Quick questions about ratings

Posted by (twitter: @AlphishCreature)
August 26th, 2014 5:03 am

Alright, after playing a little I got a few questions/dilemmas regarding games scoring.

1. If I use n/a, does it mean that this aspect isn’t rated, rather than is treated as worse than 1 star? It’s particularly important in regard to the games that don’t work; it says not to score unrunnable entries, but I’m not sure if leaving everything as n/a and using the rating comment box does count as “scoring” (since it seems using the comment box just below ratings increased my coolness). ^^” It’s particularly relevant in cases of ratings that might not quite apply, especially “Humour” one (how one does rate a “humour” game if the game apparently isn’t meant to be humorous at all?).

2. If “rating” an unrunnable entry with all n/a’s doesn’t affect its ratings too negatively, is it fair to “rate” it and get coolness rating for that? On one hand, it seems like a “cheap” way to get this, on the other it’s not one’s fault if the program doesn’t run, and they *did* take an effort to get the game and play it; it’s just that they couldn’t play in the end.

3. How to rate “Audio” if the game has no sounds? Contrary to game-dependent Humour, Audio in most cases *improves* the game. Therefore, I’d rather use 1 star instead of a neutral n/a (if it indeed is neutral); otherwise the developer that took an effort (and much needed time) and made some decent, but not outstanding sounds, could be “punished” by getting below-average rating instead of unaffecting n/a.

Hopefully someone more experienced in LD voting┬ácan┬áprovide some insight here; I guess it might be a matter of personal practices, but still it’s good to know other’s thoughts on that. ^^”

One Response to “Quick questions about ratings”

  1. MrTwister says:

    I kinda wrote a few tips and my thoughts about this recently: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2014/08/29/rating-games-a-guide/

    Hope that helps.

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