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 (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 and Half-Life 2 and countered with Myst and Pokemon Crystal. Will came back with some lower budget games: the classic Ghostbusters and Magica.
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'. Our views on the entire debacle are somewhat tempered by Polygon's Letter From the Editor. We then took a look at it Bayonetta 2 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.