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NEGATIVE WORLD REVIEW-A-THON 2012 (with free game prizes!) [community]
 


What is it?

Negative World will be running a competition for review writers. Basically... write and submit a review for Negative World, and you're in! However, there are going to be two minor stipulations:

1. It must be a game that has not been reviewed on Negative World yet.
2. Whoever calls a game first, gets dibs on that game. You can only have "dibs" on one game at a time though, and I will keep an updated list in this thread.

NOTE: This contest is for Negative World members only. However, it is free and only takes about a minute to join us, so why not go for it?

What is the deadline?

All reviews submitted between right now and midnight (Pacific) January 7th, 2013 (new deadline!), that follow the above stipulations, will be eligible. Of course, they must be for a game on a Nintendo console. From the classics to the virtual console to the Wii U... anything goes!

Who can enter?

All members of Negative World! Members at level -2 and down can already write reviews. If you are -1 and would like to enter, let me know, and I will hook it up.

...except Zero. We hate that guy, so his reviews will not be eligible.

Don't get overly concerned about whether you are a "good enough" writer. If you're interested, get involved! Try your best! That's all we're asking!

How many entries can I make?

Hmm... let's say... 5? This is a soft limit though, if you really want to do more, just ask. Please make sure to keep the length and quality level at your best though, these are public reviews for our site. If we notice anyone just knocking out reviews left and right without much effort put into them, we may have to... say something. Besides, you probably won't win anything with a sloppy review.

However, as stated above, don't worry too much about your own skill level as a writer. Just try your best!

How will winners be determined?

1 winner for "best review" will be selected by you, the people of Negative World. We will work out exactly how based on how many entries there are. But it will involve a voting process using the polls. This will happen regardless of the number of entries, so if you are the only entry... you win!

IF we get at least 10 entries, 1 winner for "Zero's choice" will be selected by Zero because he has the power and it is his money being used for the prizes. He may include the other moderators in this decision. May.

More prizes may be announced in the future depending on the popularity of this contest.

What are the prizes?

Each winner will receive one WiiWare / eShop game of their choice, $15 or less. Considering that eShop doesn't allow gifting on 3DS, if one of those games is selected, we will probably just use a download code or Paypal or whatever works for everyone involved.

Anyone who wants can throw some N into the mix or whatever.

How do I write a review?

If you are level -2 or below, it's easy! Just go to the game database and search for the game that you would like to review. If it is in the database, click on it, and on the top right side of the page for that game (above the game's image) you should see "add a review". If the game is not in the database, you can add it using the "submit a game" form at the top right of the main database page. Anyone level -1 will have to let me know you are interested, as stated above.

You can also use the new file upload page to upload any images related to the review you will be writing.

SUGGESTION: I strongly suggest to write your review outside of Negative World (I use Google Drive, but you can just use Microsoft Word or something if you want), SAVE FREQUENTLY, and then copy and paste it in when you are ready to submit it. Otherwise, if the server hiccups when you submit, you may lose everything. That would suck, no?

What format should the review be?

Here at Negative World we like to let our reviewers have their own sense of style. Whether you want to structure your review with sections, write freeform, etc. is up to you. We do prefer that some images / videos / etc. be placed within the review (use the file upload page to upload your images), but this is not a requirement. Just go with what makes the most sense to you!

How do I know if a game has been reviewed yet?

Just go to the game database and search for the game that you would like to review. If it is in the database, click on it, and if there are any reviews for it they will be listed at the bottom of the game page (example here.) If the game is not in the database, it has obviously not been reviewed yet, and you can add it using the directions above.

Can I review a game that I have already played?

Sure! We are hoping to get some more "modern" reviews, but anything is fine. Just make sure to refresh yourself on it if you have not played it in awhile.

How do I call "dibs" on a game?

Just post your intention to review a game in this thread. First come, first serve. Make sure to mention the platform as well as the game name. You can change your dibs at any time, but if so, you lose dibs on the old game. Obviously, when you submit a review for a game that you had dibs on, you are now free to call dibs on another.

Do I have to call "dibs" on a game?

No, you don't have to call dibs, you can just submit what you want when you want if you like. However, if you don't call dibs and someone else gets to it first (either by calling dibs or releasing a review) then you're plain out of luck. For all of those involved, it is probably best to take advantage of the dibs system.

More to come

If I think of anything.

"Dibs" list
Chrono Trigger DS (DS) - sirmastersephiroth
Fractured Soul (3DS eShop) - anon_mastermind
ZombiU (Wii U) - gamewizard65

Finished list
Crosswords Plus (3DS) - ludist210
No More Heroes - GelatinousEncore
Kirby's Pinball Land - roykoopa64
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle - GelatinousEncore
Nano Assault Neo - roykoopa64
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - sirmastersephiroth
Nintendo Land - TriforceBun
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward - Ploot
Assassin's Creed III (Wii U) - roykoopa64
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) - VickiL
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS) - deathly_hallows
NightSky (3DS eShop) - ludist210
New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U) - DrFinkelstein
Batman Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U) - Mr_Mustache
Adventure Time: HIKWYSOG (3DS) - vinniebrock
Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop) - VickiL
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA) - eccentricplayer

Zero (not officially in the competition)
The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave - Zero
Monster World IV - Zero
Starship Defense - Zero
Little Inferno - Zero
Art Style: Orbient - Zero
Chasing Aurora - Zero
Monster Tale - Zero
Trine 2: Director's Cut - Zero
Gunman Clive - Zero

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Posted: 11/01/12, 18:10:06  - Edited by 
 on: 01/18/13, 03:38:36
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Zero said:
BTW I think I will end up pushing the deadline back a bit... maybe a week or so? January 7th?

Is this going to mess up the 2nd part of the Review Stuff at all? You know what I'm talking about..
Posted: 12/30/12, 00:30:29
Nah not really, for one that's kind of a longshot, and for two they apparently get like a billion submissions so there is probably a fair gap between submission and review anyway. It could be months before they actually look at the site.

He is referring to me thinking we should try to get listed on Gamerankings soon...
Posted: 12/30/12, 00:32:55  - Edited by 
 on: 12/30/12, 00:33:32
@Zero

I wasn't thinking that, YOU were thinking that!

Wouldn't that..meet the criteria though? --Have you mentioned Ogre Battle Club? That got Dark Weres here..
Posted: 12/30/12, 00:38:40
Mentioned it to who?!
Posted: 12/30/12, 00:40:01
@Zero

The Head Honcho over there!
Posted: 12/30/12, 00:41:36
Oh. Well I am pretty sure that he is going to come check us out after I submit regardless, and as far as I know he is like 99% interested in the reviews only.
Posted: 12/30/12, 00:42:57
@Zero

I know, but OBC (like OCB) is the icing on the cake. And you may get squirts from both. YMMV.
Posted: 12/30/12, 01:05:53
I'm having a little trouble. When I click on the Add a Review thing on the top right in the Games Database, I'm directed to the Reviews area. I can't figure out how to add a new review. This does not bode well for my ability to get it uploaded once I get there!
Posted: 12/31/12, 20:23:34
@VickiL I know the issue, I was messing with the redirects yesterday and it's redirecting wrong. I will have it solved asap... I hope. By the end of the day for sure. Thanks for pointing it out!
Posted: 12/31/12, 22:36:16  - Edited by 
 on: 12/31/12, 22:36:53
I have almost found every single Riddler crap in Arkham City. (Every Trophy I know about, some stupid impossible Riddles remain, Riddler neutralized, however). HQR Rush "soon."
Posted: 12/31/12, 23:20:10
@VickiL Ok review add bug has been fixed... you should be able to add now!
Posted: 12/31/12, 23:39:37
Mr_Mustache said:
I have almost found every single Riddler crap in Arkham City. (Every Trophy I know about, some stupid impossible Riddles remain, Riddler neutralized, however). HQR Rush "soon."

Once you've done everything in the game, you should Google the Easter Eggs. There are some cool ones that you would never in a million years find on your own.
Posted: 01/01/13, 04:53:19
@Mr_Mustache
what @Secret_Tunnel said. Emphasize the "never" part, as at least one of the easter eggs is tailor-made for the crazy people who solve Valve's ARGs. Such an amazing game, though. Tempted to buy Armored Edition just for an excuse to play through it again.

On topic: Finished Adventure Time last night. I... enjoyed it. I think I found most of what there is to find I hear that the Enchiridion is (very well-hidden) somewhere in Ooo..; I'll try to find anything that I might've missed before the review goes up.
Posted: 01/05/13, 01:28:07  - Edited by 
 on: 01/05/13, 01:31:19
@Secret_Tunnel
@vinniebrock

Man, really? I like to feel like I've been all over the place (like, I dunno, it probably isn't big, but I found Mad Hatter's place before I was supposed to -- because I thought it was a Strip Club -- and I found Riddler's Hideout while the door was locked, too. I did an awesome whoopdeedo over the electric fence and I was like "WHAT HAVE I FOUND HERE?!" LOCKED.), though I did just walk around with my Sonar on looking for an untagged trophy that I'm apparently missing, grrrrr.
Posted: 01/05/13, 23:55:50
Ending soon! You guys better get those reviews done!

...OR ELSE.
Posted: 01/06/13, 00:17:53
@Zero

I HAVE A WHOLE DAY, GOSH.
Posted: 01/06/13, 00:42:27
Haha, I just realized I didn't "JUST" make it by 2 minutes, but I'm either 3 hours early..or 27 hours early depending on how you define "midnight."

Either way, review is up; I hope you enjoy, folks!
Posted: 01/07/13, 07:00:30
@Mr_Mustache lol i just did the same thing...

Adventure Time 3DS review is up. Honestly, I started & completed it within roughly 24 hours. And after reading it for about the 40th time, I'm not really happy with how it turned out... dah well. I plan on reviewing some other stuff pretty soon, I'll be sure to spend a little more time next... time.

I'm getting off computer now because I am sick of looking at it. Hope ya'll like the review more than I do. Be back tomorrow

EDIT: Also its the first thing I've reviewed in a while... so post or pm helpful criticisms if you want. ok now I'm gone
Posted: 01/07/13, 07:14:55  - Edited by 
 on: 01/07/13, 07:26:06
@vinniebrock

We must've hit Submit so close! I went out, and I was the 2nd newest post, haha! Awesome.
Posted: 01/07/13, 07:19:02
Last day to get your reviews in! We still have these 4 left. Are you going to make it? Anyone almost there and need another day or two?

Chrono Trigger DS (DS) - sirmastersephiroth
Fluidity: Spin Cycle - nate38????????
Fractured Soul (3DS eShop) - anon_mastermind
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA) - eccentricplayer
ZombiU (Wii U) - gamewizard65

We're going to have to decide how to vote on these too. There are more than I expected, 15 already and we might have a few more slip in! Can't just do a simple 10 person poll (I kind of didn't want to do an open poll anyway.) Which means there will definitely be a Zero's Choice award too, but that will happen after the winner is voted of course.

I'm trying to think of a way to do a poll that randomly mixes up the order of the reviews. I might have to take the GOTY code and modify it a bit or something. I'd love to believe that everyone will read every review before they vote but some people might only get through 5 or 10 and say F it, so I won't want the same reviews appearing on top every time. HMM.
Posted: 01/07/13, 21:26:45  - Edited by 
 on: 01/07/13, 21:27:07
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