Review System Help

 
Review System General Help

GameTZ provides a system that allows people to view and create reviews on Game, Music, Movie, and Book listings.

GameTZ reviews are linked to items from the Search page and next to listings on user pages. There will be a review link in the Info column if a review exists, otherwise you'll see a [review_it] link, which allows you to create a review on an item.

Approval Process

All reviews must be approved by a GameTZ Review Editor before they are available for other users to see.

Before you can create a review, you must agree to the Copyright agreement which gives us full non-exclusive right to use anything you submit to us.

When you create a review, it starts in the "draft" state. You can then add various sections to your review from the "Modify Review:" menu. Once you are happy with what you have added to the review, and you have provided all the required sections, you can submit your review for approval.

At this point, a review editor will examine your review. The editor may make minor fixes to it as well. Then they will either approve it or send it back to you with a "needs work" status. If your review is approved, you're done and your review will be linked on that item in searches and user pages. If your review needs work, you'll be given some feedback from the editor about what needs improvement. Once you've made the changes, you can submit it for approval again. The process then repeats until your review is approved.

Review Sections

There are required sections:
    Rating We use a school-grade style for ratings, for example: A+, B-, C, and F.
    Summary Provide a brief overview of what the review is all about.
    Description This is the main portion of the review where you will generally have a few paragraphs describing the item and your impression of it.

These sections are optional :
    Pros & Cons A list of good and bad things about this item.
    Images Uploaded pictures of the item or screen-shots.
    Links Web-links to related website for this item.
    Specific Ratings You can give specific ratings for games: Graphics, Sound, Gameplay, Replay Value, and Learning Curve.

Recent Reviews
This page will show you the most recently approved reviews. You can also page through all approved reviews with this page.

My Reviews
This page will show you all your reviews, including any non-approved reviews that you are still working on.
 




Review System Detailed Help


INTRODUCTION

Using this set of instructions, you will learn how to create a review for GameTZ.com. This text will familiarize the reader with the GameTZ.com review template. Creating a review on GameTZ.com gives users the ability to express their opinions about their most loved or hated games and movies as well as actively contribute to the GameTZ.com community. The GameTZ.com review template allows users to create detailed reviews to include areas for ratings, a summary, pros and cons, images, links, and a description.

CREATING A NEW REVIEW TEMPLATE

A new blank review template can be created from any items detailed listing page as shown in Figure 1. For these instructions we will create a sample review for "Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds".

1. Click on the write a review option on the detailed listing page as shown in Figure 1. A new Create Review? window, as shown in Figure 2, will pop up.

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Figure 1


2. Click the Create New Games Review option as shown in Figure 2. You have now created a new blank review template.

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Figure 2


NAVIGATING THE REVIEW TEMPLATE USING THE REVIEW TOOLBAR


Now that you have created a new review template, this template will look like the template pictured below in Figure 3. Notice the section of Figure 3 enclosed in the black rectangle. This is the Review Toolbar. It can be used to easily navigate between the different areas of your new review. Using this toolbar, you will navigate the various review components within the next set of steps to create a review.

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Figure 3


THE RATING SECTION

The "Rating" section allows you to assign letter grades to the game and several key areas of the game to include graphics, sound, gameplay, replay value and learning curve.

1. To access the "Rating" section of your review, click the Rating option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 4.

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Figure 4


You are now in the Rating section of your review. Here you can grade the game and its overall parts on a letter scale of A+ through F. Each aspect has its own pull down menu as shown below in Figure 5.

2. After you have graded every area, click the Save button found below the learning curve area.

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Figure 5


THE SUMMARY SECTION

The "Summary" section allows you to input a short summary of the item you are reviewing. This summary serves as a type of headline for your overall theme of the review.

1. To access the "Summary" section of your review, click the Summary option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 6.

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Figure 6


You are now in the Summary section of your review. Here you can input your summary. Enter the summary in the blank field located under the Summarize your review: (max 255 characters) field of the Summary section as shown below in Figure 7. You will need to be somewhat brief as there is a 255 character limit for this field.

2. After you are finished, click the Save button under this field.

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Figure 7


THE PROS & CONS SECTION

The "Pros & Cons" section allows you to create a list of the positive and negative aspects of the item you are reviewing.

1. To access the "Pros & Cons" section of your review, click the Pros & Cons option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 8.

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Figure 8


You are now in the "Pros & Cons" section of your review. Here you can enter positive and negative aspects of the item you are reviewing.

2. For positive aspects, click the pro radial button next to a blank field and then enter a comment in the blank field to the right of this button as shown below in Figure 9.

3. Negative aspects can be listed by clicking a con radial button and entering a comment in the blank field to the right.

You will need to be concise, as each blank field has a 50 character limitation.

4. When you are finished, click the Save button at the bottom of these fields.

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Figure 9


THE IMAGES SECTION

The "Images" section allows you to add pictures to your review. Using this section, you can upload images from your computer to the online review. Images can include box art, title screens, or game screenshots.

1. To access the "Images" section of your review, click the Images option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 10.

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Figure 10


2. You are now in the Images section of your review. Click the Browse button as shown below in Figure 11.

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Figure 11


3. A File Upload window will pop up as shown below in Figure 12. Use this window to locate the Hot Shots Golf 1 file. Click Hot Shots Golf 1 and then click the Open button.

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Figure 12


You will now be back in the Images section of your review. You can repeat step 3 to add any additional images to your review.

4. When you have finished adding your images, click the Save button below the image input fields.

THE LINKS SECTION

The "Links" section allows you to add web links to materials on other sites that your readers may fine useful. Examples could include an official website of the item you are reviewing, a fan site of the item, the Wikipedia page of the item, or a fan site of the item.

1. To access the "Links" section of your review, click the Links option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 13.

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Figure 13


2. You are now in the "Links" section of your review. Enter the web address of the site you wish to link to in the blank field underneath the heading Web Address/Link (http://...) as shown below in Figure 14.

3. Enter a description of the link in the blank field underneath the heading Link Text. You can repeat this process to enter up to five links.

4. When you are finished adding links, click the Save button.

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Figure 14


THE DESCRIPTION SECTION

The "Description" section allows you to enter a detailed review of the item. Key areas to write about in this field are graphics, sound, gameplay, controls, and replay value. You are free, however, to address the review however you see fit - just be sure to give your readers a complete overview of item.

1. To access the "Description" section of your review, click the Description option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 15.

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Figure 15


2. You are now in the "Description" section of your review. You can enter your detailed review in the blank field as shown below in Figure 16.

3. When you are finished entering your text, click the Save button.

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Figure 16


SUBMITTING YOUR REVIEW

By following the above steps, you have now created a full review. It is now ready for submission to the Review Editors.

1. To submit your review, click the Submit Review for Approval option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 17.

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Figure 17


2. You are now at the Requesting Approval for Your Review screen. If you wish, you can add a comment to the editing staff in the blank field on this screen as shown below in Figure 18.

3. When you are ready to submit your review, click the Yes, request approval for my review button.

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Figure 18


If your review is approved by the editors, you will receive an approval email and your work is complete. If your review is marked as needing revision, you will be informed of this via email and you can return to any area of your review to make the needed corrections. When you are finished with the corrections, simply resubmit the review.

This concludes the instructions on how to create a review for GameTZ.com. You have learned how to navigate the Review Toolbar, how to access and edit the Rating, Summary, Pros & Cons, Images, Links, and Description sections, and how to submit your finalized product. If you need additional help, you can always email the review staff at .

 

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