Metacritic to learn ABCs?comments powered by Disqus
Posted on Monday, February 25 2008 @ 16:33:35 Eastern
For all the power that Metacritic has taken away from the individual reviewer, the substantial trade-off is that every reviewing site has been condensed into one powerful number. Even EA has been against the wall trying to defend its drop in Metacritic score from 77 to 72 over the past year. In fact, it's gotten so important that PR will send snarky emails and phone calls to sites that give low scores: "You're obviously wrong! You're at the bottom of Metacritic! You're gonna be off our list!" All of a sudden, the scores of a smaller website have more of an effect, especially on GameRankings which doesn't have a weighted average.
I am anxious to see how Metacritic will react if and when publishers attack the merits of their letter grade-faulty system. Will Metacritic change or will they learn their ABCs?
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