It’s an editorial in which The Escapist’s Russ Pitts weakly tries to justify why the site has finally capitulated in using a star/numerical rating system for reviews…
…and then spends the bulk of the article making a vehement case why ratings are bad, horrid things.
No skin off my nose whether Escapist uses ratings or not, but this explanation is just plain weird. It’s not a clear explanation why they’re doing it, but more of an apology that they have to (for some reason) and an attempt to solidify their position as Rating Haters. I kind of got a mental image of a guy bludgeoning another guy to death, all the while shouting “This is wrong! Murder is abhorrent! I shouldn’t be doing this! You all agree, this is an evil action!”
Well, yeah, we agree, but you’re still doing it, so it kind of negates everything you’re saying.
As a probably-only-interesting-to-me postscript, my personal disdain for ratings — shared by my friends — is why our cult movie review site Mutant Reviewers has always had a spot in each review for a rating, in which we’ve (usually) never given it a serious rating whatsoever.