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This is the Video Game Geek (VGG) review guide. While reviews are a personal creation that should not be stifled, it may be beneficial to read through these guidelines to help write better reviews.
These rules are just a guide and should not be strictly adhered to. A review, in a journalistic sense, is an informed opinion. The one thing every game review should have is an opinion on the game, whether it's good, bad or a combination of both. It should also be supported.
"I like the game" is an opinion that's unsupported.
A.) Why do you like the game?
Or if the opinion is "I don't like the game," there should likewise be reasons why that is the case.
A review should not be:
A.) A link to offsite content.
Everyone's review tastes are different - some like detailed reviews, others like concise ones. A review can be as detailed (or not) as the reviewer would like. Consider your perspective; where you're coming from and what motivated you to review this product in the first place:
A basic review structure:
1) General plot outline
1) Write reviews as standalones - the assumption that someone will read your review and no one else's.
Improving A Review
Headers are tremendously important for breaking up reviews so that they don't appear as an imposing wall of text. Paragraph divisions also help. They're not really needed in something this short, but they're very handy when you return to a review for a specific point - easy to find things.
If you're using tags, you may not be writing a well-presented review. Spoiler tags break the flow of the review and make it more difficult to read. If you do add spoilers to your review, you may want to put a spoiler warning in your first paragraph if you choose not to use spoiler tags.
Video games are a visual medium. A few pictures will do a lot to alert people to the overall appearance of the product and highlight your points. External Images are added by pasting the image url of an "off-site" image into image tags. You may need to ask for permission to use an external image and give credit to the copyright holder. Internal Images are added by pasting the image ID number of an "on-site" image (Picture found on VGG) into an image tag. You do not need to ask permission to use on-site images for material posted to VGG.External Images:
Internal Images are added by pasting the ID of an "on-site" image into image brackets. You do not need to ask permission or post credit for internal images because anyone can click on the image and see who the uploader/copyright holder is.Internal Images:
You can add small, medium, large or original after the image ID to change the image size.
Reviews require a lot more work than a box scan or screenshot. Be sure to tip GG or thumb reviews to show your appreciation.
We have a special set of system awarded Microbadges for submitting reviews to VGG. There are currently six thresholds for VGG award badges:
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