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1. I am interested in:
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Paying To Get My Game High Quality Tested
2. I want:
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In this community I've seen two kinds of reviews. Promotional reviews, where the tester plays a finished game and gives a description of how the game is played and what they think of the game. Like Father Geek (http://fathergeek.com/royals/) where they describe the game, how to play the game, and how they think it could be better or changed.

The second review is a play testers review, where a prototype is sent and blind tested. This game is then critiqued for its function, balance, and overall workings. This can also include design and artwork.

For Play Test Reviews:
My question is, what do you want to know when your game is tested by someone? What information is most helpful? Would you prefer a written review or would a video be better. Would you consider paying a company to extensively test your game with multiple reviews by all kinds of blind testers?

For Promotional Reviews:
Why do you want your game reviewed by the person giving the review? What background are you looking for in a reviewer that make them qualified? If your game is not received well, do you care if they publicly post the review?
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There are 3 types.
1. KickStarter Prototype
2. Game Crafter game
3. Published game

I will state that most Designers/publishers want a video/blog review of their game.


1. Needs to validate the function and fun

2. Would love the attention you can't get.

3. Same as 2 but is offering an asset that might have resale value.

Some TOP reviewers want MONEY in return for 1,2 (up to $400) and want the asset in regard to 3.
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DesignMachineGames wrote:
In this community I've seen two kinds of reviews. Promotional reviews...and...play testers review...

None of my reviews fit either category.
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aVoidGames wrote:
I state that all Designers/publishers want a video/blog review of their game.

I've designed a number of games (with more on the way) and do not want either a video or a blog review of my games.
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clearclaw wrote:
aVoidGames wrote:
I state that all Designers/publishers want a video/blog review of their game.

I've designed a number of games (with more on the way) and do not want either a video or a blog review of my games.

ok i'll change it to most
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clearclaw wrote:
DesignMachineGames wrote:
In this community I've seen two kinds of reviews. Promotional reviews...and...play testers review...

None of my reviews fit either category.

What does your review look at? I'd like to know more. I really just want to know what a great review looks like in all forms. I only listed the types that I have seen most often, so if there's more to add I'd like to hear about it.
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aVoidGames wrote:
There are 3 types.
1. KickStarter Prototype
2. Game Crafter game
3. Published game

I will state that most Designers/publishers want a video/blog review of their game.


1. Needs to validate the function and fun

2. Would love the attention you can't get.

3. Same as 2 but is offering an asset that might have resale value.

Some TOP reviewers want MONEY in return for 1,2 (up to $400) and want the asset in regard to 3.

Can you clarify what you mean by "attention you cant get" and "asset that might have resale value."

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DesignMachineGames wrote:
aVoidGames wrote:
There are 3 types.
1. KickStarter Prototype
2. Game Crafter game
3. Published game

I will state that most Designers/publishers want a video/blog review of their game.


1. Needs to validate the function and fun

2. Would love the attention you can't get.

3. Same as 2 but is offering an asset that might have resale value.

Some TOP reviewers want MONEY in return for 1,2 (up to $400) and want the asset in regard to 3.

Can you clarify what you mean by "attention you cant get" and "asset that might have resale value."



"attention you cant get"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FdFomDePGk&feature=share&lis...
24:00 minute mark NOTE 25:20
Being lumped in with game crafter library of games is tough...
It's like a McDonalds French fry Covered in Salt... No that is wrong. It is like looking into a pile of salt and pulling a wonderful McyD's Fry out... are you going to eat it? because in the middle it IS good.yellowtrain - My Fry.

"asset that might have resale value."
A product sent to a reviewer for free then owned by them for free may be sold for $5-$30.
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Thanks! That clears it up!
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DesignMachineGames wrote:
What does your review look at?

I'm generally interested in two things: the analytical properties of the gameplay and the abstract form of the decisions being made in the game.
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clearclaw wrote:
DesignMachineGames wrote:
What does your review look at?

I'm generally interested in two things: the analytical properties of the gameplay and the abstract form of the decisions being made in the game.

Do you have a link to your reviews or samples?
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