Just to let everyone know… [on Place Reviews]

June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Place Reviews | 1 Comment

I’ve been changing, revising, etc. some recent place reviews. Often there are second thoughts, input from the creator of the place, etc. that change the marks I assigned and/or how I look at the place. Mostly that includes Briguy9876’s place review, but I also changed Sweezy’s a bit as well.

This is just to let you know of these changes, and a reminder that I will occasionally do this without warning 🙂

Also, I wish to explain my marking scheme concept. Generally, I am trying to aim to arrive at a reasonable rating based on various aspects that most places have. The ratings are based on how well scripts are made and implemented, how well the building of the place has been done, how creative and original the place is, how much “fun” the place is or can be, and how well problems have been dealt with (usually hard to tell unless I’ve already reviewed a place or see things in the description or comments). I also look for how one could exploit bugs to ruin the game for others.

Here is what I think of a place with an overall rating as follows…:
-0.1 or less: This place is an insult to Roblox (or to individual people) and likely should be removed immediately. This place would have to be very stupid and then do something bad enough to achieve a penalty.
0-0.9: A very bad place. It has had little or no effort put into it and is not really fun to be in. Pointless to go into.
1-1.9: Basic effort, but still unoriginal with little creativity or thought in the creation of the game. Rarely any fun to go to.
2-2.9: Still not a good place. Whether it’s lack of theme, too much lag, and/or a boring or pointless place, it needs a lot of improvement to be good. However, some places with ratings 2-4.9 have potential to be higher. You might want to check it out for the concept that was intended, but not for enjoyment so much.
3-3.9: Not a horrible place, just isn’t very good, either. It likely needs a fair amount of work done on it to make it better.
4-4.9: An acceptable place. It might not be the greatest in Roblox, but it’s OK.
5-5.9: A good place [it passes]! There’s likely a lot of work to be done before it’s really good, but it’s respectable as is. However, such places may have a few problems (like those exploits that can ruin the fun of the game).
6-6.9: A good place with the proper features. The average place should achieve a rating of 5-6.9. Few do, though.
7-7.9: An excellent place! Such a place has all the proper features (except maybe a few), has a good theme and a good objective (ie. something to do that is challenging), often has good, original scripting and/or building. There are usually many creative aspects to the place, and lag tends not to be a problem with such places.
8-8.9: Such a mark (that I have not yet given) would be for an outstanding place! Almost everything is perfect, original, and creative.
9-9.9: Incredible! Almost impossible to achieve, since there would need to be practically no problems with the place, it’d need to be very fun or useful.
10: I doubt anyone will ever get a 10, unless the place demonstrates a concept that is so simple that all the bugs have been taken into account and fixed. If it was a full place, however, it’d have to be perfect, or have a lot of cool effects to get bonuses 🙂
10.1 or higher: Not only is this a perfect place to go to, it includes features that go far beyond what one would expect from Roblox. It should be showcased on the front page as “The Best Roblox Place Ever”!

Of course, you can’t say that a place with a rating of 9 is necessarily more fun than a place with a rating of 7. It is very possible for a person to have more fun with a 5.5 rated place compared to even a place with a rating of 10, depending on what type of places interest you. I attempt to make the rating reflect what the place could or should be, not so much compared to others. Since few people have actually “finished” their places (and those that have didn’t do much and so get a very low rating), the ratings are not as high as they could be. Other places have great features, but no theme and/or no objective, so may only get around 3-6.

Also note that I am willing to re-review a place if enough work has been done on it. I am still taking review requests, although if I don’t think the place is good enough I won’t waste my time rating down a bad place (unless it’s really popular).

I hope this explains why a lot of places that are thought “good” may be getting such low marks. Every problem I see, everything that looks like it could be better, it all goes into the mark.

Thanks for reading,


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