New Feature: Review Ideas
December 11, 2016

I just added a new feature that I hope some of you will enjoy.

You can now click on the Users link at the top of most pages on the main site to view the usual information and selection of user-related features. However, the top selection is all-new. That link takes you to a page that lists some ideas for games to review.

The way it works is that the site checks the list of games you have indicated you owned for each system, then compares your list to the list of games on that particular system that are currently in the site database. Games are sorted based on how often their profile pages have recently been viewed, starting with the most popular and working down from there. The page then looks to see if there is a review available for each game. Finally, it lists as many as 20 games for the system in question, so that you know which games (if any) that you own are especially good candidates for a review.

Obviously, you're welcome to review whatever you like. I'm happy to see reviews for all sorts of games, old and new. And I'm happy to see reviews for games that others have already reviewed, as well. This tool is simply intended to conveniently let you know what reviews you might be able to write that will currently meet a known need. Enjoy!

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Nightfire Nightfire - December 12, 2016 (12:55 PM)
I see what you did there.

Yes, I requested Hawken to be added to the database quite a while ago, because a big patch was supposed to be imminently released sometime during the summer, but it's now winter and that patch still hasn't been released yet. That game is effectively in development limbo so I'm withholding my review until they get their $#!@ together.

I also added Gods Will Be Watching a while back, and at that time I was considering simply copy-pasting my Steam review into it, but then I decided that I would wait until I had spent some more time with it so I could write a proper, full review. I will do this eventually as soon as I get around to it.

Either way, this is a good feature for the site, and if anybody beats me to those two, feel free.

By and by, I also do own Child of Light and the Sims 4, so I might end up reviewing those at some point as well.
honestgamer honestgamer - December 12, 2016 (02:14 PM)
There likely won't be a lot of PC games showing up on that page, since mostly the PC section includes only games that have already been reviewed, so the feature is less useful for the PC-focused gamers in the community, but I hope you'll still check it from time to time. Sometimes, people delete a bunch of their old reviews, and that could wind up leaving a few titles in fresh need of coverage. Stranger things have happened!
hastypixels hastypixels - December 12, 2016 (09:58 PM)
I don't mind checking it out at all, even though I anticipate my reviews are going to be out of left field anyway. Thanks for adding this, HG!
Nightfire Nightfire - December 13, 2016 (12:53 PM)
All five of the ideas currently on offer are for PC. I'll see what I can do.
honestgamer honestgamer - December 13, 2016 (01:26 PM)
I appreciate that, Nightfire!

My own list has 322 titles. If I didn't set the page up so that it caps results per system at 20, the number might well be considerably higher. 7 of the titles on that list are PC titles, and 1 of them I reviewed for another site and thus can't cover here.

Naturally, the page has more suggestions the more games a person lists in his or her collection, and my collection is probably the largest listed on the site. I also own nearly 500 PC titles that aren't listed in the database, so at some point in the future, I would like to come up with a collaborative project to maybe get some of those reviewed... but that is for another day. ;-)
hastypixels hastypixels - December 14, 2016 (01:52 PM)
So I checked it out, and it works out that one of the games on my personal review list is Front Mission 4. Oh how many hours I have spent with that one! Gotta emulate it to re-acquaint, but your timing is excellent.

On a very related note, might I propose a wish-you-well exchange as well? I have a habit of acquiring Steam keys for games I will never play. I would be more than happy to gift keys to HG contributors who want to review the game in question.

It would be opportunistic, but dangit I just want to be nice. It's a thing I do. :) Any thoughts on that, honest?
honestgamer honestgamer - December 14, 2016 (03:29 PM)
Please feel free to post to your blog, offering such a giveaway. I'd be delighted to see it happen. I love it when HonestGamers can connect motivated gamers and writers with great games they might enjoy playing. That's why I try to maintain a prize pool for RotW, for instance. Thanks!

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