Episode 1

On Ratings and Gamer Gate


Episode 1


This discussion is the first of many about the news and games of the day. In this first recording we discuss two topics: our take on how we rate games and this year's GamerGate scandal.

Our discussion about ratings started by Nate bringing up a discussion first inspired by Polygon's Quality Control Podcast[1] (the Bayonetta 2 episode), the thesis of which was that a perfect score is not necessarily an indicator of a perfect game but 'the highest recommendation a game can recieve.' Brian was leaning more in the other direction - that a perfect rating is in fact an indication of a perfect game and as such is exceedingly rare (if not impossible). Will's opinion was a bit less defined but he ultimately felt that we should attempt to rate across the spectrum of a full 10 point scale.

To gain some perspective on our ratings, we talked about what some of our all-time favorite games are. Nate accused Will of having a 'big budget bias' when he brought up Mass Effect 2[2] and Half-Life 2[3] and countered with Myst[4] and Pokemon Crystal[5]. Will came back with some lower budget games: the classic Ghostbusters[6] and Magica[7].

Sadly though, not everything is coming up roses in late 2014, and through the eye of the GamerGate 'controversy' we take a glance at Anita Sarkeesian, the threats made against her, and her Kickstarted video series 'Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games'[8]. Our views on the entire debacle are somewhat tempered by Polygon's Letter From the Editor[9]. We then took a look at it Bayonetta 2[10] and how it was both feeding and fighting the problem.

From GamerGate to the wide issue of rating systems, we hit the rounds, but never fear - this is just be the first conversation of many.

[1] https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/polygons-quality-control/id925059601
[2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TORSII/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001TORSII&linkCode=as2&tag=emotpixepod06-20&linkId=KLUYSKFPLL3A2BLW
[3] http://store.steampowered.com/app/220/
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myst
[5] http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Crystal_Version
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ghostbusters_video_games#Ghostbusters_.28Activision.29
[7] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JN176K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004JN176K&linkCode=as2&tag=emotpixepod06-20&linkId=G3U2W7KSWGL3W4B2
[8] https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn4ob_5_ttEaA_vc8F3fjzE62esf9yP61
[9] http://www.polygon.com/2014/10/17/6996601/on-gamergate-a-letter-from-the-editor
[10] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DC7G1WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DC7G1WE&linkCode=as2&tag=emotpixepod06-20&linkId=D472VSSFZGW6CZ5D


Will Atkinson

Brian Pachucki

Nate Stevens

Alberto Malfavon