So, Gamers Acting Like Idiots is Somehow Metacritic’s Fault?

As usual, it takes a little logic and common sense to clear things up.

As usual, it takes a little logic and common sense to clear things up.

The inability to look in the mirror and go, “yup, it’s me.” That’s what plagues much of the gaming community these days and in fact, if we’re being honest, much of modern-day mankind.

Metacritic is a continual topic of controversy and we’ve addressed the issue before. Essentially, our main point is that gamers wanted it and in fact, demanded it. They got what they asked for, nothing more, nothing less. Metacritic wouldn’t and couldn’t function without such fervent demand for precisely what it offers.

We also added an obvious and depressing point: Review scores are essential because sadly, nobody reads. We have created an environment perfectly suited to the review score-happy world in which we live. Metacritic created nothing; it was merely a response. Don’t like it? Blame yourselves.

Review scores have become the lifeblood of the industry, and guess why?

Review scores have become the lifeblood of the industry, and guess why?

The latest piece of bizarre content comes from GameZebo, where they attempt to claim that due to an influx of stupid user reviews for Destiny, Metacritic should disappear. I had to read the headline twice to make sure I was seeing it correctly; what sense does it make? How do user reviews, volunteered by gamers (and certainly never at the behest or instruction of the website in question), have anything to do with Metacritic’s goals or influences?

You’re quoting a bunch of absurd user reviews posted on Metacritic. So? Just about every major gaming site in existence has the option to post user reviews and if you haven’t noticed, the majority of them are utter trash. They’re worthless. Most people know this. Does this mean that every site that allows user reviews should disappear as well? I mean, what’s the difference? There is none and in fact, the article in question doesn’t actually make any point at all.

Gamers need to start taking responsibility for their own stupid reviews.

Gamers need to start taking responsibility for their own stupid reviews.

It’s one thing if you don’t like review scores. Many people don’t. In one of our Critic Spotlights, Kill Screen’s David Wolinsky made his thoughts plain on the subject; he wish we didn’t need review scores, either. And yet, all these professionals fully understand why we need them. Gamers put a premium on those scores, they continue to put a premium on those scores and therefore, the industry needs to provide them.

Let me repeat: Gamers put a premium on review scores. Not publishers, not developers, and not even Metacritic. If you want to call Metacritic a beast, fine. We created the beast. And honestly, that’s beside the point because citing user reviews as a reason for an aggregate database to cease functioning is just absurd. It’s beyond illogical and as such, I’m not going to waste any more time with the subject. Gamers writing moronic reviews have nobody to blame but themselves.

6 thoughts on “So, Gamers Acting Like Idiots is Somehow Metacritic’s Fault?”

Retarded article. It doesn’t make any sense at all, as this article says. How do user reviews posted at a site prove that the site needs to disappear? What sort of control does Metacritic (or any site) have over user reviews?

What is this guy talking about?

No clue. See my comment below. LOL

The headline was only written for hits. The article itself didn’t even reflect the headline, so I’d just ignore it.

People whining about Metacritic just need to step. It’s getting annoying.

They freak out over review scores and then wonder why a site that focuses on review scores got so big.

…dopes.

People will always find a way to complain, no matter what. Just accept it.

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