To elevate the quality, culture and perception of videogames as contemporary arts and entertainment through criticism and community development.
We will accomplish this mission by presenting a diverse range of perspectives from authors and gamers of different backgrounds in order to provide readers with insightful, useful, and entertaining content on videogames and their growing presence in society.
Our Game Review Philosophy
- Game criticism is about elevating the appreciation and understanding of videogames.
- All reviews are by nature subjective, and based on the critics’ personal experience. Therefore, any review and/or rating is only a summation of the critic’s own opinion.
- Games are not judged purely on fun, entertainment value, or technical craftsmanship. Personal, cultural, historical, and creative contexts also considered.
- Our numerical ratings are based on a game’s own merits. They are not relative to every game in existence, nor are they meant to assign an absolute or universal value of the game to the reader.
Consumer Guide to Ratings
For readers who use our reviews to guide their purchasing decisions, please refer to the following definitions:
9 to 10*: Excellent / Highly Recommended
7 to 8: Above Average / Recommended
5 to 6: Average / Cautiously Recommended
3 to 4: Below Average / Not Recommended
1 to 2: Poor / Don’t Bother Playing
* A rating of 10 does not denote ‘perfection’ in any sense, it is simply the highest possible recommendation we can bestow upon a game.
Comments Moderation Policy
We welcome comments and feedback on our work from readers, but ask that messages left be respectful and not of an insulting or harassing nature. We reserve the right to not publish any comments we feel do meet these criteria.
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