Metacritic Responds To Early Reader Review Ordeal
See, this is what happens when you allow the masses to infiltrate an aspect of gaming journalism.
A few days ago, a major story began to circulate, and it centered on the fact that certain "people" ('cough' 360 fanboys 'cough') had jumped onto Metacritic to give Killzone 2 terrible reviews, even though the game isn't scheduled to release until February 28. In retaliation, the no-less-stupid PS3 fanboys started in on Halo Wars, dropping the game down to an average 0.8 rating. 'sigh' Kids. Anyway, TAWKN.com sent Metacritic a message, simply asking why they would allow this to happen for games that haven't even been released yet, and perhaps surprisingly, Metacritic's Marc Doyle replied. As we were all wondering how those submitted reviews were even allowed, this was his answer:
"They are no longer permitted. That game was added to our database a while back, and we suspended comments for future games in Nov of 2008. So while those votes won't go away, no future votes will be permitted until the game's launch."
Er...okay. But does this encompass all other games as well? Or will this practice of readers slamming games that aren't even released continue? We have to assume Metacritic has taken care of the issue, but unfortunately, this only proves the theory that readers really shouldn't be allowed to have such a significant impact. No offense to any and all gamers out there; we know there are thousands of gamers who would give places like Metacritic excellent, informed reviews. Unfortunately, there appear to be millions who would rather act like petulant children, so if that's the case, the entire idea may have to be abolished entirely.
Related Game(s): Killzone 2
1/5/2009 Ben Dutka