OXM’s Dan Amirch tells you how (not) to read a review

We’ve all been there when it comes to reading game reviews. Swearing up and down to yourself that what ever review it is, it must be wrong, because you don’t happen to agree. Well, it time that the reader here how it should be done, Reading reviews that is. OXM’s Dan Amirch has had it with the whole misuse of game reviews and has decided to let the readers know how (not) to read a review.

If you’ve ever had a similar “no way is that game a 9, it’s a 7.5 at best” reaction, take a step back and ask yourself a question: Why are you reading that review in the first place? Are you reading it to seek out advice as you make a buying decisions (which is why OXM writes its reviews), or are you looking for some published article that supports the opinion you’ve already formed?

As to add to that very paragraph of Dan I’ll say this one thing. Numbers are one thing, but the words that follow them are what really matters, but then again you’ve probably already made up your mind by then anyway.

[Via OXM Online]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell- 

2 Responses

  1. Everyone knows that most people who “read” a review only look at the big number at the bottom. Sad, but true.

  2. Yeah, it is. I think there’s a lot of things that add to most review systems being inherently flawed, but a lot of it is really just how the reader approaches it. This is a problem with every console to some degree, although it seems like every time a game comes out people at Nintendo sites are complaining about the scores. I visit GoNintendo since I have a DS and it seems like there’s posts to that effect every single week lol.

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