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Metacritic's weighting system revealed

The website Metacritic weights the scores of different video game critics and publications when calculating its aggregate 'metascore' for any particular title.

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Ilovetheps41216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

Metacritic's system is an odd one. I have gotten to the point where I have started looking more toward the smaller sites than the big ones. It just seems like their views match mine more often.

Why o why1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

their lack of transparency was why I never trusted meta scores or their site. Just another manipulation tool used by whoever to sway public opinion under the guise of impartiality. Film magazines having higher weighings than dedicated gaming sites. Western preferences... Anyway this goes some way into them being more transparent and less of a reason for anybody to use it to influence a decision or use in console disputes. All gen people wanted to know why some sites and publications had higher weighing than others only to be fobbed off or dismissed...Even now they still dont disclose their reasoning like its the kernels secret herbs and spices... boll*(ks

didn't gametrailers get caught falsifying videos......still top weighing...okayden

JoySticksFTW1216d ago

Yeah, this is crazy.

Never heard of some of the sites in the "highest" category, while Giantbomb is in the "lower" category

Metacritic was always like vgchartz to me. Sometimes entertaining, but never to be taken too seriously.

The problem is some developer bonuses and future job opportunities are actually tied to their metacritic score, and that's plain bogus.

Seeing this list is going to make some developers sick.

WarThunder1216d ago

Only mindless people and fanboys use Metacritic...

AnyaShroud1216d ago

and when they change the formula (ie change the weighting or add/remove from that list), do they update the scores in the past? of course they don't.

every metacritic score needs to be transparent and include the list of websites and their weightings at the time, otherwise I don't know what the score means if we're comparing scores of different games with different lists of critic sites and different weightings.

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