rustyjaw Posted September 4, 2003 Report Share Posted September 4, 2003 I'm curious how other gamers feel abut GameRakings.com and how you use it? I know that many people, including Romier, believe that reviews that end up with a score do a disservice to readers. I can understand this because the temptation to simply look at the score and stop reading is strong. So you might think, based on that, that a site that collects scores into a single database might be the worst possible way to evaluate a game. But I have to admit that I do give a good deal of credence to the scores that I find at GameRankings. But I don't simply go there, look at what game has the highest average score and go out and buy it (or ignore low-scoring games). My modus operandi is to look through the list of scores for a given game and find the lowest and the highest, then I go to the sites and read those two reviews to find out the reasons that the respective reviewers gave for the low or high score. Often the contrast will prove useful since it exposes the reviewers bias (and I don't necessarily mean 'bias' in a pejorative way). Usually one or the other will resonate with me, if something that bugged the reviewer is something I know will bug me, I give more weight to his opinion, likewise with positive aspects. If I find that a great discrepancy between two reviews (which is common), then I'll start looking at the next highest or next lowest scoring reviews to sort it out. But the potential for gamerankings abuse is there too. I can imagine that a lot of people probably go there and look at the overall average score and decide based on that, which is kind of sad. Especially when I look at games with low scores that are dragged down by one bad review. So what's the consensus, if any? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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