GameSpot Game Reviewers Wanted! (Top 100 & Top 500 Reboot)

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#1 Posted by GameSpot (900088 posts) -

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Attention GameSpotters, recently GameSpot has started turning more of it's attention to focusing on user contributions, and to continue with that we are rebooting the Top 100 and Top 500 Game Reviewers for GameSpot! With that said, we want to hear who you think deserves to become a holder of a Top 500 or even a Top 100 reviewer emblem!

How to make a recommendation!

The player review emblems are hand picked by the Community Team to avoid any emblem exploits such as disruptive posting and to highlight the best writers in the community. The users who are selected are often featured in the Weekly Community News Report too.

If you have a recommendation on an excellent review writer or video reviews uploader please use this thread to alert us.

Guidelines
1) Please be very clear about who you are recommending and if it is a VIDEO or WRITTEN game review emblem. Now that we have a video reviewer emblem on the way, it is best to mention that you want us to check their user videos and not their user reviews.

2) Please link to the user's contributions page for written reviews and link to their video reviews if you are recommending them as a user video.

3) If you plan to recommend yourself recommend someone else with your resubmission. Otherwise, this becomes a self-centered thread, which is not the purpose of bringing awareness to good writers.

4) Make sure the user has updated a review in the past 6 months. Some recommendations in the last batch had users who have not posted a review in 6+ months. We often remove the Top 100 or Top 500 emblems from users who have not updated their reviews in a year, and these users are granted the Grandfather emblem category (top 1000 review) for not being active. We use the Top 100 or Top 500 status in community news updates. Therefore, it is best to recommend people who post a review at least once every few weeks.

5) This is not for bloggers, just for those who review video games.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. "What's a good amount of reviews for a recommender reviewer to have written? Sure, anyone can write a good review once or twice but is there an unspoken benchmark number wise for reviews submitted for someone interested in the emblem?" ~ -Saigo-
A. This depends greatly on your activity on the site, if you are a newer user and only 2 or 3 reviews you can still be eligible, if you're a very active site member however but have only written a few reviewsyou might need to be very impressive to get that emblem, the name of the game here is consistency with when the users reviews are written.

Q. Do I need to be recommended to receive an emblems?
A. It's possible to get the emblem without being recommended. This thread is just for suggestions.

Q. Can I recommend myself?
A. Of course! Recommending yourself is a good place to start. Before recommending yourself try to hunt down other users to post with your recommendations. Be sure to recommend users who have6 or more written reviews or video reviews.

Q. Many people have recommended me! I deserve an emblem.
A. Recommending someone does not mean that they will receive an emblem. The community team are the one that makes a decision based on secret criteria.

Q. Why haven't I received an emblem?
A. We cannot share the criteria about how to receive a review emblem. Do some investigation! Check to see who has the emblem and then read their writing style and/or quality to your own. Grammar and spelling errors may be considered when we investigate a user's written review.

Q. What is the difference between the emblems?
A. The Top 100 are more prolific. The Top 500 user may not have enough written reviews or they need to step it up on their writing skills. Video review emblem require enough videos to be considered. There is also the grandfather Top 1,000 reviews emblem if you happen to no longer post reviews after a year, but that's not something to be proud of. It means you're a slacker that once had the Top 100 or Top 500 emblem.

Q. I want an emblem, give me an emblem, check out my reviews right away!
A. When you post your recommendations do not pester and private message staff or contact the moderators to check out your user reviews. This thread is the appropriate place to post your suggestions. The timeline on knowing when you'll receive an emblem is anywhere between 30 and 90 days of the thread creation. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

#2 Posted by Blabadon (25643 posts) -
Interesting, but by posting this here this post won't get much traffic. I guess that's both a good and bad thing, but there are plenty of other subforums here that could benefit from this.
#3 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69627 posts) -
Shouldn't this be in the primary games forum perhaps`?
#4 Posted by DigitalDame (3788 posts) -
Shouldn't this be in the primary games forum perhaps`?The_Last_Ride
Great suggestion! Also @Balbado, if you have any other suggestions I'm happy to hear them.
#5 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69627 posts) -
[QUOTE="The_Last_Ride"]Shouldn't this be in the primary games forum perhaps`?Synthia
Great suggestion! Also @Balbado, if you have any other suggestions I'm happy to hear them.

You could probably try getting user involved if you have a small section on the main page, or even make a blog for it if you guys really want it :)
#6 Posted by DigitalDame (3788 posts) -
or even make a blog for it if you guys really want it :)The_Last_Ride
Could you clarify what you mean by "make a blog"? Are you referring to the Staff blog (where the community news and announcements are posted) or my own personal space? Though I suppose both are worth doing in the long run.
#7 Posted by Blabadon (25643 posts) -
[QUOTE="The_Last_Ride"]Shouldn't this be in the primary games forum perhaps`?Synthia
Great suggestion! Also @Balbado, if you have any other suggestions I'm happy to hear them.

I have never seen someone butcher my username so badly. I'll think about some and post it here, thanks.
#8 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69627 posts) -
[QUOTE="The_Last_Ride"] or even make a blog for it if you guys really want it :)Synthia
Could you clarify what you mean by "make a blog"? Are you referring to the Staff blog (where the community news and announcements are posted) or my own personal space? Though I suppose both are worth doing in the long run.

both really, but having the Staff account blog would make most sense, and is probably most visable
#9 Posted by DigitalDame (3788 posts) -
[QUOTE="Synthia"][QUOTE="The_Last_Ride"]Shouldn't this be in the primary games forum perhaps`?Blabadon
Great suggestion! Also @Balbado, if you have any other suggestions I'm happy to hear them.

I have never seen someone butcher my username so badly. I'll think about some and post it here, thanks.

Ummm... er... I was distracted by your signature? :P And besides, I just missed the N at the end I'm sure I could have done much worse ;) .
#10 Posted by u1tradt (768 posts) -

I think if the 'User Score' section got a bit of an overhaul the top reviewers would be more easily apparent and maybe this thread would have a lot more people able to participate. Because as it stands I couldn't give you even 1 reviewer I want to nominate even though I've been a regular on this site for about 8 years and access the 'User Score' section a lot.

The 'User Score' section has a lot of potential but so far you guys have overlooked it during your overhaul of the rest of the site. The main feature the section needs is the ability to sort the reviews on different bases. For example, most helpful first, prolific reviewers first (people with the highest thumbs up/thumbs down ratio across their reviews), highest scores first and lowest scores first etc.

Also, if the overall user score was given the same level of exposure as the GS score (as in make the user score the same size of the GS score on the games' main pages and put them side by side for people to compare) it would encourage the community's participation a lot more and really help us in making an informed decision.

For example when deciding on playing a game based on the information available on GS, if I'm more interested in an impartial review of the game then the editor's review is going to be the most influential in my decision. However if it is the type of game that may be an acquired taste for example or one that's particularly close to my heart, I will be more interested in the general consensus among the users who reviewed because a more personal touch will be required to influence my decision. But in each scenario both the editor's score and the user score will supplement each other in helping me make my decision, however one will carry more weight than the other depending on the circumstance.

I assume you guys would probably be reluctant to give the user score the same level of exposure as your own (even though I think that would improve the user's experience immensely). But surely adding the ability to sort the user reviews in different ways is long overdue. You only have to look at the user rating system on IMDB and the abundant options available to sort both the user ratings and user reviews on different bases and how much help those options can be to any user no matter what their preferences/tastes may be.

#12 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69627 posts) -
I would also like to see maybe having for the best reviewers that they can maybe add videos or at least have the badges that normal reviewers can do
#15 Posted by darkspineslayer (19453 posts) -

Well, since there aren't any suggestions, perhaps I'll throw my hat in the ring.

#16 Posted by robertcain (280 posts) -

@GameSpot: Sounds great to me!

I'm going nominate myself for the WRITTEN aspect as I've been reviewing games for quite a few years now, getting more in depth as I went along. My reviews can be found here http://uk.gamespot.com/users/self/contributions

I'll also nominate AK_the_Twilight for the WRITTEN aspect as his reviews are also very deep. Check them out here: http://uk.gamespot.com/users/AK_the_Twilight/contributions

Thanks for considering our reviews. Looking forward to the new site! (once it's all ready to go!)

#17 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69627 posts) -

i am going to throw my name out there just for the hell of it

#18 Posted by ferrari2001 (16736 posts) -
#20 Posted by Aneurysm_uk (2607 posts) -