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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole 367

fplatten writes "I would definitely call this unethical manipulation of the ratings system: the Worst Company in America, EA is routing all ratings made in game of 1 to 4 stars as an email that is sent to EA, but all 5 star ratings are routed to the Google Play store, where its rating is currently 4.3 out of 5."
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

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  • No rating API (Score:5, Informative)

    by tepples ( 727027 ) <tepples@gmail.BOHRcom minus physicist> on Saturday February 08, 2014 @11:52PM (#46200037) Homepage Journal

    Why on earth is google allowing anyone to submit ratings via any API

    It's not. From the article:

    Thus the only way to give the game something other than full marks is to say you'll award it five stars, then actually rate it less when taken to the marketplace.

    In other words, the 5 Stars button goes to the app's page in Google Play Store, and the 1-4 Stars button goes to the "leave feedback" screen. A player can leave a lower rating by tapping 5 Stars, waiting for the Play page to open, and tapping a lower star rating.

  • Re:Extra apostrophes (Score:4, Informative)

    by dhaines ( 323241 ) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @11:57PM (#46200063)
    No idea if Goodreads ratings are reliable or not, but if you don't trust Amazon []...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @12:51AM (#46200269)

    If you rate this game within the game, EA gets it and has to forward it on to Google play store. If the rating is 1-4 EA doesn't forward it on to the Play store, but if it is a 5 they do forward on the rating. Its apparantly a bad game, but because of this trick it is still rated a 4.5, which is possible by people rating it lower directly on Google Play where EA can't prevent it from going on.

    At least that is what I am getting from reading it.

  • by Bite The Pillow ( 3087109 ) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @12:59AM (#46200305)

    I've been moderating them off-topic, and I'm no admin. We were supposed to have a day of protest, then there was the boycott I think for next week. There is zero point in continuing this childish nonsense.
    Yay, sticking it to the man, we feel awesome about ourselves, now start acting like people care about the community instead of pissing on it.

  • by fisted ( 2295862 ) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @01:48AM (#46200439)
    You are kidding right? "Solving" this by abusing the hosts file is the most crude solution one could possibly come up with, and, btw, renders /. entirely inoperable (what a loss...).

    Guess either you aren't the real apk, or you indeed have the poor technical understanding you seem infamous for.

    for the record, slashdot sets a cookie. it's called betagroup. It appears to contain an integer value between 0 and 99. The poor souls where this number is sufficiently small (ATM <20) get redirected to beta. The others do not.
    In case the solution has not become obvious yet modify that cookie [].

    -- "But I use chrome, you insensitive clod!"
  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @02:03AM (#46200491) Journal

    ... the anti Beta posts are ruining this site more then that is.

    That is the point. The majority of slashdot regulars DO NOT LIKE, NOR WANT BETA. The hope is that if by raising a stink, the powers that be will nix beta. You say you are here for the comments, but beta's comment system is seriously broken. What you come here for, what we all come here for, may no longer exist if beta gets implemented. Check your comments page [] and tell me how your comment was moderated, or how many people replied to it. Quote this text in a reply. Post anonymously. Can't be done in beta. Can't be Slashdot without it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @05:20AM (#46201241),2817,2451671,00.asp

    such BS...

This process can check if this value is zero, and if it is, it does something child-like. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS 454, University of Washington