DBZ Relegr8’s rise to the top ten proves what many of us have been thinking for a long time; the rankings system is flawed, and needs to be revamped. By putting DBZ Relegr8 at the top of your favorites, you are helping to bring to light and solve the following problems:
1.) The rankings system is inaccurate and promotes crappy games.
As I pointed out right from the beginning, the rankings system is NOT a reliable indicator of quality games, or even the best games on BYOND. I don’t think that anyone could take a look at the current top ten games and make a convincing argument that they are the best around.
2.) The system is prone to abuse.
Allegedly, Seika is near the top because the creator purchased memberships for people who promised to put it #1 in their favorites. Other games give in-game benefits to players who rank the game in their favorites. The rankings should reflect quality, not which game creators are willing to bribe players for a ranking.
3.) Popularity is rarely a reliable indicator of ANYTHING.
Final Fantasy 7 seems to win every single “Best RPG of all time” voting poll online (just look at gamefaqs). Big Momma’s House 2 grossed way more than Serenity at the box office. Moron jocks and ditsy girls are usually the “popular” kids in high school. Need any other examples?
4.) Basing voting upon membership creates bias.
If you were to take a random sample of BYONDers and have them rank their favorite games, the list would look quite a bit different. Certain types of BYONDers tend to purchase memberships. Now, I’m in no way trying to say anything negative about Last Robot Standing… but we all know that if all of the “BYOND Gurus” didn’t have memberships, it wouldn’t have dominated the #1 spot for so long.
5.) DBZ Relegr8 is actually BETTER than some of the games in the Top 10.
At least DBZ Relegr8 made me laugh when I logged into it and kept me entertained for about 2 minutes. Most of the other Top 10 games that I’ve logged into have hooked me for about 30 seconds before I logged out.
6.) People who actually care about rank need to be taken down a peg or two.
Anyone who actually thinks that the rankings mean anything are sadly mistaken, and we need to prove to them just how wrong they are. This is especially true for any game designers who have an ego about their game’s rank.
7.) The current system lumps games of completely different genres together
How can you possibly compare a chat program to an actual game? How is the ranking of an action game vs. an RPG supposed to tell you anything?
8.) Good games get lost in the system.
There are quite a few quality games that aren’t even in the Top 30. Someone new to BYOND might not give these types of games a chance due to their rank.
9). Did I mention that DBZ: Relegr8 is better than some of the other games in the Top 10?
BYONDers love them some crappy games. I doubt that anyone can tell me one thing that Seika and Mystic Journey have that DBZ: Relegr8 doesn’t have. Gameplay? Nope. Decent graphics? Nope. A story? Nope. An intuitive interface? Nope.
10.) The “higher-ups” at BYOND who are in charge of the system need a kick in the pants.
Granted, I know that everyone is busy… but a better rankings system has been due for quite awhile now, and DBZ: Relegr8 hitting the #1 spot might give them some motivation to get moving on it.
Apr 3 2006, 12:15 pm