I am not advocating the VCG change from his system of 15 years, but commenting that the system has possibly evolved a bit. That, well, "no console is an island."
The VGC does compare across consoles he considers similar, like the SNES and Genesis. In response to some of the 'Hey, you gave my favorite game a C' kind of comments, he has said that a C is a respectable rating on this site. That is a global statement, not dependent on what console he was discussing. The letter grades themselves were chosen precisely because they are familiar - a B is something that is pretty good, but still has plenty of room for improvement. Whether you get Pitfall on the 2600, or Neutopia on the TG-16, or Space Channel 5 on the Dreamcast, those are all B games for their time, and across time. Good games, with room for improvement. So, over the 15 years of reviewing, I submit that the Critic has an idea of what it means to be a B game, a C game, etc. This global idea seems to have been modified here for the Game.com, and the RE2 letter grade.
I agree, don't change what works, and this review letter grade system has worked for 15 years, I just submit the system has evolved a bit and that the Game.com has made that evolution more apparent. I do thoroughly enjoy each and every review, and the dedication behind the site, but just thought that this set of grades is all skewed too high.
Two things. First, comparing SNES to Genesis is, in many ways, an apples-to-apples comparison. The two are pretty closely matched from a hardware perspective. They were also both mainstream, successful consoles. Game.com, however, was a failed system, and it doesn't make sense to compare it to more capable and successful systems of the era. Obviously, Game Boy had hundreds of games that are better than the 20 or so games on Game.com, so why compare the two? Anyone buying a Game.com is not expecting it to compare to the GB.
Second, from what I have seen, the Critic only using his cross-platform comparison scores for games released on multiple systems. Take Primal Rage, for example, which the Critic is currently reviewing. It makes sense to compare the SNES and Genesis versions of Primal Rage, so that a collector who wants the best overall version of the game knows which system to buy it for. But it would make no sense to compare, say, Genesis Primal Rage to SNES Street Fighter II, and I have never seen the Critic scores games based on that. Likewise, RE2 was only released in portable form on Game.com, so it wouldn't make sense to compare it to random games on the Game Boy. Like... "RE2 is pretty neat, but it's no match for Metroid II-- I give it a D."