Hey Pinside, I'm happy to announce something I've been working on for a while: an update to the Pinside Top 100.
What has changed?From now on, each title can only have one Top 100 spot For starters, there are a bunch of tweaks to the ranking formula. But most importantly, this new update groups similar games into one entry. The rule is simple: From now on, each title can only have one Top 100 spot. For example, both AC/DC editions are now listed as one group, named "AC/DC". The highest ranking game in a group determines the rank of that group. You can click to open a grouped entry to view the individual game ratings for the Pro and the Prem/LE. This goes for almost all Stern games with Pro/Premium/LE editions but also, for example, for games with special editions, such as The Addams Family and Lord of the Rings. We also decided to group together Medieval Madness with its remake.
This was more complicated than it may seem at first glance. Martijn and I discussed our options at length and we both felt this is the best (and most workable) solution to the issue of games holding multiple places in the Top 100.
The update also includes a bunch of changes that people suggested via PM, feedback threads and even in person, at the latest TPF show. I no longer include 'expired ratings': ratings made by people who haven't logged on for a year (as well as self-deactivated members). Of course, their ratings will still be visible in the ratings/comments section per game since the reviews can still be very valuable. The score simply doesn't get included in the calculation anymore. I'm also ignoring troll votes (I will not disclose what constitutes a troll vote for obvious reasons but there are multiple factors to determine this and all of it is subject to change anytime).
The Top 100 got a bit shorter. From 371 entries to 336 entries. Mostly because all entries that are part of a group no longer hold their own spot. And some games got tossed out of the list because of the new ranking formula and due to 'expired votes'.
Design-wise, I have streamlined the list of ratings/comments and now also make visible when a rating received 2 or more flags or stars.
All in all, I hope this update will solve some of the issues that were plaguing the Top 100 listing and I'm confident that it makes the Top 100 an even better resource to read game reviews, determine future game purchases - or see how your current favorite game stacks up
Final note. Please keep in mind, the Top 100 is in no way meant to be the list that *everyone* must agree to. It's simply a calculated average of thousands of game reviews (around 81,000 ratings at the time of writing this). Use it in a way that suits you, don't get too worked up about it if your favorite game is Herculus and you disagree with it being #336 on the list.