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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Metacritic adds "Must-Play Game" badge to 90+ games

 

Is this a good development?

Yes, this is a positive thing for consumers. 11 35.48%
 
No, this will negatively impact developers. 15 48.39%
 
Maybe. 5 16.13%
 
Total:31

Surprised this has gotten so much traction. It’s a little badge next to high-scoring games. What is the controversy?



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Veknoid_Outcast said:
Surprised this has gotten so much traction. It’s a little badge next to high-scoring games. What is the controversy?

I'd say it's about publishers putting even more pressure on developers (remember Obsidian and Fallout New Vegas with 84 Meta and no bonuses, since it didn't hit 85?), reinforcing general perception of your average mainstream gamer that anything beneath 90 is not that good of a game and of course, even more than it is now, shall we say...intensives...from publishers to major publications for stellar scores.



Veknoid_Outcast said:
Surprised this has gotten so much traction. It’s a little badge next to high-scoring games. What is the controversy?

Opencritic has four different badges, and nobody complained. But then again, there is a difference between saying a game is "Mighty", and saying a game is a "Must Play".



HoloDust said:
Veknoid_Outcast said:
Surprised this has gotten so much traction. It’s a little badge next to high-scoring games. What is the controversy?

I'd say it's about publishers putting even more pressure on developers (remember Obsidian and Fallout New Vegas with 84 Meta and no bonuses, since it didn't hit 85?), reinforcing general perception of your average mainstream gamer that anything beneath 90 is not that good of a game and of course, even more than it is now, shall we say...intensives...from publishers to major publications for stellar scores.

I get what you’re saying, but I’m not sure the addition of an icon will aggravate a Metacritic culture that’s already very well established. I think it’s up to consumers to do their homework and not treat Metacritic as gospel. WE give this badge its power, after all.



This just in: Mass appeal is for the masses. I'm not saying every game that scores a +90% is for the masses. What I am saying is that hyped catch phrases are for the lemmings. DIEDIEDIE!

I go to Gamerankings anyway.



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Veknoid_Outcast said:
Surprised this has gotten so much traction. It’s a little badge next to high-scoring games. What is the controversy?

Half the thread is about OTBWY bashing the Atelier series because someone dared to have a different opinion, so the size of this thread got inflated.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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RolStoppable said:
Veknoid_Outcast said:
Surprised this has gotten so much traction. It’s a little badge next to high-scoring games. What is the controversy?

Half the thread is about OTBWY bashing the Atelier series because someone dared to have a different opinion, so the size of this thread got inflated.

Bashed? I did not.



Veknoid_Outcast said:
HoloDust said:

I'd say it's about publishers putting even more pressure on developers (remember Obsidian and Fallout New Vegas with 84 Meta and no bonuses, since it didn't hit 85?), reinforcing general perception of your average mainstream gamer that anything beneath 90 is not that good of a game and of course, even more than it is now, shall we say...intensives...from publishers to major publications for stellar scores.

I get what you’re saying, but I’m not sure the addition of an icon will aggravate a Metacritic culture that’s already very well established. I think it’s up to consumers to do their homework and not treat Metacritic as gospel. WE give this badge its power, after all.

I do agree, I don't really care a about it, since I actually fairly rarely agree with Meta scores, but I think MC is still quite very influential with your typical average gamer....and publishers know it.



OTBWY said:
RolStoppable said:

Half the thread is about OTBWY bashing the Atelier series because someone dared to have a different opinion, so the size of this thread got inflated.

Bashed? I did not.

Prove it.  You have to say "Atelier is the Awsummest of the Centuree!" while spinning in a circle.  10X.  Now!



LivingMetal said:
OTBWY said:

Bashed? I did not.

Prove it.  You have to say "Atelier is the Awsummest of the Centuree!" while spinning in a circle.  10X.  Now!

And then he has to invite us to tea and cookies, and we'll be talking about how cute little Punis are.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Shipments