I dig GB and crew, but in the past year I have felt increasingly like even though they give solid positive reviews to things, they kind of hate everything. They'll wet themselves when the next Jonothan Blow game comes out, sure, but things they get that excited about are rarities. I understand burn-out. I wonder if they're suffering that. Or maybe it's just my perception. I just don't get as excited about games when they talk about them as I used to when they talked about them.
Yeah I get the same feeling too.
I mean, if I was the publisher I don't know how comfortable I'd feel sending GB a copy of my game knowing that it could get docked a full 1/5 of it score for something as small and subjective as "I don't like how the sprint works" or "I don't like the potshots they took at Modern Warfare in their marketing".
We can sit here and say "but a 4 is a great score as far as the Giant Bomb scale is concerned" or "publishers should be happy about an 80/100, that's a good score" but like it or not, agree with it or disagree with it, that's just not the reality of today's system.