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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.

18. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2012, 13:30 eunichron
As much as I want to jump on Creston's IGN hatewagon, the article has a point, though, not by the means they were talking about.

Metacritic is made up of two styles of reviews; professional (and I use that term extremely lightly) reviewers, and user reviews. The professional reviews can be swayed as we have seen in the past through extortion by marketing and outright corruption, or the reviewers are just simply bad reviewers, not much better than the standard User review on the website. User reviews are usually day-0 reviews that follow the flavor of the week, and are purely subjective. There are games where there is a loosely organized effort to bomb the Metacritic score simply because of a single feature (Diablo 3) or an irrational hatred of the title (SW:TOR), or because of shoddy business practice (Mass Effect 3), and in all cases it is regardless of the actual quality of the game itself.

In both cases the reviews can't be trusted. They are not an accurate representation of the game itself, and instead become a reflection of the floundering relationship between publishers and reviewers, or the irrational vitriol of gamers on a crusade. It is in that regard that Metacritic is ruining the games industry, but only as long users put any value on it. If users were smart enough to realize that professional reviewers are paid shills, or that 4chan's /v/ regularly bombs scores of games purely because of personal vendetta, then Metacritic has no effect at all.

Bottom line is the only reviewer you can trust is yourself.
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