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XIV Heavensward sources[edit]

Hello there. I've done some looking around, and found you sources related to the development of XIV Heavensward. The interviews with fan sites are valid as they are original rather than transcripts or forwards of information from other sites.

Hope these help. --ProtoDrake (talk) 12:46, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Update; A piece on Siliconera holding titbits from the new Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward artbook. --ProtoDrake (talk) 18:47, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
Heavens-awards. Axem Titanium (talk) 06:09, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
@ProtoDrake: I've started a draft here. Axem Titanium (talk) 03:02, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn[edit]

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Template:Did you know nominations/2015 Xi Jinping United States visit[edit]

Please see note on your DYK review. Yoninah (talk) 23:55, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi again. The CN tag that you added has to be resolved before a DYK nomination can be approved. Also, you need to check for neutrality and close paraphrasing. I found extensive close paraphrasing in the article. Yoninah (talk) 11:44, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
As much as I enjoy editing and improving the encyclopedia in general, the burden of fixing the CN tag is not on me; it's on the author of the article who wants it approved for DYK. I fixed close paraphrasing where I saw it when I was doing my source check but I did not find any NPOV issues. Axem Titanium (talk) 15:33, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Axem Titanium, did you want to continue working on this article? Further issues with the article not reflecting the sources have been found. Thanks either way; if you aren't planning on doing further work, please let me know here. BlueMoonset (talk) 01:22, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
I dropped a note on the original author's talk page to see if he's still interested. Axem Titanium (talk) 01:30, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
I think the response there was that the original author is concentrating on work on Chinese Wikipedia; it isn't exactly clear, though it definitely appears to be negative. Under the circumstances, if you don't wish to pursue the article further, I think it's probably time to close it. Thanks for all your work so far, whatever you decide. BlueMoonset (talk) 20:09, 17 January 2016 (UTC)
Oh well. Thanks for following up. Axem Titanium (talk) 06:58, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

lgbt category in ffxiv talk page[edit]

can we discuss this on the talk page of FFXIV:ARR? Since marriage is a quest, and you can be married to the same sex, i dont think theres any harm in adding the category, especially since theres plenty of reliable sources about it. 66.25.246.226 (talk) 00:39, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Everything is a quest in this game, but that doesn't make it part of the "plot". Nothing in the article talks about the LGBT themes, so it would be strange to arrive at the article from the category and find nothing mentioning it. It's not about harm; it's about understanding the thinking pattern of the reader. The reader is left confused if they arrive expecting to see something and are thwarted in this expectation. Axem Titanium (talk) 15:29, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
You are definitely right about the article mentioning it. Since there was plenty of sources reporting on this, i propose we should at least mention this in the article, then add the category. As long as a theme is plot-based, and reliable sources are reporting on it, its eligible for the category, as discussed too on the Fire Emblem Fates talk page. If you can, can we please move this discussion to the talk page? 66.25.246.226 (talk) 01:15, 5 January 2016

discussion about lgbt themes in ffxiv arr[edit]

can we please have a conversation about this on the talk page? lgbt doesnt have to be a "main" part of the plot to be eligible for the category, as its just lgbt "related" games. Considering there is plenty of sources concerning SSM in the game, it feels right to add it, i mean, look at all the other games the category has, and plenty of them listed don't have lgbt as a main theme. 66.25.246.226 (talk) 00:34, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Richard Honeywood[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:02, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to join StrategyWiki[edit]

Hello Axem Titanium. I've noticed how active you are working on video game articles. I was hoping you'd consider accepting an invitation to join StrategyWiki. We're a friendly wiki community focused strictly on video games, and we could really use someone with your acumen and attention to detail to help around the site. We'd be very grateful for your contributions. Hope to see you there. Plotor (talk) 02:01, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

So I take it by your repeated efforts to undermine me on the discussion page, you're not going to take me up on my invitation? I wish you'd at least consider it and visit the site to see what you have to offer to it. We need people like you. Plotor (talk) 03:42, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Alpha[edit]

Should probably be merged, I don't see any reliable sources for it. Be bold! Judgesurreal777 (talk) 02:51, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Argh, but the story sounds so cool! [1] I think I'll merge it to The Death Trap... Axem Titanium (talk) 03:02, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
It sounds awesome! Maybe get ProtoDrake to do some digging, he's good at finding obscure stuff. By the way, who's next to be deleted from Square Enix Starts??? Judgesurreal777 (talk) 02:48, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Smash 64[edit]

Thr gamr is very commonly called Smash 64, theres not really any concensus needed to point this out. On the template it's potentially confusing because the words "Super Smash Bros" is listed twice.--Prisencolin (talk) 20:47, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

It's very commonly called "Smash 64" by people who already know what Smash Bros is. Wikipedia is a generalist encyclopedia which assumes nothing about the knowledge level of the reader. It is therefore confusing if something is referred to by a slang nickname without explaining its meaning, which is not the purview of a navigation template. One instance of "Super Smash Bros." in the template is followed by the word "series", which has a very clear and unambiguous meaning in English. Axem Titanium (talk) 21:10, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Peter Molydeux[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Barnstar![edit]

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The black magic you use to pull Japanese sources out of thin air for articles on Japanese video games from the 80s and obscure video game developers is nothing less than astounding, and has pulled up a ton of articles that seemed doomed to forever be short Start-class articles. Great job! --PresN 01:18, 13 February 2016 (UTC)
Wow! Thanks man. Got one last oldie to spruce up (Suishō no Dragon) but I'm gonna finish up Alex O Smith as a break from the JP spelunking. Axem Titanium (talk) 01:23, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

OpenCritic Updates?[edit]

Hey Axem,

First, I don't think we've ever actually crossed paths in any discussion threads, but to be crystal clear: my name is Matthew Enthoven, and I'm one of the founders of OpenCritic. I've monitored and commented on discussions about Wikipedia's use of review aggregators in the past, and saw your initial upstart of the thread back when we first launched.

We're still trying to figure out ways to make strides when it comes to Wikipedia. Previous conversations seemed to mostly conclude "too soon" and that we weren't "enough of a source in the industry." We wanted to continue to challenge that and get more feedback. Since the start of this year, we've added numerous features and seen our presence as an authority rising, so we thought it'd be a good time to ask again "what is it that you guys look for?"

We've added critic pages, with over 350 critics that have signed up and customized their page. To this day, we are the only aggregator that correctly attributes reviews to their author in addition to their publication.

We also added support for embeddable scores, which are now being used by The Escapist (see bottom of article) and Lazygamer. Websites such as Cubed3 and DarkZero now link to us in their footers, and PlayStation Universe lists us on their reviews.

We've been used as a source by Gamasutra (second paragraph), GeForce/Nvidia (see last paragraph), Examiner, Forbes, and others. We've also been added to Wikipedia Portugal on many pages. In the community, we're an officially sanctioned aggregator by the PS4 subreddit, and have been used across several reddit threads, often times as the only aggregator listed now. Metacritic has even made significant score mistakes, and a few of our users noticed.

We passed 100 publications included, and added word clouds that highlight key features and themes of reviews. We continue to see more and more traction across the board. We're adding 3DS and Vita titles now, with Fire Emblem Fates' review embargo already posted. We're the only aggregator that includes publications such as Eurogamer, AngryCentaurGaming, GameXplain, and TotalBiscuit, and we're the only aggregator that maintains the original score format. We also report on the percentage of critics that recommend the title, a statistic that allows us to include non-numeric publications. Finally, we continue to be the only website that's reliably and systematically publishing review embargo times.

We strongly believe that we are the fastest and most reliable aggregator. We are consistently faster than Metacritic, as several critics have noticed. We've invested heavily in our technology and our presentation, and believe strongly that, while we draw on the same data as Metacritic, we offer a more complete and informed picture fo a title.

The reason I'm writing is: We really want to know what you guys are looking for. This isn't a "please put us on Wikipedia" type thing: we're young gamers and don't really consider Wikipedia readers to be our demographic, and as we have no advertising, they'd be revenue-negative anyway. Instead, we're just looking for feedback. We consider you, as a video game editor, to be an intellectual in the industry that we want to support and thrive in. So we want to know - what do you look for when evaluating OpenCritic as an "industry source"? What are the variables/factors? What are the things we can improve?

We're always on the lookout for ideas, and as we wrap up our next few features, we want to get your thoughts and opinions.

Sincerely, MattEnth (talk) 05:31, 18 February 2016 (UTC)

@MattEnth: Hi Matt, thanks for reaching out to me. I think it's great that you guys have been doing so well in the press and in your outreach stuff. I'll admit that I don't frequent OpenCritic that much, but that's mostly a function of the fact that I don't frequent aggregator websites that much. However, all of the coverage and evidence you've posted is very heartening and I'll definitely refer to it in future discussions. As for said future discussions, it's no secret that I am extremely unhappy with the current state of 1) the games industry's over-reliance on Metacritic as a metric for success, and 2) Wikipedia's (WP:VG's) contribution to that over-reliance by using only Metacritic scores to shape the tone of the Reception sections in game articles. Recently, there was a consensus reached at WP:VG to deprecate the use of GameRankings in review tables (a discussion which I missed, to my regret) and I think it sets a dangerous precedent where Metacritic can monopolize the tone of the discussion. I believe that the mere presence of a 2nd aggregator, even if imperfect and/or drawn from the same data, has an ameliorating effect on Metacritic's dominating mindshare.
ALL THAT BEING SAID, it's only been 4 months since you guys launched and your traffic stats are orders of magnitude lower than Metacritic. There's not much you guys can do at this point, other than getting older and more established, which I think will help your standing. You should definitely keep spreading your wings with those embeddable scores and see if you can get more coverage comparing accuracy between yourself and Metacritic. For my personal edification, I'd love if there were some way for you guys to start working your way backwards in time to cover older games (so that data could potentially exist to cite in older articles here). I don't know when the big battle for OpenCritic's inclusion in the review table will be (my guess is it won't be within the next few months), but I'm definitely on your side when it happens. Axem Titanium (talk) 20:53, 18 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply! It's funny, but we took the word "Kingmaker" from Wikipedia back when we watched the conversations. And yes, we watched the GameRankings discussions too. We were a bit surprised with the outcome, as having ONLY Metacritic seems really odd.
On the note of older and historic reviews, there are just so many challenges. For one, a lot of older reviews just don't even exist anymore. If you go to Ocarina of Time's original Metacritic page, only 2 of the 22 reviews still point to valid URLs. For legal reasons, we also can't just "scrape Metacritic," as it would be a strong copyright violation (similar to how it's illegal to copy phone books, or copy maps).
Lastly, but on the note of traffic, we are still growing, but I hope that Metacritic's traffic isn't the bar. Recall that Metacritic places a heavy emphasis on both movies and TV shows, and is perhaps more widely known for what they do with movies. Catching them in traffic as a games-only aggregator will be simply impossible.
Anyways, thanks for your feedback! MattEnth (talk) 23:18, 18 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I was very disheartened by the GameRankings discussion. I recently fought to fix the reviews table, which had been mistakenly changed to forcibly hide GameRankings links by default, even if included (while simultaneously requiring Metacritic links) to a version which uses both as optional parameters. I understand the difficulty with trying to go back as far as Ocarina of Time, but any attempt to start working backwards in time from October 1, 2015 would be appreciated. And yes, I certainly wouldn't expect or require OpenCritic to reach Metacritic numbers to be considered for inclusion; I merely pointed it out as an aside to illustrate the current gulf in reach/maturity between the two websites. Traffic volume is unlikely to be a factor in any future discussions. Axem Titanium (talk) 03:48, 19 February 2016 (UTC)
Hey Axem,
Thought I'd start up a new chain. Thanks for your comments on my talk page - it's been very helpful.
We've recently learned that two major industry players - United Talent Agency and a major PR agency (keeping them anonymous until I have explicit permission) - have begun including OpenCritic in their reports per their own client's requests. Specifically, they're using OpenCritic to leverage our % ranking field and % recommended fields, along with our ability to rapidly export review data. They also appreciate a focused context on reviews that they know their clients can go and read themselves.
We're still chugging along to try to be included in that reviews widget. Your old feedback - going back in time - is something we hope to accomplish now by the end of the year.
Just wanted to open up this channel again and ask if you had any pointed feedback. We've made some significant updates and have had some significant growth. We've been used as a source by Ars Technica, Forbes, Examiner, Destructoid, Wikipedia Portugal, and Insomniac Games. Remedy Games even now lists us alongside Metacritic. We've doubled our Twitter followers in the last 90 days and are seeing similar Twitter engagement to Metacritic games despite an order-of-magnitude difference in following.
To be clear, we aren't asking for inclusion - we just want to know what you guys look for in terms of "being an authority." The OpenCritic team is very driven by measurable goals and KPIs and we conduct A/B tests all the time. Unfortunately, the goal of "be an authority" is hard to measure and thus why we turn to y'all for your thoughts.
MattEnth (talk) 07:37, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi @MattEnth:, sorry I've been a bit busy this past week. We've already been over the features I'd still like to see. At this point, I'm planning to propose a major overhaul of the way aggregated reviews are summarized and presented in the VG Reviews box with the goals of 1) exposing and highlighting the raw number of reviews aggregated (a 95 average score based on 5 reviews is very different than a 95 average score based on 50 reviews), 2) including the spread of the review scores, probably with a standard deviation metric if available, and 3) the touted % recommended metric that you guys have been working on. I'm also hoping to include tooltips or some kind of collapsible explanation box of the methodologies of all the aggregators we use in order to prevent the spread of misinformation about how statistics work.
When we last spoke, I believe you guys were going to different publications to ask them the parameters they'd like to set for a review of theirs to be considered a "recommendation". That was what was holding up the process of featuring the % recommended metric more prominently on your game summary pages, iirc. Do you have an update on this process? I would be happy to launch the proposal to coincide with your launch of the feature. Axem Titanium (talk) 20:11, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Resonance of Fate[edit]

@ProtoDrake: turned this into one of his usual masterpieces, but wants to move on to other articles. Just needs some gameplay & reception polish, but otherwise it just needs a GA nominator. Interested? Judgesurreal777 (talk) 14:29, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

I got suuuuper busy with my program this semester (hence why my involvement in the WPSE Start-class improvement drive has sputtered; I WILL RETURN I PROMISE) but I think I can carve out some time to shepherd this one (full disclosure; never heard of this game before). Looks beautiful already. I'll take a look this weekend, I hope! Axem Titanium (talk) 22:16, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
I never heard of it either! But a GA is a GA :) And any time you want to jump back into cleanup tag elimination feel free, we are close to being done with the GA's and even the B's! Judgesurreal777 (talk) 23:18, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

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Your thoughts needed[edit]

I need your thoughts on the re-writting the New Features on NHL articles. I have rewritten the NHL 15 section on Talk:NHL 15 and will be writing the other ones. If you want to take a look at it and improve it, that'll be great.-- Everyone Dies In the End (talk) 11:25, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

Your comments at me[edit]

I don't why you said that. No matter. No one is gonna support what I'm supposed to be doing. And what do you mean I exceeded fair use? How do I appear to have poor grasp of fair use? --George Ho (talk) 00:55, 17 June 2016 (UTC)

GA Review Swap[edit]

I could review Resonance of Fate; I know I suggested you nominate it, but I never improved the article in any way, so it should be no issue. In exchange, could you look at Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix? Judgesurreal777 (talk) 19:55, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Resonance of Fate[edit]

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