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.
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.