We reported yesterday that review aggregation site Metacritic had begun a process of profiling individual industry workers, giving them a career average score based upon the scores received for the game in which they had been credited on sister site GameFAQs. With one of the main criticisms of this new initiative being the incomplete nature of their database, and thus providing highly inaccurate figures, Metacritic has seen fit to remove them for the time being.
Site founder Marc Doyle gave a statement on the site towards the end of yesterday:
'Although our credits database (which is powered by our sister site GameFAQs) is growing, as our users' feedback has indicated, it is a work in progress and is not nearly as comprehensive as it needs to be to accurately provide a career score for these individuals. As such, we have removed that career score from the pages dedicated to creative individuals behind games on Metacritic. We are still very much committed to building a credits database, and welcome your participation in that process.'
The power of Metacritic has risen dramatically in the past year or two, to the point where developers are now offered bonuses based on a game's eventual 'Metascore'. We would posit that although having the list of games someone has worked on readily available is a good thing, a career scores based on aggregated review numbers can never really show the extent of individual effort and expertise that went into one specific area..