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Old 12-19-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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Why are people so sensitive to review scores?

I'm sure you all remember the little Skyward Sword fiasco when GameSpot gave the game a score fans didn't like. While I too feel it deserved a higher score, a simple review score did not call for the outburst that followed the score's release.

More recently, in Game Informers January issue, a reader wrote in that they were glad their subscription was running out because GI gave Uncharted 2 a 9.5 instead of a perfect 10.

In that same issue, yet another reader wrote in with a ridiculous letter complaining that out of 16 reviews, the staff gave an 8 or above rating to 14 games and a 9 or above to 8 of them, and claimed that giving so many good scores discredits them as a viable source for information. The GI staff humorously responded to this with "We're sorry you are disappointed by the number of good games on the market, Selah. Rather than adjust our scoring system so that more games get negative scores, we'll just go ahead and tell developers to make their games crappier, so that we have more to complain about."

Why are people so sensitive to the scores? Who cares about that number so long as you enjoy (or don't enjoy) a game?
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I don't what it is about critics in the past year, but what is up with all the low scores. Like the response said, just have the makers make a crappier product.

Like movies recently get reviews at like a six of ten on some websites and that means its amazing. To many doesn't discredit them if you actually READ THE REVIEWS.

I don't care what people say. My favorite game of all time is Star Fox Adventures. This game (besides command) is considered the worst Star Fox game made.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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I think people just don't like seeing games of a series the like getting low scores/games they dislike getting high scores, like the numbers actually mean something
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I think people just don't like seeing games of a series the like getting low scores/games they dislike getting high scores, like the numbers actually mean something
This.

Such is why I give letter grades.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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I couldn't care less what someone rates a game as. If I like it and find it enjoyable, that's all that matters.
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It's because the scores system is all effed up because they don't use it properly. If you see a game rated 6 most people would think this means it is a bad game when in fact that score is above average.

also the reason everyone got so mad at gamestop is that they didn't know how to actually play the game before they reviewed it. Pretty much their only gripe was with the controls, which was just because they didn't understand it.
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This.

Such is why I give letter grades.
To be fair, letters aren't much better either
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True but since they are a bit more generalized, they are easier to understand I guess. If you notice I do A+, A-, etc. like school. The worst grade I could give is an F. I guess they just look better to consumers.
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huh? I don't see any difference at all between graded letter or a number score, like at all.

also I'll add as a point towards why people care (to make this not so one sided lol) it sort of destroys the credibility of reviews in general when you see so many around that deliver a lot of critique of the game, claiming it to be not up to par in a few areas but still the game receives a 7 or 8 rating. 5 is average, if the game is not bad but not that great it should be given this score... not given a score around the 7 mark like we see so often.
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