In not-so-breaking news, the unpopular Reviewer’s Choice forum over at the official GameMaker Community board remains a neglected, inbred part of the community, where game reviews are written by and for the same people.
Reviewer’s Choice allows game developers (namely hobbyists) to submit their GameMaker creations for review. A team of writers, made up of general forum-goers, play and review submitted games. Each game and subsequent review is given an individual thread within the forum.
At the time of writing, not a single review has been published within the past 2 months, making the forum a lifeless pillar within a thriving community. There has only been a single review published within the past 3 months.
New reviews trickle out at an impractical rate; typically there is a one to four month gap between submissions, an issue which has long plagued the community-powered service.
While Reviewer’s Choice seems to draw limited interest from both reviewers and readers, the forum has been historically mismanaged by staff members.
Reviewer’s Choice was established in February 2010 but was quickly bogged down by administrative issues, despite initial optimism. By early 2011, content was being ignored for several months at a time leading to a series of complaints from disheartened GameMaker users.
GameMaker Community staff members came close to removing the Reviewer’s Choice forum in May 2011, according to a moderator who revealed there had been discussion of “axeing it completely.” After an open debate over the issue, the forum remained.
As the GameMaker Community continues to grow, one has to question whether a forum that offers reviews internal to the community itself has any tangible use, especially when the only consistent element of the Reviewer’s Choice forum is how poorly it has been managed.
Perhaps it is time to cut the thin, whispy string holding up this lifeless part of the GameMaker Community.