[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
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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)