3am: The perfect score
TomChick - News - 06/15/05 - Link

It's always a little annoying to hear people refer to 10/10 or 5 stars as a perfect score. We all know there's no such thing as a perfect game, at least not in the literal sense of the word. Neither should there be any such thing as a perfect score.

But there should be a maximum score, and you shouldn't be afraid to use it. That the typical 7-9 ratings system doesn't use its 1 through 6 is only half of the problem (okay, technically, 60% of the problem). The other half of the problem is that it's too cowardly to use its 10.

So I was really pleased when Games Domain let me -- nay, even encouraged me based on my enthusiasm -- give Kirby Canvas Curse a big fat sloppy 10. It deserves it.

It's been a good year for perfect scores. I've happily handed them out to God of War, Guild Wars, and now Kirby. None of which are perfect games, mind you, but each of which deserves the highest honors. And if you're not going to use your best numbers to extend those highest honors, then why have them?



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