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« on: June 22, 2007, 09:45:17 PM »

Story here.

Probably a good idea, at least for the points. I can personally think of games as being 7 or 8.5, but not really 6.2 or 7.9 or 8.8. Merit system is a bit weird though, but probably a good idea with some of the common complaints there are.
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 09:49:35 PM »

Pretty interesting. I never have issues with gamespot's way of scoring games, but change wouldn't hurt. the .5 incriments worked in many other sites so it is bound to work for them too. Whatever floats their boat.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007, 10:33:52 PM »

Gamespot's reviews are horrendous most of the time.

They had one girl a year or two ago who was strictly reviewing RPGs and she was shit.

Gamespot's PS2 reviews are almost laughably predictable - 9/10 it's between 8.3 - 8.7....never higher or lower usually.

Hopefully this will revamp their scores.....but I highly doubt it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007, 01:08:47 AM »

I don't read Gamespot, so take this with a grain of salt, but that sounds more like a dumbing down than it does a revamping.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007, 01:14:06 AM »

I've always liked the /5 scoring system. No decimal points.

1/5 Terrible

2/5 Bad

3/5 Average

4/5 Good

5/5 Great

Or something like that. Simple. If I want more depth I'll actually read the review, you know that text that tags along with those magical numbers. Reviews like 8.3 are ridiculous.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007, 01:22:01 AM »

I give this revamp a 7.2394871287231 out of 10.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2007, 01:22:36 AM »

Quote from: "Leyviur"
I give this revamp a 7.2394871287231 out of 10.

It's 8.8 you jackass.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2007, 01:26:29 AM »

8.8 doesn't roll of the tongue like 7..2394871287231 does.
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2007, 01:34:40 AM »

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8.8 doesn't roll of the tongue like 7..2394871287231 does.

It also lacks the retarded internet riot 8.8 spawned.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2007, 05:30:06 AM »

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I've always liked the /5 scoring system. No decimal points.


I agree, it forces a decisive score. Even 1-10 no decimals is a bit much. A 7/10 doesn't tell me much. It's the number between a mediocre game and a good one. On a five point scale it's a 3 or a 4. So the reviewer has to comit and say flat out whether he thinks the game is worth playing or not.

 Of course you could say the actual review is more important then the numbers, which would be right. But if a game got a undecisive score then the review will likely be the same.
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2007, 09:56:28 AM »

Eh, definitely agree with the dumbing down observation.  Although I don't buy games strictly based on reviews (and certainly not Gamespot's reviews), knowing what works and doesn't work in a game is important.  I don't want to play an RPG if it sounds like Vanilla Ice did the soundtrack while walking his dog or something.
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2007, 10:40:14 AM »

I like this change. The problem with their old review system is that the score was a weighted average between the different sections, not the final opinion of the reviewer (for better examples look at 1UP, IGN, or GameSpy). It really was kind of ridiculous when something got a 7.9 rather than an 8.0. This change is a step in the right direction for GameSpot.
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2007, 11:11:28 AM »

Actually, there's one clear downside I see to this: 10 will no longer be as valuable. With all those points, a site could hold 100 as saved for the very best of the very best, as GameSpot in theory had done. In practice, I'm pretty sure half or more of the board doesn't exactly consider CC 10.0 material.

I also kinda liked scores like Tilt being there. :P
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2007, 07:44:33 PM »

Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "Leyviur"
8.8 doesn't roll of the tongue like 7..2394871287231 does.

It also lacks the retarded internet riot 8.8 spawned.


What's the story? I just see a Zelda review. I'm always lost when it comes to internet culture though.
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2007, 07:49:43 PM »

I don't like this.  I thought the 1-10 (with more indepth decimal systems) was far more affective.  Now we're going to be seeing 90% of the same scores all of the time, and no variety.  It's going to be boring.  I don't like GameSpot's reviews, but I do like looking at their scores.  So it'll be a shame knowing there'll be very little variety in terms of scores.

To me, that isn't a revamp, it's a step back.
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