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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%.
9th Apr '16 11:00:24 AM Steven
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** Towards the end of the magazine's run, they held mini reviews for VirtualConsole games (old games from eras past and original games) and rated games under "Recommended" (this game is good), "Hmmm..." (your milage will vary), and "Grumble, grumble" (game is bad, don't buy it). This style of scoring seems to have been made to avoid the four point scale.
4th Apr '16 5:27:02 PM Lionheart0
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* This became a point of contention during the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Judges were liberally giving out high scores to point where as the dunks grew more and more impressive, they felt obligated to give them 10's. This led to it taking multiple rounds because the final two athletes kept on tying.
2nd Apr '16 6:55:24 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** It isn't unheard of for them to go a little lower. BrooksAndDunn's and KennyChesney's discographies include at least a two-star and two-and-a-half star apiece. Kenny has ''two'' two-stars.

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** It isn't unheard of for them to go a little lower. BrooksAndDunn's and KennyChesney's Music/KennyChesney's discographies include at least a two-star and two-and-a-half star apiece. Kenny has ''two'' two-stars.
27th Mar '16 8:28:28 AM mlsmithca
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*** A similar system is in place for Honours degrees in Australia, with the ranks being First-class, 2A, 2B and 3rd Class (generally referred to as just Honours, rather than "Honours 2A" for example). Thresholds are fuzzy since grades are a combination of coursework and dissertation mark, with the relative importance varying on the field, but usually it's about 85%/75%/65%/50%. It's important to note that getting Honours at all is viewed as remarkable, just the higher ones are deemed exceptional (although if you want to go on for postgraduate work like Masters or PhD, you usually need 2A or higher).

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*** A similar system is in place for Honours degrees in Australia, with the ranks being First-class, 2A, 2B and 3rd Class (generally referred to as just Honours, rather than "Honours 2A" for example). Thresholds are fuzzy since grades are a combination of coursework and dissertation mark, with the relative importance varying on the field, but usually it's about 85%/75%/65%/50%. It's important to note that getting Honours at all is viewed as remarkable, just the higher ones are deemed exceptional (although if you want to go on for postgraduate work like Masters or PhD, [=PhD=], you usually need 2A or higher).
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