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Destructoid: smarter than a fifth-grader, but dumber than a ninth-grader.

Game|Life at Wired [link] has an article up ranking popular game blogs in order of average reading level. The results:

  • Kotaku: Junior High
  • Destructoid: Junior High
  • PlayStation.blog: Junior High
  • GayGamer: Junior High
  • MTV Multiplayer: Junior High
  • Game|Life: High School
  • Slashdot: High School
  • Joystiq: College
  • Level Up: Genius
  • Ars Technica: Genius

I know what you're thinking: Kotaku's as dumb as us? Solution: We need to try harder to make it more dumber here. Nota bene: Dtoid made the short list of Who's Who, not too shabby for an independent site.

Please note that Joystiq's placement makes me doubt the veracity of this test, which consists of pasting your favorite url into The Blog Readability Test and clicking a button.

Mental Floss theorizes that the site uses a version of the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test, but I suspect that it just counts the number of penis references and divides by zero.

As a final note, some websites score at an even lower elementary school level of readability. I think we should aim for this, because there are many children in elementary schools across the globe who do not yet know: what is also, cocks?

[For those unfamiliar with United States grade levels: Elementary = ages 6-11, Junior High = ages 11-14, High school = ages 14-18, College = University.]

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About MaxVestone of us since 9:23 PM on 06.03.2007

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First game: TI Invaders (Space Invaders knock-off) for the TI-99 "home computer". Either that or the Pac-Man built into the glass-top tables at Mr. Gatti's Pizza.
First console: NES
First world-altering game secret: JUSTIN BAILEY
First Arcade: Aladdin's Palace
First "mature" game: Leisure Suit Larry
First PC: 386SX 16 mHz w/40 MB HDD, Win 3.0, & 640x480 VGA baby!
First FPS: Wolfenstein 3D
First game mastered: Street Fighter II Turbo - Hyper Fighting (SNES)
First LAN deathmatch: Duke Nukem 3D
Great Game Reawakening: Living in an apartment with all sixth generation consoles and 3 gaming rigs.

New Systems: Wii, DS.
Somehow now owns: PS3
Randomly owns: SEGA Nomad, Game Gear, Genesis II, Sega CD
Cannot afford but is thinking about intercepting return RROD coffin: Xbox 360.
Currently playing: Rock Band, Zack & Wiki, Unreal Tournament III