Me as a gamer
I've been gaming exclusively with my three sons, ages 19, 16, and 11 over the last seven years.
A word about my ratings...
When I first started rating games in my collection, I tried to be more "absolute" in my rankings, taking into account each game as a whole in terms of its production and entertainment. But lately I've tried to be more subjective in my ratings, especially towards those games that aren't very good. I think this is actually a more honest approach, because while the previous approach may have been more fair to each game, it also artificially bunched my ratings around 7 or so because most games have decent production, interesting mechanics, etc. Yet a game can still be tedious or even boring, so hence my transition towards more relative, subjective ratings.
This has been especially hard on the Commands and Colors series. I've always had a special hatred for Memoir 44, but BattleLore (1st Edition) and Ancients have both drifted downward over time as I've discovered that they just aren't that much fun....and now Battles of Westeros obviates them all. And still better is Ars Victor....
It's also been hard on a few other games: e.g., Star Trek: Fleet Captains is a very good game but the production values are just so blatantly cheap that I cut its rating in half. Battles of Westeros is also excellent, but the time lost gluing those effing minis is reflected in its rating. I'm also very hard on games that have a poorly written rulebook as well as games that don't provide sufficient references to play out-of-the-box after some time spent playing other games. I don't think this is capricious or malicious: The gaming experience encompasses everything, from reading the rulebook to packing the game away for storage, so I'm going to factor all of that into my ratings.
Having said that, I need to revisit my ratings, because one of the things I want to be able to say is that everything rated 7 and higher are the games I could never get rid of....