Wow 2500 xp per day ! I would have never imagined that one could. I think i know only one person that has maxed out their levels. Cool info, cheers !
After a number of years of what was quite frankly a broken user leveling system, we've made some changes. Find out more!
As some of you may be aware, a recent bug made it impossible for users to earn user level experience points (XP) on the site, frustrating our users and making it impossible for them to level up. Because many of our site features, such as commenting and writing user reviews, require a specific user level, this also unfortunately made it impossible for newly registered users to ever be able to perform those important community interactions.
Fixing this bug required that we dig into the specifics of how our user leveling system worked--something that was designed and built years ago by members of our development team that are no longer here--and in the process, we discovered some…interesting…details.
How it used to work
Each day, users could earn up to 2500 XP. For simply visiting a GameSpot.com page when logged in, a user would earn 500 XP, with additional XP awarded by visiting extra pages on the site at a rate of 5 XP per page. There were no other ways to earn XP, which means to hit the daily cap a user would have to browse 400 pages per day.
This was, simply put, a broken user experience. GameSpot is a community and there are many different ways to interact with it. We believe that each of these ways should be rewarded, and so we made some changes.
How it works now
Due to popular request, we updated this list on August 28, 2012, to include a couple of new items.
As before, there is a daily cap of 2500 XP, but we've completely redone how other XP is earned so that user actions directly contribute to user level:
- Visiting a GameSpot.com page while logged in: 500 XP (can be earned once a day)
- Commenting on a story: 20 XP
- Posting in a forum thread: 20 XP
- Creating a new comment thread: 30 XP
- Posting a user blog: 100 XP
- Earning an emblem/achievement: 50 XP
- Rating a game: 10 XP
- Following a game: 10 XP
- Being followed by another user: 100 XP
- Visiting 10 pages on GameSpot.com while logged in: 50 XP (NEW!)
- Writing a user review (stacks with rating a game): 90 XP (NEW!)
And there you have it: full disclosure on which user actions can earn you XP, which is just one part of our leveling system's "secret sauce."
So what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
so any new changes coming after you updated the systems? is it working how you guys want it to? let us know!
What about watching a video? Seeing as most (if not all) of them have ads, it would be nice to get some XP for it.
Thanks for getting off your asses and updating an outdated system :) Morbid curiosity: If the recent leveling glitch never happened, would you guys have continued to let things be?
I'm fine with this either way. I've been on GS since before leveling was the fad and will probably be here after.
So all the fuss was about that? Lol, if I developed that system, I sure as hell would like to keep it secret. But well, it did work, didn't it? :P
So what happens to the daily exp we got before?
You know by doing nothing we leveled up a little and using that we created the leveling up guide
Is that EXP gone and replaced with this system or are these EXP points are added along with the daily EXP
I believe, as others have suggested, that GS sshould have a way to reward activities done by users, retroactivly.
glad to see this change - too bad the review portion isn't retroactive! I have a good amount of reviews, but won't see any 'changes' to my profile on it until later ;) thanks for writing this all out!
@pokecharm Oh same here. I wish that was the case as well, since I've written 78 reviews... would be awesome if I got points for all of them. I know some other people who wrote even more. Went to see your profile and you have 82, so I wouldn't be surprised if you were frustrated. xD
This sounds alot more exciting and thanks. It's to think the original creators of this system are gone, but we'll always remember them :)
One question: Is the page visiting capped at 50 XP per day? For example, if I visit 30 pages in a day, would I get 150 XP or only 50 XP?
@vguy555 I doubt there is a cap for this. But I can't say for sure. If there was, it might be posted next to it.
It is nice to know how many points we receive for contributing on the site, but there is always a way to abuse the system, as some may post useless posts simply to level up quickly.
I think reading articles and watching videos is the main reason why we are on here. Why earn points for something we will be doing regardless. Commenting/rating E.T.C which guides us to put more effort into it is worth the XP points =)
It makes sense!!!
so viewing a vid, or listening to podcasts don't net you any additional xp? its the same as just viewing a page on gs?
So, I got 20xp just for making this one comment, right? Now that you have opened that door, would you mind making a few improvements in the union system please?.
Thinking about this a bit more, there seems to be no incentive to read articles, watch videos, etc. It's more about posting as much as you can in forums and comments. It should really be a mix of both.
You should have left the 5XP per page + this new ones as bonuses. Lurkers are gonna die and also there is gonna be a spike of useless posts and threads in forums and comment sections with this.
Also what about writting reviews? Uploading videos or screenshots of games?
So with this new change, what is the maximum percentage increase you can get for your level per day? Used to be, most levels had different max caps, now is the max cap the same for all levels? Also, not sure if the site administration are open to changing or tweaking this level system a bit, if one can't gain XP for reading through threads/blogs (I think the 5 XP for that should come back) at the very least I think you should get 40 XP for posting in the forums, not 20. I'd rather only have to post 50 times a day than 100.
@Captain52 I was wondering this as well (percentages per user level). I do think the weighting of the points is upside down though... 500 points for a single click? It makes the points you receive for doing useful things (reviews, commenting, blog, etc) seem trivial.
so now instead of reading articles and only posting on the ones here and there that interest me the most, i now need to post on everything just to get XP?
great, we are just gonna end up with hundreds of pointless comments on every article from people that want XP
i think there should still be a reward for reading articles even if its only a small 5 XP or whatever, people that like to read gaming news should still be rewarded
also is the level cap gonna be increased because this new system seems like it will be much much easier to level up than it was before
I suggest something like 1XP per page view while logged in so that us lurkers will still get something ;)
@Orlando_Magic Don't think you want just 1XP. You'll never level up at that rate. Logging in will grant you 500 XPDo you expect to get the other 2,000 XP by viewing that many pages without posting?In that sense, it makes it worse than the old leveling system.
@2ndWonder Well I don't think you should be able to max out simply from page views. It should be from a combination of everything, mainly from actually contributing to the site, and the small boost from page views would be like an added bonus. Maybe 1XP per page view is too small but you have to remember that you only get 20XP for posting on the forums. If you give someone 5XP per page view they only have to view 4 pages to equal the same amount they receive from posting.
@Orlando_Magic I would say 5 or 10xp actually.
Even I who post quite a bit, won't max out with these rules. You lurkers will most likely only get the 500 for logging in once a day. =/
What is Creating a new comment thread? Is that creating a new post in the forums? Since posting in a forum is already listed, it doesn't seem like Creating a new comment thread would be Creating a new post a new post in the forums.