What Is The G.A.M.E.S. Blog?

The G.A.M.E.S. Blog was founded in April 2009 with the goal of providing you with interesting content from a variety of sources. Our name comes from the acronym for Gaming, Anime, Manga, Electronics and Stuff, and we are committed to giving you fast and accurate news and reviews in each of these areas. Everyone has their own tastes, and the authors here at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog are no different. To help give you an idea of what kind of content to expect from each of our authors, take a look at their bio pages.

So How Does Your Rating System Work?

The G.A.M.E.S. Blog uses a 10 point (star) scale, that goes up by half-point increments. We feel that this rating scale is accurate enough so that all of our readers can relate to the scores we award to games/anime/manga. One problem that arises with ratings (especially with video game reviews), is equating a score to an “average game”. With our reviews,  a score of 5.0 would correspond to an average game/anime/manga, with average being defined as “equal parts good and bad”. Unfortunately, many other sites and review aggregate sites have started a trend, where a score of approximately 7.0 equates to an average game/anime/manga, but we aim to stray from that mindset.

Our review scores are broken down into subsections. The subsections for game reviews include

  • Graphics: We judge graphics as a mix between technical feats and art design. Granted, some consoles and handhelds are considerably less powerful on others, so we judge graphics relative to the system they are on. Furthermore, if a game relies more on art design, we will not necessarily count that against it. For example, many independent games have to rely on art design, due to smaller development teams, budgets, and time.
  • Story: We award a score for story based on a composite of a game’s plot, characters, narrative elements, and in some cases, the actual development and quality of the campaign, e.g. set piece moments. If a game does not have a story in the traditional sense, for example, a “Mario” game or a “sports” game, we will not award a score for ‘Story’.
  • Gameplay: Gameplay is judged on the game’s mechanics and controls; essentially, what the player “does” in a game.
  • Balance: We award a score for balance based on the game’s ‘difficulty’. This equates to whether a game is too easy or too hard, whether it has too steep of a difficulty curve, or no difficulty curve at all. It can also apply the actual balancing system within the game. This usually applies to online/multiplayer games. For example, weapon balancing in a shooter game.
  • Audio: Audio is judged on voice acting, musical score, and sound effects.
  • Intangibles: Obviously, it is counter-intuitive to define “intangibles”, but our writers usually award a score based on the fun factor or charm a game has, the amount of content, or simply, how well a game comes together. In some cases, the game’s design has an impact on this score. For example, if the gameplay mechanics in a shooter game are sound, but maps are too big, or not designed well, this would affect the score. Also, games that are plagued with glitches and bugs will most likely receive a lower score in the intangibles section.
  • Overall: An overall score is awarded based off the above sections, but it is not an exact average.

Our anime reviews are broken into these subscores:

  • Art: The art score is judged on quality of the character designs and backgrounds as well as the overall video quality. If a show reuses scenes too much or suffers from poor video presentation such as skipped frames or distortions, they will be penalized here for it.
  • Audio: This score is based on voice acting quality as well as musical score.
  • Characters: Since character development is such a key component of anime, they receive their own score here. Series and movies will be graded on whether there is thorough development of characters, their interactions with each other, and whether they fit the script.
  • Story: Story score is based on the flow, speed and coherence of the story as the series or movie progresses. If the anime suffers from pacing issues or has giant plot holes, they will be penalized here.
  • Intangibles: Typically, this awarded based on enjoyment of the series but if a release has bonus content or pack-ins, their effects would be considered here.
  • Overall: An overall score is awarded based off the above sections, but it is not an exact average.

Our manga reviews are broken into these subscores:

  • Art: The art score is judged on quality of the character designs and backgrounds. If characters are indistinguishable from one another or the tones used are distracting, a series may be penalized on the art score.
  • Quality: This score is based on quality of the printing. This includes things such as the quality of the paper and cover as well as printing errors such as missing pages or offset or misaligned printing.
  • Characters: Since character development is such a key component of most manga series, they receive their own score here. Series will be graded on whether there is thorough development of characters, their interactions with each other, and whether they fit the script.
  • Story: Story score is based on the flow, speed and coherence of the story as the series progresses. If the manga suffers from pacing issues or has giant plot holes, they will be penalized here.
  • Intangibles: Typically, this awarded based on enjoyment of the series but if a release has bonus content or pack-ins, their effects would be considered here.
  • Overall: An overall score is awarded based off the above sections, but it is not an exact average.

Here is a rough estimate of what our scores represent:

10/10 – Masterful
9/10 – Excellent
8/10 – Great
7/10 – Good
6/10 – Okay
5/10 – Average
4/10 – Weak
3/10 – Bad
2/10 – Horrible
1/10 – Abysmal
0/10 – Atrocious

Why Don’t You Review Every Game?
While we would like to review every game, we here at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog don’t want to take the fire-hose approach when it comes to video game news and reviews. Instead, we focus on games we find significant, whether that be on a grand scale, or games that we personally enjoy (for more insight, check the author pages to see what each reviewer is into). While we try to cover a broad range of games, don’t expect a lot of sports-related coverage.

Does a score of 10/10 represent a perfect game? 
No. We don’t really think that any game can be “perfect”, but a 10/10 game is one we can recommend to all. Also, 10/10 games will usually have little to no flaws and do something to set themselves apart.

How Do I Contact You?
If you are a video game publisher or developer, and you want to contact us for review/preview/news purposes, visit our Contact page.

How Can I Get More Involved On The Site?
We here at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog are always looking for ways for readers to interact with us. Forums will be up (hopefully) soon, where you will be able to make an account and post about your favorite games, anime, manga, and more! We also have a podcast, where we take listener questions regularly. You can also make comments on news and reviews or contact us via the contact page or our personal about pages.

Also, every now and then, we might do public hangouts on Google Plus, where you will be able to hangout and chat with us. We have done video live streams in the past, and we are actively looking to do them in the future.