#1 Edited by Ragowit (34 posts) -

I have been working on my project, Rank: The Game (http://rankthegame.net), for quite a while and just recently released an updated and better version. And I'm looking for feedback!

So, what can you do on this site?

  • You can search for a game and then rank it (NOT rate!) and thus creating your own ranking list (again, NOT rating)
    • You can alter this list at anytime. If you one day feel that Super Mario Bros. is the best game ever made, you can easily alter the ranking for it on your own list.
  • Based on your ranking list so can the site match you to similar users and show you a list of games you probably would like. Helping out finding what game to play next! I call this feature Game Hint.
  • Your ranking list contributes to the all-time ranking list of games on the site, which is updated hourly.
  • If you are bored you can try out the Game Duel which picks two games next to each other from your ranking list, and you have to pick the winner. This might change the order of your games on the ranking list if your winner pick is currently lower ranked then the other game in the duel.
  • You can create a wishlist, that also works with the Game Hint.
  • You can view the all-time ranking list of games with different settings. Maybe interested how it looks like with only people at a certain age? From a specific country? Male/Female?
  • Once logged in so can you choose if you want your list to be public (anyone can see it), friends (the ones with the URL can see it), and private (only you can see it)

Yes - the site uses Facebook, and no - the site doesn't post anything to your wall.

I'm looking for feedback, so I would be more then happy if you could click around the site for a couple of minutes and write what you think works and what not works. Thank you.

#2 Posted by J0en (4 posts) -

This is pretty cool, nice work!

Couple of thoughts:
I was looking for something like Flickcharts.com for games and your site, and especially Game Duel mode, is the closest thing I've found. The only 'annoyance' is that you have to rank games first in order to make them show up in the Game Duel. The rating process is pretty slow: think about a game > search for it > go to the detail page > scroll down to the rate button > rate it.

Although I love the idea I'm pretty sure that in the end I'll stop using it because it too slow to enter hundreds of games this way.
Maybe the rating should be done directly from the search results or from other lists?
Your actual ranked list is also pretty buried. Maybe this should be features on the homepage with the searchbox attached to it? Any game I search for will be added to my list after which I can immediately drag it into the right spot in the ranking? (or maybe I can directly add it somewhere half way).

Going back to Flickchart, I think the appeal of something like Flickchart is that it suggest movies that you didn't think about in the first place (eg. not released within the last 2 years) so in the end your list is going to be more complete. You eliminate the need for the search/manual add (which can still be a feature of course) making that you can add, rediscover and rate games more easily. I think with features like this your user retention will be way higher, benefiting all the stats on your site.

Anyway, just my two cents. Keep up the good work!

#3 Edited by Ragowit (34 posts) -

Thank you for your feedback!

I have been getting information from other people about sites I have never heard of that are similar but not the same. Like Flickchart and Favslist. And I agree that the rating process might feel slow when you are starting fresh and have over hundred games to fill up. And I'm happy in getting ideas how to make it better.

I like the idea of an option to be able to rank a game from the search results. Will think more about that!

Hmm... After you have ranked a game on its page, maybe show a couple of other games that other people have ranked close to the game you just ranked? Will think more about this as well and see how it turns out!

Again, thanks for the feedback!