Byronic Man: Metacritic is â??utterly flawedâ??

Byronic Man: Metacritic is â??utterly flawedâ??
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

January 30th 2009 at 3:54PM

Developâ??s columnist blasts the controversial review scores website

Develop’s monthly columnist today takes a look at the Metacritic website, which has become one of the industry’s most controversial and influential resources of opinions on games.

“The system is utterly flawed, pandering to the sort of score-obsessed autism that proper journalists – the ones who actually labour long and hard over their actual words – become legitimately dismayed about,” said Simon Byron, who highlights how Metacritic has even begun to effect share prices and news stories.

“Start digging round the site beyond the headline scores, though, and things quickly become worrying,” warns Byron, “Its sources are a mix of the top specialist review destinations and loads of My First Internet Sites.”

To read the full column click here.