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Welcome to a very special Monday edition of the TGIF Poll. Hey, it was Halloween weekend and I had costumes to make and parties to throw.

Let's poll the BGGers about Reviews.

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How do you review?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I read reviews.
80.2% 199
I watch reviews.
61.7% 153
I create written reviews.
23.4% 58
I create video reviews.
1.2% 3
I rarely consume nor produce reviews.
10.9% 27
Voters 248
How do reviews influence your buying?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I don't pay attention to reviews.
4.9% 12
Though I look at them, reviews do not influence me.
5.3% 13
Occasionally, reviews influence my purchases.
36.8% 91
Reviews are often a part of my buying routine.
25.5% 63
I almost always check out reviews before buying a game.
27.5% 68
Voters 247
Do you ever look at reviews AFTER buying a game?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Yes
86.2% 213
No
10.1% 25
I don't do reviews.
3.6% 9
Voters 247
What do you prefer?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Written Reviews
54.7% 134
Video Reviews
35.1% 86
Niether
10.2% 25
Voters 245
This poll is now closed.   248 answers
Poll created by Syvanis
Closes: Mon Nov 9, 2015 6:00 am


5 - Who are the best reviewers?

6 - Link us to some of the best reviews you have seen.
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I always watch reviews before buying a game. Often I watch and read all of the available reviews for a game before making up my mind whether to buy it or not.

5) My favorite reviewers would have to be Tom Vasel and Joel Eddy. Zee Garcia and Game Boy Geek are honorable mentions!

6) I don't have any reviews I remember better then others. I enjoy watching almost all reviews.
A few months ago I would've linked to the Shut up and sit down videos, but lately I've lost interest in their method of reviewing.
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Syvanis wrote:
Welcome to a very special Monday edition of the TGIF Poll. Hey, it was Halloween weekend and I had costumes to make and parties to throw.
Hate to break it to you buddy, but, today's actually Tuesday, not Monday cool
Must've been a pretty wild Halloween weekend for you!
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While I enjoy video reviews, I prefer written ones. I like the freedom to be able to "skim," and written reviews are not as much of a time commitment.

This is one of the most memorable reviews I've read:

Review for Dungeon Twister
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JohnnyDollar wrote:
Syvanis wrote:
Welcome to a very special Monday edition of the TGIF Poll. Hey, it was Halloween weekend and I had costumes to make and parties to throw.
Hate to break it to you buddy, but, today's actually Tuesday, not Monday cool
Must've been a pretty wild Halloween weekend for you!
WOW!
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I watch/read reviews if I think a game could be interesting for us (and there are reviews available).

Generally I watch Dice Tower (Mostly Tom, sometimes Zee or Sam or Ryan, don't like the others as much) for a quick impression of the game, and Rahdo for more information (I play mostly with hubby, so his views on whether or not a game works with just 2 are valuable to us). I also watch Board Game Brawl, Drive Thru Review, Hunter & Cron, and Würfelbox.

I watch Shut Up and Sit Down for entertainment value (and a bit for the reviews) - I liked their recent ones on Pandemic Legacy and Time Stories for example - and their review of Sherlock Holmes made me buy the game.
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I will always watch a SU&SD review, even if it's a game I already own or have no interest in.
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Don't read too much any more, mostly use well written comments.

As far as favorite? It use to be Tom Vassel, but stopped writing reviews.

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But, they are a bit too long. I prefer shorter reviews.
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5 - The most entertaining reviewers are SU&SD by a wide margin, but Tom Vasel and his Dice Tower Crew are whose opinion I respect most. Richard Hamm (Rahdo) does a good job providing objective views in his final thoughts, but he only reviews select games (2p that he and Jen can play together).

6 - The review that sticks out in my mind is SU&SD's review of Arctic Scavengers. I think it single-handedly got Rio Grande to do another print run and finally produce the HQ + Recon expansion.

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My favorite reviewers are probably Miami Dice (I like the different perspectives) and Game Boy Geek. My personal tastes align the most with Ryan Metzler, but I don't find his personality to be as engaging. However, I will still often watch his reviews to see his opinion since I know his tastes more closely match mine.

I also really enjoy Scott Nicholson and Games with Hayden, although neither of them are producing reviews now. Games with Hayden is one of the things that used to get my daughter excited about games.
 
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Syvanis wrote:
What do you prefer? Written Reviews ... Video Reviews ... Neither
I prefer listening to reviews on podcasts.
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I almost always watch or read reviews of a game before purchasing it.

I'm not sure whether I really prefer written reviews to video reviews although that is how I answered. It's more relaxing to watch reviews, but reading is more flexible for skimming ahead or not disturbing others in the area.

My "go to" reviewers are Tom Vasel and Richard Ham. I like Joel Eddy too. Most of my gaming is two player, so if there's a Rahdo Run Through on it, I know it's at least decent two player.
 
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To be honest, I don't find most reviewers very helpful. They are usually too interested in telling you what you should be thinking, and way, way too biased.

I get a lot more mileage out of the average user's Ratings comments. While most of them (both positive and negative) are too hugely biased to be of use when viewed alone, I often find that things that get repeated a lot in the comments tend to be pretty accurate. If it is a criticism that bothers me, that's enough to steer me away. I tend to read the lower scores, already knowing what would be in the higher ones. But I would never, ever take the word of one reviewer.

Now, interestingly enough, I have found occasionally that criticisms have actually swayed me towards a game, while the occasional glowing positive comment is enough to keep me away. If those things are things that do not align with my tastes. (For example, somebody else's "long and boring" might be my "deep and thinky.")
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I enjoy the Starlit Citadel reviews with Kaja and Johanna. They give a nice concise review of the game. They offer both pros and cons of the game. I think their reviews are fair and balanced whether they liked the game or not.

I answered occasionally to question two. When a review has influenced me it is usually Kaja and Johanna. Their reviews have on occasion changed my mind, both for and against picking up a game.

Check them out....Starlit Citadels


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5) Joel Eddy, Tom Vasel, and Zee Garcia are right up there for me. Honorable mentions: I have also started to watch a lot of what Forensic Gameology do (they are a couple who recently started to do reviews), and Nick from Board Game Brawl always has interesting things to say about games.

6) I know I have linked, on my now defunct FB account to some great reviews, but I can't think of any off hand right now. Zee did some great reviews of the different Nightfall games that I thought were fantastic.
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Terrific video reviews!
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2. Reviews expose me to new games to consider. I can't consider the suitability of games I don't know about. After seeing a game I might be interested in I start researching it, then consider whether the game works with one of my gaming sub(groups) and will be different enough and good enough to get playing time.
 
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I very, very seldom read reviews prior to getting a game. I NEVER watch reviews. I use Geek comments to get my feel for a game.

I can't think of any reviews that I found really good nor do I have any comments on who I think is the best reviewer.

One thing that I dislike regarding any review is when you get the whole detailed instruction on how to play. Nutshell that stuff! I would rather know what you think then how it plays.
 
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I occasionally read reviews when researching games.

Videos? Kids these days. Get your videos off my lawn.
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6) any of his are legit
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5 - Who are the best reviewers?

I really like Game Boy Geek's reviews. His video quality is good and he does a good job explaining the pros and cons of each game. His tastes also seem similar to my own. Two exceptions - his intro is way too long and he started this new saxophone thing at the end for games that go into his collection that I'm not a fan of (but it's at the end so I just quit watching).
 
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I find it surprising that anyone would NOT read or scan reviews before purchasing a game. If a game has 10k votes and is a 5/10 on BGG, I'm going to feel pretty confident that the game is not good.

Personally I would never buy a game without at least reading some sort of reviews... too big of a risk. Then again I am a fairly new gamer so I don't trust my own research on game mechanics and such yet. I heavily rely on other gamers' opinions.
 
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1. I watch more reviews than I read

2. Reviews are often part of my routine

3. Yes

4. video

5. I watch Tom Vasel and Richard Ham more than any others

6. NSFW review of Infamy
https://boardgamegeek.com/video/48908/infamy/infamy-review-i...
skip to the good part at around 5:20
 
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5 - Who are the best reviewers?

Joel Eddy is probably my favorite for shorter video reviews. Rahdo does a good play-through and then an evaluation in a separate video. The Dice Tower gang does decent reviews too. (I do wish Tom would skip the dumping of the bits though. shake )

In a league of their own is the Shut Up and Sit Down duo.

I used to read Ender's reviews before video became so popular.

6 - Link us to some of the best reviews you have seen.

http://www.shutupandsitdown.com/

I figure if a review has been done by one or more (especially more) of these good folks, it's probably a decent game. Exceptions? Sure. But they're rare.
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