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Destructoid review scores: do they use the full scale like they claim to? An in-depth analysis

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Lastly, we've got the histogram for Destructoid's Editor-in-Chief. It's like Anthony's in that his scores are fairly evenly distributed (aside from an overabundance of eights), but it's unlike Anthony's in that it appears Nick is using the IGN five-to-ten scale. The entire left half of the graph is blank, and his average score is 7.61, just about halfway between five and ten.

So there you have it. What do you think about this? Is the high score biasing because the reviewers review games that they are more likely to enjoy? Is it just that some people are extremely enthusiastic about games and they give everything a high score? Is it a case of the reviewers not adhering to the two posted review guides? And perhaps the most important question: is this an issue that requires addressing, or should we just go on as we have been, calibrating our judgment of scores based on the author or ignoring them altogether?

FOOTNOTE: This analysis is not meant as an attack on any of the reviewers. I love them all as people, and most of them as writers too!
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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