The spotty death and eternal life of gaming review scores

Since before GamePro started using cartoon faces to measure "fun factor" back in the '80s, review scores have been an integral part of the game industry. But there are a few recent signs that the practice of sticking a number or a letter grade at the end of review text may be losing some of its appeal. Among the largest of those signs: popular gaming hub Eurogamer announced earlier this week that it's dropping its long-standing ten-point review score scale in favor of a vaguer "recommendation" system.

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