That opening quote about the "FUS-RO-DAH" text was awesome, by the way.
Rob, you bring up a really valid point on the subject of gaming journalism, and since I've been watching some of the shows on G4, I feel I know exactly what you're talking about. It's generally pretty black and white for most of them, especially on the very awful XPlay.
My goodness that is a terrible show.
Anyways, it's pretty well true that games only get much coverage if they hit the 8.5 and up, or 5 and below, and the comments are pretty generic. Like, I think back to when Skyrim and Skyward Sword were reviewed on Reviews on the Run - both the guys had their series of complaints about the various imperfections, which of course exist, and then threw out a 9.5 and a 10, which I could not help but call bullshit on! They definitely sounded like they were gearing up for a solid 8 or so, maybe 9 at best. But yeah, the complaints were there, but then they just through out the hyped score. And it's true, that's there in so many other review sites, and on occasion it even happens here with the numbers, though you guys have a pretty good breakdown, I think, so not so bad and fairly justified.
I would love to get a gig on one of those shows, honestly, but I can't help but think now that there is a certain amount of financial clout behind some of the reviews. I feel like my honest opinion may have to be more clouded because someone higher up has had a certain amount of "sponsorship" come their way, but I dunno'.
Anyways, good cast, nice to hear some great feedback on Skyward Sword because, yes, although they can't totally reinvent the series, it's pretty rad the steps they have taken. I definitely don't hate on Twilight Princess like some do, but Windwaker's definitely my fave title in the franchise, but Skyward's definitely squaring up to be a good contender for a solid entry.