Changes

Anyone who has clicked on this post has probably noticed it already, which makes this announcement sort of superfluous, but I have made some pretty big changes to the design of Nintendobound. I was unsatisfied with the previous theme I was using, which had been in place ever since I started this blog, and given that event took place a whopping five years ago I figured the time had come for a change. So here we are after a whole lot of tweaking, copying and pasting, and other sorts of adjustments.

I am happy with the new theme, and I hope those who are reading this like it as well. The only detail that bothers me is that the banner has a weird behavior that makes it load in two steps, as it first shows part of the image only to, a few seconds later, reveal it completely. Sadly, I discovered that is a planned effect that could only be removed if I had a WordPress subscription, so I guess I will have to live with it.

Anyway, and perhaps most importantly, other than the design I also enjoyed the occasion to make some other changes that had been roaming in the back of my mind for a while. They were:

  • The Scoring System: I was tired of the old division in five categories, which felt pointless because sometimes I did not even go into all of them during my reviews. So I dropped it altogether and opted for a straightforward ten-point scale where every number in the scale is related to an adjective. Therefore, the system goes from 10 (Masterpiece) to 1 (Unplayable). The Scoring System was strongly inspired by that of Extra Life Reviews, which is a great website.
  • The Scores: On a related note, I naturally went back to all old reviews and adjusted their score according to the new system.
  • Albums Of The Month: The name of the section was changed to Album Reviews, which means it will stop appearing monthly. In fact, in the long run I may drop it completely, and that is because I have created a new music-dedicated blog, which leads us to the next point.
  • Music-Dedicated Blog: Hi-Fi Adventures is where I will be posting my album reviews from now on. I had accumulated so many album reviews over the years that I figured they could use their own space; plus, I feel the format of posting them individually works far better than packing four of them into a gigantic post. I am in the process of sending my old reviews over there in that new format (as of writing this there are only four of them published), and soon I will be adding entirely new ones as well. So, if you like my musical ramblings, you can follow me there, as I am honestly until undecided on whether or not I will occasionally pack four individual posts and send them over here under the title Album Reviews.

As usual, thanks for reading.

7 thoughts on “Changes

  1. Hey, thanks! I’m glad I was able to help your blog. And I’m also glad you’ve been enjoying reading my stuff that much.

    I actually think you made the divided grading scale work because you were at least consistent with it and you didn’t fall into the trap of using the aggregated average as the final score (I’ve seen some sites do that, and it comes across as rather wishy-washy); I remember that you would award some games a 10 despite not reaching a 10 in certain fields.

    Otherwise, yeah, I realized pretty early on that I couldn’t make an aggregated scoring system work considering the conclusions I draw. Planescape: Torment doesn’t exactly have stellar gameplay and its graphics are quite dated, yet its story is one of the best the medium has to offer, so I gave it a 10/10 regardless. Conversely, Metroid: Other M had an incredibly good presentation and decent (if not standout) gameplay, yet its story was so abhorrently terrible, that I had no choice but to give it a failing grade; a game doesn’t deserve a passing grade if it provides a subpar experience – no matter how pretty it looks.

    1. You are welcome! And I do enjoy the stuff you write a lot! =D

      Thanks. Yeah, I tried hard to make it work! In a way, the reasoning I used to get to the conclusion I needed another scoring system was the same as yours. Sometimes games would escape from a failing grade because of great visuals. Likewise, sometimes games that provided pretty perfect experiences would not get perfect or very high scores because the graphics were not that good or something of the sort. It was bothering me quite a bit!

  2. Of course the first thing I did when I saw this update was check out your review of DKC2. I see that you have repented for your past sin. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Though sadly, the ’10’ in the Mario Odyssey review is still misshapen.

    I’m loving the new layout for the site! I’ve been thinking it’s time to update my site as well, so I should get started on that. Also, do you have any idea if it’s possible to make like an index/database? Ideally, I would like to have my reviews page be something along those lines, where people could switch between alphabetical order, highest to lowest rated, etc.

    Also, is there anyway to send private messages on WordPress yet? I’m still looking to make a joint effort “best games ever list” with you guys (if you’re interested), but can’t do it very well through comments sections. 😛

    Also, I’m liking the simplified rating system! I’ve been thinking of doing the something similar myself, but I might keep the .5 style. I have thought about going back to whole numbers (like my old site), or doing an A to F grading system. Or I even thought about doing things different by doing 1 through 10, but with ‘+s’ and ‘-s’ for each number (8-, 8, 8+, etc.), basically combining two different styles. But that might be too much. I have not entirely jokingly thought about doing a “mostly whole number scale,” meaning that most ratings would be whole numbers, but I’d still have the 9.5, partly tongue-in-cheek, but also partly to differentiate the highest-tier titles (after all, no one cares about the difference between 5.0 and 5.5. But 9.0 and 9.5? HOT DAWG!).

    I’ll also follow your new blog, even though I’m not music savvy. 😛 I may make a second blog if I ever find justifiable reason to (I thought about doing so for my creative ideas like drawing/creative writing, but I don’t think I’m very good at them).

    1. I was sure you would check DKC2! And yeah, I had to change it because a 9 did not feel right. As for Odyssey, who knows, maybe that will change in the future.

      Thanks. I am glad you like the new look. It’s always good to change, so I hope you will have fun finding a new identity for your site as well.

      I don’t think you can integrate the website with a database. But you have a subscription, so maybe there is a way. I think a solution would be creating pages where you organize the reviews according to the order you want and then linking to them via a menu. But, of course, the work would be manual, and that’s not what you want.

      No PMs yet around these parts, it seems, which is quite terrible! I would certainly be interested in that.

      Yeah, I really like this simplified rating system, and your ideas are interesting as well. Keeping the 9.5 is cool, since that different between 9.0 and 9.5 does cause a lot of heated arguments.

      Thanks for supporting my new blog! And well, the creation of a blog may be an incentive to get better at drawing and creative writing, so it may be a good idea.

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