Lee Borkman
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Hi all,

I remember that any game's page would have a list of automated "recommendations", presumably based on some game metadata, eg mechanics, or possibly games common to many users' collections, etc.

So, for example, I could look at the Pandemic page and find a list of "Recommedations" like Forbidden Island, Flash Point, Hanabi... with rating for how strong each recommendation (similarity) was (Hanabi would be a weaker recommendation that Forbidden Island in this case).

It was a useful way to browse around connected games and find new games based on my old favourites.

Now I seem to have mislaid this feature. Has it gone? Or have I misremembered?

Thanks heaps,
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Yes, the 'recommendations' section was helpful, I wish it was brought back.
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It's been gone since at least January:
What happened to Game Entry Recommendations?
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Bjork wrote:
Hi all,

I remember that any game's page would have a list of automated "recommendations", presumably based on some game metadata, eg mechanics, or possibly games common to many users' collections, etc.

So, for example, I could look at the Pandemic page and find a list of "Recommedations" like Forbidden Island, Flash Point, Hanabi... with rating for how strong each recommendation (similarity) was (Hanabi would be a weaker recommendation that Forbidden Island in this case).


Then you didn't pay too close attention--because that's not what happened! The way the algorithm "worked" was picked games that were owned by the same members, so it generated a very random list of games. The highest recommended game was almost always something released at the same time, due to all of the Cult of the New rating it when it both games first came out.

It was running joke how off the recommendations were.

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They were quite funny. For example, Ticket to Ride had a Very Weak Recommendation for Ticket to Ride: Europe... as well as Power Grid.

You can try looking them up on waybackmachine.
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I remember it also often seemed to recommend Tiddledy Winks, so much that I began to suspect it was an intentionally programmed joke...
 
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The selections weren't a perfect guide, but often provided excellent suggestions - people who like the same sort of game are more likely to own similar games. I liked the feature, and found it particularly useful when trying to jog my memory about titles I'd owned long ago.

If it were up to me, I'd say put it back and call it Associations, or something similarly neutral, as a sop to the folks who lost sleep over it being called Recommendations.
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