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Hello World of Warcraft fans! During the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launch event , Blizzard and The Artist Formerly Known As Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain gave us some special launch event T-shirts to give away during the Tonight On the Spot episode. This special-edition black T-shirt can be seen on the stage during the game event, and it has a Tafkal 80 ETC logo on the back.
Not enough participants answered the question right, so we'd like to offer you all another chance to answer the trivia until we run out of extra-large T-shirts!
You are more than welcome to resubmit your answer if you realize that you submitted an incorrect answer. Also, if you haven't participated in the trivia yet, shame on you! You should drop by to watch the replay and submit your answer as soon as possible! I'll update this page for your convenience as soon as we're out of T-shirts.
To submit your answer, click the "answer trivia" button located on the right side of the page. Be sure to enter your name and mailing address, or we won't know where to send the T-shirt. Good luck!
UPDATE: We're out of t-shirts. Thanks again for participating!
The final phase of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is almost upon us! You've probably already experienced the amazing transformations in the world of Azeroth since the recent patch changes, but until the expansion is released, we're all anticipating December 7.
Monday, December 6, GameSpot will be broadcasting live on location from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launch event being held here in the United States.
While Blizzard hasn't shared all the details about what to expect from the event, it has said to expect live performances by Blizzard's in-house and in-game band, The Artist Formerly Known As Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, a dance contest, and a World of Warcraft developer meet-up and autograph signing! We'll also have trivia questions and special prize packs supplied by Blizzard for viewers watching from home.
So be sure to check back tomorrow for more details on the event and our coverage, which starts late Monday night, December 6, and count down to midnight with us live!
Update: Watch the replay!
Starting at 5 p.m. PT tonight (time zone converter), we'll play Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on the Xbox 360. While the Xbox 360 version has been selected based on the game-night poll results, there are some PS3 players who would like to play. If you own the PS3 version, feel free to drop by the GameSpot chatroom to see if there are any PS3 fans idling in the chatroom.
To participate, join the chatroom to share your in-game names. I'll see you then!
For nearly a decade, GameSpot has had a censor bypass policy that has not always made sense to newcomers. Once the ropes were learned, things became easier for some users, but we often noticed confusion about two things: GameSpot news didn’t use the same censor bypass policy and the way we allowed a letter dash word format.
What we have here is a change to GameSpot’s ever-growing community, and it’s about time for an update to censor bypass content, which will be similar to the way our editorial news staff deals with profanity.
Here are some basics about the changes:
- GameSpot members that have been moderated for censor bypassing will not have their moderations reversed.
- GameSpot members should heavily rely on the censor bypass system, which often alerts users about a censored word and automatically masks it.
- If GameSpot members would like to go through the trouble to use the first letter and mask the rest of the word format, they can do this based on the new rules.
- The rule about allowing acronyms (WTF and other related ones) has been added, but this has been a policy we have used over the past few years if the acronym was not offensive, flaming, or trolling.
- GameSpot members may now use some phrases that might have been moderated for censor bypassing over the years. For instance, what the frack (widely used among Battlestar Galactic fans) will be overlooked, but if the replacement word looks like the actual censored word, the content may likely be moderated.
- We have also added some additional examples about what kinds of words are not allowed; these include but are not limited to: g-r-i-s, gr*s, g**s, -grizzle, 9|-1$, gr1s, ***s, girs, gryeeeas.
If you report abuse, please make sure you understand the following:
- If you make a mistake, we won’t mark you for falsely reporting to the queue. The rules will take some time for everyone to figure out.
- If a GameSpot moderator or admin moderates you for the old rules, it means that they are at fault and the moderation is eligible to be reversed. Make sure you let the mods know by politely asking what you did wrong in the Ask the Moderators forum.
- If an admin believes that an acronym or phrase is inappropriate for the site, don’t be too surprised that the content is removed. You can also ask about why it was moderated for clarification.
As you might recall, I don't have time to set aside to add a weekly report, but I did take some time today to read through nearly 100 GameSpotter blogs. Here are the ones that stood out!
Consoles, Handhelds, Mobile
- 24 hours with Kinect buft
- A Slice of Apple Pie Pierst179
- Kinect Will be in your House Setho10
- Justin Calvert's Kinect JusticeCovert
- Should Nintendo be worried? CrimsonMaher
- 25 years ago there was NES Opnotikis
- Kinect the Dots AK_the_Twilight
- Virtual Boy and the 3DS -Wheels-
Games, Games, Games
- Chocobo Crystal Tower Beta Impressions benleslie5
- Dumbed down first person shooters subyman
- Those Magical Mystery Games Eldramesha
- The Saboteur SmallMafia
- Gears of War poetry Polybren
- Left 4 Dead Series FermiParadox
- A closer look at Stalker 2 DraugenCP
Off the Wall
- SackBoy's Adventure 2 benleslie5
- There's something about zombies Allicrombie
- Kirby Carved Pumpkin gruntpocalypse
- Game Manuals of the Past Seiryuu-
- The Walking Dead television series kejigoto
- Top Video Game Soundtracks DraugenCP
- The Social Network - Film Review biggest_loser
- Long time, no blurb Asagea_888
- Video game characters' famous counter-parts 2k_fish
- R.A.T.7. Mouse M3ran
- Pretty Graphics Card xboxrulze
On a related note, this week's member spotlight goes to Allicrombie for the editorial about zombies! She received the member spotlight achievement and her name is featured on the forums page.
Let's get together the day after Call of Duty: Black Ops is released to play some multiplayer with staff and other GameSpot members! Chris Watters and Kevin VanOrd have plans to participate, and I'm sure others will be joining up at the last minute. We'd like to know which platform you'd like to play! Drop by the Game Night Union to vote which platform you'll be purchasing.
Date: November 10
Time: Starting at 5 p.m. PT up to 7 p.m. PT or later (depending on how many show)
Where: Join the chatroom to share your in-game name with staff.
To participate, visit the game night chatroom on November 3, starting at 5 p.m. PT, and share your in-game name with GameSpot staff. We’ll see you then!
UPDATE: If you have any problems with the chatroom add Riverdogs (Chris) and xpcaligirl (Jody) as a friend for the Xbox 360 and fiddlecub (Kevin) as a friend on the PC version. You can also resolve the chatroom problem by making sure you have the most recent version of java.com
We would like to showcase the following Celebrity Costume designs in celebration of Halloween! You may view the actual sizes of these images by visiting the results page (56k warning).
Thanks to the following GameSpotters who designed these costumes for a celebrity guessing game: arad96, chicknfeet, Darthkaiser, deershadow, Dj-Dark-1, gamingqueen, gmax, GSgirl, Gelatin_baat, hesel, kamikaze_pigmy, matastig, Sidburn19, Solar-Poseidon, SQUALL20XX, tmaclabi, vufor, and Wolf-5.
Be sure to drop by on Saturday, October 30, at 4 p.m. PT to watch our Halloween special of Today on the Spot. Any GameSpot member who leaves feedback about the show will receive a special achievement!
We have three seasonal achievements worthy of your attention! One achievement is no longer up for grabs, but there are two other seasonal achievements available. All you have to do is go to each forum activity page and read the rules. On November 1, staff will gather usernames and grant both of the achievements to eligible participants.
I went game hunting in GameSpot's spooky crypt! In celebration of Halloween, we remembered numerous spooky games in a monthly Box Art guessing activity held in the General Games Discussion forum.
Imagining that thou hast discovered a name - thou art a mind reader. In celebration of Halloween, this GameSpot member participated in a celebrity costume guessing game held in the Off-Topic forum!
Celebrity Costume Designer [no longer granted]
A celebrity in a costume is the ultimate antidote for laughter. In celebration of Halloween, this GameSpot member designed a costume for a celebrity. The costume was shared in the Off-Topic forum to give everyone the chance to participate in a celebrity guessing game!
UPDATE: We have two more achievements up for grabs!
Now Playing Kinect Achievement: The Now Playing Kinect episode was published at midnight, and if you post in the comments you'll receive an achievement for your participation. Do this before Friday at 10am PT! The achievement is still being created, but it is said to be similar to the PlayStation Move achievement we granted.
Tater TOTS Halloween Achievement:Drop back on October 30th to watch the Halloween episode of Today on the Spot. There are also plans to have a Halloween TOTS episode achievement granted to those who provide feedback about the show. We'll give everyone the entire weekend to share your feedback about this special episode. If you liked certain parts of the show, share this. If you don't like certain parts of the show share what you think would have made it even better. We might call this a TOTS feedback achievements more than anything, but it's quite important for us to know what you like and dislike for future special episodes of the show.
We have had numerous tips over the years, and I'd like to keep them all in one place for your reference. Please note that you'll need to scroll to the bottom of some of the weekly reports to view the tips.
Reporting Abuse & Moderation Tips
- Why GameSpot moderates for flaming and trolling- 08/17/09
- Reader Review Policy Reminder- 09/09/08
- How to avoid getting moderated- 03/03/09
- removal of copyrighted and watermark user videos- 03/09/09
- Image leaching- 07/15/09
- Report and ignore abuse- 09/11/09
- Union telegrams reported as an advertisement- 11/12/09
- Avoid plot spoilers- 02/19/10
- Reporting User Review Abuse- 12/04/09
- Plagiarism in User Reviews- 05/21/10
- Game Boards Missing Responses- 10/14/10
- Game board Moderation Notices- 09/27/10
- using the term Japan or Japanese properly- 09/01/10
- copying/pasting another person's work- 07/21/10
- Reading and Posting Reviews- 10/07/10
- 10 Things to Consider for the New Year 01/09/09
- Update Union Bulletins 02/23/09
- How to Tag Content- 03/31/09
- How to use GameSpot Answers- 04/09/09
- 10 helpful tips about writing better reviews- 05/05/09
- Writing better user reviews- 08/24/09
- Sharing your uploaded videos- 11/13/09
- Noticing new forum posts- 05/02/10
- Interacting with staff or others via PM- 05/07/10
- How to keep your personal accounts secure- 05/25/10
- Security Breach- 03/09/10
- Classic and Style Solution- 06/29/10
- Writing Tips- 05/05/10
- Harassment from others 02/17/09
- Don't trust anyone- 04/06/09
- Avoid spoilers in GameSpot Answers- 04/13/09
- How to get noticed for the member spotlight- 07/27/09
- How to Soapbox- 07/22/09
- What defines an editorial- 08/11/09
- How to participate in TOTS trivia- 09/18/09
- More TOTS Trivia Tips- 03/29/10
- Quotes and Spoilers- 03/03/10
General Site Information
- How to submit a modification, skin, map, or character model 01/13/09
- How GameSpot handles review scores across platforms- 11/06/09
- Additional DLC Coverage- 12/16/09
- How to share Ad Feedback across the site- 02/28/10
I'm a couple of days late with the weekly report due to some Halloween-festive taping that the GameSpot video staff did over the weekend, and then I came down with a cold. More details about our Halloween episode will likely be announced soon enough. In the meantime, I gathered numerous blogs and caught up with majority of the latest user reviews, which means this Friday's report might be a bit on the lighter side.
Game Night Quarter Four Suggestions
We’re still looking for your suggestions for upcoming game nights. Right now, there are a variety of games suggested so be sure to share which ones you’d like to participate in and feel free to suggest other games.
Box Art Hunt - Spooky Edition
Test your spooky box art knowledge in the latest edition of GameSpot's Box Art Hunt activity! You all have until November 1 at 12 a.m. to submit your guesses. Make sure you have an answer for each box art (even if they are incorrect). You should try to get at least 15 out of 20 games correct. Please note that some of these games are M for mature.
Off-Topic Celebrity Costume Contest
If you plan on submitting a celebrity in a costume, we have extended the deadline until October 20 at 10 a.m. PT. The costume designers will be granted a special emblem and those who participate in the guessing game that will begin October 22 will receive another type of emblem for participating. Check the rules page for further details.
System Wars Monthly Update
The September edition of System Wars Monthly 2.0 is currently packed with a variety of games along with a buying guide, and reviews.
Game Night: Halo Reach MVP Update
Chris and Shaun will be going through your Halo Reach replay submissions some time this week to select the MVP who will receive this nifty Bungie bag Thanks to those who participated!
GameSpaces Button Additions
You can now buy and sell games directly from the gamespace via Glyde's inline store. We're continuing to refine the experience in the coming days and weeks. To share feedback and view an example please drop by the Site Enhancement forum for details.
This week’s member spotlight goes to Gelugon_baat for sharing how he created his entry for TheHotSpot homework emblem. Gelugon_baat shared some notes about the developers. Overall, it's a nice creative and neat blog worthy of your attention.
Featured User Videos
The following user videos have been featured on the forums page.
- Community of the Future! LegendofNerd
- Dead Rising 2 - Saving Esther 2 Rheinmetal
We also have some additional videos that have not been featured in this news report.
- DS: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution GeekyDad | Picross 3D JustPlainLucas |
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass LOLhahaDEAD | Rhythm Heaven Azghouls | Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Pierst179
- GBA: Klonoa: Empire of Dreams e kbaily | Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga c_rake
- GameBoy: Contra: The Alien Wars Gelugon_baat
- PC: Torchlight Azghouls | Batman: Arkham Asylum stephenage
- PS2: Sub Rebellion ebbderelict
- PS3: Madden NFL 11 smithbubbajones | White Knight Chronicles ZanarkandTidus |
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening AzelKosMos | Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Asagea_888
- PSP: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker calvinsora
- Wii: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 kbaily | Bit.Trip Runner c_rake
- X360: Risen celtic1962 | Green Day: Rock Band Domstercool | FIFA Soccer 11 64316431 | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World AK_the_Twilight
- The worst thing you'll see all day Brendan Sinclair
- Kirby's Epic Yarn War Sophia Tong
- Super Scribblenauts in System Wars Tom McShea
- Assassin's Creed Tattoo: Complete Kevin VanOrd
- Fond memories of Star Raiders John Davison
- I just can't stop digging, okay Jane Douglas
- On the Spot Classics: Don King Stanley Lin
Games, Games, Games
- Thoughts on Medal of Honor bowlingotter
- Now Playing #13: Dead Rising 2 JustPlainLucas
- The 2D Platformer Revival Setho10
- 10 Video Game Concepts That Need To Die DraugenCP
- Dangers of 3D and Motion Control Gaming Sukharevskaya
- Repetition in Gaming Transilvanien
- Bioshock Moments ebbderelict
- Mixing Gaming and Religion Can Work TheTrueMagusX1
- DOTA2 Perspective bleigh316
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: In Another Castle MC_Bally_Who
- Recently Completed DLC and Games SavoyPrime
- 5 Games I am scared to play ShootumUP26
- Keeping up with the games buft
- The Power-Ups in the Gaming World nachi_lobo
Off the Wall
- Sony: PS3 will no longer be PS3 compatible Egonga
- Insert Coin #1: X-Men The Arcade Game JustPlainLucas
- Halo for Atari 2600 whoozwah
- Let Me In – Swedish Vampire Film Review biggest_loser
Tip of the Week
The latest tip of the week is about how to get around a disruptive moderation for posting in the game boards.
As promised, here is a variety of interesting videos worthy of your attention!
- [System Wars] Community of the Future! LegendofNerd
Off the Wall
This week’s tip will provide details about how you can avoid getting moderated for a technical problem happening in the game boards.
Now that GameSpot users are notified about game board moderations, we have noticed more reports about difficulties to view any recent posts in the shared game boards. The symptoms consist of a GameSpot member creating or posting in a shared game board discussion, and there are no recent posts displayed for hours or even days later. While viewing the GameFAQs version of the same game board, there are in fact numerous new posts in a discussion. I am uncertain if this bug is related to concerns reported last May or not, but staff is aware of a way to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, this bug is not something that will be fixed right away because there are numerous bugs ahead of it.
While there might be a couple of ways to work around this bug, let me share the problem that frequently has been happening among GameSpot members in particular, which is the reason for this week’s tip. Some GameSpot members tried to find a way to work around this technical problem on their own by posting one period or letter in a post to display the most recent responses made in a discussion thread. GameFAQs and GameSpot users have been reporting these posts for posting disruptive content because a period or a single letter does not provide anything to a discussion.
GameSpot users have asked why they are receiving moderations for a technical problem, but the reality is they are not using the proper workaround. Now that I am aware of the problem happening quite frequently, I contacted the community manager at GameFAQs about deleting the reported disruptive content with a warning instead of karma loss. GameFAQs was unaware of this technical problem and agreed that karma loss wasn’t appropriate as long as the posts are happening by GameSpot users. While any reported disruptive content will continue to be removed with a warning mark, it is best to avoid posting disruptively in the game boards.
Until this technical problem gets resolved, the best way to avoid getting moderated is to drop by the GameFAQs version of the game board to read the responses. You can do this by going to the front page of the game board, scrolling down to the bottom of the page, and clicking the GameFAQs link, which will take you to the GameFAQs version of that same game board. Once you are on the GameFAQs version of the game board, scroll to the discussion you would like to read. Now that you know what has been said in the discussion thread, you can go back to the GameSpot version of the game board to post your response.
On Wednesday, October 13, starting at 5 p.m. PT, we plan to have a game night dedicated to Halo: Reach. This time around we plan to have a combination game night activity where you create a video of your experience and share that with us for a chance to be rewarded the MVP title and a Bungie bag.
Here’s how to participate.
1. Play Halo: Reach with GameSpot staff and community during game night.
2. Go back and look at your recent videos from the matches in Theater mode and edit down a clip showcasing your favorite moment of the night. Each clip MUST be less than 30 seconds and MUST be from one of the game night matches. For help on how the Halo: Reach Theater mode works, visit Bungie.net.
3. Save the edited clip to your File Share. Then send an Xbox Live message to gamertag Riverdogs with the name of your clip and your GameSpot username. Messages MUST be send before 2pm PT on Friday the 15th.
The current staff roster includes Chris Watters, Shaun McInnis, and Ryan Mac Donald.
If you are new to game nights, all participants join the chatroom to share their gamertags and ensure that they can get on a staff member's friends list. Those who don't drop by will not know what's happening in the event, so if you have an Internet connection, drop by to grab a spot on a staff member's friends list, and most of the communication thereafter is through XBL voice chat. Additionally, if you have issues trying to log in to the chatroom, please make sure you have the current version of Java by dropping by www.java.com.
Want more details on how to take part in game night? Don't worry--just join us 30 minutes beforehand in the chat room for all the details you need!
Box Art Hunt - Spooky Edition
Test your spooky box art knowledge in the latest edition of GameSpot's Box Art Hunt activity! Learn more by clicking the link above.
Off-Topic Celebrity Costume Contest
As you might know, we don’t allow any kind of games discussion in this forum because there are numerous forums for games, and the general games discussion forum is good for random gaming topics. We figured it was time to give the off-topic posters a chance to dress up celebrities in costumes. Once the entries have been received, we’ll have a guessing game contest open to everyone who would like to participate.
Game Night: Halo Reach
Chris Watters would love to jump into some games with you all next Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. PT. Drop by the game night discussion if you can attend and share your suggestions about upcoming game nights.
ToU Agreement Updates Coming Soon
Minor Advertisement Changes
We have made a couple of changes to the appearance of certain areas around the site. Pages were changed with a different-sized advertisement (changed from 160x600 to 300x250) and minor appearance changes include the gamespace forums (game boards linked from a game page), regular forums/UCB discussion pages (known as threads), image index pages, image view, and the search results.
This week’s member spotlight goes to bowlingotter for having an interesting selection of scary game recommendations in his blog. A couple of these scary games were also mentioned by GameSpot editors when I needed their list of scary games for the box hunt activity earlier this week. If you haven’t already submitted your answers for the Spooky Box Art Hunt activity, check his blog for a couple of clues about a couple of games!
Games! Games! Games!
- 5 Games That Make Me Happy MC_Bally_Who
- Beating Final Fantasy 7 TheMosesMan
- Borderlands 2 Wishful Thinking List BessenStock
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Impressions bowlingotter
- Bungie, I salute you! Azghouls
- DLC. My newest enemy 198d
- Remembering Games Past - Volume 2 Asagea_888
- Online-only games really the future? jazzfan4
- Scarcer Resources to a Gamer gdw0908
- The moon is disappointing when we expect the stars GabuEx
- A unique and memorable gaming experience luc11044n
- Why casual gaming is hardcore gaming's best friend Thekiteless
- Designing Games For Girls Setho10
- Seven things that every Gamer shares MrWhite325
Off the Wall
- The Video Game Industry (Poem) crazyluigi199
- Halo And Star wars are brothers? Msteele48
- Top 5 Favorite WWE Superstars YoungMaverick
- Samus is a WOMAN? CrimsonMaher
- Gaming's Greatest: Best Weapons Sukharevskaya
Tip of the Week
The tip of the week is back, and it's all about writing and reading reviews! [Details]
If you consider how many concerns we get about icky written reviews and questions about having a review removed, this tip pretty much hits two birds with a couple of stones. What can I say: I've never been good at aiming rocks at birds.
The first question I have is directed to the readers of the player reviews (known as user reviews these days). How many of you notice the "time spent" indicator found on the user review pages?
For the writers of reviews, how many of you truthfully share the hours you spent playing the game?
We have the "time spent" indicator in user reviews for you to consider the player's background with the game. While this might mean some user reviews are first impressions of games, we never want to turn away your opinions about the final product of the game while forcing you to have a career in writing. We want your opinions about the games even if you played less than what a professional reviewer would play. Nor do you need to scrutinize every little detail and compare games based on your experience playing numerous types of games and genres for many years.
Before I give you some general pointers about how to read other GameSpot members' opinions, let me remind everyone about the purpose of user reviews. The following tips were provided by Bethany years ago, but they can still be applied to the moderation policies we use today.
Does it belong? - We have a full suite of community features on GameSpot, including forums and blogs. Historically and by design, blogs and certain forums are where rants about industry practices go. Your thoughts on why consumers and critics are rating the game differently, why games are so short these days, how they're easier than they ought to be, how they employ copy protection, why you think Miyamoto isn't nice, how Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft is turning on its fan base, and so on should be kept out of user reviews and should be in the forums or a blog.
Focus on the game - User reviews on GameSpot are intended to be about the gameplay experience: what you liked, what you didn't like, and how you evaluated the game based on the whole of its substance. If your review is not about the game itself, it's a candidate for removal.
Where's the beef? - Any technical issues with the game should be folded into the meat of the review and explain the impact on gameplay, if any. It is reasonable for these issues to be a component of reviews, but reviews themselves are about the games first and foremost.
You can also read the general rules for user reviews by going to any review submission page. Here is an example of what the rules state prior to submitting a review.
Now that you understand what user reviews should consist of, here are a number of tips I use prior to reading through a review written by someone I don't know.
1. Know the game - Spoilers don't always happen in user reviews, but if I want to keep from stumbling on them by accident, I start with a trusted user or with professional critic reviews first. Once I have an idea about some of the concerns or highlights about a game, I have something to be aware of when I check out other people's opinions, but I do it through a type of skimming method because I don’t know the user nor do I trust that they won’t have me wander into spoiler territory.
2. Don't read. Skim! - Get in the habit of skimming when you view pages because you can save yourself the trouble of reading into possible spoilers or getting upset about a person's rant. Instead of immediately reading through other people's opinions, check the hours spent and then skim the start of each paragraph, while skipping sentences and skimming for keywords. If most of the structure looks normal, I might start reading the user review, but many times I still want to know who is reviewing the game. Also, if the person spent less than 20 hours, maybe they won’t know the full game features compared to a person has played 20-40 (or more, depending on how long you know the game will be, based on former research).
3. Who is the writer? - Reading a random person's user review might not be nearly as fun as getting to know who's writing the review, and we all know that some people might have biased opinions about a game franchise or platform. Check their profiles to see their blogs, other reviews, game library, and even their in-game and GameSpot achievements. You might agree with their platform choice, but still, if there is one franchise heavily influencing them, maybe they won't like any other game franchise. I also check into registration dates to see if someone registered just to write the review. Is the person reviewing an X360 version of the game when they only have PS3 trophies or games? Are they writing about only one publisher's games or only one franchise? Are there too many high scores being handed out to favored platforms or franchises? Getting to know who is writing the review can save you time, and you can track this person if you find that many of their game reviews seem solid.
4. Beta and demo reviews don't belong - Reviews that have a user claiming to have never played the retail game and to have played only a beta or a demo should be flagged for abuse. Review writers can share some insight about playing the beta or demo, but if they don't share that they have played the retail game, that's something that doesn't belong. You don't have to worry about them being too heavily moderated for this, though, because some users get away with numerous warning marks that might get overlooked if it's a mistake or until we notice that they are ignoring former review moderations. We do remove these kinds of user reviews from the site because this is not a community feature to be used as a beta or demo review. If you notice any user review stating this, please report the user with the "other" field stating "only played the demo version," "claimed that they never played the game," or "only played the beta," and we'll investigate if it should be removed.
5. Pull the fire drill! - Player reviewers who rant about other reviewers or about the publisher need to consider that the content is better suited for their blog. Nobody wants to go to a user review page and find rants that are dedicated to other players, critics, or the creators of the game. Report these reviews as abuse, because they do not belong in the user reviews.
6.Track and rate - Once you have figured out that you can trust a particular user, you might consider tracking them and heading back to read through the game review along with rating it.
Feel free to share additional tips you might have involving user reviews!
Test your spooky box art knowledge in the latest edition of GameSpot's Box Art Hunt activity! To participate, drop by the general games discussion forum and follow the instructions about how to participate. Because this is a guessing game, you can get away with having five answers wrong, and you do not have to have the correct spelling for each game. For instance, if someone puts SCARAB when the correct spelling is S.C.A.R.A.B., we will look over the typo. You may also use acronyms. You must have an answer for all 20 game titles and have at least 15 out of 20 games correct to receive the Spooky Box Art achievement.
Here's a sneak peek!
Submit your answers before November 1 and you'll be considered a participant for this fun and spooky activity!
Now that you understand how the game boards function, I might as well share some tips about ways you can avoid being moderated for reasons you had not imagined. The game boards should be used in a manner of “text” only. If you use the WYSIWYG editor, .html, or even spoiler tags, then none of that can be viewed on the GameFAQs end at this time. Many users do not realize that sharing a spoiler tag might display properly while using the GameSpot game board pages, but that entire spoiler and the tag will display entirely for a GameFAQs user. On a related note, an imbedded image will also not display to a GameFAQs user.
You might think, “Well, at least another GameSpot user can see my content or image,” but the problem that I notice the most is that a GameFAQs user will flag the content for being disruptive or sharing a spoiler. The GameFAQs moderator or admin will see the violation on his or her end and the reported abuse will be considered valid.
You can avoid receiving these kinds of moderations by using text only (paste your content into a notepad and that’s how it will look to a GameFAQs user), or you can go to the game board to view the post.
To get to GameFAQs version of the game board, go to the front page of the GameSpot game board and scroll to the bottom of the page. For an example, go to the Halo Reach forum. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “GameFAQs” hyperlink located on the bottom, which will lead you to the Halo Reach forum on GameFAQs.
We have some more related announcements regarding moderation policies, which will be shared in the coming weeks.
If you're a frequent reader of the weekly report, you might recall a category we call the blog bunker. I've been quite busy to keep a good routine for the weekly report, but that doesn't mean I’m going to deprive GameSpot bloggers of their blogs! If you used the drop down menu in your blog to flag it as an editorial, it’s highly likely that I had a chance to see if it was worthy of mention. Here are the latest blogs that were posted in the past month, dating from Aug. 17 through Sept. 17. Happy reading and getting to know your fellow GameSpotters!
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Games! Games! Games!
- Shogun 2: My fears have been allayed The_Capitalist
- How to dethrone World of Warcraft cboyuno
- Why Are Older Games Better? smithboy1177
- Shadow of Rome: The Underrated Epic optiow
- Timeless Masterpieces - Harvest Moon BessenStock
- Six video game pet peeves ZzZEVOLUTIONZzZ
- Top 5 items and powerups homsarrunner3
- Roleplaying and FPS games Xirmi
- Were Older Games Better? Rottenwood
- Favorite Video Games Soundtrack julianozuca
- The Voice Within Pierst179
- Top 5 DLC Trailers Echowave1337
- Picking Apart A Genre - MMORPG's concealedview
- Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game ehsan8888
- On Used Games JusticeCovert
- The Many Types of Gamers: Which Are You? subyman
- Video Games AloneBad_Luck_13
- Which game has the most annoying community? _huh
- (Too) Great Expectations keech
- Games you're to embarrassed to say you've played DaX_Factor
- Is gaming an addictive substance? The-Techspert
- Online Gaming: Behaviour and Habits MC_Bally_Who
The Insider Scoop
Off the Wall
- The Resurgance of the Art Deco era in games MasterShake23
- The Wonderful World of The Arcade TheTrueMagusX1
- Scott Pilgrim Double Feature calvinsora
- The Voice Within Pierst179
- 3D Pictures I Made M3ran
- Numerous pieces of artTechnologoDoom
- 1980s Video Game Culture Caught in Comic Book Ads Esotericus
- Five things you did not know about Mario smm217
- Arcade in my house Noct
- My New Computer - 18897 Samson089