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MetaCritic Banishes Developer Scores For Good

Felix Kemp
Games developers, Games news, Marc Doyle, Metacritic

MetaCritic Banishes Developer Scores For Good

Earlier in the week, we brought you news that MetaCritic had removed its controversial developer scores, where industry luminaries were awarded a rating based on their career titles. It was widely criticised upon release, with out-of-date or incomplete data being used to rank individuals, and MetaCritic has now come out and admitted it won't be returning.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, co-founder and games editor for MetaCritic, Marc Doyle, explained "we have no plans to bring it back", although he did admit "we just want to see if we can build the database, take a shot at it, see what we can do". The system had been live since August last year, but only recently came to the attention of the press and industry big-shots. While key figures like Peter Molyneux and Cliff Blezinski had their career titles in check, others lower down the line received far less favorable scores due to incomplete judging criteria.

Doyle admits "that's not fair", referring to developers who've "worked on 30 games and we can only show four". And while developer scores won't be returning, MetaCritic is intent on avoiding such mishaps by "still trying to build this database", although confessed it's "needless to put that number on it though". However, while Doyle was remarkable understanding of his team's failures, he stood up for the goal of the controversial system, explaining it was an extension of the site's original goal of "informing users of the best entertainment available and the people that have created".

Overall, it's nice to see MetaCritic is behind bulking up their database, and I don't think anyone will be sad to see developer scores go. It's perfectly fine to objectively score a game, but without the proper criteria, ranking an individual - someone whose role in the game we can't ever properly understand unless intimately involved - is fundamentally flawed.

But what do you think, dear readers? Glad to see developer scores go? Or were you hoping to add your name to the list? [GamesIndustry]

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Andrew  Apr. 1, 2011 at 15:33

My issue, apart from the fact that the lists were incomplete, was that mine also listed titles I hadn't worked on, because of my common name - the only way for them to resolve this would be for them to research each individual and the companies they worked at, or give the power to edit the lists to the users - which I can't see them doing either of, so it'll always be flawed.


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