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Posted on March 11, 2013 by MerliniDota

Hey everybody,

We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes of the catalog, importing data through the Steam Web API so we can give you a better idea of what was going on in the game without having to leave the catalog.

Game page
We’ve expanded on the idea of videos and heroes played in those videos to a new page: the game page. As the name suggests, it’s a page where you can see the details of the game Merlini played with a specific hero, in a specific video. We’ve embedded the twitch video onto the page directly so you can see the details we’ve provided, and you can see the game. In the future this page will be expanded on even further to include things like skill builds, hero guides, commentary on why a play was made if people request it, highlight tagging of a play you thought was worthy of a highlight (yes YOU get to tag the highlights!) and more!

Ratings
We’ve already placed a 5-star rating system, although it’s not interactive yet, activating it will be the next step, allowing the viewers to rate a specific game. The goal of this is fairly obvious, we would like to include you guys in this catalog, allowing you to give feedback on the games you enjoyed, and the ones you thought were kind of meh. We’re also working on establishing a ‘base rating’ by using game data such as KDA’s, GPM, XPM, towers and barracks status, etc. There are already some formula’s out there being used to “rate a replay”, we’ll be creating our own based on what we’ve learned from research as well as Merlini’s own experience in Dota as “what constitutes a good/exciting game” and what defines a “pub-stomp, passive, or boring game”. Stay tuned!

Wrong timestamp? Use the report tool!
Another thing being added is the report tool, whether a hero was tagged incorrectly or the timestamp linking to the Twitch video isn’t accurate, as a viewer you will be able to let us know through the game page if something is up with this video. It’s our goal to get some volunteers on board in the near future who will handle those reports so we can make sure that the accuracy of the catalog stays perfect.

More to come!
These are just the things we’re working on now, we have a lot of ideas for features in the future and we hope you’ll all enjoy the content that this catalog has to offer.