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Op Ed

IGN - Is Metacritic Ruining The Games Industry?
It also leads to some very dodgy behaviour from the publisher side of things. Iíve been told stories of PR executives working on particular games being directed to specifically target these smaller sites in the hope of raising that average score and covering up a less enthusiastic reception from the big outlets. For most people working in games marketing, Metacritic will come up during their annual review process, and a less-than-ideal average score for a game will sometimes result in a severe bollocking.

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40. Re: Op Ed Jul 19, 2012, 09:56 Beamer
InBlack wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 09:29:
LoL Beamer still spewing your corporate culture bullshit.

I just used D3 as a recent example. But lets stick to hypotheticals.

Say that a game, lets call it GameAAA was released with almost universal acclaim by profesional reviewers, but a significant percentage of user reviews (lets say 30% for argument's sake) gave it very negative reviews 0/10 or even 1/10.

Would you really ignore their reviews, would you still buy the game without even reading some of those scalding reviews??

Your first sentence is idiotic. How you can possibly construe that as "corporate culture bullshit"... christ it's a stupid thing to say.

Do you know what game is worth 0s? Big Rig Racing. Do you know what game is not worth 0s? Virtually every other game.

I'm sorry if feeling that someone should have either paid for a game or played a game before rating it makes me a "corporate culture bullshit[er]." Disagreeing probably makes you kind of stupid.

You really think a review is valid if it comes from someone that has not played it? That's as moronic as the idiots sending death threats to critics that said Dark Knight Rises is "just ok," despite the kid at home also having not seen it.

Anyone that gave Diablo 3 a 0 without having played it or purchased it is a fanboy, plain and simple. This goes for the morons giving it a 10, too. Oh, wait, I can't say that, it goes against your idiotic view of me. I'll fix it. "Every game should be rated by overly passionate idiots before they play it, meaning every game should be swarmed with 0s or 10s by people that are too stupid to understand that not everything is exactly what they wanted."

If Deus Ex: HR hadn't been leaked its Metacritic user score would have been all 0s, too, by morons that felt it was too shiny and too yellow and too Press-X-To-Win and too highlighting-ladders-to-be-too-easy. Stupid "fans" fans either freak out because it's different and give it 0s without playing it, and other stupid fans drool and give it 10s without playing it due to the name. Neither is a valid opinion.
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