Submitted by Kran 1235d ago | opinion piece

Why Are Metacritic Gamers So Fussy and Full of Rage?

Charlie writes:

"Have you been on Metacritic in the past, oh I don't know, 2 years? You may have noticed that whilst actual sites have expressed great truths in a video game, the users of Metacritic have, how shall I put this, a different form of speech.

For a bit of fun, lets go through a couple of games which have received one of these "metacritic gamer attacks" (I call them) and some of the "user reviews" on those games (and yes. I will name and shame these users)." (Culture, Metacritic, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

MariaHelFutura  +   1235d ago
Because the media is making a profit off of warping their minds and they're slowly destroying our industry together.
yeahokchief  +   1234d ago
Couldn't have said it better myself. Damn parasites, profiteers and the stupid people buying games so that they can complain about how they are horrible.

Just because a game has millions of dollars behind it or is by company x doesn't mean it deserves a score. The fact is that it was unplayable and they made a single player game require an internet connection. Horrible design flaw.

And you want to know why they did it? All for their precious real life auction house. So deal with it if you bought the game and just shut up about it. You chose to give them your money. I don't want to hear about it.
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v1c1ous  +   1234d ago
How else would the gaming public have their voices heard but through mob mentality?

the one medium that bridges gaming companies and gamers are the "gaming journalists". But when the "gaming journalists" have become mouth pieces for the big companies, how else can you express your discord?
SilentNegotiator  +   1234d ago
Exactly. Game "journalists" rely solely on revenue from publishers for advertisement, and it shows with how they give 9+ to pretty much any game that turns on and is from a big publisher.

Game "journalists" suck up because they NEED early copies, interviews, and content to get traffic.

I don't care if you like the mob mentality or not.....it's the only thing that even remotely resonates back as publishers and "journalists" shake the foundations of the industry and introduce more and more BS.

The problem is that communities like N4G are full of apologists and fanboys. They think games are the awesomest and there's no need for backlash for things like forcing online connections in a SP game.
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mochachino  +   1235d ago
I think metacritic user reviews would be a lot more reliable if there was some way of verifying that reviewer actually owned/rented the game prior to reviewing it.

I honestly believe a lot of the people giving 0s are just pissed off at some change the developer made to a beloved series or something else trivial and a lot of the 10s are people reacting to the 0s.

It would be cool if users could only review games from within the game after completing it and then the score was uploaded to an industry metareview site or if after you passed the game it gave you a code that allow you to review it on sites like metacritic... or something? because right now the user review system is useless when it should be the most reliable unbiased source of reviews available.
da_2pacalypse  +   1234d ago
User-reviews are fine if you actually read them. I've never actually cared about review scores anyways. But developers clearly care for it... so if they're willing to pull an always online DRM like diablo3, then maybe fans should give them crappy reviews. It's their opinion really. I could care less either way, I think blizzard made a mistake, and now they're paying the price.
rdgneoz3  +   1234d ago
Yah, always needing to be online for Diablo 3 is a bit annoying. Some of the reviews were point on. The first night was horrible for logging on to a game that you can play solo, but apparently always have to be on a server to play... Only way I got to play was on the Euro servers to test out the classes.

Even now, "while playing solo" I'm getting connections going red and lag at times (not all the time). And no, not my connection as I could alt tab and stream videos or music, check out a few sites without any problems at all.

Its also annoying when you're working towards the next part of a quest / towards a boss and you get the servers restarting or maintenance in 5 min warning, and then you lose all your progress up to that point... Hell, in a boss fight where you're not paying attention to dialogue or the boss is talking, you're not gonna notice a warning at first.

I enjoy playing with a few friends (so many mobs, elites/champions, loot when you're with 3 other people, ton of fun), but if the servers are going down why shouldn't I be able to play offline?
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1234d ago
lol my favourite user reviews are from unchartedfan1 who gave all the uncharteds 0's saying the previous one was better... lol, what uncharted came before Drakes fortune?

Also, the one where someone calls Diablo 3 a Diablo clone.... I have no idea how that works but ok...

They should just shut down metacritic's game section... useless user reviews that range from


No game, no matter how bad deserves a zero... because people put effort into making them..seriously how does a game fail?

Also hate this stupid idea of assigning a universal number to a game, based on reviewers who we never heard of... totally agree with Adam Sesler on this... f*** metacritic
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yeahokchief  +   1234d ago
It got a lower metacritic by people who aren't paid to do reviews because decisions were made that prioritized profits over the game itself.

They did it with WoW and now they're doing it with Diablo. People don't like it. It's as simple as that.
humbleopinion  +   1234d ago
Amazon has something which is at least a bit more respectable: you can see which reviews are verified reviews from people who actually bought the game (although you can't tell if they actually played the game).

A system needs to employ user reviews from people with either PSN/XBLA/Steam accounts. This way you will be able to check how far in the game the reviewer managed to get, and then untrustworthy reviewers will be flagged as such.
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Si-Fly  +   1235d ago
Do the Users scores on Metacritic count for anything? No
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AHall88  +   1235d ago
Why are Metacritic gamers so fussy and full of rage? Simple, they're nerds.
h311rais3r  +   1235d ago
Basically user scores are either trolls, fanboys or pissed off fanboys. Your average bad review is due to 1 change in a game and therefore it ruins the entire experience for the self entitled gamer then he hides on the net and whines about "how he would have done it better" when they don't know anything at all.
deadfrag  +   1235d ago
I dont care about Metacritic scores to play my games!And frankly users reviews in Metacritic should not have the option of showing scores,or should simply be out of existence.It only damage the reputation of that web site for does that care for it!I dont give a fuc%, but some people give and are been mislead by it.
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iamnsuperman  +   1235d ago
Because there is no reviewing system like on this website. If this website was open to any length, clear fanboyishness then this website would get similar results but because N4G has built up a steady user base that care then we can sell report/approve.
deadfrag  +   1235d ago
N4g its full of fanboyishness and frankly its getting worst by the year!There are plenty of other sites and blogs were the moderation is way better than N4g and people actually can have a constructive discusion about the gaming world.
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iamnsuperman  +   1235d ago
I agree, I was more talking about the reviews here. Granted any moron can create an account and make fanboyish comments but often they do get bubbled down for trolling (usually when trolling about Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft than games like Call of Duty-which is a shame as it is all the same)
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NastyLeftHook0  +   1235d ago
metacritic sucks.
TheDivine  +   1234d ago
Metacritic can kill smaller games and new ip's but people voting down big games with massive hype like MW3 and Diablo 3 accomplishes nothing because people know theyre buying it already. Stuff like NG3 and Operation Raccoon City sold millions regaurdless because theyre big established ip's. Halo gets tons of troll review but those dont influence anything except keeping rival games scores higher which is their only motivation. Many smaller games and pxn/xbla games are bashed for bieng on a certain console or whatever dumb reasons and its unfair to the dev. Thats where it can really be effective and hurts developers who havent done anything except say the wrong words about a console or put their games on ps3 or 360 because its all they can afford to focus on. You will see stuff like "game is gay X game on Y console is so much better" and they score it zero. There should be something done like LINK YOUR FACEBOOK ACCT so we can see who the trolls are. Anonymity makes people assholes.
Fatty  +   1234d ago
I agree that anonymity can bring out the worst in people, but at the same time every site I've seen that converted over to Facebook commenting ended up with less comments, and even then people took the time to make fake Facebook accounts. Maybe linking a gamertag, etc, to an account would work better, especially if it's hidden from view. You'd get accountability but could actually track if someone had played it (and even better, make it so they had to play an hour or so before being able to review it).
mochachino  +   1234d ago
Requiring that the person link their gamertag or PSN account is brilliant. That way legitimate reviewers could check if the person at least played (and passed) the game before giving it 10 or 0.

Users could report people who didn't have the requisite trophies/achievement indicating that they passed the game seeing how every game gives you an achievement for beating SP and those scores could be removed.
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1234d ago
being annon is something I hate, makes people act like a bunch of asshats, and would never have the balls to act like that in public

Playing online, chat rooms, forums and even user reviews.. all the same BS
arbitor365  +   1234d ago
i am more concerned with the practices of professional critics. people actually look at their aggregate scores. no one cares what the use scores are
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MysticStrummer  +   1234d ago
They aren't fussy or full of rage. They just like to hate on things other people like. It's a joke, just like Metacritic itself.
mananimal  +   1234d ago
Dear Stupid Journalist, the next time you buy a DVD & its scratched or doesnt play, DONT COMPLAIN, if you get in your car & someone hits you, DONT COMPLAIN, if your wife or girlfriend cheats on you or leaves you, dont complain, if you go to a grocery store & buy a package of steak or chicken, take it home & discover its spoiled, DONT COMPLAIN, if you buy a new flat screen television, take it home & it doesnt work, DONT COMPLAIN, if you go to a restuarant that only has 5 customers including yourself but it takes over an hour b4 a waitress notices you, DONT COMPLAIN, if you get sick & need to go to a hospital & get diagnosed has having a cold but later find out you were misdiagnosed & you actually have pneumonia or the flu, DONT COMPLAIN, if you order a pair of mens socks off amazon.com but they send you a pair of pink panties, just put them on your head you MORON!, but DONT YOU COMPLAIN. You have got to be the MOST spinless ,PASSIVE, JERK! journalist ever to think CONSUMERS arent allowed to have EXPECTATIONS when they spend there $$$ on a purchase, the point is ITS SUPPOSE TO WORK PERIOD!!, only a dummy would buy something WITHOUT THE EXPECTATION that it works
AS DESCRIBED, in ANY OTHER CONSUMER INDUSTRY this shit would be a LAWSUIT HANDSDOWN, NO QUESTION, how dare you CRITICIZE SOMEONE FOR HAVING AN REALISTIC EXPECTATION, F!! YOU!!, if anyone sees you anywhere i hope they kick you right in the NUTS YOU DONT HAVE, coward you are shameless & should go find a ROCK TO HIDE UNDER, never to be seen again, SUBHUMAN even YOUR ARE(yoda). PS- if someone calls you a shameless uninformed low life SCHILL w/game industry CUM around your pretty lil mouth, DONT COMPLAIN because ITS TRUE.
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NeoTribe  +   1234d ago
I think you need to pull those pink panties out of ur ass crack and go take a nap. While ur at it shake the sand out of your vagina u whiny bitch. You f*ck ur mother with that mouth?
mananimal  +   1233d ago
@ NeoTribe, Another "scrawny neck prick" who fits the PROFILE of a COMPROMISER, my words to speak to you huh? lol, your CONSCIENCE CONVICTS YOU cuz my words define you DRONE BOY, too bad kid, but dont worry your not alone you feeble lil girl boy, you must be the type that NEEDS games just to stay positive in your personal life, lol, so your upset that I DESCRIBED YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE, as if I CALLED YOU BY NAME, lol, you ANSWERED like a flee bitten DOG on command. So your butthole, the size of the "GRAND CANYON" is hurtin from all the practice you keep gettin capt gaylord?, lmao, & no i dont have any tissue for your tears, CLASS DISMISSED. PS- Laughn while your Cryin WHOREDOM(slave boy with no "real principals, controlled by your drug called gaming, pimped by the INDUSTRY,just a sellout & a trashy hoe),.
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Saladfax  +   1234d ago
I see the title containing, "Metacritic Gamers," and I can't help but think omitting the word "Metacritic" is unnecessary to the headline.

Then the question, "Why are gamers so fussy and full of rage?" can easily be shifted to, "Why are people on the internet so fussy and full of rage?"

Kran  +   1234d ago
Know why I didn't just say gamers in general? Because most gamers are decent.

The main reason is because If Metacritic wasnt in the title, people would class the article as lame and as an attack on gamers in general. You should know how this site works.

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Saladfax  +   1233d ago
Relax dude, no need to get defensive about it. I'm merely pointing out that as noble as your mention is, it goes far beyond the mere notions of Metacritic or even gaming.

Those exact same games you mentioned get panned on any place where users can provide reviews (Amazon, for example). Or far beyond gaming, the same kind of rage and angst (maybe accompanied by piles of stupid negative reviews, maybe not) exists in every corner of the internet relating to every topic.

This doesn't mean you're wrong in your assessment fussy, rage-filled wankers, but it's definitely not a stretch to say the issue is broader than just Metacritic/Gaming.
falcon262  +   1234d ago
Everyone's a critic from beyond the security of a keyboard. :)

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