After months of predominantly not working on this project, and around, oh, I'd say eighty hours of actual development time, I present to you people, at long last, the mostly-functional bee-ta for i'm calling it: the giant bomb metagame metagame. It can be found at its brand-new, kind-of-expensive-for-what-I'm-getting-at-the-price-I'm-paying URL, http://imcalling.it. Wanna try it for yourself? Keep on reading to find out how.
In the likely event that you missed my previous threads, i'm calling it is a fun little website that I've been working on in my spare time, mostly to re-teach myself core web development concepts. The site allows you to register your Giant Bomb account, converting your previously-kinda-useless quest XP into points that you can use to place bets on how well you think any given game is going to be reviewed by the Giant Bomb staff.
I've done my best to make the betting system fun and interesting. You can pick a predicted star rating for each of the Giant Bomb reviewers, to fit a probable score to each person's personality and gaming tastes. You get bonuses depending on how far in advance you make the bets; placing a bet a year before the game is reviewed will net you a massive 5x multiplier, and so forth.
You're competing for the top spot on global leaderboards, but, coming soon, you will also to see how you fare against only the people you follow on Giant Bomb in the new "local leaderboard" feature.
i'm calling it is by no means finished; it is still very beta, very much a work-in-progress. Hence the semi-closed beta-ness. I'm adding features and changing stuff all the time.
So you want to get in on this sleazy underground wheelin'-and-dealin' action?It's simple! Just head on over to the website and register your Giant Bomb account! It's that easy!
As a beta tester, it's your job to poke around and try and find bugs and stuff. If you find anything, either PM me or just post about it here. Feel free to also make suggestions for things I should change or add. I also suggest placing bets on game that are being released in the very near future, just so you can get a sense of how the website works. As of right now, there is no way for you to be notified (by e-mail or Twitter or whatnot) when a review goes up for a game you've placed a bet on, so be sure to bookmark the website and check back when the review is posted!
So yeah, hope you guys have at least some degree of fun with this! :D