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On Switching From Letter Grades to Five Stars

Posted on Wednesday, January 4 @ 06:14:38 PST by

After much deliberation and mental toil, Game Revolution will be changing its letter grade scale to a five-star scale with half-star increments. We know that letter grades are one of our iconically beloved idiosyncracies, and most changes are always initially met with disapproval, but there are many reasons why the five-star scale makes more sense and is much more practical today.

First and foremost, switching to a five-star scale allows Game Revolution to control how our grades are interpreted. Occasionally, our letter grades are taken out of context and must be explained, to our detriment, and yes, I'm intentionally keeping the whos and the whats vague. Suffice it to say, the letter-grade system prevents us from, among other things, receiving titles and ensuring that our voice is not misunderstood nor misused.

Letter grades, bluntly, don't come off as a professional system and correlates to, well, school. I mean, the last time I took letter grades seriously was in college and the last thing I want to think about when I play a video game is my GPA (unless we're talking about Dance Dance Revolution). Still, the five-star scale is more recognized not only internationally, but also as a critical scale, as it is used in review for other widely accepted artforms like music, food, movies, and literature. It's about time video games be included in that circle.

And really, we're still going to be as critical as we were before. An A = 5 stars, A- = 4.5 stars, B+ = 4 stars, and so on until an F = 0 stars. The D and D- must share the half-star grade, but apart from that, the letter grades and the star grades have a one-to-one correspondence. In other words, the change is essentially cosmetic. We're still the honest assholes folks you've grown to love. Besides, we've got a star in our logo, so it fits.

Oh, and if you're worried about the prospect of never having any game ever receiving the fabled A+, calm thyself. We would remedy soon with a what-if feature soon. And on that subject, what game would you give an A+, eh?

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