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Fanboys exacting console vengence through MetaCritic reviews

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Anyone with a gaming magazine, website or blog knows the wrath of fanboys. No opinion, no matter how well thought out, matters except their own and damn anyone who thinks otherwise. We have had our share of "negative reaction" from the occasional negative or overly critical review, but thankfully, have never witnessed the pathetic lengths MetaCritic users have stooped to. 

'We contacted (MetaCritic games editor Marc) Doyle for clarification, and he told us that the issue of unbalanced user reviews "hasn't been a systematic problem" on the site. According to Doyle, it's only really popped up recently and mostly for console-exclusive titles. Two other strong examples exist: Resistance 2 has a Metascore of 89 with a user score of 5.3/10, and Little Big Planet has a Metascore of 95 with a user score of 6.1/10.

Doyle says the issue stems from the site's foundation. User reviews were allowed to be entered before a game's release because they "wanted people who had legitimately played the game ahead of its release to post them." Stacked on top of that was a desire for an easy sign-up process. "The founders were really interested in not having people sign up for a really huge registration process just so they can participate on the site," Doyle said, adding, "Obviously that's been exploited."'

Source: 1UP.com

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Pathetic stuff like this is

Pathetic stuff like this is part of the reason why video games aren't taken seriously as an art form and why non-casual gaming is still considered to be an activity for friendless losers.

Grow up, gamers.

I don't get it... so what,

I don't get it... so what, the problem is that there's a disparity between the "official" MetaScore and the user aggregate score? uh, BFD... who really cares what the user score is anyway?

...or is there some larger issue I'm not getting?

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