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Metacritic Matters: How Review Scores Hurt Video Games

Bugs in Fallout: New Vegas might have eaten your save file. Maybe they took away a few hours of progress, or forced you to reset a couple of quests. Maybe game-crashing bugs pissed you off to the point where you wished you could get your $60 back. But they probably didn’t cost you a million dollars. » 8/08/15 12:30pm 8/08/15 12:30pm

Did Sports Video Games Really Get Any Better in 2012?

Earlier this week, Metacritic bemoaned 2012 as a year of poorer review scores for video games than the one preceding it. Fewer titles surpassed the all-important 90—which practically guarantees job security to those who developed or greenlit the project—than in 2011. Interestingly, the three console platforms' average… » 1/06/13 4:30pm 1/06/13 4:30pm

Even If No One Listens, Let the Review Bombs Fall

It's easy to sit back and scoff at "review bombing," as we saw last week » 5/25/12 9:00pm 5/25/12 9:00pm when Blizzard . Flooding Amazon to give zero stars to something others have , sure, that's not a legitimate review. And people staging a sit-in aren't there to legitimately patronize a public accommodation, either. But a sit-in is a legitimate…

Modern Warfare 3 Developer Pleads for Better Metascores, Discovers That's a Stupid Idea

Why someone from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 developer Sledgehammer would consider its fan-voted Metacritic score worth a get-out-the-vote tweet is utterly beyond me. It is by far the most polarizing title among gaming's annual releases, so a user score of 1.7 is probably to be expected, given how much gaming's … » 11/17/11 9:00pm 11/17/11 9:00pm