That's why i'd personally prefer a reviews system to a wratings one.

Wratings are far too generalized, ---- pluss of course then there is the problem of how much weight people give wratings.

I tend to be a harsh wrater, thus from me very few games would get five stars, but other people may be less harsh and give five to more games.

That's why i'd personally prefer written reviews over just a wratings sytem, sinse then you get people's real thoughts, not just how they personally wrate a wrating.

Beware the grue!

Dark.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Charles Rivard" <wee1s...@fidnet.com>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011 5:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] I'm appalled!


Ratings are good as long as the reasons for those ratings are also given. I might see a rating of 2 out of 5, and go elsewhere, not knowing that the rating was given due to the simplistic nature of the game. If a reason for the rating was that it is a good game for beginning computer gamer because it is not very complex and not very challenging, I might go ahead and get it for someone as a Christmas present because they are also getting a computer but don't know much about them yet. So, not only is a rating system important, but the reasons for the ratings is of equal importance. JMO.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Ward" <thomasward1...@gmail.com>
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Sent: Friday, November 25, 2011 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] I'm appauled!


Hi Dark,

Well, for starts I honestly can't blame you. The reasons you mentioned
is precisely why I don't own any of the Azabat games. I can get most
of the same games from Jim Kitchen, Spoonbill, etc for free so there
is no insentive for me to buy and play something I personally would
find less entertaining.

The way I would handle this situation is introduce some kind of rating
system for the games on audiogames.net. A fantastic game might earn 5
out of 5 stars and a game like the Azabat games might rate 2 out of 5
stars. Someone looking for games might see the lower  rating and look
elsewhere for the same game with a higher rating. That's generally how
most websites compare products that are similar but one might not
measure up in quality with the other one.

Basically, what I'm saying is there is nothing wrong with a little
criticism here as long as you keep it A, professional, and B, it is
constructive criticism. You could have a write up describing the
features the Azabat games have, run directly from cd, are all
self-voicing, and contains this or that other feature. Then, you can
review the game below and say that the games didn't meet your
expectations. They lacked this or that feature, and in your opinion
game x by so and so is a better deal for reasons x, y, and z.

HTH


On 11/25/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
I must admit I've been very slow about writing entries for the Azabat games
for audiogames.net, basically because most of the games are pretty much
available in better versions elsewhere and azabat are ridiculously
overpriced, ---- in fact as I've said before I think the only reason they've
got where they are is because they present "audio games for pathetic old
blind people!"

Nevertheless, unfortunately the job of maintaining the database means
playing and writing about bad games as well as good ones, and sinse Azabat did send me both their demo cd and some free copies of their games so that I could write about them, I do feel I need to give them a reasonable run for their money, however today I really! had trouble when writing up the entry
for their second volume, word games.

We all know that everyone from jim kitchin to even the online game alien
adoption agency has versions of Hangman, and other than ntoicing that the
azabat version of the game actually has fewer customizations (and
deffinately fewer fun sfx), than jims, I'll move on.

then there is Targit, exactly the same game as bg word targit, but with no
fun sfx or music, and fewer customization options.

Anagrams, the count down letters and numbers game where you form words from
random letters or a targit number from random numbers, and a game called
link words resembling Dan Z's chainlink game.

What appauled me here, is that none! of these games has even a scoring
system! you don't type in solutions, you just get presented with an anagram,
a number targit and that's it. The technology is planely there to create
one, sinse Hangman and word targit have a score system, and the computer
even has the ability to work out solutions to all the problems meaning that
it could! determine whether your right or wrong, but for some completely
insane reason you don't type in your answers, you just are supposed to solve
them in your head!

In the name of all that's reasonable, why is a score! system! so hard to
manage!

As I said, I do want to try and make the best of azabat because they did
send me some free stuff, but when the quality of their games is so insanely
low my job is extremely difficult!

Yes, making games that are not complex for computer novices is a worth while
aime, ---- but how novice are we talking here?

heck, my mum is about as computer novice as you get (she regularly phones me to ask things like how to copy files or open mail attachments), yet I've got her Ian Humphries psudoku games and she's quite able to play them, indeed was able to install them pretty easily too thanks to the microsoft install
wizard.

What planet are Azabat on?

Even their one really unique game backgamman now has a far superior version thanks to Manu of Pontes games, with online play, sfx, music ambience and
lots of other great customization features (I'm quite a fan of the game
actually).

The only really sad thing, is that while people like Jim Kitchin, 7-128 Manu and Ian humphries have done far better things even in the traditional games
line, at a far more reduced price, Azabat are the ones the bloody rnib
sponsor!

this! is! ridiculous!

Sorry about the wrant, but I really! needed to get that out of my system.

Beware the grue!

Dark.
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