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30th Nov '16 8:26:49 AM Edvardelis
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* ''ComicVine'' has what some would consider a two point scale. They loved a comic? Five stars. A comic was decent? Four stars. It's rare to see a three or even two star review from them, but when that does happen, people take notice.


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* Polygon does their best to use all 10 points of the scale (including half steps) and will actually go back and adjust a score if a game changes enough between release and updates.
28th Nov '16 6:01:20 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Review scores on Pinball News have never dropped below roughly 70%, even widely disliked machines like ''Pinball/IndianaJonesStern'' and ''CSI''. The reasons for this are unknown, but considering Pinball News reviewers receive machines directly from manufacturers for review, it may be to prevent those manufacturers from cutting them off.
* Thoroughly avoided with user aggregate scores on sites like The Internet Pinball Database and Pinside, however: At these sites, a 50% DOES describe a mediocre machine, with really bad ones dropping between 10% to 25%.[[note]]Internet Pinball Database has reatings out of 10, and Pinside has them out of 100.[[/note]] There is no enforcement necessary for either site--it seems the pinball audiences, by and large, naturally do not use the Four-Point Scale.
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* In Southern Califorina, restaurants are given a letter grade based on health and safety standards. It's mostly about clean the place is. While the rankings follow the usual A, B, C, D, F moniker, most restaurants have an A grade. It's rare that a place has B (even in food courts where its neighbors have A's). [[JustifiedTrope Since it's an official government statement on a restaurant's hygienic practices, anything below an A is a kiss of death]] -- consumers tend to assume that even a B rated place is a plague pit, even though objectively that's still considered an acceptable rating. Most restaurants overhaul their practices ''very quickly'' to get back to an A rating or risk going bankrupt. Although this imbalance was not intended, it's generally seen as an overall good thing from a public health perspective. [[note]] The one exception is niche resturants whose select customers care less about the rating and more about the niche[[/note]]. New York City also has a similar grading system for its eateries, though the ratings only consist of A, B, C, and "pending". Any place that doesn't have an A are usually not bothered with by consumers, even though a B rating isn't generally too bad (passable but with minor problems found that can easily be fixed).

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* In Southern Califorina, California, restaurants are given a letter grade based on health and safety standards. It's mostly about clean the place is. While the rankings follow the usual A, B, C, D, F moniker, most restaurants have an A grade. It's rare that a place has B (even in food courts where its neighbors have A's). [[JustifiedTrope Since it's an official government statement on a restaurant's hygienic practices, anything below an A is a kiss of death]] -- consumers tend to assume that even a B rated place is a plague pit, even though objectively that's still considered an acceptable rating. Most restaurants overhaul their practices ''very quickly'' to get back to an A rating or risk going bankrupt. Although this imbalance was not intended, it's generally seen as an overall good thing from a public health perspective. [[note]] The one exception is niche resturants whose select customers care less about the rating and more about the niche[[/note]].niche, and in ethnic neighborhoods where eateries may cater only to the local population, who will eat there regardless[[/note]]. It's also enforced to an extent: You will never eat at a restaurant graded D or F, even if you wanted to, because the health department will have shut it down. New York City also has a similar grading system for its eateries, though the ratings only consist of A, B, C, and "pending". Any place that doesn't have an A are usually not bothered with by consumers, even though a B rating isn't generally too bad (passable but with minor problems found that can easily be fixed).
28th Nov '16 5:26:33 PM ZombieAladdin
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* While Creator/{{Toonami}} hosted dozens of video game reviews over the course of the show, only a handful ever scored below 7 out of 10. No games ever scored lower than 6 on that scale either. The creators have admitted this is due to not having a profession reviewer in their group and only playing games they really like, not wanting to fill the air with needless negativity.

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* While Creator/{{Toonami}} hosted dozens of video game reviews over the course of the show, only a handful ever scored below 7 out of 10. No games ever scored lower than 6 on that scale either. The creators have admitted this is due to not having a profession reviewer in their group and only playing games they really like, not wanting to fill the air with needless negativity. That being said, they only rarely give a game a perfect 10 out of 10, with 8 by far the most common score.
23rd Oct '16 6:56:20 PM nombretomado
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* The user-rated difficulty rating scale on GameFAQs is a 2.5-4.0 scale, when counting only the games with least 50 difficulty level votes. Easy games have a difficulty rating of less than 3. Average difficulty games, which represent the majority of games for most genres, are between 3 and 3.5 in difficulty. Minimum threshold for low-end NintendoHard starts at around 3.5. Difficulty rating 4 or above are reserved for the hardest of the NintendoHard, and several genres (such as Adventure, Puzzle, and Sports) have no games rated with such high difficulty. Only a very small number of games exceed the 4.5 mark, examples of such games include Ghosts and Goblins (NES), Battletoads (NES), Silver Surfer (NES), Ikuraga, and Touhou Chireiden: Subterranean Animism.

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* The user-rated difficulty rating scale on GameFAQs Website/GameFAQs is a 2.5-4.0 scale, when counting only the games with least 50 difficulty level votes. Easy games have a difficulty rating of less than 3. Average difficulty games, which represent the majority of games for most genres, are between 3 and 3.5 in difficulty. Minimum threshold for low-end NintendoHard starts at around 3.5. Difficulty rating 4 or above are reserved for the hardest of the NintendoHard, and several genres (such as Adventure, Puzzle, and Sports) have no games rated with such high difficulty. Only a very small number of games exceed the 4.5 mark, examples of such games include Ghosts and Goblins (NES), Battletoads (NES), Silver Surfer (NES), Ikuraga, and Touhou Chireiden: Subterranean Animism.
10th Aug '16 8:55:19 PM billybobfred
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* ''[[http://arstechnica.com/ Ars Technica]]'' has started reviewing video games on a three-point scale: Buy, Rent, and Skip. They [[http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/05/game-reviews-on-metacritic-why-we-avoid-inclusion.ars expand a bit]] upon why they use that scale and why they aren't part of [[http://www.metacritic.com/ Metacritic]].

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* ''[[http://arstechnica.com/ Ars Technica]]'' has started reviewing video games on a three-point scale: Buy, Rent, and Skip. They [[http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/05/game-reviews-on-metacritic-why-we-avoid-inclusion.ars expand a bit]] upon why they use that scale and why they aren't part of [[http://www.metacritic.com/ Metacritic]].Metacritic.
10th Aug '16 12:52:05 PM Odd1
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** At one point on Allmusic's website, every single one of Music/TheBeatles' albums (as originally released in the U.K.) were rated five out of five stars, no matter if the review was critical or not. Conversely, ratings for other issues of their albums (e.g. the American Capitol releases, some of which, such as ''Meet the Beatles'' and the U.S. issue of ''Rubber Soul'' are considered by some to be [[BetterThanCanon better than their canon counterparts]]) were all over the place.
28th May '16 12:02:59 PM nombretomado
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** In an earlier review on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXxttqyOGWU&feature=channel_page Gamestation]], a flea-market handheld game system resembling the original PlayStation, Dr. Ashen gives the system 7/10, saying that it's the lowest score one can give "before the company pulls their advertising".

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** In an earlier review on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXxttqyOGWU&feature=channel_page Gamestation]], a flea-market handheld game system resembling the original PlayStation, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, Dr. Ashen gives the system 7/10, saying that it's the lowest score one can give "before the company pulls their advertising".



-->I was going to give some points to Crysis 2 because it hasnít crashed and there havenít been any graphical glitches. But thatís kind of weird. Thatís like buying a Prius and saying ďWell, [[EveryCarIsAPinto it didnít explode when I used the turn signal]] and [[TheAllegedCar the airbags didnít go off in my face when I turned on the radio]], so itís a good car.Ē PC gamers just have such low expectations for games, I guess. I need to break that habit of awarding points for simply working properly.

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-->I was going to give some points to Crysis 2 because it hasnít crashed and there havenít been any graphical glitches. But thatís kind of weird. Thatís like buying a Prius and saying ďWell, “Well, [[EveryCarIsAPinto it didnít explode when I used the turn signal]] and [[TheAllegedCar the airbags didnít go off in my face when I turned on the radio]], so itís a good car.Ē PC gamers just have such low expectations for games, I guess. I need to break that habit of awarding points for simply working properly.
14th May '16 6:31:19 PM rjd1922
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** Alex Navarro (a co-worker and supporter of Gerstmann's) often broke the four point scale when he reviewed games including ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheLoadRacing'', ''Robocop'', and ''Land of the Dead''.

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** Alex Navarro (a co-worker and supporter of Gerstmann's) often broke the four point scale when he reviewed games including ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheLoadRacing'', ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', ''Robocop'', and ''Land of the Dead''.
13th Apr '16 5:22:45 AM hks15361
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* Inverted in the HKDSE (the HK equivalent of SAT/ACT/GCE, etc.). To quote some unofficial statistics collected by exam takers, the cutoff for [[RankInflation 5**]], which is the highest possible grade awarded to only ~1% of exam takers, is merely ~67% for Chinese language. The cutoff for 3, the minimum grade allowed for entry in university, is around 47%. It doesn't help that many students consider the Chinese language to be the so-called [[ThatOneLevel "subject invoking death"]]

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* Inverted in the HKDSE (the HK equivalent of SAT/ACT/GCE, etc.). The scale, from the worst to the best, is [[BrokeTheRatingScale U]], 1 (fail), 2 (minimum passing grade), 3 (minimum grade required in Chinese Language and English Language for entering univerisity), 4, 5, [[RankInflation 5* and 5**]]. To quote some unofficial statistics collected by exam takers, the cutoff marks for [[RankInflation 5**]], which is the highest possible grade awarded to only ~1% of exam takers, is merely ~67% 5** and 3 for Chinese language. The cutoff for 3, the minimum grade allowed for entry in university, is around 47%. language are merely 67% and 47% respectively. It doesn't help that many students consider the Chinese language Language to be the so-called [[ThatOneLevel "subject invoking death"]]bringing demise"]]
** It would be more jarring if you know just how much exam takers are awarded for even a decent grade. In 2015, only '''0.8%''' (472 of the 60,114 day-school candidates) got a 5** in in Chinese Language, a core subject that everyone must take. Only half (52,7%) of them got a grade of 3 or above. It isn't much better for elective subjects either. The elective subject which students performed the best, physics, has a 5** yield of 2.8% (335 out of the 12,106 candidates), and for the less popular ones like Integrated Science and Physical Education, it isn't uncommon to see a single-digit number of candidates (or even '''0''') getting a 5** and less than three-fourth of candidates obtaining a passing grade among the hunderds of candidates.
11th Apr '16 8:56:52 AM hks15361
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* Inverted in the HKDSE (the HK equivalent of SAT/ACT/GCE, etc.). To quote some unofficial statistics collected by exam takers, the cutoff for [[RankInflation 5**]], which is the highest possible grade awarded to only ~1% of exam takers, is merely ~67% for Chinese language. The cutoff for 3, the minimum grade allowed for entry in university, is around 47%. It doesn't help that many students consider the Chinese language to be the so-called [[ThatOneLevel "subject invoking death"]]
** Similarly, the common passing mark in school examinations in Hong Kong is 40%, and the average mark for students is often around 60% to 70%.
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