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Monodi avatar 3:39 AM on 10.03.2010  (server time)
A soap box regarding scoring scale reactions. [quickblog]

Hey guys, I am not going to get much on detail on this thought simply because many of you might already know about the deal that is the reaction about scorings. This is simply something I want to get off my chest.

Many, if not all of us react bad if a game is lower than 70%, 7/10, 70/100 or 3.5 stars. Now I could be saying the most obvious bullshit ever, but I have the theory that it is based on how we are all graded in our lives.

You see, I have been living in America for only a year already, but all my childhood I have been bombarded with the influence of the United States from my cartoons and video games to know at least that the scoring system in schools is sorted by letters instead of numbers. A+ being the highest, and F- being the pathetic failure.

Now, in my case, schools in Mexico and most possibly anywhere else in the world grade the students by scales from 0-10 or 0-100. If you were in elementary with me, you would easily know that 50 or a 5 is a failing grade; at the same time, 7 or 70 is the minimum number to have a decent score. Kinda like a C-.

I imagine that we gamers (I think i should use "player" again instead, I am getting tired of "gamer") have this psychological rejection of a video game under that criteria for the reason above. We are forced to think all the time that a half of a score is not good, but just a failure. I am aware that the scoring system in video games is more intended that if a game has a 50%, it just means average, the video game got a C- leaning to a D. For that reason as well, we want to see between 80-100% in our favorite video games too because that's what our parents always told us. Go for the 100. But if I get 80, hey I still did fine.

So there you go. his is just an idea I shared for those who were just clueless about the issue. So, good night, I got a busy day tomorrow.

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