The review policy & ethics of The League of Mediocre Gamers

One stark trend we have noticed in the world of gaming recently is it’s extreme distrust of journalists, and in turn news sites.  Here at The League of Mediocre Gamers we want to put all information about our process right out into the open.

Review Scale: We have decided to go with a 1-5 scale for our scoring in reviews.  We went with this scale because we feel that the gaming community puts too much intensity on what score a title receives.  Many a times there have been arguments questioning (frequently, before a game is even released) why a game got a 8.7 instead of an 8.9.  We chose to simplify our scale in order to prevent moments like these.  We want the focus of our reviews to be on the written work of the reviewers.  If you are confused as to why we chose one score over another, please read the review and it should be cleared up. Below are breakdowns of each level of score we give.

  • 1 out of 5: Please do not buy or play these games. Examples: Bomberman: Act Zero, Sonic the Hedgehog (2007), & Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire.
  • 2 out of 5: These game lack execution over the majority of the game , or have major game breaking flaws.  The titles may have some redeeming qualities, but should likely be avoided.  Some examples are The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Kinect JoyRide, & Call of Juarez: The Cartel.
  • 3 out of 5: A good game in certain areas, but lacks the same execution over all areas.  This could also mean the title is just very mediocre or lacks any true innovation.  Some examples are God of War Ascension, Crackdown 2 & Red Faction: Armageddon.
  • 4 out of 5: Great overall titles, but lacking in certain areas.  Titles given a 4 may not innovate in many incredible ways, but they are still a great time to play.  Examples would be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Viva Pinata, & Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
  • 5 out of 5: An incredible game overall.  This does not mean the title is perfect; 5 means that the game is so good that is a must own.  Some examples of this would be Bioshock, Pokemon Silver/Gold, Portal 2 & Red Dead Redemption.
  • Please note the game score opinions are solely those of Bobby Marquardt

One area we will be expanding upon in the future is disclosing how long we played the title we are reviewing. We will include items such as:

  • How long did we play the game (Including approximate time we took on single player, challenge modes & multiplayer)
  • What modes were played.
  • What difficulty did we played on.

By including these we hope to avoid many of the complaints readers may have when gauging what value they should give our reviews.

Ethics:

We will likely one day become an ad supported site, but we currently are not (as is plain to see).  Any ads seen on this site do not represent the views or opinions held by any of the staff at the League of Mediocre Gamers.  We will never accept money for reviews, review placement, or preview placement.

If we (by some luck) are ever invited to publisher events, developer events or anything of the sort, we will disclose that information to you at the bottom of our article.  We will always disclose what version of the game we are reviewing or previewing.  Our staff will disclose any gifts or “swag” received from publishers & developers.

Any deals we post are simply what we feel our readership would enjoy. They are not paid advertisements.

Sources:

We will do our best to verify any information we are given.  If a source cannot be verified, we will disclose that in our articles.  If information is taken from a different website we will include a link back to the source page, as well as disclose it within the first portion of that article.

We hope this clears up any possible confusion on what we are here to do.  We will work to be an unbiased source of coverage for the gaming community.

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