GameSkinny Guide to Success: What Are Points?

Earning points earns you rewards, and there are plenty of ways to earn points!

Back in the day, some A$$ invented the high score. (Actually, the first occurrence of the term “High Score” was in Sea Wolf in 1976, and they didn't record initials with the score.) Ever since, gamers have competed for the chance to etch their initials (or three-letter curses) into high score lists the world over. Now, aspiring video game writers and content creators can do the same on GameSkinny. The difference? Your name isn't etched on a high score list that can be wiped with the pull of a single electric cord. And you'll earn actual useful rewards along the way to help you on your journey to Supreme Video Game Journalist.

What are points?

Points are intangible rewards for participating in the GameSkinny community. You’ll get them for posting, commenting, sharing, and following people. Their relative value ties closely with the relative value to the rest of the community. Things that take genuine effort (like writing a post worth promoting) earn many more points than simply voting on a poll or commenting.

How do you earn points?

There are many ways to earn points, and we will continue to add more as the site evolves. Here are the basics:

  • Write a post that gets promoted: 50 points
  • Write a comment on someone else’s post: 5 points
  • Leave editorial feedback on someone’s post: 5 points
  • Follow someone or something: 5 points
  • Share a post you like with others: 5 points
  • Vote on a poll: 1 point

Got ideas for other ways to earn points? Let us know and maybe we’ll give you points for the idea!

What can I do with my points?

We're working on building the rewards for points now. Our first reward, available with 1000 points, is the ability to upload a custom background for your profile page on GameSkinny. If you have 1,000 points, you can find this option when you edit your profile.

We are looking forward to showing you the rest of our rewards soon!

Featured Correspondent

Published Jun. 26th 2013
  • GetterG
    Any more goals and levels for us to strive for other than the background?
  • JC Lau
    Featured Contributor
    Is there also a breakdown on how levels and titles correspond to points? (Or do they even correspond?)
  • John Harper
    Good to have a goal to work toward :)
  • Sonicbross
    it helped
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Are there any other point rewards in the mix or has this project been laid by the wayside a little? It's been awhile since I've had this spiffy cupcake of a background, but I don't get to see it half the time when GS pulls out its big background ads on my work computers which it's been doing lately. :'(
  • Kelvin Maynard Jr.
    Final to answer has been revealed!!
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    I love this site! =) If I hadn't ended up getting my own site I'd be writing articles here more often. =p
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I was wondering what the points were about. Thanks.
  • Big Chief 1
    Featured Correspondent
    I'm excited for more rewards soon. Racking them up isn't super hard if you write more often.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I'm looking forward to the day I get a Lounge invite. :)
  • RAVaught
    Featured Contributor
    I was wondering what these were for :P
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    I think maybe +100 or +75 points should be added if you get featured. Good idea? Not a good idea? I don't know.
  • Ste Grainer
    Featured Correspondent
    Definitely a good idea - I'll see if we can't get some bonus points in for featured articles soon. :)
  • gamersusank
    Thank you for letting us know what points are. I appreciate the info.
  • Jeni Harrison
    Ah, I had been wondering. Would be nice to be able to have different backgrounds on the profile!
  • Ste Grainer
    Featured Correspondent
    Looks like you just got over 1000 points recently. Maybe time to start looking for a fun background!
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
  • Kazz in space
    Featured Contributor
    HIya - some ideas for other point markers from me - passing X number of shares on a post, getting "featured" as well as promoted, getting X number of comments on your post (if you can exclude an author getting credit on their own points?) and passing X number of views on a post.
  • Ste Grainer
    Featured Correspondent
    Kazz - great ideas! We're continuing to work on the point system and find more ways to reward points. Keep an eye open for more on points and levels soon. :)
  • ShackAttackMike
    I had over 1000 points for the first couple of days that this was put out and then when I put up a post after that point all my points got erased and I had to start from scratch. Is this a bug or does everyone just start from 0?
  • Ste Grainer
    Featured Correspondent
    No, points shouldn't have reset - I'll have one of our devs look into it.

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