@13 Well, it's not true that they have nothing to do with one another. The Four Point Scale
is actually part of what makes 8.8
. I know from experience.
Once upon a time, I helped run an independent review site. Part of our deal is that we actually used a legit 1-10 scale (with .1 gradations, and with a 0 available for Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
). And since we used the whole scale, 5.0 was our "perfectly average" game. Heck, if we gave something over a 7.5, we really liked it.
You would not believe how much negative feedback and hate mail we'd get for our reviews. People would flip out over a 7.2, and we'd have a form response to send them, with some customization. The first line of our response was always "Please note: due to our scale, this is a positive review
In a realistic world where people expected a full 1-10 scale, an 8.8 would get minor grumbling instead of massive flame wars. Instead, because people act like 7.0 is the worst thing possible, it's treated by both gamers and some developers as a significant insult.
I could do an entire analysis on the two tropes, based on my experience. But suffice to say, while the tropes end up playing out differently, 8.8 doesn't exist without the Four-Point Scale's existence.