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Fallout: New Vegas Bonus Missed by 1 Point; Obsidian Layoffs

Obsidian's Chris Avellone indicated that Obsidian just missed a bonus for Fallout: New Vegas, reports Joystiq, saying this came in a tweet from a no longer existent account, allegedly saying: "[Fallout: New Vegas] was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn't." Sure enough, the game currently sits at 84 on Metacritic. They also note their report of layoffs at Obsidian, though these are still unconfirmed. Thanks nin.

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78. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Bonus Missed by 1 Point; Obsidian Layoffs Mar 16, 2012, 16:07 Bhruic
 
Only my opinion of course but I see it as a convenience tool for consumers

I think that's giving it more credit than it deserves. I don't mind the consumer ratings, although they are subject to sabotage, generally they are a good indicator of public perception of a game. But the professional rankings are absolute shit, imo. With the system we have now of "paid" reviews, and such a relatively small sample size, it's too easy to skew ratings in favour of games that don't deserve it (or vice versa). As you said, Fallout:NV should have a higher ranking than Fallout 3. And the User Scores of 7.9 and 7.8 reflect that.

Beyond using it as a marketing tool, I don't see any practical application for it.
 
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