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)."

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MariaHelFutura2282d ago

Because the media is making a profit off of warping their minds and they're slowly destroying our industry together.

yeahokchief2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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.

v1c1ous2282d 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?

SilentNegotiator2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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'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.

mochachino2282d 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_2pacalypse2282d 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.

rdgneoz32282d 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-Assassin2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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

yeahokchief2282d 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.

humbleopinion2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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.

Si-Fly2282d ago (Edited 2282d ago )

Do the Users scores on Metacritic count for anything? No

AHall882282d ago

Why are Metacritic gamers so fussy and full of rage? Simple, they're nerds.

h311rais3r2282d 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.

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