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19th May '17 6:49:17 AM starofjusticev21
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* ''Series/VideoPower'' was an early 90's show meant to cover everything related to video games, including reviews of recent titles. It only takes watching a few episodes of this to notice the host never does a game he doesn't recommend.
14th May '17 4:34:36 PM Xtifr
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* ''InsidePulse'' tried to avoid this, but got so many threatening letters from developers that it gave up on a numeric scale entirely, describing games with positive and negative adjectives instead.

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* ''InsidePulse'' ''Website/InsidePulse'' tried to avoid this, but got so many threatening letters from developers that it gave up on a numeric scale entirely, describing games with positive and negative adjectives instead.
13th May '17 9:43:53 PM Twentington
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* The Michelin Guide (as well as it's successor the Guide Rouge) could be considered a reconstruction of the trope. The whole point is to rate the best of the best, and not even bother with anything less than that - getting reviewed ''at all'' means your hash house is doing pretty good, and getting a positive score is a huge boost. The scale thus goes from no stars to three stars, but one star is "better than anything you have ever cooked", two stars is "you should go to this restaurant for your next vacation", and three stars is "your life may not be truly complete until you've tried this".

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* The Michelin Guide (as well as it's its successor the Guide Rouge) could be considered a reconstruction of the trope. The whole point is to rate the best of the best, and not even bother with anything less than that - getting reviewed ''at all'' means your hash house is doing pretty good, and getting a positive score is a huge boost. The scale thus goes from no stars to three stars, but one star is "better than anything you have ever cooked", two stars is "you should go to this restaurant for your next vacation", and three stars is "your life may not be truly complete until you've tried this".
13th May '17 9:03:52 PM Twentington
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* In a similar vein, ''Nash Country Weekly'' (formerly ''Country Weekly'' until 2015) magazine has used a five-star rating in its albums reviews section since late 2003, a couple years after the late Chris Neal took over as primary reviewer. Almost ''every''thing seemed to get an automatic three-star or higher, with the occasional two-and-a-half at worst. Perhaps the only time he averted this trope was in one issue where a Kidz Bop-esque covers album got one star. Before the star-rating system, the mag's reviewers were even more unflinchingly favorable, both from Neal and his predecessors. When a batch of new reviewers took over in late 2009, they got a little more conservative with the stars; one gave an album only two-and-a-half stars, although the tone of the review didn't suggest that the album was even mediocre. Later on, when the review section was expanded to singles, music videos, and other country media as well, the lowest they ever went with the later writers was two stars for the music video of Music/ZacBrownBand's "The Wind".
** They switched to letter grades in late 2012. For three years, they managed never to go lower than C-minus (''TheXFactor'' winner Tate Stevens' debut, the video for Eli Young Band's "Say Goodnight", Music/LukeBryan's "That's My Kind of Night", and the video for Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine's "This Is How We Roll"). The magazine finally gave out ''four'' D's[[note]]David Fanning's "Doing Country Right", Waterloo Revival's "Bad for You", Eric Paslay's "High Class", and Jana Kramer's "Said No One Ever"[[/note]] and a D-minus[[note]]Danielle Bradbery's "Friend Zone"[[/note]] in 2015 and 2016, but still has yet to go all the way to F.

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* In a similar vein, ''Nash Country Weekly'' (formerly ''Country Weekly'' until 2015) magazine has used a five-star rating in its albums reviews section since late 2003, a couple years after the late Chris Neal took over as primary reviewer. Almost ''every''thing seemed to get an automatic three-star or higher, with the occasional two-and-a-half at worst. Perhaps the only time he averted this trope was in one issue where a Kidz Bop-esque covers album got one star. Before the star-rating system, the mag's reviewers were even more unflinchingly favorable, both from Neal and his predecessors. When a batch of new reviewers took over in late 2009, they got a little more conservative with the stars; one gave an album only two-and-a-half stars, although the tone of the review didn't suggest that the album was even mediocre. Later on, when the review section was expanded to singles, music videos, and other country media as well, the lowest they ever went with the later writers was two stars for the music video of Music/ZacBrownBand's "The Wind".
** They switched to letter grades in late 2012. For three years, they managed never to go lower than C-minus (''TheXFactor'' winner Tate Stevens' debut, the video for Eli Young Band's "Say Goodnight", Music/LukeBryan's "That's My Kind of Night", and the video for Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine's "This Is How We Roll"). The magazine finally gave out ''four'' D's[[note]]David Fanning's "Doing Country Right", Waterloo Revival's "Bad for You", Eric Paslay's "High Class", and Jana Kramer's "Said No One Ever"[[/note]] and a D-minus[[note]]Danielle Bradbery's "Friend Zone"[[/note]] in 2015 and 2016, but still has yet to go all never gave out an F before the way to F.magazine stopped publication in 2016.
26th Apr '17 11:47:05 AM Steven
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* [[WebVideo/TheJimquistion Jim Sterling]] uses a 10 point scale for his reviews on his blog, but completely averts the trope by making the scores actually mean something, such as 5 being average, 7 being good, and so on. However, the trope is played straight by the fans of the games he reviewed, which caused Jim a lot of grief; his review of ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' caused fans of the game to DDOS his web site because he gave the game a 5/10 for having potential, but wasting it on bad game design. His site was attacked again when he gave ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' a 7/10, saying that the weapon durability system and other factors annoyed him greatly, but he still enjoyed the game overall. Jim then made an episode pointing out how absurd people were acting over his 7/10 score and wondered how on earth such a score is considered to be horrible.



* NVIDIA combined this with RankInflation. When it came around for a model number refresh with the GeForce 200 series, NVIDIA denoted the prefix before the number would indicate the card's performance tier, which would be no prefix (10), G (10-20), GT (30-50), and GTX (60-90). Come the GeForce 700 series, the 50 number graduated to GTX and a new tier was effectively made, the GeForce TITAN. With the GeForce 900 series, there is no GT card a consumer can buy. The problem is that there's a ''huge'' performance difference swing between, for example, the GTX 950 and the GTX 980 Ti.

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* NVIDIA combined this with RankInflation. When it came around for a model number refresh with the GeForce [=GeForce=] 200 series, NVIDIA denoted the prefix before the number would indicate the card's performance tier, which would be no prefix (10), G (10-20), GT (30-50), and GTX (60-90). Come the GeForce [=GeForce=] 700 series, the 50 number graduated to GTX and a new tier was effectively made, the GeForce [=GeForce=] TITAN. With the GeForce [=GeForce=] 900 series, there is no GT card a consumer can buy. The problem is that there's a ''huge'' performance difference swing between, for example, the GTX 950 and the GTX 980 Ti.


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* Taxi alternative companies like Uber and Lyft allow riders to give their driver a rating based on several factors on a scale from 1 to 5 stars. On average, anything around 4.5 stars or better is considered good and anything below that means the driver needs to improve their service or risk losing their job. This makes it very easy for riders who don't know how the system works to give less than perfect ratings if they found one or two things that mildly bothered them and other riders with more malicious intent can give out very low scores to hurt the driver.
18th Apr '17 6:20:30 AM zaqq
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* NVIDIA combined this with RankInflation. When it came around for a model number refresh with the GeForce 200 series, NVIDIA denoted the prefix before the number would indicate the card's performance tier, which would be no prefix (10), G (10-20), GT (30-50), and GTX (60-90). Come the GeForce 700 series, the 50 number graduated to GTX and a new tier was effectively made, the GeForce TITAN. With the GeForce 900 series, there is no GT card a consumer can buy. The problem is that there's a ''huge'' performance difference swing between the, for example, the GTX 950 and the GTX 980 Ti.

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* NVIDIA combined this with RankInflation. When it came around for a model number refresh with the GeForce 200 series, NVIDIA denoted the prefix before the number would indicate the card's performance tier, which would be no prefix (10), G (10-20), GT (30-50), and GTX (60-90). Come the GeForce 700 series, the 50 number graduated to GTX and a new tier was effectively made, the GeForce TITAN. With the GeForce 900 series, there is no GT card a consumer can buy. The problem is that there's a ''huge'' performance difference swing between the, between, for example, the GTX 950 and the GTX 980 Ti.
10th Apr '17 11:14:31 AM nombretomado
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** Towards the end of the mag's original run, they handed off the really awful games to internet personality {{Seanbaby}}, who wrote humorous reviews lambasting them for being so bad that nobody would - or should - ever play them (many of the reviews can be seen, in extended and uncensored forms, on his website).

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** Towards the end of the mag's original run, they handed off the really awful games to internet personality {{Seanbaby}}, {{Creator/Seanbaby}}, who wrote humorous reviews lambasting them for being so bad that nobody would - or should - ever play them (many of the reviews can be seen, in extended and uncensored forms, on his website).
10th Apr '17 10:29:52 AM nombretomado
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** ''ScrewAttack'' has the same review system, with the exception of using "F' It" rather than "Skip." It's also the system used for the video game reviews in ''Boys' Life'' (the magazine of the Boy Scouts), under the names of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal "Buy," "Borrow," and "Bag,"]] but not many people care about that.

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** ''ScrewAttack'' ''Website/ScrewAttack'' has the same review system, with the exception of using "F' It" rather than "Skip." It's also the system used for the video game reviews in ''Boys' Life'' (the magazine of the Boy Scouts), under the names of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal "Buy," "Borrow," and "Bag,"]] but not many people care about that.
19th Mar '17 9:14:29 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Newgrounds}}'' is somewhat of an aversion to this; while the scale is only 0-5, it's an unspoken rule that if it's not up to snuff for the portal, it's a 0, if you just didn't like it or something along those lines you should vote 2, and if you love it vote 5. While 1, 3 and 4 are in there, hardly anyone uses them. Undoubtedly this is partially due to its "Blam"/"Protection" system which, generally, rewards you for relatively high ratings of content others have rated relatively high and low ratings for content others have rated low, in a blind system.

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* ''{{Newgrounds}}'' ''{{Website/Newgrounds}}'' is somewhat of an aversion to this; while the scale is only 0-5, it's an unspoken rule that if it's not up to snuff for the portal, it's a 0, if you just didn't like it or something along those lines you should vote 2, and if you love it vote 5. While 1, 3 and 4 are in there, hardly anyone uses them. Undoubtedly this is partially due to its "Blam"/"Protection" system which, generally, rewards you for relatively high ratings of content others have rated relatively high and low ratings for content others have rated low, in a blind system.
14th Mar '17 11:20:54 PM bootmii
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* Grading in high schools and colleges follows this to a tee, and may be the reason why this trope is so prevalent elsewhere. Most schools grade along a five-letter system of "A", "B", "C", "D", and "F", with an "A" being in the 90-100% range, "B" being in the 80s, "C" being in the 70s, "D" being in the 60s, and "F" being a score lower than 60%. Much like the California health inspectors' grading system above, this has a real-world justification in that, if you finish your class knowing less than 60% of the material you learned, then you don't deserve to pass the class. Some colleges go further and make a "D" (or even "C-", at [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfCalifornia UC Santa Cruz]] or pass/fail at other colleges) a failing grade as well, on the grounds that just barely passing this class means that you probably aren't ready for the next one. When you've spent your whole life associating a 65% with "barely adequate", and you become a professional critic, that's going to rub off on your grading. It's for this reason that some magazines and websites (such as ''Entertainment Weekly'') simply use the A-through-F grading system.

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* Grading in high schools and colleges follows this to a tee, and may be the reason why this trope is so prevalent elsewhere. Most schools grade along a five-letter system of "A", "B", "C", "D", and "F", with an "A" being in the 90-100% range, "B" being in the 80s, "C" being in the 70s, "D" being in the 60s, and "F" being a score lower than 60%. Much like the California health inspectors' grading system above, this has a real-world justification in that, if you finish your class knowing less than 60% of the material you learned, then you don't deserve to pass the class. Some colleges go further and make a "D" (or even "C-", "C-" (70-72%), at [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfCalifornia UC Santa Cruz]] or pass/fail at other colleges) a failing grade as well, on the grounds that just barely passing this class means that you probably aren't ready for the next one. When you've spent your whole life associating a 65% with "barely adequate", and you become a professional critic, that's going to rub off on your grading. It's for this reason that some magazines and websites (such as ''Entertainment Weekly'') simply use the A-through-F grading system.
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