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Questionable MASSIVE paid 5-star review rating

03-12-2010, 02:57 AM
#1
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 2
Questionable MASSIVE paid 5-star review rating

So I was checking out freeappaday yesterday and I noticed that there is this game called Original Gangstaz that is being promoted. This game is now #9 in the app store, but the interesting thing is that they have 13000 5 star ratings! I downloaded it and played for a bit and here is how they get there 5 star ratings. In their game, they have an in-game item called lotto ticket that you usually get by paying real money. But they are now offering everyone a free lotto ticket if you leave a 5 star review on itunes.

Now this really begs the question of whether these 13000 5 star ratings are legit or not, they are clearly telling people to just mindlessly give them a 5 star rating.

What do you guys think about this, is this the only way to get ahead of other competitors?
03-12-2010, 04:34 AM
#2
It is the unfortunate state of the App Store

03-12-2010, 05:54 AM
#3
lol, I know that you can make a popup asking for a review, but you really can check how many stars someone gave you ? how does that work...
03-12-2010, 05:57 AM
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeSz_spokko View Post
lol, I know that you can make a popup asking for a review, but you really can check how many stars someone gave you ? how does that work...
Question is: Does the player know that you can't check what review has he/she given you? 99% they will do what they are asked (5 star review), out of good faith.

Basic psychology.
03-12-2010, 06:03 AM
#5
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 6,454
Quote:
Originally Posted by exosyphen View Post
Question is: Does the player know that you can't check what review has he/she given you? 99% they will do what they are asked (5 star review), out of good faith.

Basic psychology.

And shilling.

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03-12-2010, 08:53 AM
#6
The best ideas usually lack morals.
03-12-2010, 09:02 AM
#7
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,206
Step 1: Install the game just to leave a 1-star rating describing this shilling practise.
Step 2: Update your review daily to prevent it from getting buried.
Step 3: Lack of profit! Hopefully.

Enough people do it, there will be a bunch of floating 1-star reviews at the top. Sadly, you gotta fight douche with douche.

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03-12-2010, 10:56 AM
#8
I think this could be cause for removal from the AppStore... They are pretty stupid to do that IMO.

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03-12-2010, 11:03 AM
#9
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It's just a way to market. Similiar to forcing people to buy the lite version and review.
03-12-2010, 12:50 PM
#10
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 330
Really guys? Really?

This is no different then when all those other developers, including Lima Sky's Doodle Jump, says "Your 5 star rating keeps updates coming." in their update description.

Soliciting 5 star reviews is, to my knowledge, not against any rules. So, if what they are doing bothers you, maybe you should file a complaint so Apple can read your email then swiftly delete it.

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