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Dec 15, 2011Posted in: Map Review
I was hoping to not have to openly recruit, but here goes.
CUSTOM MAP REVIEWER
Description: The custom map reviewer will play selected custom games three to five times each and will complete the appropriate survey, provided once the reviewer joins the team. The custom map reviewer may eventually be compensated for their work as demand for their reviews grow, or if significant contributions merit such. After the initial review, the custom map reviewer may be called upon to do follow-up reviews or head to head reviews, or perhaps video casts of their findings, all specific to needs.
The process: The custom map reviewer is assigned a review for the week. The map review ratings are kept on a spreadsheet, after playing the requisite number of games with the map, the reviewer simply needs to answer six simple questions and submit their ratings in the team dropbox, or private message to myself. Upon great interest or existing popularity, the custom map reviewer may be asked to write an article or even assist a team of reviewers in performing an in-depth analysis.
1. Must have SC2
2. Must play custom games frequently on sc2, and must be able to substantiate that in conversational confirmation.
3. Preferred 18 years of age or older, kids are fickle.
1. Must complete one review every week, that means play a game 3-5 times thoroughly to establish and understanding in order to rate. 2. Must consistently contribute, means if you're too busy don't commit to it.
The custom map reviewer will have access to alot of cool stuff, like the EAGLE platform, free use of our teamspeak server for your maps, etc. Reviewers actively involved will be leading their own reviews within the criteria eventually. If the reviewer contributes, and has other SC2 related interests, I will happily sponsor them till they die!
Interested parties please email me, not pm me, email me @ Malpheus@BrokenAlliances.com , or by simply singing up in the review forum, we plan on this being a big deal and hope to have you along with us. //
I also need someone to help with video capture, I own a mac and do not have great video capture capability. All it would take is to occasionally record some in-game footage for me to edit and narrate.//
Dec 14, 2011Posted in: Map Review
We did try to substantiate the ratings, alot of content was lost (articles mainly) due to a recent host change and software change.
As far as videos are concerned, the majority of the videos were simply intended to give a gameplay overview, and the majority were not our videos, normally another reviewer or the mapper's video. I am still working on consistent video presentation.
Over the weekend or near to it, I will totally change the format to address the different genre's of maps. When we initially conceptualized the process, it was meant to reward creativity and fun, hence the high mafia rating. We have yet to weight the six categories or change them, input is certainly valued in that respect.
@SkrowFunk: Go Ty for your support. We geared the reviews to address the map from the players perspective. Each of our reviews has at least one map maker and two players. I spent alot of time looking at discussions on bnet and here to determine this. The subjectivity of any review is absolutely unavoidable, essentially we are trying to figure out if the darn thing is fun. Instead of technically qualifying a rating, we use subjective statements from the reviewers to obtain a score. I would LOVE feedback on how to improve the accuracy of the five available statements within the six criteria.
It was started and halted till after your most recent big update, which has occurred. I'll put it after the two in que now. The most important thing I hope everyone grasps is we prioritize all requests. When there are no active requests, we simply troll to find the mapper making the most noise about a new map. If there isn't a prominent fuss being made over the latest, greatest, then we default to looking at the popularity list and up and coming list for interesting candidates.
I think splitting the maps into genre's will help with this, but ultimately there are six factors. The appearance of a map is not limited to terrain. If you were to look at "trifaction" terrain you would be unimpressed from the editor view, but if you look at it third person, it looks pretty. It really is very subjective, ultimately that is why we use three people at a minimum to offset extremely subjective standpoints.
And all that being said, the most important aspect of the process is the challenge. If it's not accurate by your determination, please say so. Specifically. Each map reviewed gets a challenge if someone feels they got a bad bounce. The best example of this would be WW2 diplo, we rated it unfairly, it was pointed out, the rating was removed and the new one is pending my third rater finishing his end up.
ALSO I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS PROCESS, please let me know :)
Dec 13, 2011Posted in: Map Review
-Mafia- 4.06 Eternal Exile 2.89 Civilization Sapphire 2.78
WW2 Diplo 3.61
TriFaction 3.83 MageCraft 3.67 SOTIS 3.39
Random TD 3.61 Element TD 2 3.50 Mineralz V1 Final 3.17 Squad TD 3.17 Mineralz 2 2.56
Tug of War
Desert Strike 3.39 Nexus Wars 2.83
Fleet Assault This Week Starship Troopers: Abandoned This Week
If you would like to volunteer for existing or future reviews, please let me know. Malpheus@BrokenAlliances.com
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