So a few weeks back I grabbed #BANG! to play with a group of my guys for one of my jobs and we had a blast playing it.
It got me thinking about how I make ratings judgements on game. There are two main ways I can think of to rate a game. 1. You rate it just as an overall experience in relationship to other games. For instance #BANG! is quite low for me compared to #Root. 2. Rating the game based on what it proclaims to be.
I think if I had to pick between the two I'd opt for the 2nd because a low rating for #BANG! I don't think is fair. Yes it's not my favorite game, but it does what it claims to do. Overall I probably mix both options, but still favor option 2 as being able to give me personally a better understanding of a game.
What about you how do you rate games? How much stock do you put in how others rate games?