I'm curious to know how Metacritic can affect someone's preception about a game, considering how that reviews agregator website has grown not only in popularity but also how it shapes people's mind into buying or not buying a certain game.
Metacritic also covers Music, TV and movies. But the way I see it, it has a much stronger influence on videogames and I think it's because videogames are the most expensive product out of the four and people need to make sure they are bringing the best product to their houses. As a consequence, videogames are the most competitive sector there. The yellow score, meaning that the game is average, goes way too high until 75, yet still only games with 80 or higher are considered decent and recommendable by the popular opinion putting the standards too high. In music for exemple, 60 is still a green and even though there are tons of movies that score red, it doesn't affect too much people that like horror for example, they will go see the movie if they like horror movies nonetheless.
I know not every person pre-orders games and get hyped every month because of videogames, but in your experience have you ever waited longer for a certain game to get cheaper, cancelled a pre-order at the last moment or, in an extreme case, decided not to get the game because of media's perception of the game?