|While it was an awesome game, did it really deserve all|
those accolades? San Andreas was a better experience.
Why is grade inflation happening?
Part of the reason why grade inflation happens is because we the audience demand it. When it comes to a review of the newest anime, manga, or video game, people in general would base decisions on the number given at the end of the review. The companies are realizing the importance of these scores are the basis of many purchases. A famous example was when a western company (who shall be not named) said that they will base bonuses based on the Metacritic aggregate score on the game. This puts pressure on the gaming news outlets to be more gentle when scoring the game because a really bad score will not put them on the bad side of a video game company. This means that they will stop getting free review copies, they will be shut out of exclusive invite-only events, and they will have less access to the developers who make the game.
|Not exactly a darling of |
the western press
How to deal with Grade Inflation?
There are a myriad of strategies to deal with grade inflation, I am only giving you strategies. Your mileage may vary and you are more than welcome to send me suggestions to counteract this.
Compare Scoring Within Website: One of the easiest ways to counteract grade inflation in reviews is to look at reviews done by the same author on another game that you are familiar with. From your personal experiences give a numerical rating on the scale used by the website and see what they would review. Once you figured out a standard deviation that you are comfortable with, that is the true score of the website. I figured out that in general Game Trailers would add 1.2 more points than how I would score a certain genre, and they would underscore Japanese RPG's by .6 points. To get the true score I would just get whatever they rate, and add or subtract to determine what the "real" score is that is closer to how I see things.
Don't even bother looking at the letter grade/score: What I do on my blog (and in Inside AX) is that I do not even put a grade or score on my review. The reason is because I do not want people to skip over the review and read the score. The most important aspect of the review is not the final score, it is the content of the review. The content of the review will determine the writer's bias, their personal experience, and what they value and do not value. Review score at the end doesn't mean anything unless you read the review with the intent of analyzing whether the review gives pertinent information that you as a reader value.
In the end, it is all about the reader. Do some research and determine what level of grade inflation that this review site uses. Grade inflation is happening in reviews, so it is up to you to find out what is the "real" score so that you wont be fooled by the biased scale.