Metacritic now scoring individual developers

In what world does David Jaffe outrank the likes of Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright? In Metacritic's world, apparently. The entertainment review aggregate site has started rating individual videogame developers, and some of the results are apt to cause debate.

Typing a developer's name into the Metacritic search bar now presents readers with a profile page listing said developer's credits, their highest and lowest documented Metacritic game review and an overall score based on the average of all aggregate ratings given to their specific bodies of work. Jaffe's profile, for instance, currently lists six titles; two of which are God of War titles sporting mid-90s grades, resulting in a respectable overall developer score of 83. Miyamoto's rating, on the other hand, is derived from 110 aggregate review scores, and is slightly lower at  80. This isn't to say the system is flawed, per se, but the sheer amount of games to which one has been credited naturally plays a huge factor in the final average.

Other notable ratings include Sim City father Will Wright with 81, iD Software's John Carmack with 78, and Tim Schafer with the Jaffe-beating score of 86.

As one can expect, the decision to spotlight individual developers has stirred up concern amongst those whose names might appear on the site. One anonymous studio staffer with six years in the business told Gamasutra, "Man, it's bad enough games are judged by Metacritic. Now I'm going to be, too?"

Developers wishing to contest their score, or add more reviews to final tally, can do so by submitting their sternly worded emails to GameFaqs, a sister site owned by Metacritic's parent company, CNET.

[Source: Metacritic via Gamasutra]

Mar 28, 2011

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  • TruckThunders - March 28, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    I like this idea.
  • garnsr - March 28, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    It's interesting, anyway.
  • FOZ - March 28, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    The problem with this? Because it's NOT the same as compiling a director's work. Just look at Miyamoto's profile. Directing a best seller that helped changed video games, like Super Mario 64, has the same weight as some random game like DK Barrel Blast that Miyamoto only supervised. It's a half-assed, poorly-done load of bullshit that completely throws aside context and has no regard for a developer's level of involvement.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - March 28, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Great, yet another Metacritic number for John Riccitello to masturbate over.
  • SideOfBeef - March 28, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    This seems less than fair to me if it goes full-scale . There are plenty of developers who do good work on shit games, why should they be punished? Metacritic is just throwing around numbers with another yet level of context removed.
  • Mercutio - March 28, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    I also think this will positively affect the industry by making developers more powerful. Imagine a world where gamers follow developers, not franchises, and Activision can't fire a West and Zampella without losing a chunk of its audience.
  • Mercutio - March 28, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    I don't see the problem with this. They do it to Directors on Rottentomatoes, and in music the artists have very highly aggregated reputations (often moreso than the albums they release). This is just another tool to help consumers and employers. Also, if it brings attention to the excellent work of developers like Tim Schafer, fantastic.

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