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
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 HelpINTRODUCTION
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".
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.
the Create New Games Review
option as shown in Figure 2. You have now created a new blank review template.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.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
option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in 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
button found below the learning curve area.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
option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in 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
button under this field.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.
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
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
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
button at the bottom of these fields.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
option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in Figure 10.
2. You are now in the Images section of your review. Click
button as shown below in 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
Hot Shots Golf 1 and then click
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
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
option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in 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
button.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
option from the Review Toolbar as shown below in 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
button.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.
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
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