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Of all the things we do here at MMORPG.com, writing reviews is one of the most difficult for a plethora of reasons. We pour a lot of ourselves into our reviews and all of that hard work, all of the reasons we have for scoring things as we do often gets buried by the easy "skip to the number" mindset. We have a few thoughts to share on our reviews and why you should Forget the Scores. Check it out!
It’s really not an easy task reviewing a game. I mean, we spend hours scouring the thing and then are asked to condense the entire experience down into a few thousand words (no small task with an MMO), and to top it off the general rule of critiquing a form of media is to “rate it”, as if some number is going to be the end all and be all of a product’s value. Ask any reviewer, ask anyone here on the site, and they’re likely to tell you that a score doesn’t matter. And yet, we’re held to these numbers as the standard of how we review things. What I’m getting at doesn’t mean scores on our reviews are going away anytime soon. Rather, what I’m going to ask of you all is to try ignoring the numbers until you read the words. And we’re going to help with that.
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