Michael Blaker’s Video Game Tuesday: Why I Don’t Use Scores in Blog Posts

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, I’m back with the answer to a question I get fairly often for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s all about why I don’t use scores in blog posts.

Scores?: I don’t score things unless it’s in a full-on review that goes up under GiN’s game review or book review sections. If I had the choice, I wouldn’t give out scores at all because, frankly, it’s not a great metric. Barring some serious gameplay issues that prevent playing at all or the like, everyone is at least a bit positive toward some games and negative toward others.

That isn’t to say that scores don’t have a purpose. For example, I’ll score a game lower if the graphics aren’t done well, the audio glitches out, or voice lines loop in some sort of odd bug, but there are always some games people will like and someone else will hate. I prefer ones with good stories generally, but that’s not always the case.

So, I don’t use scores in blog posts because what I like and enjoy may not be what others enjoy. I try and keep those out of my reviews as much as possible, but no one is perfect and I’m certainly not. That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

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