C/D: Reviews (especially in games) should do away with a scoring system

#1HermeticJusticePosted 10/21/2013 12:24:10 AM
I agree

A review should be read to understand it, maybe provide a TL;DR summary at the end or something, but having a score IMO just hampers it, especially when it seems like reviewers try to stick a square block in a trianle peg
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#2neversayeverPosted 10/21/2013 12:31:33 AM
I actually like watching people get into flame wars over review scores. Could be why they do it. Yeah i agree reviewerers should give more of a personal opinion of a game than what devs pay them to say about it.
#3squatch22Posted 10/21/2013 12:33:42 AM
RIP Hiroshi Yamauchi. RIP Tom Clancy.
#4vectorman5Posted 10/21/2013 12:57:58 AM
I liked ScrewAttack's old "Buy it, Rent it, F' It" system. It's a shame they stopped doing that after Destin left.

CLassic Game Room doesn't use scoring systems, and they're currently my favorite game 'critics'. Yahtzee doesn't use them in 'Zero Punctuation", but his reviews are more humor-oriented.
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#5Skill4ReelPosted 10/21/2013 1:28:47 AM
For as complex as some professional commentators, analysts, and gaming media/industry big shots like to claim gaming has become now. It's interesting to see that their concept of a gaming review has not evolved with the hobby they cover. I personally believe that review scores are a detriment to the gaming hobby as a whole now. Much like in the same ways that popular FM music radio is used as a tool to only promote certain artist, and not all music. Game reviews are falling under the same exact cloud, while succeeding at dumbing down their user base and pointing them at specific titles.
#6manmousePosted 10/21/2013 1:33:28 AM
i agree.

scores aren't evil, but they're not helpful. they usually oversimplify a way more complex experience that's better summed up in the form of paragraphs or speech.
the best reviews by far are those that don't score the games, but simply give you a true analysis and don't quantify anything. i always have infinitely more respect for non-scoring reviewers, for sure.
#7HermeticJustice(Topic Creator)Posted 10/21/2013 10:03:24 AM
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