This page is for various miscellaneous information about things that doesn’t fit into any of the other pages.
Rating system (for reviews of media):
This is a breakdown of the rating system I use for reviews. The direct score one gives to something matters less than how the score is interpreted, so for anyone confused about how my ratings work, here is an explanation:
9: Outstanding. This is reserved for only the absolute best, the Mary Poppins of media: practically perfect in every way. That does not mean that they are completely perfect; they may still have a few moments that were less than enjoyable, but not enough to make a significant dent in the quality. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a game, book, or movie that is absolutely perfect in every way. In fact, if I ever actually came across such a game, literally perfect, without the slightest flaw, then I would officially consider it to have broken my rating scale and earned a 10. Normally, there is no 10 on this scale, but I’d be willing to make an exception in that case. But it will probably never happen. Heck, I’ve never even had anything that I’d give a 9, at least so far. I’ve played at least one video game that was basically two or three annoying gameplay mechanics away from getting one, but as the saying goes, “almost” only counts in horseshoes. Something worthy of a 9 would most likely be my favorite insert-form-of-media-here ever and one that I would suggest everyone try.
8: Excellent. This is for media that I found imperfect, but either the flaws were so minor or everything else was done so well that they didn’t mar the experience much. A work of media that scored an 8 was a true joy to experience. A video game that got an 8 would have great gameplay and most likely great graphics and music, and a good plot in the case of genres that care about it. A book that got an 8 would most likely have a great plot, characters, and writing all the way through. I would recommend these to people even if they are of a genre that they don’t normally like, and in the case of video games, even if they’re on a console they don’t own (unless that would be the only game they would have for that console).
7: Great. This is for media that is well-made, but maybe not as much so as things that would get a higher score. A work that would get a 7 might have content that is very good but not quite top-tier, or with not as much attention to detail and fine-tuning. It could also be something with similar content to an 8-tier work but whose flaws are somewhat more pronounced, or it could even merely be too short to enjoy as much as would be ideal. I would recommend these to people even if they don’t normally care for the genre, though if it’s a video game on a console they don’t own, I wouldn’t be quite so sure unless they were planning to get one anyway.
6: Good. This is for media that is definitely above average, but it’s not amazing or anything. Alternatively, this is for things that could potentially have been a 7 or even an 8 but were bogged down by some pretty significant flaws, or a considerable number of smaller ones, enough to drop it a tier or two. It can also be for works that would otherwise fall within the “average” or even “mediocre” range but had enough notably good things about them to push them a bit above the rest. I might recommend these to people who are a bit lukewarm on the genre, but not if they actively dislike it (or in the case of video games, have to get a new console for them).
5: Average. This is for media that doesn’t stand out as being all that bad, but neither does it stand out as being all that good. It’s just kind of middle-of-the-road. Alternatively, it could be something that could have been ranked higher if it had only had fewer flaws, if the flaws were less noticeable, or if there had been a bit more attention to design and detail. If you like the genre, you might like works of this tier, but if you aren’t a fan of it, it’s doubtful that these will change your mind.
4: Mediocre. This is for media that is below average but maybe not outright bad. Alternatively, it has all the problems and design flaws of a 5-ranked work of media (or even low 6) but even more pronounced or more numerous. Or maybe it just plain got on my nerves enough that I didn’t feel it deserved a higher rating. It might still be worth a shot if you really like the genre or series, but it’s not something I’d recommend to the general public. This is about the lowest score something can get without having some serious problems, or alternatively, about the lowest score something can get and still be potentially worth experiencing on its own merits.
3: Bad. This is for media that is worse than merely “meh” or “not so good”, but outright…well, bad. They’re not the worst thing out there, but they have some major flaws or fails in a vital area, or occasionally are things that could have merely been a 4 but were cringeworthy or infuriating enough to deserve lower than that. It’s possible for one of these to be “so bad it’s good”, but outside of that, I wouldn’t recommend these to anyone.
2: Terrible. This is for media that seriously failed in doing what they should in some form. About the only reason you’d want to play, read, or watch these is to see just how bad they are.
1: Abysmal. This is the bottom of the barrel, for things that really are just that awful in some way or another, or occasionally things that I just plain hated enough that I pretty much had to give them the lowest possible score. Not much else to say about this one.
This was actually inspired a good deal by the AP essay scoring system, though it doesn’t correspond exactly to it. In practice, the different rankings aren’t used even close to evenly, of course; going by the things I have possible ratings in mind for already, they would tend to fall within the 4-8 range. I should mention, however, that I do not believe in the “four-point scale”; I don’t believe in inflating scores, and I will gladly go all the way down to 1 if I need to. I also don’t care about other people’s opinions of anything; no matter how renowned or beloved a work of media may be, if I only liked it enough to give it a 4, then a 4 it will get. I am beholden to no one, I accept no bribes, and I don’t care how many childhoods I stomp on. Also, if you’re used to most rating systems, which tend to correspond somewhat to school grades (for instance, 75/100 being a C), then repeat this mantra until it’s firmly branded into your mind: A 6 is not a bad score. It is not a D. It does not mean “kind of lousy”. It means above average at the very least, and it’s very possible for me to give a 6 to things that I actually quite liked. Now that that’s out of the way, I think I’ve about summed up everything.
Rating system (for the List of Limbo):
This is a breakdown of the scale I use for my “List of Limbo” entries. It is used to rank how likely I am to pick a work of media back up after putting it on this list, at least by my prediction at the time of the writing. Think of something similar to Mark Rosewater’s Storm scale, except that higher numbers are more likely and lower ones are less. Admittedly, doing it the other way around would make more sense relative to that scale as well as the “circles of limbo” imagery, but then it would be incongruous with my normal rating system. Here is a breakdown of the possible ratings and likely interpretations thereof:
5: I will probably come back to this at some point if the time is right, though I doubt it would take priority over things I genuinely like.
4: I might come back to this if I’m desperate enough for something to do, or maybe if enough people want me to do a genuine review of it.
3: It’s unlikely that I’ll ever come back to this. Pretty much, I’d either have to be really desperate for entertainment, or people would really have to want me to review it properly (and I’d have to be willing to put myself through that kind of misery).
2: It’s extremely unlikely that I’ll ever want to come back to this. It might not be straight-out impossible, but there would be no reason for me to do so and good reasons for me not to.
1: While I don’t generally believe in absolutes, I can pretty safely say that this is not happening.