Posted 08 December 2004 - 08:00 PM
After checking the personal data on the people who had posted reviews, I found that all but ONE had filled out any of the personal information, and NONE of the no-fillers have ever posted anything else on DevMaster.
The conclusion is unfortunately that ~35/36 of the total 38 posts are from people somehow affiliated with GarageGames, and are only posting good reviews for the purpose of promoting their engine. This type of behavior can clearly not be tolerated, since it could mislead young and/or new developers looking for a engine to create their dream-game, and then to realize that they blew $100 on a piece of crap.
 By crap I mean in their opinion, not mine. I will remain neutral on this one [/edit]
Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:54 AM
Posted 09 December 2004 - 06:06 AM
The DevMaster engine list should be a mostly unbiased source for information.
It is difficult to screen for these things though, as it is often very hard for one to know the affiliation of a particular poster. Furthermore, sometimes it is very good to have the creator of some engine leave a comment giving a better description of it's intended use. If some are clearly trying to trick people into buying an engine by leaving comments disguised as though they were normal users, then perhaps you could leave a comment saying so.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 10:20 AM
a) how to write reviews about commercial products and
b) who would write the reviews
Posted 10 December 2004 - 05:27 AM
As anubis has stated, we will provide a much better rating system very soon that's based on the objectiveness of the review. We will also seperate "staff" review from "member" reviews. The ranking algorithm will also change. At the moment, there's a lot of (good) engines that aren't reviewed at all and therefore the ranking system is not perfect.
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