So ya, review scores, these actually piss me off so much I don’t know where to start. It not that they exist, no, the idea behind them is sound, they allow the the reader to , at a glance, get the overall idea of the quality of a game. But we know that’s not how it works, far too much importance is placed on them within the industry, mostly for marketing reasons.

So what exactly am I whining about then? well… As far as games go anyway, the whole scoring system implemented by different sites and publications is completely broken. Each site/publication has it’s own scoring system, some have points, some have percentages, some even have a letter system. So how does one equate one to the other. It’s not just that but now take into effect for instance different reviewers backgrounds in gaming and gaming preferences as well as in some cases “allegiances” to systems or developers.

It’s a total fucken mess.

How do we fix it?

Well that’s just it, we can’t. short of forming some kind of industry standard such as a “5 star system” you know… 5 stars means awesome, 4 means good, 3 means average, 2 means poor and 1 means WTF!. Simple. Why would you need more than that. For once metacritic might actually be able to collate all the different sites and publictions scores accurately.

At the end of the day, my own personal solution would be to do away scores all together, let the writing speak for itself, there are a lot of talented game reviewers out there, and I’d rather see their words speak for a game, than have a good piece of writing undermined by a stupid score at the end.

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