Welcome to NZGamer
You might have been here before, or you might be completely new - either way, this quick guide will give you a full rundown on what you can do with the new NZGamer website.
From blogs and comments to reviews and following games, you've got a lot of power in your hands. Read on to find out how to use it!
Your profile is your own personal slice of the website. With this set of tools, you can really stamp your own views and personality on NZGamer!
Once you sign up, you'll be able to do all sorts of things, including:
• Write a series of blogs
• Publish your own reviews for games
• Add games to your own personal collection
• Follow games to be automatically notified of their latest updates
• Customise your profile.
Are you a member of the NZGamer forums? If so, all you need to do is hit the login button, and put your username and password in the login window.
If you're a new user, just follow these easy steps to sign up:
1. Click 'Create Account' right at the top of the page.
2. Read the terms and conditions, and fill out all the required fields
3. Press the Create Account button and you're done!
Once you're logged in, you'll have access to all the NZGamer features, which can be accessed by clicking on your username in the top right of the website!
Don't agree with our review of a game? Want to voice your opinion on anything you've been playing recently? Let the whole world know with your own reader review!
Here's how you go about setting up a review:
1. Log in to your NZGamer account
2. Find the game you want to review, either by using the search bar or clicking on an article about that game
3. Find the About this game box on the right-hand side of the article or game hub, and click on Write a Reader Review
Things to remember for reader reviews:
• Reviews need to be at least 200 words long - no posting one-sentence reviews!
• If you want your review to be highly rated and read, make sure it's honest and fair! Back up your opinions, and take a moment to read over and spell check what you've written. If it's entertaining and interesting to read, then people will actually pay attention to what you have to say!
• No profanities or obscenities will be allowed. Writing reviews is a privilege, not a right - if you abuse it, you'll lose it.
Want to make sure that you get all the latest news and opinions on upcoming games? Following a game makes it easy to do that.
Following a game is quick and easy. Here's how you do it:
1. Visit any article about a game that you're after, or search for the game itself using the search bar.
2. On the right hand side, there will be buttons to start following a game (or to add it to your collection if you own it!). Click on the Follow button. The button will turn green, and congratulations, you're now following that game! You'll receive email alerts for updates we publish on games that you follow.
To edit your profile settings, all you need to do is click your username and select 'My Settings' from the dropdown.
From here you can load a new avatar, update your profile text, manage your notification settings and more!
Let your voice be heard!
On NZGamer, you can now post a series of blogs on anything that tickles your fancy - just remember that most people come here to read about games!
With user-made blogs, NZGamer is truly the voice of gaming kiwis. Whether you're excited about an upcoming game, or take issue with a news topic, or just want to rant about anything at all, you'll be able to have your say.
Getting a blog up and running is a really simple process. If you follow the steps below, you'll be ranting with the best of them in no time.
Here's how you can do it:
1. You can click Post a Blog in your login / member box at the top of the screen. There's also a Post new Blog button on your profile pages:
2. Follow the steps to write your blog! Hit the submit button and it'll be in the approval queue. It shouldn't be too long before your latest ranting, raving or ramblings and live on NZGamer.com!
Is the blog you're reading a piece of art - or maybe a pile of refuse? Either way, let the whole world know by giving it a rating! Here's how:
1. Log in to your NZGamer account
2. On the right-hand side of the blog, you'll see the Blog Tools box. The current rating for the blog is displayed at the top.
3. Underneath you can see the Rate Blog option, with five empty stars. Click on whichever star you feel the blog deserves, and you're done!
Anyone can post a blog - just look at all those lolcat sites polluting the net. But it's much harder to post a good blog that people actually care about!
Read on for our top tips to get your blog off the ground - and get other kiwi gamers returning time and time again to hear what you have to say.
1. This ain't no diary. While blogs might relate what you think about something, it's not completely about you - it's important to try thinking outwards beyond yourself to better engage those who are reading. Not many will care that you bought green milk instead of blue at the supermarket yesterday, but if you turn it into a thoughtful piece on milk differences that many can relate to, you'll be onto something.
2. Learn to write. No one expects a blog to be 100% grammatically perfect. But remember that bad spelling and grammar acts as quite a big barrier for people. If you take a bit of time to run a spell check and tidy things up, you'll attract more people! Presentation isn't everything, but it does count.
3. Be fair and honest. Whether you're being objective about something or putting a rant together about how much you hate chocolate ice cream, your blog will only really work if you back yourself with reasons and evidence. Don't just say "I hate chocolate ice cream". Add some facts in there! "I hate chocolate ice cream because they kill cows to make it" is much more engaging - although also check to make sure you've got your facts right.
While we encourage all of our visitors to post blogs, there are a few guidelines you will need to observe when posting content onto NZGamer.com. Failure to respect the following rules will result in the deletion of your content and bans where appropriate.
1. Your blogs will go through a moderation process, where they will be assessed by NZGamer staff before being approved. This is to ensure blogs submitted are of high quality.
2. Do not post offensive material. This includes anything from excessive use of foul language, right up to pornography and defamatory text, pictures, and video. Anyone found doing this will be banned from the website and their content removed.
3. Targeting/attacking an individual or group is strictly prohibited. If you are found to be putting someone down, either a myNZGamer user or otherwise, appropriate measures will be taken.
4. No spam or blatant advertising of products is allowed. Continuous posting of meaningless blogs will result in appropriate action being taken.
Every action you take on the website to create content will give you more reputation points. The better content you create, the more reputation points you will receive. Your points are displayed besides your profile name.
Once you reach certain point levels you'll be awarded NZGamer.com VIP ranks. The more points you get, the higher level you'll gain.
Find out how to get reputation points and the benefits of NZGamer.com VIP.
Create an NZGamer.com Account - It takes just two minutes and you'll score yourself 50 points!
Join the Conversation - Jump in and join the NZGamer.com community; either in the forums or commenting on articles. Get a thumbs up from your fellow Kiwi gamers for more points.
Make Great Content - Simply create a great blog or reader review. We’ll give you a cheeky 100 points for simply making your first blog, but spend an extra few minutes and make a well written blog with great imagery for additional bonus points.
For example, if you write a blog that gets 20 votes at an average of four stars, you’ll receive over 400 points!
Frequent Flyer - Visit the site each day to collect one point!
Load an Avatar - You’re more than just a name. Load up an image to collect extra points! Keep the image PG please!
List Your Nicknames - Load up your online usernames for Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Wii or Steam. It gives you the ability to meet up with other Kiwis online too!