Ah, game scores. The whole debacle of what they stand for and how they should be used has only gone and gathered some more attention. I'm glad, because it means that I can finally say what my outlook is on scores and it will hold a lot more relevance considering the current time. If you read anything on here in the news section, you'll probably have heard about Gamespot getting rid of the middle ground '.5' in their scores, and they even went as far as writing an article explaining a load of stuff of which I will not be delving into because this is my view. Speaking of which, I still haven't told you what I think, and I know that a lot of people agree with this.
I honestly don't think a game score should exist in the first place. Why? Because little Timmy Opinionated gets in a huff every time his treasured possession doesn't receive a score that he deems acceptable. Oh no, no, no, no, no. Do not believe you are entitled to criticise the very game that he holds so dear, otherwise you'll fear the wrath of his text based anger and he'll attack you and your family and dream of mutilating you...or so I presume. You see, we are unfortunately a lazy species for the most part, and many people feel it's much more efficient to look at a number and then decide on whether they should lead the Third Reich against you, rather than read what the reviewer has put their time and logic into and then decide on leading the Third Reich against you. And this frustrates me. I would rather people take a few minutes out of their day to read the reviewers reasons and their likes and dislikes of the game and then take from that what they will, what they believe does and doesn't matter to them, accept that the reviewer has an opinion and then move on. Of course that will never happen but it would be nice, wouldn't it?
The problem stems from the fact that, for the most part, humanity has been imbued with the obscene mind-set that an opinion can be right or wrong. Let's look at it from an honest standpoint: A review is just a way for the reviewer to get their interpretations and feelings across. That's it. Their review is no more valuable than yours. What's the difference between theirs and yours, besides a pay check, nothing. You're entitled to one, they're entitled to one, your hamster can have one if it wants to (I'm not sure it's intelligent enough to but I've been wrong before). I brought this up earlier today in one of the Gamespot articles revolving around game scores and said that if someone were to claim E.T. were better than GTA 5 they would be completely right. But then they would be completely and utterly wrong. They would be both and neither because there is no definitive way of establishing which one is better. Now I'll go on to tell you what someone who decided to combat my view said:
He claimed that a review was not subjective, rather it was objective. A review should be representative of what the majorities views will be on a particular game. He had played Skyrim and disliked it, however he was not a fan of WRPGs in the first place and thus claiming he shouldn't write a review as a negative review from him would be invalid. To that I say 'bullshit', and I have my reasons. See, I'm not a fan of WRPGs either, obviously not considering I don't even know what the 'W' stands for, however I very much liked Skyrim and could list all of my likes such as there being a lot to do, and dislikes such as a large array of bugs despite them being quite common in games by Bethesda. Does that mean that my review, despite having reasoning behind my feelings, is completely invalid? No, because it's just my opinion. Just like if he wanted to mostly speak negatively of it he would be completely free to do so, and I would take from it what I could and may even consider weighing those reasons against the positive reviews when coming to a purchasing decision. I wouldn't mind, but he's not even a professional reviewer in the first place, his work would end up amidst the vast river of other user reviews, no-one's probably going to be bothered to consider judging him. Even if it weren't considered accurate by the majority of people, he wouldn't be wrong at all.
And onto my final problem, and we all know what specific little review I'm referring to here...THE INSULTS. At the end of the day, it's these that truly make me feel sick to be considered a part of the gaming community. In the -> GTA 5 REVIEW <- (we knew it was coming) Carolyn got all manner of hideous flak for her OPINIONS. Because most people (and 95% of them probably hadn't even played the game) thought that GTA 5 is such a masterpiece that anything less than a 10 was blasphemy. She received insults referring to her gender, death threats and a petition was made to get her fired, all over a bloody number for a game. Now of course some had a go at her for her reasons she disliked the game, and while I too disagreed, I certainly didn't insult her. If you think the game is so perfect, write your own review. Go on, show that you can put in half the effort that she did. I can honestly say if you're one of those people who contributed to the influx of hate towards her you should consider your behaviour disgusting. But then that's just my opinion. In fact, this whole article is my opinion. You could talk about wanting a Rottweiler to bite me in the bollocks and call me a queer weaboo if you'd like.
But then you'd be wrong.