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Is METACRITIC bad for the Gaming Industry ?

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Does Metacritic affect your purchase of a game ?

Yes 38 34.86%
 
No 30 27.52%
 
Never 11 10.09%
 
Maybe just a little 30 27.52%
 
Total:109

Reviews scores are mostly worthless IMO. Metacritic is probably valuable because some people rely on it especially those who don't really know what they want. At the end of the day, one man's meat is another man's poison, one size doesn't fit all, etc. Real gamers who know what they want to play watch videos of the game and decide for themselves. I've gone back to games I ignored in the past thanks to the metacritic mentality only to be pleasantly surprised.

Now, some things reviewers cite for giving bad scores are pretty accurate. However, whether said "bad" game mechanic truly affects the enjoyment of the game is up to the individual player e..g most people lambasted FFXIII for being linear. I on the other hand wasn't bothered by that at all but would have preferred gambits to auto-battle etc. For another example, a game may be "bad" because of a terrible story but a gamer who doesn't care about story at all may called it a 10/10 game because his enjoyment isn't affected at all.



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Bigger question would be is gaming industry bad for the human race?

And the answer is yes...

Anything that contributes to 0 durable/perishable skills and consumes our time is bad for the progress as a species. Especially blogging about video games...



Yes Metacritic and online game sites( IGNorant,Gamespot etc.) have grown to powerful someone should do something about.



I don't think metacritic is the deciding factor when purchasing games for most gamers.



    

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I suspect metacritic doesn't have the effect we all think it has and on the opposide the social media from rival fans



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NintendoPie said:
The solution is simple, don't make bad games. If you don't want your game to be a flop, then actually try with it. If your game flops and is still a critical success then maybe you are catering to the wrong demographic.

A prime example as of recent is Yoshi's New Island. A semi-flop that had bad reviews. If Nintendo really wanted it to do well, they would've actually made it themselves or at least checked to make sure the studio wasn't molding a piece of crap.

I only read the first three sentences and then skimmed the rest, just for reference sake.

The solution is never, ever that simple. DMC is a prime example of that. Great game accoording to game reviewers and quite a few people who actually played it and bad sales to the point that we won't see a sequel (as in DMC 2). 

As for the OP. Unfortunately Metacritic affects more people than some of us care to admit. Quite a few people here actually said that they skip anything below 80. I, too, lose a bit of interest for games below 60. Yes, there have been exceptions, but since there are too many 80+ games that I want to play; why deal with annoying things that mediocre games have? I still play "bad" games, but meta most certainly affect me. I actually wish it didn't even exist. 



I know a few people who have outright refused to buy games because of metacritic reviews being below 75%, despite the games being extremely good.

For me, its a clear answer.
Metacritic is bad for the gaming industry



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disolitude said:
Bigger question would be is gaming industry bad for the human race?

And the answer is yes...

Anything that contributes to 0 durable/perishable skills and consumes our time is bad for the progress as a species. Especially blogging about video games...

Isn't that a broader criticism of art?

With gaming you can at least actually see applications that improve worker efficiency with the gamification of occupations.  



In my opinion, Metacritic shouldn't even be taken seriously because they use reviews from very uncredible  credible sites like Quarter to Three!



                
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Metacritic has no effect on my gaming purchases whatsoever. I tend to see what is being said on forums or check it out myself on YouTube.

The problem with Mettacritic is no one knows how they calculate numbers. It is not a simple average as some review scores are given more weight. No one outside of metacritic knows the secret sauce.