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Fun story: Last night I finished Uncharted 3. As anyone who reads my Twitter account may already know, I loved the game, but I found a lot of flaws in it as well. I couldn't help but wonder how people might have reacted if I had reviewed the game and brought those issues up. After all, our own Matt Helgeson got some rather angry e-mails for giving the game a 9.5, and I almost certainly would have scored it a bit lower than that.
As if responding directly to these thoughts, today I stumbled upon a great video from Internet jokesters Mega64 titled "Modern Game Journalism: The Movie: The Trailer." This video does a great job at poking fun at our industry's reliance on metascores, the enthusiasm of fans before they've even played the game, and yeah, maybe a little bit on us reviewers as well.
In the video, a popular game reviewer discovers just how upside down his world turns when he decides to give a major release an 8.5. Remember, on the Game Informer review scale, an 8.5 is halfway between "very good" and "superb." In other words, it's a strong score, but I bet some fans would have been very angry if Uncharted 3 had received a score in that range.
Check out the video below or watch it on GameTrailers. And try to have a laugh and have fun in the ensuing comments discussion! We can save the complaining about review scores for elsewhere.
Funny video, but also pretty true about how game reviews are judged.
There is Truth here, and nothing more.
It's all just hype isn't it..... O.o
lol that... Was amazing xD
Ha, I love the Godfather Part II reference thrown in there as well. XD
Haha excellent video. As someone who one day hopes to break into video game journalism, it's nice to see people in the business aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves or the fans who sometimes go overboard with their reactions to a reviewer's judgement.
I laughed HARD.
"8.5 - Roger Ebert"
That was the perfect way to end this video.