Cogito, ergo ludo.
There exist all sorts of recommendation systems that suggest new
whatever based on whatever the user has liked in past. For example:
movielens, last.fm, thisonenext.com and StumbleUpon.
If one exists for gamers, I would be happy to hear about it.
To my knowledge, they use whatever algorithms (some academic material here) to
calculate the proximity of different tags and users and then make
suggestions based on those. Or something.
I think such a service would be a great addition to
NearbyGamers. Problem is that the algorithms tend to be fairly
consumptive. I think it is possible to get past this by updating
them rarely (like, say, once a week).
The site already has a large database. Consider every person and
possible every tag as having some other tags. Count which are
similar. Suggest, say, three of the closest matches to every
person. List them in the profile. Update weekly or whenever there
is an opportunity or whatever.
I think this would be beneficial to nearbygamers in that it
would be an extra incentive to be here, it would help in
discovering new games, and provide a reason to visit once a while
(as opposed to coming and making an account and never
(Also, I am forced to enter a location for the discussion to
post this at all.)
Lazy Gaming at its Best
I don't really think this would work.
The program would recommend which games you should try based one
what the people around you like and based on your existing tags. I
think it might feel more like spam then a real suggestion (if you
like x try y).
Because I'm Snarky...
I think this may be a good idea. I think you misunderstood,
BrooklynKnight, this wouldn't be based on location (three closest
tags physically), but common tags.
Lets say I only play Chez Geek, Great Dalmuti, and Munchkin (all
great games). You'll notice that Chez Geek and Munchkin are both
Steven Jackson games. Some large fans of SJGames may have both of
those, as well as Ninja Burger. Due to 5 other people having Chez
Geek, Munchkin and Ninja Burger, my 'interest' in Ninja Burger
could be 5 (or some other raw score, really statistics ain't my
thing). After you've ranked the different tags, just show the top
three 'interesting' games for a given profile.
I somewhat like the idea, as I pop into a games store every
month or two to look for something new. I find myself staying in
the SJGames side of things because I'm worried about spending $40+
on a game I may not like. If I could get a small list of games to
think about buying, I'd be able to look them up online and figure
out which sounds best.
Just my sleep-deprived $0.02 --Snarky
Lazy Gaming at its Best
Isint that kinda what meta-tags do?
The gamer that runs this site
It a pretty similar idea to meta-tags: they allow you to browse
around to find similar stuff. This would be a computer program
analyzing what tags people use and share automatically. It's not a
bad idea, but I think we need a lot more gamers before there's
enough data in the system for the program to provide meaningful
I know I am not the only person here who peruses
BoardGameGeek.com. Not only does it have it's own internal rating
system to sort games rated by users, but there are also user
created queries and lists that allow you to search for games by
number of players, type of game, level of difficulty (light/heavy),
playing time, etc. For example: The Ultimate
Boardgame Selection Tool
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