Is it me, or is the Internet all up in arms about the whole “don’t look at the scores when reading a review” situation? It seems to be the big topic of debate recently.
First, IGN had a podcast where they talked about the games that they felt they had overrated, going in-depth with the idea of the scores themselves and what it means in a review. Then, Destructoid ran a series of articles that detailed why reviews are all out of whack, solely based on the scores. And because those same articles got onto digg, the whole community has something to say, even the big sites. You can see this in the Godfather Wii review on IGN. Scroll down to Matt Casamissina’s comments and you can see the evidence.
I won’t lie though. I have been known to skim through the review and go straight to the score. I usually only do this when reading about a game I don’t plan on buying though. If there’s a game I am interested in, I’ll probably read the entire thing. So it’s not like I’m a complete douchebag.
But it is a little disheartening to know that most people probably don’t actually read the text part of the review, as that is the most important part. The reviewer puts far more time into writing the review than assigning a number grade.
But what about you guys/gals? Are you guilty of the “quick glance”, or are you actually respectful to your fellow journalists?