My wife and I are having a lot of fun with AlphaJax so far. I didn't realize that it's a "by post" kind of game, which I really like. It's just nice not having to worry about time constraints and focusing all of my attention on a word game when I'm trying to do other things. I'm playing, like, five different games at once completely at my leisure. Good stuff.
Originally Posted by eastx
At WPCentral we're starting a push to make article headlines more interesting in order to catch more readers... They even want this to extend to reviews. So instead of "Wordament Review" or "Wordament: Xbox Windows Phone Review", I'd have to use headlines like "Wordament will put your word finding skills to the test."
Do you guys think this is a good idea? If not, could you give me some good reasons why? I'd like to make a case that it's bad and will make reviews harder to discern from other content, but I'm having trouble putting it into words.
Also, send me AlphaJax invites!
I can't really say I necessarily have any good reasons, but I don't like "catchy" titles simply because I think they sound dumb. A lot of Nintendolife readers praise their reviews for the pun-filled taglines they use, but it makes me groan. It feels so forced and uninspired. And do that with actual titles is even worse, especially for reviews. I totally agree that it keeps the titles from sounding out. In your example, it sounds like you're merely showcasing Wordament to bring it to people's attention; it doesn't imply a review at all.
I'm sure some kind of compromise can be made. Maybe label the article as a review, but include a subtitle. You know, something like "Wordament Review: Put your word finding skills to the test." I dunno, I guess I'm not much help, but at least you can say you have one vote for simple, to-the-point titles.