Vertical Slice Games

Vertical Slice Games

is creating the Rotten Tomatoes for Video Game Reviews

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My name is Josh Lurie, and in January of last year I decided to translate my passion for video games into something tangible. So I launched Vertical Slice Games (or VSG), an aggregator for video game reviews. What started off as a side-project has quickly become one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of my life.

Why did I create VSG? Out of frustration with the bigger aggregators out there - especially the industry standard, Metacritic. Metacritic scores are a lightning rod in the game industry for good reason. The Metascore just isn't a good metric - it's an average critic score, which is worthless to consumers without appropriate 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.

I made VSG to be 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. 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.

Here’s an example: a game hub for the recently released, awesome indie title GRIS.

Critics Consensus on GRIS from Devolver Digital: PLAY IT (MetaMeter Score = 85%; Silver Tier). Score based on 68 aggregated critic reviews (Average Critic Score = 85 / 100).

Since launching, the VSG community has been steadily growing, and I’ve iterated and re-iterated on the design and core concepts behind the aggregator. I’m trying to build something awesome, and I’m stoked to have people along for the ride.

VSG is my biggest adventure to date, and I have big plans for the future.

Refining and improving the aggregator, creating new content, and delivering new features to the website is a massive one-man operation, and I love doing it. VSG is like another full-time job on top of my regular job, and with your help I can create more content and keep improving the site.

Don’t worry - I’m not asking you to pay for access to the site or anything else you’ve been getting free so far. But if you want to help me, and be a part of growing VSG, now you can.

In return, I’ve come up with a bunch of rewards that I hope you love.

Thanks for thinking about it!
Josh

PS: Do you have questions? I'd love to hear them - feel free to reach out any time: [email protected]
Tiers
VSG Backer
$1 or more per month

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 or more 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.
  • Patron-only monthly newsletter recapping the previous month at VSG and looking forward to the month ahead.
  • Plus, all the perks of the Backer level.
Includes Discord rewards
Silver Membership
$10 or more per month

Benefits:

  • Early alerts on aggregated MetaMeter Scores before they go live on the VSG website or are published on social media 
  • 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 rewards
Gold Membership
$25 or more per month

 Benefits:

  • Access to the VSG Games Database - a regularly updated, massive Google Sheets spreadsheet containing all of the data on the games VSG covers. Provide your Gmail, make a copy, and change the criteria for the MetaMeter, search for games, filter by selected criteria, and more. 
  • Plus, all the perks of the lower memberships.
Includes Discord rewards
VSG Partner
$100 or more per month

This is for the people that have the means to propel Vertical Slice Games to be what I believe it can be. Supporting at this level will help ensure the future of this venture, and you'll get all the benefits of a Platinum Membership. Thank you for your support! <3

Includes Discord rewards
My name is Josh Lurie, and in January of last year I decided to translate my passion for video games into something tangible. So I launched Vertical Slice Games (or VSG), an aggregator for video game reviews. What started off as a side-project has quickly become one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of my life.

Why did I create VSG? Out of frustration with the bigger aggregators out there - especially the industry standard, Metacritic. Metacritic scores are a lightning rod in the game industry for good reason. The Metascore just isn't a good metric - it's an average critic score, which is worthless to consumers without appropriate 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.

I made VSG to be 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. 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.

Here’s an example: a game hub for the recently released, awesome indie title GRIS.

Critics Consensus on GRIS from Devolver Digital: PLAY IT (MetaMeter Score = 85%; Silver Tier). Score based on 68 aggregated critic reviews (Average Critic Score = 85 / 100).

Since launching, the VSG community has been steadily growing, and I’ve iterated and re-iterated on the design and core concepts behind the aggregator. I’m trying to build something awesome, and I’m stoked to have people along for the ride.

VSG is my biggest adventure to date, and I have big plans for the future.

Refining and improving the aggregator, creating new content, and delivering new features to the website is a massive one-man operation, and I love doing it. VSG is like another full-time job on top of my regular job, and with your help I can create more content and keep improving the site.

Don’t worry - I’m not asking you to pay for access to the site or anything else you’ve been getting free so far. But if you want to help me, and be a part of growing VSG, now you can.

In return, I’ve come up with a bunch of rewards that I hope you love.

Thanks for thinking about it!
Josh

PS: Do you have questions? I'd love to hear them - feel free to reach out any time: [email protected]

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Tiers
VSG Backer
$1 or more per month

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 or more 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.
  • Patron-only monthly newsletter recapping the previous month at VSG and looking forward to the month ahead.
  • Plus, all the perks of the Backer level.
Includes Discord rewards
Silver Membership
$10 or more per month

Benefits:

  • Early alerts on aggregated MetaMeter Scores before they go live on the VSG website or are published on social media 
  • 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 rewards
Gold Membership
$25 or more per month

 Benefits:

  • Access to the VSG Games Database - a regularly updated, massive Google Sheets spreadsheet containing all of the data on the games VSG covers. Provide your Gmail, make a copy, and change the criteria for the MetaMeter, search for games, filter by selected criteria, and more. 
  • Plus, all the perks of the lower memberships.
Includes Discord rewards
VSG Partner
$100 or more per month

This is for the people that have the means to propel Vertical Slice Games to be what I believe it can be. Supporting at this level will help ensure the future of this venture, and you'll get all the benefits of a Platinum Membership. Thank you for your support! <3

Includes Discord rewards