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Would people make reviews for games if it was easy?

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:07 pm
by Mega-Dan
If I made a site where people could submit reviews or even a little bit of information about obscure old games, would people post information to it? I am currently working for a free web survey firm and I was wondering if I made a form where it was a fill in the blanks review for video games if I could create a database of all the obscure games that dont current have review, like obscure japanese only saturn games, old nes games, sega master system games etc. Would people who are interested in retrogaming actually submit reviews or would this never get off the ground?
The problem is that currently every one is trying to do it by themselves, Gamespot has their own database, other sites have their own database. I want to get people interested in old retro games to come together as a commmunity and go through and collect in a central repository in some sort of semi-standardized format information about very old and obscure games. Like for example, I wanted to know about Gusson Oyoyo, a very obscure japanese saturn game, it took me a while to hunt down a page about it. But when it comes to games made in the 1980s forget about it, unless they are hugely popular you wont even get a screen shot much less a text description. So if I want to know what aquatron is (a game I have never been able to find any information about online but was made by sierra online and I used to play all the time as a kid), I could just go to this database and it would tell me something.
So if someone wanted to know something about some rare import turbo-grafx cd game, this would be the site they would think to go to first. Obviously I cant play every import turbo-grafx game since I dont even own a tubografx cd so someone else could do that section. And someone who loves the MSX could do the MSX section and tell people what their favorite MSX games are. I know I am very passionate about my hobby, and I know there are people out there even more passionate than me, so I hope that looking up info about old games can become less painful.

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:10 pm
by racketboy
I'd love to have a lot more reviews on this site.

Seems like most submited reviews online (like GameFaqs) only say generic things and don't really get into details much. "It's the greatest game ever.. blah blah"

I'm (slowly) trying to review more games as time goes on and at least put some thought into them.

Feel free to contribute some here if you would like

More of a survey form

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:26 pm
by Mega-Dan
I was thinking that I am not going to make the reviews, but that just people in on the web can stop by, write a review of a game they notice does not have one, and go on their way. Make it a community effort to catalogue obscure games, especially imports which are a wide unknown territory.
We make surveys where I work, and I was thinking of using a survey format where you have drop down boxes people have to fill out so you definitely get at least certain information from everybody who gives a reivew. So you know what the format is going to be like. And you only have to fill in boxes relevant to the game, so if its a atari game I wont put a box asking you to rate the graphics, or if its not a import game I wont ask the reviewer to rate how easy it is to play for people who do not understand japanese.
I got the idea because I have been playing random imports for the nintendo ds, and Mawashite Koron is a great game, but unless i just randomly played imports I would have never known that.

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:35 pm
by racketboy
You have a website yet?

I'd love to host it, but I don't have the time or knowledge to code such a project...

I have the code

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:46 pm
by Mega-Dan
I have the code and the forms and everything, all I need is a site to host it. All I am wondering is if people would actually write the reviews. I would have to mention this to my boss, to see if he would go along, so it might be a little bit, but I think he might agree to it because at the very least I am testing the system out.

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:17 am
by racketboy
I guess you won't find out until you try.
But if you need a host, I can do it.

I'm running on a Linux server with PHP and mySQL support