Thinking about the topic of ratings, it seems that almost everything in life has a rating: restaurants, dry cleaners, baseball teams, hospitals. From the brand of food that you buy for your dog to the jewelers at which you buy an engagement ring, you’ve heard whether it is good or not.
Many of the publications at Wasabi Media Group offer reviews that informs our readers as to how good a variety of items are: restaurants, tv shows, movies, and more. On some of our properties there are ratings guides that allow our readers to know how much something was liked with a quick glance. For example, our wine reviews have a 1 to 5 cork rating.
Recently, one of our columnists, Tabitha Akery, suggested that we add a similar rating system to our gaming publication, Level Revel. Until this point, the ratings were article-based. In order for a reader to determine if our columnist thought the game had value, the entire article had to be read. As the editor-in-chief of a publishing company, I want our articles to be read. However, I also know that sometimes there isn’t time to read a full review, and a quick summary or rating icon would be appreciated. Thus, we have implemented a star rating system for video games.
In the coming weeks, a rating systems will be added to our movie publication, Flick Rev. This rating system was created by another columnist, James Maynard. This system will be based on a letter grading system, similar to a report card.
I hope that these two new rating systems make our readers’ experiences at WMG more beneficial. As I am open to ideas and suggestions from my team, I also am open to feedback from our readers. Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Finally, I want to thank both Tabitha and James for sharing their ideas. It definitely takes a team to grow a strong company.