Metacritic Bans Review Bombers

Metacritic doesn't just aggregate the arbitrary scores that professional reviewers assign to subjective works such as video games. It aggregates the arbitrary scores anyone can apply to subjective works such as video games. This has all sorts of fun applications, such as abuse. So, recently, Metacritic banned a bunch of spam accounts set up to slag Bastion and Toy Soldiers: Cold War for no good reason.

According to Giant Bomb, Supergiant Games and Signal Studios both noticed that their aggregate scores, among users, had fallen after they publicly asked fans to rate their games on Metacritic, whose ratings are frequently cited by industry executives and flacks and in some cases govern compensation. After fielding complaints, Metacritic looked into the matter and found both had been pummelled by 0-rated reviews, without written, from a fresh batch of accounts. In other words, it was a hit job. Metacritic promptly banned the group of user reviewers and removed their scores from the games' averages.

This is all well and good, and it's nice to see that Metacritic wiped out this slander of two of the summer's best downloadable titles. A written user review that spells out someone's specific praise for or disappointment in a product, whether it's a video game, a film or an appliance, has merit because another reader might identify with the writer's experience, or might be looking for specific qualities that a professional reviewer doesn't address in speaking to a broad audience. But aggregated user reviews, especially considering their potential for abuse, are even more useless than the jury-rigged consensus of professionals that Metacritic provides.

Metacritic Finds, Bans Group of Users Unfairly Scoring Games [Giant Bomb]


Comments

    Why would anyone want to slag Bastion? Bastion is cool!

      its no cod lol u hav no tast in games u dum poobutt!!!!!!

      I'm sure that example needs no further explanation. For double fun, it can be used for metacritic as a whole!

      Sounds like people were upset that the developer was trying to boost their rating by asking fans to rate the game.
      By getting people who wouldn't normally rate to rate yours high because they like it it can skew it higher than the average sub section would rate it.

      So to teach them a lesson for trying to "cheat the system" they got bombed. At least that is my take on it

        Actually, the article's just written terribly. They asked users to rate the games in RESPONSE to the review bombing.

    It's arguable that the same thing happened to DA2, although some of the anger was probably justified. But a bunch of 0 scores with no accompanying criticism isn't the best way to explain why you didn't like the game...

    I'm sure they were just testing their spam weapon and will use the final version for good, ie against bieber/gaga.

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