Numbers 1-5, 1-10, 1-100, 1 star, 5 stars, numbers in this day and age are a big thing right? I was just on a site reading a review of The Order, which is a game that’s had my interest for a while. Little did I know, the review wasn’t the real entertainment, the comments provided that.
Reviews are a good thing, a simple way of informing a buyer or potential buyer, in this instance the quality of the game, duration, excitement, and whatever else the reviewer decides to note. Now, how important is the actual review? Ask yourself that, give your opinion out loud to yourself, or me doesn’t matter.
The problem lies usually at the bottom of the review, score=???. Why does everyone think a number or star is important? Honestly, if you’ve ever wrote a review, what makes you want to put a score on the product? I’ve been writing on this blog surprisingly going on a year almost. I’ve talked about plenty of games, but I’ve never slapped a score anywhere.
My big experience started in 2008, I was apart of Gamespot. Since I enjoyed reading reviews so much, I thought why not write reviews. I personally enjoyed it a lot, mainly because I love video games, and I wanted to share my opinions, and experiences about them.
Gamespot also gives users little badges, for doing this, or that, they have a lot. They used to have one for users, top 100 reviewers and top 500 reviewers. I landed myself on around the 200 mark before I stopped writing. An important achievement? Not at all, but I was younger, and I was proud of it.
I wrote 185 reviews before I stopped, I still had the enjoyment, but the community ruined it. I received hate mail from users, you gave that game too high of a score, that one too low, you suck as a reviewer lol. After awhile it got old, and I honestly couldn’t understand it. I tried on other sites, but I’d already been broken at that point.
The sad thing is I never received anything for a good review, except from staff. Anything else was all about that score. Sadly, I couldn’t publish anything without putting a score on it, so I gave up trying.
It makes me wonder how many people actually read reviews? I’m talking about reading it all the way through, or at least skimming through it. The thought of caring about a score so much so is really damaging to any product. I hate that really, its quite sad, even more when you consider trolls, fanboys, getting paid to alter, or just generally hate a company.
After all a review is nothing more than an opinion, as each review will differ. Thus the true score lies within the review. That’s what truly can capture someone, giving them the real information they need. Even then, that could all be wrong. Once you play a game, then you will know if you hate it, like it, or love it.
I love Metal Gear Solid so much to a point, it’s rather ridiculous. But not everyone can say the same, I’ve heard others trash it, and that’s fine. But I’ve also got a few games that revived little to no recognition, which I love to play.
I love reading reviews, I read them on multiple sites, including here, I even watch video reviews. The problem isn’t reviews, I love hearing others opinions, even if they aren’t the same as mine. The problem lies with scores, and people taking them seriously.
What are your opinions on this? I know a lot of you following me write reviews, I read them all the time. It could just be the different communities though, everyone on here seems pretty mature. Which is a big reason why I love this place.