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Greed: Just Add Money!

Posted 04-25-2011 at 07:00 PM by Hekutaa
I want to warn all of you first: This is pretty scathing towards the review program that /ggFTW has. I apologize in advance if my words are too harsh, or too critical.

Some of you know that I write reviews for /ggFTW. Some of you know that I wrote reviews before the game card center came around.

Granted, the overlord from beyond the stars gave us extremely good perks prior to the game card center (user bars - and a very nice reward at the end). However, despite the user bars, many people did not write. However, once the overlord from beyond the stars gave an additional reward - an apparently more worthwhile reward- people wrote reviews like possessed spreadsheet monkeys; reviews popped up almost daily.

Why, I ask? Did a measly reward such as a user bar mean absolutely nothing to you? When the overlord from beyond the stars granted us money as a reward, did that finally get you off your ass and start working?

This is where I wanted to stop writing reviews. Really, I felt like a little beggar trying to appease people to scrounge whatever scraps of food I could find to keep myself alive. I felt like a dog begging for one last meat scrap.

I wrote reviews because I liked helping. The review bars are nice, but I felt that writing reviews were my call to action on how I can make /ggFTW a better place. That doesn't mean I did it just for the user bars. Heck, the first time I got a user bar, I got to see the accolades of my work. I felt pretty damn empowered about my skills. That made me want to work more because I wanted people to notice my abilities, and not notice me out of my immense greed.

How could all of the people immediately write reviews just for money? I wrote reviews out of user bars, something that seemed insignificant in the long run, but still a worthwhile reward. I felt like I was the only one writing and everyone, out of some twisted complacency, did not.

Oh, but when you add money, everyone goes wild, right?

Everyone wants their own slice of the financial pie, and I do not criticize anyone for this; It's human nature, it's what we do. Look at me, I wrote reviews because I wanted to be noticed. Some of it worked out on the end, and all is good. But something doesn't feel right about having a reward with the written word. We're a community, we should not be going insane with the amount of money we can potentially rake in, we should be writing out of pure enjoyment of things, we should be writing to help our internet community, not extract its finds for our own personal gain.

We should be writing because we want to. We should be writing to help the community, and not out of pure, ravenous greed.

Ironically, I return to writing reviews once I finish this blog post. I don't intend on doing any more for quite some time once I reach my goal, for I see myself like a warrior in sour armor; I do my job, but that doesn't mean that I like it.

I used to like it when all we get were user bars, badges that say "Hey world, look at what I did! Look at how I contributed!" but now, I feel that they say "Hey world, look at how much of a sell-out I am! Look how greedy I am! Look how much richer I am!"

Oddly enough, we are doing our job to /ggFTW. We're writing reviews, but I see myself like a wolf in sheep's clothing. On the outside, we're making /ggFTW a better place (Heck, I didn't know a lot of MMOs existed) by making the vague the known, and changing the uncommon into the commonplace, but at the same time, a majority of writers now do their job for money. We are shells of what we could have been.

In the event that the overlord from beyond the stars sees this and abolishes the program, I take full responsibility for my actions.

But, greed is greed. Live is life. Survival is survival. We make reviews, and we get paid for actions. My words are more or less a ramble, but ask yourself: Would you do a boring task, and receive a small reward, or would you do a boring task an receive an immense amount of accolades?

Personally, I would have quit the second I got the second tier of rewards.

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  1. It's not really a bad thing. Even if people are just writing reviews for money (free money who wouldn't want some?) their reviews are still helping, also userbars etc. on a forum aren't really great rewards imo.
    Posted 04-25-2011 at 07:18 PM by Poople Poople is offline
  2. MsSquid's Avatar
    EDIT: Because what I wrote before was worthless and stupid.

    The addition money is only an incentive to get more people to start actually contributing to /ggftw. Honestly, it doesn't affect anyone in a negative way at all. Unless the MMO reviews - which have always only existed to tell people what and what not to throw their money and free time at - becoming more "sold-out" counts.
    Posted 04-25-2011 at 07:56 PM by MsSquid MsSquid is offline
    Updated 04-25-2011 at 08:23 PM by MsSquid
  3. Hekutaa's Avatar
    You're right; I despise "Final Fantasy VII" and what's its done to the Final Fantasy community, and given the fact that I play little-known weird games and have an extensive playlist of bands that no one's ever heard from in years, you can safely say that I truly hate things that are of popularity.
    Posted 04-25-2011 at 08:14 PM by Hekutaa Hekutaa is offline
  4. Torikakae's Avatar
    I think it's unfair that you generalized it as "greed". For you, having the satisfaction of contributing is your reward. You take pride in that. That's your compensation for your hard work. And you give importance to that.

    As such, some people don't see it that way, and they don't give the same value to what you treasure. For them, the new systems has the rewards that they believe would compensate them for their hard work.

    Not everyone can write, and even less people can write and enjoy it. For others, writing is a chore, maybe even a bore. I know you enjoy writing but that doesn't mean everyone does. Maybe they in fact do want to contribute but are just overwhelmed by the work involved (like I said, some people find writing to be difficult indeed), and feel that the compensation would not be worth it.
    Posted 04-26-2011 at 06:00 AM by Torikakae Torikakae is offline
  5. NoeJeko's Avatar
    Not entirely sure if I'm the "overlord beyond the stars", but...

    I think you're looking at this the wrong way. ggFTW exists to serve its members and we appreciate member contribution to keep us going; no doubt you have that part right.

    The game card center, however, was added specifically for that purpose. We see a huge demand for cash shop points in virtually all of the popular games here. So, we got the idea to try and fill that void by creating the game card center.

    If we had just put them out there for anyone to grab at will, however, we'd run ourselves bankrupt by the end of the month. We had to tag something an equivalent trade to enable us to offer this service to members.

    That equivalent trade, in this case, is the reviews. We need reviews, players need cash shop, you see where this is going

    I can definitely tell the difference in reviews written "for the money" and reviews written by those who care. In fact, our rejection rate rose 25% in the week following the game card center release because of one-line reviews and -- get this -- images with competitors' watermarks.

    Reviews aren't the only thing we're tying into this. The events team will be tying FTWpoints to many of our community reviews. We're looking for other, creative ways to distribute points as well.

    We have to make this successful for more than one reason. First, it could potentially bring a lot of visibility to the site by way of publisher promotion. See, we're offering a legal way to get cash shop items that may curb things like point-selling, etc. Plus, cards we buy are direct revenue for them.

    Second, it's a (fairly) unique feature that we have for members. I've seen one other site do something like this but they got it all wrong. Not sure if we've got it right yet, but I think we're headed in the right direction.

    So please try to look at the intrinsic value of the reviews. It's like donating to charity. People complain because celebrities donate to reduce their tax liability and it's true -- it saves them millions of dollars in tax liability.

    At the end of the day, however, the charity benefits regardless of the intent of the giver.

    Although we can't really call ourselves a charity, we benefit from quality reviews regardless of whether it's done "for money" or "from the heart."

    Chasing a rabbit: I had to increase the max comment length for this ~_~

    Anyway, please try not to be bitter about some peoples' intent. Regardless of the reason, the community is getting better because of it.

    I personally appreciate the great reviews you send and hope you decide to continue.

    *goes to change blog comment length back*
    Posted 04-26-2011 at 03:14 PM by NoeJeko NoeJeko is offline
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