I made something

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February 17th, 2015 9:49 am

I made a script that generates a comment based on the rating of each category. Hopefully I’ll be able to release this as a Chrome extension for the next compo.

EDIT: This is NOT supposed to replace real, thoghtful comments. This is a tool mostly for those who don’t write any comments at all. It can also be used as a base to real comments: it writes the boring part for you (the art is this, the theme is that…) and lets you edit to add what really matters.

Here are a few examples:

Rating:

Innovation: 4/5
Fun: 4/5
Theme: 5/5
Graphics: 5/5
Audio: 5/5
Humor: 3/5
Mood: 4/5
Overall: 5/5

AutoComment:

Jeez, the game has certainly lots to do with the theme! The mood adds a lot to the experience, and the appeal to play the entry is very well done. This entry’s relation to the theme is perfect, and also the audio couldn’t have been done any better. It might be worth pointing that your entry’s ability to make me laugh is just fine. The idea’s uniqueness is quite remarkable, also the looks of this entry are just breath-taking. This game is pretty darn near perfection, this is one of the best. A real nice way to spend the weekend!


Rating:

Innovation: 3/5
Fun: 4/5
Theme: 2/5
Graphics: 3/5
Audio: 1/5
Humor: 5/5
Mood: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

AutoComment:

Oh god, what a moody game! The funny aspect left me speechless, and the visuals are nice. The feeling of the entry is clearly one of the best I have seen so far, and also your creativity is not bad. Even though the enjoyability is pretty nice, the way you used the theme needs to be improved. I really enjoyed playing your game, it was great! Great effort!


Rating:

Innovation: 2/5
Fun: 1/5
Theme: 1/5
Graphics: 2/5
Audio: 1/5
Humor: 3/5
Mood: 1/5
Overall: 1/5

AutoComment:

It’s important to note that the funny factor is okay, however the graphics should be worked on. You should work more on the entry’s relationship with the theme. It is true that it would be nice to see an improvement on the innovation, also you should learn how to make the the fun factor better. This game wasn’t that great, unfortunately, but it’s something. I’m sure you’ll do better next time, you have lots of potential. Congrats!



11 Responses to “I made something”

  1. Andrew Adams says:

    ** These opinions are my own **

    While this sounds like an excellent idea, in practice it is (in my opinion) a load of crap. Sorry, to be so honest. If you’re going to actually play the games, then take the time to actually fill out a meaningful comment. You’re building a system to assist in getting a better cool factor, and possibly skip out on actually playing the game at all.

    Comments are meant to provide meaningful feedback to each developer based on their individual game. Autocomments (again, in my opinion) are counter productive and appalling.

    • bentog says:

      Yeah, this is intended for people who don’t write any comments at all, and those aren’t few. An autocomment, for me, is better than no comment at all. Also, this can be used as a guide to write your comment β€” you can edit it as you please to add your personal thought.

  2. rd127p77 says:

    I think this is great because I do not like it when people just rate my game, and any comment I get helps me become a better game developer.

  3. Managore says:

    Okay so I think this is a really cool script conceptually and I think you’ve executed it really well, but I would like to argue why I think this script might actually be detrimental.

    Firstly, I don’t think the script actually gives the developer any more information. You’ve already given the game a rating in each category, that’s already telling the developer what you thought of the game, and when the rating period is over they are going to see all of their average ratings.

    The comment field, I believe, is an opportunity for the player to give the developer personal feedback. If you gave the game a 5 for graphics, tell them what aspect of the graphics you loved. If you gave the game a 3 for graphics, consider pointing out which aspects you liked and which you think could have been improved.

    In any case, a comment is no worse than no comment, right? Well, yes, but if someone uses this script where they would have written their own comment otherwise, this script has essentially denied the developer of that hypothetical game a genuine comment. As a starting point for a real comment, and as a way to kick start the comment writing process, I think this is a very cool tool, but I wouldn’t want people to view this as a substitution for real comments.

  4. loxo says:

    It’s definitely an interesting concept and maybe you can use that in a game.

    But I don’t want to see an autogenerated comment for any of my games. The comment section is the most important part for me, it’s nice to get a high rating, but not everyone will achieve that. Comments are available for everyone and they will help you to improve and motivate you to continue.

    I think an autogenerated comment has no additional value, unless you don’t know it’s autogenerated. In this case an autogenarted comment can help to motivate you, but at this point there is no helpful information how you could improve.

    Autogenerated comments are the next piece to create a fully automated game jam. We have theme generators, automatical generated games based on those themes (http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/comment-page-1/?action=preview&uid=29184) and now we have autogenerated comments based on game ratings too. Only a system for automated game rating is missing.

    I wonder if you would have liked to see an autogenerated comment by your script instead of this πŸ˜‰

  5. HolyBlackCat says:

    Whatever all these people said.

    Nice job and interesting idea.
    But I ask you to not publish this script. Like many other developers, I don’t want to see an autogenerated comment for any of my games.
    And you want to see feedback from real people about this post either, don’t you? πŸ˜€

  6. MiniBobbo says:

    I think you should write a script that reads the comments you left on a game and assigns ratings to it. it would force well thought out, complete comments.

  7. klianc09 says:

    The words factor is really great, there were nearly no mistakes, also the length factor is okay, since it’s short enough to keep the reader interested and leave him wanting more. The post is well structured, however I didn’t really like the design.
    It’s not untrue that the content of your post is of controversial nature, which can cause major discussions between groups of people. You should try to improve on writing non-controversial topics next time.
    Overall a pretty good post, I enjoyed reading it. Not bad!

    [note: this comment was auto generated]

  8. goerp says:

    Seriously, if you don’t want to leave feedback, then don’t! It’s not an obligation.
    I like to get comments, but if it’s just a verbal copy of the scores then it’s not really worth reading (and it reminds of the spam I get on my blog).

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