Still… I have to confess that the numeric values on BGG have been useful to me. I never would have put Battlestar Galactica on my wish list or talked about it (and thus might night have received it as a gift) if not for it’s high rating. I simply never would have been interested in a game based on a TV show (a show I am only now starting to watch) if not for how high its numeric value was. This holds true for several games that have been fairly popular in our group lately.]]>
I agree that some games will suffer just because of the nature of what they are. But ultimately, as you mentioned, that speaks more to the stuffy nature of the gamers rating them than it does to the weakness of the rating system.
And ultimately, that’s why personal comments and written reviews are sooooo much more valuable than any rating system could ever be.]]>