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Critics on criticism

Film industry trade journal Variety's game critic Ben Fritz gives his thoughts and insights on the power and constraints of video game reviews in the industry. Fritz uses "Halo 3" and "Metroid Prime 3" as examples. He writes:

"Videogame critics don't get much respect from the general public because videogames don't get much respect. Politicians use them as punching bags, and even other reviewers like to diss them...

It's ironic, because no critic has more power within the industry he or she writes about than the videogame critic. Publishers scour critics' ratings for their titles on Metacritic and GameRankings.com. Execs use the number to make major decisions, like what developer to work with or what titles to greenlight. In some cases, payments are contractually tied to the average review score.

Publishers take reviews seriously because gamers do. The five bestselling games in 2006 had an average Metacritic score of 89. The top five movies averaged 56.

Videogame reviewers are listened to more closely by the average consumer than other reviewers, but I'm not sure that's such a healthy thing..."

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SonySoldiers3632d ago (Edited 3632d ago )

A. Please write excellent reviews for Playstation 3 on popular gaming sites.
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B. Please write negative/opposite reviews for Xcow 360 games and give it much lower scores.
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C. Post up heartbreaking articles (RRODs, DVD fail, 640p, etc.) so Xbot fans will distrust their dying consoles and turn their heads to the PLAYSTATION 3 - PLAYB3YOND.

Spread the words - Thanks a lot for supporting Sony's Playstation 3!

TheExodus3632d ago

Look at the critics thinking consumers actually care what they think. New release DVDs are roughly 1/3 the price of new release video games, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that movie studios will be able to shift more garbage than game studios. Personally, I'm guilty of holding down DVD's Metacritic Score because $20 for movie I might end up suffering through 90 minutes of doesn't upset me as much as a $60 video game that I might give up on after 90 minutes. Critics with a mindful audience are as common as televangelists with morals, but that's just my opinion!