The Biggest Problem With Video Game Review Sites


Most of you have probably read a few their reviews, or at least glanced at their score for a game.  When I see COG Gaming, Game Informer, Polygon, GameSpot, and Ign give the same game a perfect score for their own fairly unique different reasons that do not equate to perfection, I’m upset.  When game review websites don’t give many cold hard facts other than what the game is about such as file size, a bit of background, game mechanics, and other things that players can very easily find on their own time, I’m upset.  So as you may have guessed, game reviews make me upset.  I see all these flawed games and all these reviewers saying they are perfect, even though the enjoyment derived from a game is highly subjective.  Hence, my review system.

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I haven’t done any work for professional game review companies, nor have I done many official online reviews at all.  But I have spent many an argument strongly defending my likes and dislikes for certain games.  I, like other people am quite opinionated, and when it comes to a passion of mine, such as video games, I can get pretty heated (potentially insert book docks thing again).

For those who have been watching my videos for a while, you may recall me making a video on the 3 pillars of game creation.  Quick recap, those 3 are concept, content, and game play, and I usually rate games based on how well they succeed in those categories.  For games that I have any interest in, or even extreme disinterest in, I formulate an opinion based on those pillars, and make an composite score based off of them, usually out of 10. So for example, a quick scoring of Overwatch by me gives it an 8 for game play due to its fair replay ability, skill gap opportunities and excellent accessibility.  I give it a 6 for concept, as the explanation for the game is pretty trite and boring, but the characters are satisfying enough for most age groups.  The ideas for locations are decent, and the ideas and execution for characters and weapons are not terribly striking, and most other conceptual design that was carried out in the game does not seem very much above par in terms of interest and intrigue.

I feel Overwatch deserves a 6 in the content category, as there are a paltry number of game modes, a mediocre amount of characters, and a mediocre amount of stages and assets in general.  Though, there are quite a nice number of skins that keep on being increased, and they do keep regular post- release content drops, certainly a plus.  Hence, overwatch earns the composite devil’s score of 6.6 repeating, which is also called above average decency.  Or Satan, either one works.  Overwatch is Satan everyone.

Many game review outlets make the rating mediocre a 7 or 8.  This is simply illogical, it breaks the idea of a scale, especially when it is meant to be a linear upwards line in terms of number worth.  As in, the number two is worth one more than the number one on a one to ten scale.  Makes sense, right?  Apparently not to many game rating websites. Dunkey already made a video on this, so I won’t drill deep into what had already been said, but there is a mad rush to give games ratings, and usually good ones.  I am fairly sure that some people watching this video will be quite salty that I gave overwatch a Satan score, and rightly so, I may have disagreed with your opinions.  That does not excuse those rating websites from over inflating scores for some video games, despite the fact that gamers who played it agreed that it was the worst installment (insert comparison of player score and review score for call of duty ghosts).

As a slight tangent, there is something that many game reviewers do with quite a few games that is really misleading.  Not all big game review websites include both these scores, but for someone like IGN, they like to include both a review score and a player score for their games.  What usually happens is that a game review will overinflate a game score (For Honor) and then the players will realize that this is a meh game and give it a much lower score (For Honor).  Where does this lead us gamers to?  Confusion.  Lots of it.  Who to trust?  The professionals, or the people who actually play the game and have the game made for them to play, the players, not the reviewers. What I call GRADUAL TIME DRIVEN SCORE INFLATION exists in most entertainment mediums, even in games that exist a long time that have regular content drops, such as Magic the gathering.  What I mean by gradual time driven score inflation is how as time progresses, standards loosen.  People like seeing good scores or stats, and when a creator or publisher provides more of those, most of their viewers are more happy.  I mean, who likes seeing an 8 for their favorite game when someone else gave it a 9.5 for the same reasons?

It makes psychological sense that people lose perspective on how things should be rated and instead read more into providers that give more optimistic ratings and stats to things.  Unfortunately that ultimately results in a system of disinformation.  It does so because scores become imbalanced.  I mentioned Magic the gathering earlier.  In Magic the Gathering, for creature cards, their average ratings are power and toughness.  So if a 3/1 attacks a 1/1, both will die, and vice versa, same with a 2/2 attacking a 2/2.  In Magic, you cast spells by consuming mana, which replenishes at the beginning of each turn before you can cast spells again. Back in the year 2000, an average strength card was a 2/2 creature for 2 mana of any color.  Now, you can often see creatures that are 2/4 for 2 mana, or a 2/2 creature for 3 mana that has 3 passive abilities that are each worth around 1 mana, so it’s over valued by 2 mana.  And that is nowadays considered above average, but nothing crazy.  Back in 2000, that would be obscene and everyone would be rushing to buy up those cards.  That is Gradual Time Driven Score Inflation in the form of a game.

Back to game ratings though.  I feel that Gradual Time Driven Score Inflation has taken complete hold of the game rating industry, and may have reached an asymptote.  Realistically, how much higher can it go?  When people are giving severely flawed, buggy, and unfinished games an 7 to 8 or above, and then spending next year occasionally writing articles about how bad Assassin’s Creed games have gotten.  Hi there Unity, Revelations, and somewhat Syndicate. The point of all this is that I want to start a conversation about why the gaming world in general needs to take a close gander at the rating system we have in place right now.  Frankly, most gamers are not terribly smart and strong in the world and wisdom perspective area people from my 20 years going around this Earth, so I don’t have much hope for the majority of gamers.  But for those who can see that a 1 to 10 scale should be treated as a 1 to 10 scale in order to give gamers who read ratings actually accurate score descriptions of the game they may buy, I implore you to try and suggest this system to your friends. Talk amongst yourselves about what games you like, and apply this rating system to your conversations.  As a final reminder:  I rate games from a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best.  I look at the concepts, content, and gameplay in a game (for more details on that, check out this (put on video) video.  I combine the scores into a composite score where 5 really is a median, and I will never in my life give a game a 10 as there is no such thing as a perfect game.  In fact, for any objectively observed thing in this world, there is no such thing as perfect.  Hence, game reviewers should change their system so highly imperfect games don’t get perfect scores.

Hi there Unity, Revelations, and somewhat Syndicate. The point of all this is that I want to start a conversation about why the gaming world in general needs to take a close gander at the rating system we have in place right now.

Frankly, most gamers are not terribly smart and strong in the world and wisdom perspective area people from my 20 years going around this Earth, so I don’t have much hope for the majority of gamers.  But for those who can see that a 1 to 10 scale should be treated as a 1 to 10 scale in order to give gamers who read ratings actually accurate score descriptions of the game they may buy, I implore you to try and suggest this system to your friends. Talk amongst yourselves about what games you like, and apply this rating system to your conversations.  As a final reminder:  I rate games from a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best.  I look at the concepts, content, and gameplay in a game (for more details on that, check out this (put on video) video.  I combine the scores into a composite score where 5 really is a median, and I will never in my life give a game a 10 as there is no such thing as a perfect game.  In fact, for any objectively observed thing in this world, there is no such thing as perfect.  Hence, game reviewers should change their system so highly imperfect games don’t get perfect scores.

For those who stayed with me all the way through this video, I want to make a few things perfectly clear to you.  Though professional game raters do not HAVE to use my 3 pillar system, they need to stop inflating game scores, as that will either result in continual misinformation, or a complete drop in average grade score that would be so drastic and not followed by everyone who rates games in the world, sort of like a stock market drop.  For those who want to make a difference, listen to what reviewers say about a game, but when they only spit opinions that are not grounded in reason and factual explanation, you should not take their end score to be true, at all.  Instead, look at what they say and consider that to be reputable, for the most part, but do not trust the score.

Everyone who’s here, thank you so much for watching.  I have more to say on this topic, but I’m saving it for another day.  That day will be rather soon, so I hope you all stay tuned and gobble up my gameplay videos while you wait.  I’d love to see more subscriptions and/or likes, and if you didn’t like the video, leave thumbs down.  Thank you all kindly for watching, I’ll return soon.

I have more to say on this topic, but I’m saving it for another day.  That day will be rather soon, so I hope you all stay tuned and gobble up my gameplay videos while you wait.  I’d love to see more subscriptions and/or likes, and if you didn’t like the video, leave thumbs down.  Thank you all kindly for watching, I’ll return soon.

THE GUY WHO CREATED ALL OF THIS! OWNERBYNIGHT

I want to start by saying Lordy Jesus Mother of Mercy, am I lucky.  I never would have expected Zaid to let me, this random guy on the other side of the world with a brand new channel start making videos of my own choice for this gaming blog.  But here I am.  And here are all you wonderful viewers, who have ended up spending lots and lots of time watching my videos.

I appreciate you all, very much.  Unfortunately, I always have been bad at self promotion.  But, I’ve always been good at finding ways to have fun with what I’m doing.  So when I came to Zaid saying I could write articles and he gave me a one up saying I could make videos for him, I was ecstatic.  And here I am now, thanking all of you and being very happy for the opportunities I have been given due to Zaid’s decision.  My one regret is due to how WordPress works.  It’s very easy to watch the videos I create through it, but it’s really difficult to let people see and subscribe to my channel.  Hence, I have come up with a solution.  Write an article about my channel!  For those who don’t know, my name is Will and I run a video game focused YouTube Channel, and my handle is Ownerbynight.  I’ve been playing games at a fairly high competitive level for a while now, but I have never chosen to advertise, publicize  or make known my statistics or gameplay.  Now that I have a channel, I’m taking this as an opportunity to see if the world likes my stuff.  From what I can tell, you all seem to a fair bit.  But it’s hard to tell when I only have 7 subs and a heck of a lot more views.  Hence, I’m writing this article for two reasons:  1) To thank Zaid for his support and promotion assistance, and to thank all my viewers for their interest in my content.

To give you all more info about my channel.  Here is the URL I’ll be posting another, quicker and shorter article once my Patreon is up and running.  I would love to have some continual viewers who I can chat and communicate with, share my videos with, and frankly, to potentially get me some necessary income for school.  I don’t want to stop making videos anytime soon, but with your support, I know that I would both have greater success and fulfillment whilst running my channel and making videos for Zaid.  Thanks everybody.  Once again, my sincere appreciation goes out to each and every one of you.

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NOTE – Yes, this is a repost because due to some stupid reason Youtube processed our video hafly. Thus, we have to post it again.

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