posts and threads in forums and comment sections with this.

 

Also what about writting reviews? Uploading videos or screenshots of games?

Latte
Latte

Thank you GameSpot!

Captain52
Captain52

So with this new change, what is the maximum percentage increase you can get for your level per day? Used to be, most levels had different max caps, now is the max cap the same for all levels? Also, not sure if the site administration are open to changing or tweaking this level system a bit, if one can't gain XP for reading through threads/blogs (I think the 5 XP for that should come back) at the very least I think you should get 40 XP for posting in the forums, not 20. I'd rather only have to post 50 times a day than 100.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

so now instead of reading articles and only posting on the ones here and there that interest me the most, i now need to post on everything just to get XP?

 

great, we are just gonna end up with hundreds of pointless comments on every article from people that want XP

 

i think there should still be a reward for reading articles even if its only a small 5 XP or whatever, people that like to read gaming news should still be rewarded

 

also is the level cap gonna be increased because this new system seems like it will be much much easier to level up than it was before

Orlando_Magic
Orlando_Magic

I suggest something like 1XP per page view while logged in so that us lurkers will still get something ;)

mikeyMKII
mikeyMKII

What about for watching reviews and other videos?

Bamul
Bamul

 @pokecharm Oh same here. I wish that was the case as well, since I've written 78 reviews... would be awesome if I got points for all of them. I know some other people who wrote even more. Went to see your profile and you have 82, so I wouldn't be surprised if you were frustrated. xD

kitty
kitty moderator

 @vguy555 I doubt there is a cap for this. But I can't say for sure. If there was, it might be posted next to it.

James00715
James00715

 @2ndWonder Almost all videos are on their own pages, so 10 of them would be 50 xp.

halBU
halBU

 @Captain52 I was wondering this as well (percentages per user level). I do think the weighting of the points is upside down though... 500 points for a single click? It makes the points you receive for doing useful things (reviews, commenting, blog, etc) seem trivial. 

kitty
kitty moderator

 @Orlando_Magic Don't think you want just 1XP. You'll never level up at that rate. Logging in will grant you 500 XPDo you expect to get the other 2,000 XP by viewing that many pages without posting?In that sense, it makes it worse than the old leveling system. 

horgen
horgen moderator

 @Orlando_Magic I would say 5 or 10xp actually.

 

Even I who post quite a bit, won't max out with these rules. You lurkers will most likely only get the 500 for logging in once a day. =/

Orlando_Magic
Orlando_Magic

 @2ndWonder Well I don't think you should be able to max out simply from page views. It should be from a combination of everything, mainly from actually contributing to the site, and the small boost from page views would be like an added bonus. Maybe 1XP per page view is too small but you have to remember that you only get 20XP for posting on the forums. If you give someone 5XP per page view they only have to view 4 pages to equal the same amount they receive from posting.