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  Yikes! : 01/08/01  

[01/08/01] - OK, I am very very sorry this reviews update is so late. Since you deserve some explanation, here's what happened. Paws, right before she was going to come back, had her computer die on her. I of course offered to cover for her while she got it fixed, which I WOULD have done, but, well, nobody submitted any reviews. Since I needed SOMETHING to update with, I turned to RPGamer's review staff and started poking everyone to write some. Anyway, a couple people said they were working on reviews, and they'd be done the next day... then the next day... then the next day, until it was today. I also got a couple reader reviews. I should probably have more than I do, but my e-mail's been buggy and some might have been eaten. If I didn't post it, and you haven't heard back about it, resend any reviews you sent while I was on duty to Paws, who WILL be back next week.

Oh, by the way, that FF9 review is particularly scandalous... I'd like to see the kind of feedback THAT one gets.

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  • 5 is average.
    When writing a review, part of your job is to give every aspect of the game a score from 1-10, with 5 being average. I've noticed that most people tend to think 9 is GREAT, 7 is good, and 5 is just OK. Now, when you get right down to it, the average RPG is pretty darn good. I've played most of them myself, and the only ones I actually disliked can be counted on one hand. So keep that in mind, if a game is pretty fun, but not mindblowing, aim for a 5, not a 7. This goes double for subscores. When's the last time you played an RPG with BAD graphics or music? Oh, and if you can't bring yourself to lower your mental scoring like that, here's two tricks: Take all your scores, subtract 5 from them, than double them. Then if you have a review that gives all 7s and 10s, with the 7s being stuff that's just OK, it'll turn into a pile of 5s and 10s, which is what you'd really want. For something more exact, you can put every game on the same scale. Take every single RPG you've ever played, multiply that number by 5. Then take that number and, for each score divide it out among all those games. Not only will this guarantee that you'll give average games average scores, but you'll have scores for every RPG you've ever played, making it that much easier to review them all down the road! 8)
      - Googleshng
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    There might not be many, but most were in html!
    Final Fantasy IX
    The best, or the worst? 7 Staffer: Jake Alley
    Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete - Review
    Working Designs does it again 9 Staffer: Mikel Tidwell
    Final Fantasy VI - Retroview
    Yardstick of the RPG Genre 7 Reader: Red Raven
    Skies of Arcadia - Review
    Would you like a game with those battles? 7 Reader: Erik

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