Arstechnica on game reviews on Metacritic: why we avoid inclusion

The world of game reviews is often difficult to navigate. Everyone uses different scores, and a large emphasis is placed on the single score given to games by Metacritic, a review-aggregation site. Metacritic uses a scale of 1 to 100 for reviews, a figure calculated by averaging multiple scores. What comes out after that averaging is seen as something akin to a gold standard for judging the quality of a game. We've been asked numerous times why we're not included in the game rankings given by Metacritic: our reviews aren't linked from the site, and we're not included in the final uber-score. That's by design.

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The Price Of AAA Games Would Not Be An Issue If Most Actually Delivered

Many AAA games released in the last few years cost the full premium price but don't deliver nearly half as much quality.

YourMommySpoils35m ago

Stellar Blade is the only game that delivered to me this year.

VersusDMC7m ago

That and FF7 Rebirth for me so far. 70 price point wise.

TiredGamer11m ago

In 20 years, a hamburger will cost $50 at McDonalds and gamers the world around will be complaining that new game prices were raised to $80....

VersusDMC9m ago

The premium price makes sense when switch games looking 2 gens old and wii U ports are accepted at 60$. Single game Ports and handheld games used to have a 40$ cap before the switch. I would charge more if that's accepted.

I don't know why Nintendo isn't brought up when talking about the increased price of games. Like it's crazy that there's controversy or a discussion to be had that Astro bot is 60 when remasters/ports of Luigis mansion 2 and Donkey Kong are 60 and all you hear is little complaining.

shinoff21834m ago

Nintendo is not allowed to be criticized, you know it, I know it. Stop before they get you.

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The 1st edition of Gamescom latam was a huge success (+100K visitors)

"gamescom latam, the Latin American edition of the largest games event in the world, arrived and left impressive numbers: More than 100,000 visitors from more than 70 countries filled the pavilions from Wednesday to Sunday, with tickets Saturday and Sunday sold out. For 2025, gamescom latam returns with double the size, from April 30th to May 4th, at the new location Anhembi Convention Center." - Gamescom

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Team 17 and Spellgarden Games just joined forces for a new upcoming IP

"Team17 Digital has today announced that they’re working with German based Spellgarden Games.

This partnership will see Team17 Digital publish a new IP by the indie studio, known for their ‘apeeling’ and extremely cute shop management game Sticky Business." - Team 17 and Spellgarden Games.