Metacritic hurts gaming and fans.
Over the years we have all come to understand the word and the brand called, Metacritic.
Originally used to give a consumer an easier way to see all the reviews of a product. It eventually grew into a site where people go to get information on entertainment.
First off, the Metacritic site has a very secret formula they use to create their 1 to 100 scores. This formula employs a sliding scale that is based on the popularity of the reviewer or site that did the review.
“How is this popularity established and where is the Metacritic score for the reviewer?”
Metacritic in my opinion is becoming a sort of credit score for game developers that can mean the difference of life or death for a game, the development company and/or its employees. It is said that the Obsidian who did Fallout New Vegas, lost a one million dollar bonus as a result of a one point difference in their score.
Reviewers know this score matters and some have started to use it as a weapon of retaliation against game developers that have stood up for their product against a journalist that wants to push a personal non-gaming related opinion.
“Gaming is entertainment, entertainment is art and art is subjective. Its all in the eye of the beholder!”
Can any one really review a picture or painting? – If that’s the case Picasso did not know how to draw!
We need to find a way to wrangle in what is happening to the art form of gaming . I can understand if a game is broken, buggy, or horribly written but the big media sites are grading on too strong of a curve and we need to change this broken system as gaming is the only industry that hangs this hard on the scores.
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