Pinside Ratings: We Need an "Ownershipability" Section

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Pinside Ratings: We Need an "Ownershipability" Section


By Lawlor_and_Order

69 days ago



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  • Latest reply 69 days ago by Lawlor_and_Order
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    Topic poll

    “"Ownership" Section in ratings - useful or not?”

    • Yes, useful 4 votes
      44%
    • The idea's interesting but maybe in a different area than the Ratings section 1 vote
      11%
    • To think, there are real problems in the world to worry about 4 votes
      44%

    (9 votes)

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    #1 69 days ago

    Currently Pinside machine ratings have four broad groups: Game Design, Artwork, Sounds and Music, "Other Aspects" (Game Lighting, Lastability, Theme, Fun).

    I'm proposing the Pinside braintrust consider adding a fifth group on aspects of Ownership. These would all be optional for rating a machine.

    I notice a lot of the more useful comments on personal-collection machines touch on these aspects, and it's an important factor for both new and old machines alike -- one that may change over time -- that isn't directly reflected in the ratings. Ergo, I think it would be a useful addition to the ratings system.

    Keeping with the current four "subratings" limitation, the four subcategories might be something like these (feel free to add your own, this is just a strawman):

    "Reliability"

    (How often does it break down? Does it wear out repeatedly over time and/or have problem hot spots, or is it generally solid and wear-resistant? Is it engineered for long-term ownership, or was it part of the throwaway era of manufacturing?)

    "Ease of Repairs/Maintenance"

    (Are parts easy to find/source? Are the parts one needs to maintain easy to access? Are repairs straightforward, or tricky? Are software updates, where applicable, easy to implement?)

    "Community"

    (Is there help available -- will you be on your own, or part of a big group of owners, or somewhere in between? Does the manufacturer still exist in business and does it offer active support? Are there software updates, where applicable?)

    "Value"

    (Does the machine tend to hold its value over time? Is it expensive to own? Is the fun factor worth the trouble of owning it/maintaining it?)

    Another potential ratings sub section:

    "Moddability"

    (Can the machine be modded easily? Are interesting mods available from the manufacturer or third parties? Does the machine lend itself to interesting modifications?)

    #2 69 days ago

    Most of those just need to be researched on a game-by-game basis. They can also change from month to month. That information is too variable to be useful for very long.

    For example, parts go in and out of stock all the time. Value goes up and down due to trends, popularity, new game releases, etc. Mods come and go.

    #3 69 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Most of those just need to be researched on a game-by-game basis. They can also change from month to month. That information is too variable to be useful for very long.
    For example, parts go in and out of stock all the time. Value goes up and down due to trends, popularity, new game releases, etc. Mods come and go.

    Maybe it could be a separate ownership rating on each game.
    Rating 8.237
    Ownership Rating 7.347

    #4 69 days ago

    Your idea of 'easy to fix' for a machine and mine are totally diff'rent.

    The ratings are worthless enough now, you add a goddamn "moddability" section into it and there's going to be a meltdown.

    #5 69 days ago

    I'd like to see them rated by what might appeal to me, not what the majority of other pinsiders might like.

    #6 69 days ago
    Quoted from Jodester:

    Maybe it could be a separate ownership rating on each game.
    Rating 8.237
    Ownership Rating 7.347

    That's a good idea.

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