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BGG has a ton of user inputted data on their own gaming preferences. I would think it would be somewhat simple to tap into this data and match one users game ratings to the aggregated whole and make some recommendations based on the aggregated wholes games that aren't in our owned/wish list/etc.

Maybe this already exists. If not, I think it would be really cool and an excellent way to spur interest in older game titles. Kind of a counter reaction to the cult of the new.

What sayeth anyone else?

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We had one at one point: Try http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/jmreg/recommendations

It's a bit buggy, though.

There's also a "Games you might also enjoy" on each game page; so if you go to the page of a game you like, you can find games suggested that you might also like. (http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Game_Recommendation_Algor...)

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jmreg wrote:
BGG has a ton of user inputted data on their own gaming preferences. I would think it would be somewhat simple to tap into this data and match one users game ratings to the aggregated whole and make some recommendations based on the aggregated wholes games that aren't in our owned/wish list/etc.

Maybe this already exists. If not, I think it would be really cool and an excellent way to spur interest in older game titles. Kind of a counter reaction to the cult of the new.

What sayeth anyone else?

Jim


What might be useful is to have BGG find people who have a similar interest as yourself, by cross-referencing your interests with theirs, and how you compare to them, and see what they like that you don't own.

Key to find what works is to find people who have similar interests to you in particular, not just everyone.
 
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jmreg wrote:
Maybe this already exists.

Aer you looking for something like WhatToPlay?
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This idea immediately reminds me of Last.fm. The reccomendation system over there relies entirely on user input as to which artists are similar, so something like that could be employed for the games here.

Last.fm's system sometimes leaves me wondering why so many people drew certain comparisons, as I'm sure could take place with any medium, but I'd say the majority of suggestions actually do end up being helpful.
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http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20081123/1212542927.shtml

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With Pandora, I selected "Red Hot Chili Peppers". What I wanted for it to grab afterwards was maybe more of the George Clinton and heavy funk bass.

What I got was a bunch of mid 90s krap.

So... I had to resort to bootsy collins and jaco pastorius on the same station to get the same effect.

...and I think that problem would inevitably happen. Because like, say you like monopoly. Do you really like roll 'n move, or do you like sticking it to people when they land on your properties, or do you like auctioning?
 
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docreason wrote:
What might be useful is to have BGG find people who have a similar interest as yourself, by cross-referencing your interests with theirs, and how you compare to them, and see what they like that you don't own.

Key to find what works is to find people who have similar interests to you in particular, not just everyone.


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bippi wrote:
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20081123/1212542927.shtml

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With Pandora, I selected "Red Hot Chili Peppers". What I wanted for it to grab afterwards was maybe more of the George Clinton and heavy funk bass.

What I got was a bunch of mid 90s krap.

So... I had to resort to bootsy collins and jaco pastorius on the same station to get the same effect.

...and I think that problem would inevitably happen. Because like, say you like monopoly. Do you really like roll 'n move, or do you like sticking it to people when they land on your properties, or do you like auctioning?


Pandora doesn't work very well.
 
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This is not exactly what you are asking for, but closely related... BGG User 1000rpm is prolific in putting together game selection geeklists.

His latest is "how-many-players-play-this-2012-edition".

Maybe he's thought about the same things you are thinking about?

Good luck!
 
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Then there's this wonderful little tool:
A little game recommendation app (94% accurate) (rev. C)
Direct link to the app
It doesn't ask for your BGG credentials, but instead displays a bunch of games and you just click Like/Dislike/Ignore on them. Repeat until you find games you haven't played.
 
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jmreg wrote:
BGG has a ton of user inputted data on their own gaming preferences. I would think it would be somewhat simple to tap into this data and match one users game ratings to the aggregated whole and make some recommendations based on the aggregated wholes games that aren't in our owned/wish list/etc.

Maybe this already exists. If not, I think it would be really cool and an excellent way to spur interest in older game titles. Kind of a counter reaction to the cult of the new.

What sayeth anyone else?

Jim


Except what else been said, this would be based on the fact that people rateings are not imposed with feelings and game groups. I.e ratings are inconsistant
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With some items (in this case, games), it is easy to make a strong correlation to another item. If someone likes X, they will almost certainly also like Y.

Then there is what folksonomy pundits call the "Napoleon Dynamite Effect". No matter how hard they try, prognosticators have not been able to predict who will like or dislike the movie Napoleon Dynamite. It is a folksonomic anomaly.

I would guess there are some games with a unique combination of theme, mechanic, artwork and so on, that make them hard to compare to others.

 
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