8 out of 10

Picture the scene: two young men, strangers, meet at a party. Their conversation is initially stilted and awkward, but a casual mention of videogames reveals some common ground. Suddenly, they spring to life, discussing the latest hot releases.

Have you played God of War III yet?

Certainly have. I thought it was amazing. Definite 10/10 from me.

Yeah? I thought it was great, but it had one or two problems. I mean, it’s very similar to the older games, and the platforming still kinda sucks.

I guess so, but it didn’t really affect my enjoyment. Loved the combat, loved the graphics – it’s just immense.

True, true. I mean, I did really enjoy it. I’d probably give it an 8.

Fair enough. Can I get you another drink?


Meanwhile, in internet land:

God of War III? I’d give it an 8/10.

you my friend that reviewed this game deserved to be slashed to pieces by Kratos himself. You can not give this game with a right mind anything lower than a 9. You just can’t. its blasphemy.

(or perhaps…)

God of War III? 8/10.

Wow an 80 dude are u sure you played it !!!!because I just beat it and it was one of the most memorable experiences in video game history!!! The grandeur of kratos is shown in all glory. And you give it an 80????? Can I apply for you Job because I think you dont have any clue on how to judge games.


Oh, internet.



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  2. I’d agree with all that. Except the internet is clearly not the place for that kind of reasonable behaviour… 🙂

  3. I would make a remark about the quality of internet comments and not to take notice but this doesn’t seem the right place. 😉

    Still there is something to be said for not allowing comments on a column. Andrew Orlowski is a hack over at el reg and he doesn’t usually leave the comment box open. Perhaps because he takes a critical view of some internet sacred cows (eg. Wikipedia, Google) and people jump down his throat. Much like Tom Hoggins and his 8/10.

    As a journo how do you feel about comments on your articles? Would you rather not have them at all?

    • Funnily enough, the majority of the time we leave comments disabled on our stuff. For some reason, we opened them on the GoWIII review.

      And thus the fiery, pus-filled depths opened. And we were SMOTE DOWN by illiterate invective.

      I don’t think we’re going to open them again. We would hope to build a communtiy, having people discussing stuff underneath reviews. But the majority of any comments we get are, well, exactly what you’d expect.

      We have an image to uphold, don’tcha know.

  4. I can’t say I’ve ever encountered such a response to one of my reviews – if I ever do, I’ll let you know!

    I guess everyone’s entitled to their opinion, it’s just that the internet gives a voice to the idiots of this world, and there’s usually a mob mentality towards reviews which don’t match the consensus. Particularly where platform-exclusive games are concerned.

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