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MetaCritic co-founder admits removal of games site due to “corrupt practices”

Thursday, 14th July 2011 15:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Metacritic co-founder Marc Doyle has said the aggregation site has had to remove a games publication from its reviews list due to “corrupt practices”.

Speaking with CVG, Doyle wouldn’t comment on which publication it was, or what exactly these “corrupt practices” entailed, but said due to thus particular incident, the site has been enforcing a strict set of guidelines and said be believes reviewers can “absolutely be bought”.

“On one occasion I did discontinue my coverage of a publication’s reviews because of what I considered to be corrupt practices,” said Doyle. “There are many reasons why I would drop somebody [from games review listings]. There’s corruption – people can be bought, absolutely.

“It [comes down] to a number of things: It’s the quality of the analysis, the quality of the writing; do they have an audience; are they respected in the gaming community… is there a reputation for scoring integrity? Are they going to give a 4/5 and say it’s one of the best of the year, and then give another game 4/5 and say it’s really a letdown.

“I’ve got to see that they’re being responsible internally with that scoring. If they’re not – if they’re being irresponsible, or being contrarian or ridiculous, which happens all the time – I won’t pick them up.”

The co-founder has said some sites have been dropped due to the reviewers “not taking their responsibility so seriously”.

Doyle’s admission to CVG comes after his appearance on the ABJumpShoots podcast.

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  1. Moonwalker1982

    Good thing i never ever ever let reviews decide if i’ll make the purchase or not. Game demos,gameplay movies and impressions from general gamers always help me with that.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Lol, Erth was right for the first time in his life. :D

    #2 3 years ago
  3. IL DUCE

    @2 Lol…now we just wait and see what he has to say…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. NeoSquall

    @2 Shhhhhhh, don’t let him know it!!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    You thought corruption didn’t exist?

    Those standards are bullshit when it comes to determining whether or not someone is being influenced. Consensus might say more about the press than it does for the games they review. It’s not always easy to find someone who’s willing to go at a big game critically.

    I’d rather have a contrarian or a shockjockey, than an apathetic reviewer or a sycophant.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    I was correct again.

    and “who said i’m the idiot and corruption does not exist and “everyone else does it” eat horse shit for breakfast every day knowing about life nothing except that Jesus exist somewhere there and helps me masturbate every second.”

    corruption exist “Everywhere”! For example in my country every games magazine is corrupted since 2002 and every gamer here know it and don’t give an F about it because nothing can do about it, but government don’t give an F about it too because gaming is just an entertainment, it’s not like someone has stolen something from them. Who gives a shit? No one and no one should.

    Metacritic is not a police, it’s just … metacritic and what they found is just a minority that thinks that can take money every second from giant publishers. In reality there are probably 80% of the games industry that is corrupted (not just games reviews.). Until there will be “Special rules in the constitution” this shit with 9/10 or 10/10, “Tony Hawk Pro skater peripheral is a masterpiece” will continue.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    Wow.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Lewis247

    I mean the fact people can be corrupt in the gaming publications and so on is just really sad and embarrassing.

    The thing I have a problem is how influential these game reviews can be. People actually get fucking spoon fed what to like and dislike.. I mean if one magazine says its good and one says its bad, it clearly shows it a matter of opinion. People should learn to make up their own minds, not that based on a corrupt set out opinion.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    So who was it? I assume no-one particularly big.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @8 My problem is how much they agree. Usually you’ll be able to find a lot of different opinions, but they’ll be fairly unevenly spread between the big ones and the smaller publiciations, which might not have the same quality writers.

    I’d prefer it if the more high profile publications either dared to differentiate themselves, or at least hire some people who care to formulate their own opinion, because obviously most are comfortable hovering between 7-10, or at least that range of their individual scale, which says absolutely nothing for their ability to critique.

    It’s not great. A lot of movie critics have made careers doing the exact opposite, and personally I love the fact that someone can completely despise a movie based on some things, while someone else can love it based on the same shit. That actually gives me choice as a consumer. It’s the same for music. I’m far more likely to get into an album based on someone powering through with low production values, while that sort of thing will make others cringe.

    Why don’t we have those kinds of differing opinions when it comes to videogames?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @7: Seriously. He’s so far gone, it’s ridiculous.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Fin

    @Erthazus

    FUCK MAN YOU WERE RIGHT AGAIN!!!
    IT’S NOT LIKE YOU SAID “MOST” REVIEWS “TODAY” WERE CORRUPT, ALL YOU SAID WAS “THERE’S ONE SITE ON METACRITIC THAT MIGHT BE CORRUPT, BUT I’M NOT SURE”. FUCK MAN, YOU SHOULD BE A PSYCHIC COS YOU’RE ALL CLAIRVOYANT N SHIT.

    BUT HEY, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A PSYCHIC, YOU’RE EASILY SO NEUTRAL, UNBIASED AND SUCH A STAND UP GUY, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR OUR INDUSTRY/HOBBY.

    I’M SERIOUS.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @12, you should eat less horse **** and believe your mother everyday. Also, you need to stop writing everything in caps lock. Thank you.
    and i never said something about one site on metacritic that might be corrupt. Paranoia much? Good luck.

    #13 3 years ago