The Geekbox: Episode 119

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The Geekbox — Episode 119 (2011-05-26)
Wherein we discuss being Raptured, the Macho Man, wacky British television, Doctor Who, Sanctuary, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Star Trek, Candyland, the Muppets, childhood nightmare fuel, Thor, game industry politics, The Dark Tower, book bindings, and the pitfalls of Amazon. Starring Ryan Scott, Adam Fitch, Justin Haywald, Ryan Higgins, and April Scott.
Running Time: 1h 8m 11s
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7 Responses to “ “The Geekbox: Episode 119”

  1. sdf says:

    Why must a full score be rare? Is there some law that defines the distribution of scores for the universe of game reviews? Why is metacritic’s scoring system any more/less legitimate than Anthony D. Bags’s score from weplaygames.net? Answer – they’re either all equal in value, or lack any value whatsoever.

  2. RYan Scott says:

    Scores do have merit, I’m not arguing that. Metacritic and other aggregation sites try to distill everybody else’s scores down into an all-encompassing number, which doesn’t work when you’ve got a ton of publications with wildly different scoring criterias. They often end up misrepresenting someone’s score at best — and if it’s something that Metacritic considers an unfavorable score but the publication doesn’t (we ran into a lot of problems with this at 1UP), you get PR managers whining about their Metacritic average due to technicalities that have everything to do with Metacritic and nothing to do with the individual publication. From where I’m sitting, this puts way too much power in Metacritic’s hands.

    Also, yeah, I do believe “perfect” scores should be fairly rare (and even a 10/10-scoring game isn’t perfect). They’re a powerful statement.

  3. sdf says:

    Well, all I’m trying to say is that scoring either has merit or it doesn’t. Is a full score perfection? Ryan Scott et al from GFW would beg to differ, if their integrty is consistent. Coincidently, I don’t recall seeing a 100% metascore yet.

  4. Rose Spinoza says:

    @sdf, I don’t think Ryan S is really trying to impress anyone about his rarity on giving the highest score. He’s just, you know, stating a fact that most things aren’t perfect.

  5. Rose Spinoza says:

    Like regular tv, there’s a lot of crappy anime shows along with a few diamonds here and there. It’s really not fair to paint it all with the same Bleach brush.

    That said, personally, I reccomend “Baccano!” and “Durarara!!” .

  6. sdf says:

    Ryan Scott, if you’re going to shit on MetaCritic then never ever again try to impress anyone with how few games you have assigned a 5/5 score in your career.

  7. sdf says:

    Adam, it’s too bad these nubs were playing it safe and not into the Macho Man talk – it was really sad news to anyone who wasn’t a sucky kid during that era.

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