Vertical Slice Games

is creating the Rotten Tomatoes for Video Games
By becoming a patron of Vertical Slice Games you'll be an active participant in their creative process.

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VSG Backer
$1
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Every single dollar helps Vertical Slice Games grow to improve your experience on the website, build a better aggregator, and one day hire new employees.


Benefits:

  • Donor shoutout on the VSG Supporter Page.
Bronze Membership
$5
per month
Benefits:
  • Access to the VSG Patron feed. Behind-the-scenes updates and screenshots on everything going on at VSG.
  • Access to the official VSG Discord Server. Be a part of VSG - chat with me directly, get alerts for MetaMeter Score alerts, and join this new and growing community.
  • Early alerts on updates to MetaMeter Scores before they are posted elsewhere (e.g., on Medium).
  • Plus, all the perks of the Backer level.
Includes Discord benefits
Silver Membership
$10
per month
Benefits:
  • Early Access - be alerted to official MetaMeter Scores before they go live on the VSG website or are published to social media.
  • Provisional Scores - be alerted to provisional MetaMeter Scores for games that don't yet have sufficient reviews to support an official score or recommendation.
  • Be a part of the VSG Selection Committee and voice your opinion on what games VSG covers.
  • Plus, all the perks of the lower memberships.
Includes Discord benefits

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It's hard to believe that Vertical Slice Games is already two years old. What started off as a side-project has quickly become one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of my life.

And it's all because of you.

2019 was an important year for VSG. One one hand, the MetaMeter aggregator was significantly improved, and both the amount and diversity of games VSG covered increased. On the other hand, inefficiencies in work flow hampered my ability to accomplish VSG's goals.

In 2020, I'm clearing the brush and pushing forward. This year, I plan on making the best content of my life, and I can't do it without you.Thank you for supporting VSG on Patreon.

There are a ton of cool incentives to encourage you to support VSG, but before that, I want to explain what VSG is and why you should consider supporting in 2020 . . .

WHAT IS VERTICAL SLICE GAMES?

VSG exists because other video game review aggregators just aren't good enough - especially the industry standard, Metacritic. Metacritic scores are a lightning rod in the game industry. For good reason. The Metascore isn't a good metric - it's an average critic score, which is worthless to consumers without context. But on top of that, Metacritic doesn’t aggregate enough critics, it rarely updates scores, and it’s secretive about the way it calculates its scores.

VSG is different.

For one thing, the score VSG produces (the MetaMeter Score) isn't a simple average of critic scores - more like Rotten Tomatoes, it represents the percentage of critics who recommended the game. In other words, it measures consensus opinion. The average critic score is used for nuance - separating recommended games into tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum). But on top of that, I aim to publish as much data as I can about the critic scores and, most importantly, all of that data is fully transparent. There are no hidden calculations anywhere on VSG.

Bringing people together. Building an inclusive community where all members are known and loved. Promoting individual expression and civil discourse. And being radically transparent.

Those are VSG's commitments. This is the way.

WHY SUPPORT VERTICAL SLICE GAMES IN 2020?

Exciting things are happening, and I want you along for the ride.

Vertical Slice Games is an ongoing product we hope you love. But we aren't even close to the finish line. There is a lot of work to do, and a significant amount of it will happen in 2020.

In December 2019, I realized that sometimes you need to tear things down to build them up. Earlier in the year, it became clear that the website's architecture was holding me back. While the aggregator collects game data almost instantaneously, almost everything on the website needed to be inputted manually. The result: I couldn't keep up with the content I wanted to produce, and eventually the amount of work in the backlog was overwhelming.

A major change was necessary.  And so I took the website down.

I'm rebuilding the website under a new framework, automating a lot of the work that previously took hours to complete. I plan on relaunching later this year. But the aggregator never sleeps. While the website is offline, I continue to publish MetaMeter Scores on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I'm also publishing editorials and monthly roundups on Medium.

AND if you support VSG here on Patreon, you'll get early access to MetaMeter Scores - including provisional scores - before they are published anywhere else.

When VSG relaunches, another big change will happen: VSG is going completely ad-free. Ads are a serious invasion of your privacy, and that's not how I want to advance VSG's mission to help you find your next favorite game.

If you believe in VSG as a project, PLEASE consider supporting it on Patreon, even if it's just for a few bucks this one month.

VERTICAL SLICE GAMES PATREON MEMBERSHIPS

To help make all of this a reality, I need you to sign up for a Vertical Slice Games Membership. There are several options to to support VSG and get additional content.

A Bronze Membership is our participation tier. You'll get instant access to the Patron feed (behind-the-scenes updates on the goings on at VSG), the Discord server (chat with VSG directly, get alerts for MetaMeter Scores) and a donor shout-out on the VSG supporter page when the website relaunches later this year.

A Silver Membership gets you Early Access to our aggregated MetaMeter Scores before they are published elsewhere (including provisional scores for smaller, indie games that don't yet have enough reviews), access to the VSG Selection Committee where you can voice your opinion on what games VSG covers. Plus, all the previous perks.

A Gold Membership gets you access to the VSG Games Database - a regularly updated, massive Google Sheets spreadsheet containing all of the data on the games VSG covers. For this to work, you'll need to provide your Gmail email address so I can send you an invite. Once you have access, make a copy of the sheet, search for games, filter by selected criteria, and more. Plus, all previous perks.

Patreon is the lifeblood of the VSG community. With your help, VSG can become something truly awesome, and I'm stoked to have you along for the ride.
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