[12/05/00] - Hi! Google here. For those who weren't paying attention, just
for a little change of pace, Paws and I are trading jobs for a week. Being the masochist I am, I insisted
on doing 2 of these updates. That means of course I couldn't work on this all week because I had columns,
or this weekend, because I watched all of Those Who Hunt Elves and Slayers Next. I forgot watching Slayers
makes you want to play AD&D though, so as soon as I finish this up I'm off to find a DM! Now, here's a
couple parting tips from Paws, followed by a couple from me.
Reviews Submissions BooBoos
HTML Template: Screens
You guys are still doing an awesome job at this :) However, I'm noticing a
few problems popping up with the screens. One, look carefully at the code.
You need to fill in the URL twice: once for the href (the link to the
picture) and once for the src (the image of the picture within the review).
These links can be hard links
(/games/etc/etc/screens/screenname.jpg), or soft links
(games/etc/etc/screens/screenname.gif). Just inserting 'screenname.jpg' is
not encouraged as images aren't kept in the same file as the reviews, and I
have trouble tracking down the image to link it correctly. They also need to
be subtitled 2 different places, one as an alt (which can be anything), and
once as text (which is what is shown below the image).
HTML Template: Overall Score
General rule of thumb: if you can't figure it out, submit it with the
correct information in the email. Don't change my code to get it to work
:). That's very bad, and it happens the most often in the overall score.
What you're looking for is a small href link that contains
'/graphics/review/number.gif'. You'll want to replace
the word 'number' with a digit (as in the symbol and not the written word),
Google now. At the bottom of the review template is a back button. Nobody seems to realize this. If you
have the time, figuring out where to point it isn't that hard. While you're gathering screens, just look
at the name of the screens page, and replace the "ss" with "reviews". It makes Paws' job that much easier.
(What, I said I've been watching Slayers all day!) Ahem. This was covered for a long time when Jake Alley
guest hosted Q&A, but that's not where you look for tips like this is it. Simply put, when you write a
review, you shouldn't just go down the list of subscores and write a paragraph about each. Just write
two pages worth of text talking about the game, and then go back and make sure you covered everything.
Reading "The plot is..." "The music is..." "The visuals are..." isn't as enjoyable as something that
sounds more natural.