Videogame Reviews – when did 70% become average? by Brash Games

Ever notice all the 4 star reviews plastered over movie posters? In the world of movies, music and pretty much any other form of entertainment open to critique, a 4 star review is something to be very proud of - something worth showing off. Oh, unless that form of entertainment happens to be videogaming.

To put things into perspective, a 4 star rating equates to an 80% review score. Can you imagine Infinity Ward or Ubisoft celebrating the latest 80% review score to drop on Matacritic?

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B1663r2771d ago (Edited 2771d ago )

Uh, iirc way back in school, (St Johns, Toledo Oh) a 70% was solid D. IIrc 69%-76% D, 76-84% C, 84-96% B, 96-100 A.

The Jesuits were hard teachers. I learned more at that Catholic high school than I did in State College. Bio-Chem was a breeze though.

Valk2770d ago

Life isnt school and its time to stop expecting it to be.

bobrea2770d ago

You asked the question and he answered it.

anh_duong2770d ago

life is like a box of chocolates

blackmagic2770d ago

Breaking news: when movies brag about a four star rating it's because the reviewer is rating on a four star scale like Ebert, Sun, Daily, etc etc. A four star movie = 100% not 80%

Troll-without-Bridge2770d ago

Well thats just the US system. Thats not how it works for most countries.

Also average by definition is the middle point after summing all of its parts and divided by the number of samples.

So in a scaled of 0 to 10, 5 is average.

FamilyGuy2770d ago

4 years ago, moving on...

HolyOrangeCows2770d ago (Edited 2770d ago )

I remember last gen when games used to brag on the cover about getting EIGHTs.
Only the pinnacle of great gaming would see a large amount of 9s/10s.
Reviews have definitely shifted in what's considered average, and a 7 these days is definitely average by 90% of reviewers' standards.

morganfell2770d ago

When did 5/10 cease to be halfway. Halfway as in medium...mediocre...average?

iDotDotDot2770d ago

As I recall videogame reviews have always been on the lax side.

Most games reviewed by IGN get an average of about a 7~8.A FEW games get low scores like 5s and 2s but thats mainly for XBLA or PSN games.

What happened to the good ole days when people just told it like it was.

Corrwin2770d ago

When publishers started demanding 80%+ scores before developers get more money.

It's funny to see somebody describe a game as average, then give it a 70% without a hint of irony.

Why do these idiot's need 1-7/10 to tell them how bad a game is, but only only 8-10/10 to tell them how good it is?

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