Rating System

Luckily, when Bill created this site, he did so with the leeway in mind to do formal, scored reviews; or more casual, discussion-like pieces on the topics he covers. When it comes to the formal reviews, he always felt it was better to have a clearly defined scale to rate media, as it serves as a conversation-starter an immediate point for the reader to either agree or contend, and on the side of the writer a focus point for an argument. He has always preferred a scale large wide enough to create some true differentiation between scores, yet narrow enough that it doesn’t become meaningless – what’s the difference between and 87 out of 100 and an 86 out of 100? – so he settled on a five star system, with one being the worst, five being the best and half-star options in between. The scale is define below so that you have a general idea of what the ratings mean when you encounter them, but, of course, Bill recommends actually reading the reviews for the details.

Rating: ★★★★★

One of the best things we’ve read, watched or played.

Rating: ★★★★☆

A great game, movie or book with a problem or two.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Rating: ★★☆☆☆

A piece of media with several major problems but a few redeeming qualities.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Among the worst we’ve read, watched or played.

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