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Petition slams IGN.com as corrupt for giving Doom insufficiently enthusiastic review

Doom: Some of the changes they've made to basic gameplay have been questionable
Doom: Some of the changes they’ve made to basic gameplay have been questionable

So there’s a petition on Change.org demanding that Metacritic stop including scores from gaming megasite IGN.com in its meta-scores. Why?

Because IGN gave the new Doom reboot a score that was … lower than the scores other critics gave it! Thus proving that IGN.com is irredeemably corrupt!

As petition creator Ivan Kovalev explains this logic.

Doom recently got a 7.1 in IGN, severely altering the score that it deserves, All other reviewers give it sterling reviews and has 90% and above score on steam.

Translation: It’s about ethics in you not liking a game as much as I like it!

Advanced warfare received a 9.1 yet being a mediocre game, IGN is paid off by large devs and shouldn’t be use as a legit source of review.

Translation: Any time anyone disagrees with a consensus I also happen to agree with, someone must be paying them off!

How far does your head have to be up your own posterior that you’re unwilling to accept the possibility that someone has a different opinion on a game than you do?

I’m not sure, but given that there are more than 1200 signatures on the petition so far, we can conclude that there are at least that many gamers whose head-up-their-own-posterior score exceeds this threshold.

The comments from petition signers are of course also quite lovely.

The top comment, from a fellow calling himself “Mike Hunt” — get it, get it? — somehow manages to work Anita Sarkeesian into the mix.

IGN is an uninformed, idiotic source paid off by big companies. I rank them at the same level as Feminist Frequency, the aneurysm causing garbage that kills the braincells of any logical being unfortunate enough to stumble upon it’s lie-speckled articles.

Uh, that should be “its lie-speckled articles.”

“IGN is like marrying crackwhore,” explains commenter Lale Gator from Belgrade, Serbia.

You know she isnt the best but still doesnt matter cause she perform everytime you want it from her,but on the downside she always gives you new STD.

Er, that doesn’t even remotely make sense as an opinion about a game site. It doesn’t even make sense as an opinion about a crack addict.

“Ign in cancer to gaming,”declares memes mcghee from Berlin, Israel.

“The don’t rate games probably,” adds Dexter Dorks of Dohah, Qatar.

At this point you may have noticed that I have given up on correcting the grammar and everything else.

“IGNorance should be punished for consecutively selling out,” Paulo Santos of Hollywood, Florida demands.

“People should not be misleaded!” cries Portugal’s Francisco Novais.

“IGN is polluting the gaming community and should be stoped,” Oscar Gerkman of Vingåker, Sweden angrily mutters between bites of lutefisk.

I guess the people have speakened, huh?

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BlackMamba
BlackMamba
4 years ago

Omg, this is so stupid.

It is okay to not like a video game as much as others. Personally, I don’t like Ocarina of Time. I respect it and see why people like it but I do not. If I had to write a review, it wouldn’t b as positive as others but that is okay.

Doom is selling well, I love the game because I work long hours and complex storylines are fun but time consuming. I like simple games with fun multiplayer, that is Doom.

Why is everything on the internet now a conspiracy? Even game reviews.

Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
4 years ago

I watched a play through of the new Doom because of my misplaced nostalgia for the franchise, and yeah, 7.1 seems about right. It’s certainly better than Doom 3 and its gay demons* but the lack of enemy types and minimal story hold it back. The combat system makes the whole thing into Immunity Frames: The Video Game. A shame, because the same studio rebooted Wolfenstein a few years back and that was really great.

*Because they kept coming out of the closet! If you played Doom 3 that’s a hilarious joke, take my word for it.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

I looked up the Swedish guy. He turned 17 two months ago.

Viscaria
Viscaria
4 years ago

IGNorance should be punished for consecutively selling out

And here I always thought selling out was something you could only do once. In between consecutive sell outs, do you have to sell back in?

But it’s so nice to see these folks protecting the little guy from the corrupt ratings manipulation of the Big Game Devs. The little guy being, in this instance, Bethesda Softworks, developer of the Elder Scrolls games as well as Fallouts 3 and 4. Bethesda is a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc., a private company that Wikipedia tells me was reported as being worth 1.2B 9 years ago. You can’t keep little ZeniMax down with your machinations, Big Gaming!

EJ (The Other One)
4 years ago

How is it news that IGN are not worth reading? For many years now they’ve managed the difficult task of being both obsolete and useless. The fact that they still exist at all is surprising. The fact that they’re corrupt is definitely not surprising.

Doubtless that’s just me being a casual, though. These people are real gamers and aren’t fooled.

guy
guy
4 years ago

IGN is pretty well-known for giving reviews rather proportional to the amount of money the publisher spends on advertising. Pretty common among the larger reviewers; infamous incident back in 2007 with Kane And Lynch where Jeff Gerstmann gave it a low score at GameSpot, the publisher pulled their ads, Jeff Gerstmann was fired on nebulous tone grounds and the review was removed, and the ads came back. I pretty much stopped paying attention to the GameSpot-Gamespy-IGN semi-interconnected cluster over that.

Fabe
Fabe
4 years ago

I wounder if it ever occurred to gators that maybe that it was all the sites that gave Doom higher reviews where that ones who got payed off and IGN was the one giving a non-bias review.

Fabe
Fabe
4 years ago

@Guy

IGN and gamespot are one in the same?Oh ok then I guess IGN wasn’t the un bribed honest review here but I still think its possible that all the over reviewers where payed off as.

Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary
4 years ago

Back in the early 90’s Doom was a benchmark game, you could always tell how fast your graphics card was by how well it could run it. I think that is the only reason Doom is regarded the way it is. These kids who were not even born then, have a kind of false nostalgia for a game they didn’t play.

This article is interesting, but a little off topic. It’s about how feminine games are culturally devalued.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/05/girly-games-history-of-pink-rachel-weil

guy
guy
4 years ago

I’m not sure about how connected they are exactly, mostly just that IGN crosslinked to the others heavily back when I read them and they behave in similar fashions. My understanding is that companies don’t pay off the reviewers to give their opposition lower scores, but set the effective going rate for good ones.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

Holy crap, IGN still has a reader? Does he surf there on Netscape after dialing up on AOL?

bekabot
bekabot
4 years ago

This is snapshot, in miniature and high definition, of everything that’s wrong with polls. If the polls are well-run, you can find out with a pretty high degree of certainty what people think…but you can’t find out with any certainty whatsoever whether or not their thoughts are the right ones. IOW, how good of a game Doom is will always be a matter of opinion, not fact.

Scildfreja
Scildfreja
4 years ago

sweet fancy moses, but i love reading their hilarious grammars.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@Virgin Mary

Yeah. They guy I looked up was born in 1999, i.e. Doom and Doom II came out many years before he was even born. He was 5 years old when Doom III came out. They’re like conservatives, nostalgic for a time they never knew in the first place.

Viscaria
Viscaria
4 years ago

There’s actual evidence that IGN has been paid off for game reviews? Interesting. Terrible awful worst ex boyfriend used to tell me that, but he also believed Olivia Munn was a dastardly Fake Gamer Girl who made a profession of entrapping gamer boners, so I’ve always considered his opinions on the intersection between video games and other media to be… suspect.

But again, if that is the case, I’m not really worried about Bethesda being a victim.

Fruitloopsie
Fruitloopsie
4 years ago

These are probably the same men/boys who tell women and girls to stop complaining about first world problems and should worry about the poor women and girls in other countries.

Jamesworkshop
Jamesworkshop
4 years ago

??? The COD teams are pretty big as developers go, not sure I understand that line of argument.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/09/07/mad-max-and-gamings-5-10-review-score-system/#1cbac2d5dcee

“All this said, bashing anyone mercilessly for a review score needs to uh, not do that. The whole concept of questioning someone’s credentials and motives and intentions because of a score is absurd, and this latest 5/10 controversy has been blown out of proportion for all the wrong reasons.

I’m also watching Jim Sterling getting ripped for giving Metal Gear Solid 5 only a 9/10, and having a fond flashback to when I was torn a new one for a month after I gave Halo 4 an 8/10.

I think there’s a conversation to be had about how we score games, but ripping apart a reviewer or outlet for a specific score is never productive, and needs to stop. Though I’m not naïve enough to think that will actually happen.”

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

Surprise: Oscar Gerkman is a 4channer.

Simon
Simon
4 years ago

On the fun side, the IGNorance play on words is almost cute.

FrickleFrackle
FrickleFrackle
4 years ago

I hear DOOM is actually quite good, at least from a certain goatdog I follow online (you get a nonexistent cookies if you can tell who I’m talking about and if not, the person I’m talking about can be a bit NSFW if you decide to snoop).

One of the silliest things is that 7.1 should mean it’s actually pretty good because 5 should be the standard. As for IGN, I sometimes go there if I see it in a search but I’m no avid reader of the site. What’s so special about IGN that makes anyone want to be a regular reader?

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

For all of his faults, I do agree with Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw on this one: It’s impossible to give an arbitrary number to an opinion on a game. You can’t quantify “opinion” in the basis of a score, and if you need a high score in order to feel good about liking a game, maybe you need to stop letting other people dictate what is and isn’t okay for you to like, because you’ll only end up offended when someone doesn’t share the same absolute opinion as you.

The thing about game reviews is: They’re all subjective as fuck. If you don’t like a game review, find someone who reviewed it more to your liking. If you don’t think IGN bootlicked Bethesda enough (I’m sure everyone’s still cleaning the taste of polished leather off of their tongues from Fallout 4), go find another reviewer who licked those boots to your liking.

Or, you can stand the fuck up, and realize that one person’s opinion of a game shouldn’t matter that fucking much to you, and if you like a game, then you fucking like it, regardless of what a critic said. If you like a game, no one’s fucking stopping you. Like your damn games.

Do I agree with the fact that Morrowind has some broken game mechanics? Abso-fucking-loutely. Do I still love it? Fuck yes.

Did DMC get dead-panned by critics and fanboys alike? Yup. Do I still enjoy it? Fuck yeah!

Do feminist critics point out that a game might contain sexist, racist, or otherwise bigoted elements? Yup, and I’ve done it myself. Does that mean I stop liking games they say are problematic? Fuck no.

I like what games I like, and I’m not going to throw a temper tantrum because a critic said they didn’t like it.

On the topic of GGers and their cries of “Objectivity!”: Bullshit.

They don’t care if reviews are subjective or objective. They just want to hear all the games they like getting praised and the devs getting their asses properly kissed, and all the games they don’t like getting thrown in the nearest fire pit.

Hypocrisy, thy name is GamerGate.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

(Also, mocking ESL people’s grammar is in bad taste – although with names like “Memes McGhee” and locations like “Berlin, Israel,” I can’t really put too much stock in any of them being real and not just #Shields, huh.)

FrickleFrackle
FrickleFrackle
4 years ago

Echoing what Paraoxical says, games can be both flawed and enjoyable.

I love Fallout 4, but I don’t like how it uses a poor man’s version of the Mass Effect dialogue menu or that the perks require the player to be a certain level. However, I understand that Beth was trying to streamline something, and they were trying to preserve some sense of game balance at the cost of a bit of player freedom.

Also, I see people criticise the guns of Fallout 4 for being odd choices, like how the Assault Rifle fires a common bullet but 5.56 is rare in-game (and the gun looks like a Lewis Gun and not an assault rifle at all). Also, why does the Combat Rifle fire the .45 pistol bullet and why doesn’t the .44 Pistol have a .38 option when .38 was one of the most common revolver bullets in the 50s, which Fallout is inspired by? But, while I can agree these are problems, the unusual guns give the game a more unique aesthetic than the typical “pick one of 20 different AR-15 variants and a token AK” that many games seem fond of.

Also about Fallout, New Vegas is my favorite game ever, and I play on 360 without mods. I played it so much the disk broke in the console, and I promptly got the Ultimate Edition with all the expansion packs. In fact, its the only game I have any significant DLC for. And it’s my favorite in spite of the ugly character models and frequent environment clipping, and the fact that the shooting doesn’t even feel that great. And yet, I love it anyway, in part because I feel like it captures a sense of adventure so well.

pitshade
pitshade
4 years ago

I love how progressives are the ones who get outraged over nothing.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
4 years ago

I would not be surprised if among thoses 1200 peoples a few are actuals devs of Doom whose bonus is tied to metacritic score. The fact metacritic is so important to the actual pay of a bunch of people isn’t sane nor healthy.

The few moment I have seen of it made me think it would not even be 7.1 on my scale. I am not gonna throw a tantrum for that, especially since I have understood that people seem to actually find something worth their times in thoses AAA games. That sadden me because it’s less money for games I like, but on the other hand games I like seem to do just well, so eh.

tessa
tessa
4 years ago

Viscaria

There’s actual evidence that IGN has been paid off for game reviews?

There’s really not. I know Gamespot had an issue. Interestingly enough it barely created a blip of outrage compared to somebody doing a few videos about tropes regarding women. Yes, an actual example of real corruption in game journalism was ignored… Imagine that! But that’s not even the actual issue here. This petition is amazingly stupid. ALSO, it shows the problem with Gamergate.

First of all, let’s look at their premise. Because IGN didn’t give the same range as other reviewers they agree with, then IGN is wrong. So to them, the score that a journalist gives SHOULD be altered by pack mentality. That’s so much more honest and non corrupt than changing the score because of money.

Second, it ignores the actual problem. Reviews are opinions. Everybody gets accused of “selling out.” (Some people can’t handle reviewers disagreeing with them, so lash out.) Even numbers or whatever review scale isn’t the issue, simple representations have been used for all kinds of reviews. The real issue is sites like metacritic. It’s trying to combine all reviews. As if each number and representation are scalable. Sooo you get this. Because this one person’s number doesn’t sufficiently follow everybody else, it blows the curve. Blah blah blah.

Rather than go the actual “ethical” path and suggest that metacritic shouldn’t be used by companies because it’s inherently flawed to try to quantify a series of incompatible quality representations, they put pressure on outliers to conform with metacritic, because pressuring critics to give certain reviews is totally ethics in game criticism.

dslucia
dslucia
4 years ago

There’s actual evidence that IGN has been paid off for game reviews?

No, there isn’t and never really has been.

The only hard evidence of underhanded corruption in the gaming press has been the Jeff Gerstmann thing, and while that was evidence of a corrupt business, it was also ironically evidence of an ethical reviewer.

It’s just been such a widely-circulated myth that high (and sometimes but far more rarely low) reviews from big sites like IGN (I know they’re a joke to a lot of people, but they’re still one of the most famous video gaming sites) are “paid off” that it’s kinda sunken into the minds of the general community now.

Also, what Tessa and Paradoxical said; people in the gaming community seem to care disproportionately about review scores, and will demand that reviewers they’ve never read change their opinions to conform with everyone else that they already agree with. It’s not enough to have a few people affirm that they chose correctly in liking/not liking a game, they have to have everyone saying that, because otherwise they could be wrong, and if they’re wrong about something like video games, what else could they be wrong about, and then their entire world view comes into question and they need to actually self-reflect for once in their lives.

(Okay, I may be a bit hyperbolic there, but that’s kind of how it seems when actually reading these people.)

AnnaB
AnnaB
4 years ago

Hey David, while I don’t disagree with the content of the post, isn’t it kind of low to make fun of people’s grammar in a language not their own? Unless you yourself have perfect grammar in your second language, that is.

Iseult The Idle
Iseult The Idle
4 years ago

What I want to know from a game reviewer: does the game crash? What type of game is it? How much can I customize my avatar? Are there game-stopping bugs?

And finally, subjectively, if you usually enjoy these types of games, how much did you enjoy playing this one? Did you finish it? Were the quests/companions/story lines compelling and enjoyable?

I don’t see how numbers are really useful in the first part of those criteria. I do see how a subjective “it’s got a good beat and it’s easy to dance to, I give it a 7/10” might be, with the caveat that it’s an opinion.

Sinkable John
Sinkable John
4 years ago

Gamergate-style outrage and IGN.

Two of my least favorite things clashing together.
Does anyone still have that Anita Sarkeesian popcorn gif ?

makroth
makroth
4 years ago

”So there’s a petition on Change.org”

I haven’t even read the whole post but i think you could have ended it right there. Why does that website even exist anymore? Can someone tell me the last time changedotorg actually, you know, CHANGED anything? I was thinking of flooding change.org with ridiculous petitions like ”Send Trump to the Moon and leave him there” or ”ban plaid”. Just because.

makroth
makroth
4 years ago

Reminds of the stink these asshats raised over Gone Home. Large numbers of people are allowed to have opinions that are different than yours, antisocial justice warriors! You’ll accept this fact when you fully grow up.

Handsome "These Pretzels Suck" Jack (formerly Pandapool)

I think 7/10 is a pretty good score for a remake, especially one that, as far as I saw, doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Probably has too much water.

Of course, I’m not a fan of FPSs anyway in which all you pretty much do is shoot things. Hell, my latest love Borderlands 2 I’d probably give maybe a 7/10. Doesn’t mean I won’t gently hug each and every character and sleep with every gun.

I love you, Unkempt Harold. You know how to treat me right.

But, like, wasn’t IGN part of the whole Kane and Lynch thing? Weren’t people being payed off for a good score or something? It was a GameStop review and stuff. IDK. IDK.

Matrim
Matrim
4 years ago

I absolutely loved Doom, but who gets bent out of shape at these review scores? I really don’t get it. Does one outlet giving Doom a decent score (it’s not like 7.1 is bad or anything) rather than an exceptional score somehow make the game worse for you?

Sinkable John
Sinkable John
4 years ago

@Handsome Jack

How DARE you give Borderlands 2 a lesser rating than what I would give it !
Pistols at dawn !

OoglyBoggles
OoglyBoggles
4 years ago

Laughs at attempts of changing thing

Does literally most futile form of protest to change a thing

Even then, who cares of ign? The metacritic score is not your report card.

Even then I would highly rate the game through the execution sytem meant to encourage aggressive play, new weapons to the roster and nods to a plot that Doom actively goes out of his way show that he doesn’t care about the plot much either.

Handsome "These Pretzels Suck" Jack (formerly Pandapool)

How DARE you give Borderlands 2 a lesser rating than what I would give it !
Pistols at dawn !

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/borderlands/images/5/5d/DP_Unkempt_Harold_48.jpg

Pew pew.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

If a Change.org petition couldn’t persuade Death to bring back Terry Pratchett, why should Metacritic care about what GamerGaters want?

Scildfreja
Scildfreja
4 years ago

@SFHC, AnnaB; Just wanted to say thank you. I enjoy bad english – not to make fun of it, just just to sort of revel in the weirdness and fun you get when you throw out grammar. I don’t make fun of peoples’ grammaring, but when I see something fun I’ll usually join in with many wordings what are wrong, or not really so much right. I try to avoid it when it could be interpreted as making fun of someone, though, because that’s never been fun for me. I don’t do teasing or schadenfreude so well.

So I didn’t interpret him as making fun of the language at first! It’s just after you two pointed it out that I read it again and saw it. Thank you for pointing out that blind spot of mine!

re: Ethics in Video Game Journalism!

Just so I have it clear in my head. A movement about harassing women out of video games-slash-ethics in game journalism is now piling onto an ineffectual petition website in order to motivate a game review site into changing their subjective opinion on a remake of a classic game so as to conform to the movements’ opinion.

What a marvelous world we live in.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
4 years ago

“Severely altering the score that [a video game] deserves” is bad. But it’s OK to downvote shows aimed at/featuring women on IMDb. Because reasons.

brian
brian
4 years ago

Ahhh, this reminds me of back when a woman got death threats because she didn’t give GTAV a 10…

Good times…?

Sinkable John
Sinkable John
4 years ago

Honestly, a part of me wants to make fun of their engrish. Even though mine is pretty bad too. Maybe because of that.

brian
brian
4 years ago

also, re: grammar mistakes/typos online:
I USED TO poke fun at those kinds of things ALL the time. i majored in english, and those are the sorts of things that tend to jump out at me (at least in any writing other than my own…)… but then, yeah, people pointed out to me (indirectly anyway) that the internet is global… there are lots of non-native english speakers using it… there are people with dyslexia and other sorts of issues that might make it difficult to get everything spelled correctly… and, of course, that attacking someone’s grammar completely sidesteps the issue of engaging with any actual points they might be making.
so i try really hard to not make fun of grammar/spelling mistakes i see now… though sometimes i try to point them out in the comments of articles on places like this, where i’m honestly trying to do it to help the author clean up any accidental mistakes.

and on that note… glass houses, David. ;P i mean really, picking on an “it’s/its” mistake? that’s a super easy one to make, and I spot plenty of typos in your posts here.

BoinkBoinkBoinkBoinkBoinkBoink
BoinkBoinkBoinkBoinkBoinkBoink
4 years ago

I want to go out on a limb and say Real Gamers™ like they frequently call themselves don’t give two actual shits about gaming reviews. I have never, ever, in my two decades of gaming, bought or not bought a game based off it’s reviews. I just played the fucking thing and formed my own opinion.

GiJoel
GiJoel
4 years ago

I wish I could find it, but I remember coming across a youtube video that argued that 7 was the new 1 in games’ ratings. Basically the guy argued that games were consistently over rated due to angry, foamed speckled dudes yelling abuse if any games were rated below an eight out of ten.

Eyes on the Right
4 years ago

Anyone following Markus Perrson a.k.a. Notch on Twitter? Dude’s freaking out on people after he literally mansplained the word “mansplaining” to someone. Then he accused a woman of “c*ntfusing the issue by dismissing my words with a derogatory term about my gender.” Here’s a link to the tweet but I screen capped it.

Hesster
Hesster
4 years ago

Honestly, people have done this for games that they didn’t think get the score it “deserved” to get for a long time. A British gaming magazine got so much hate mail for giving StarFox Adventures for the N64 an “average” score that they jokingly included a 10.0 score sticker in a later issue that readers could paste into the review. There’s even a TV Tropes page about the phenomenon:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EightPointEight

The trope is named after the 8.8 score on Gamespot given to Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii (by Jeff Gerstmann, ironically.) I was really active on the Gamespot forums when it all went down (this was before the whole Kane & Lynch scandal that made me also leave the site) and I saw the whole thing firsthand. The amount of gnashing and wailing was truly phenomenal.

I don’t think it’s exclusive to video games, either. The movie site Rotten Tomatoes used to allow people to comment on reviews. If there was a popular movie with just a few negative reviews, invariably those bad reviews would be swamped with comments full of bile.

The only difference these days is that misogynist dudebros want to link it to SJWs and feminists.

Gipsz Jakab
Gipsz Jakab
4 years ago

Generally, I’d agree with not mocking people over their grammar/spelling (politely point out errors, sure, but not attack) because of the aforementioned issues, but when it’s accompanied by massive hubris? Fire away.

EDIT: Also, I grew up on Doom and Doom II, and I like what I’ve seen of the new one so far, but even then I think this petition is stupid.

Axecalibur
Axecalibur
4 years ago

@PI
Yeah, that’s kinda the worst part. Review scores are meant to streamline consumer reporting. If you’re all up in arms for the game not having the bestest score, you’re probably planning on getting it anyway. In which case, the score isn’t meant for you, so why should you care? Same shit happened with Uncharted. When the BvS reviews were unkind, people were straightfacedly tweeting out #IStandWithZackSnyder/DC/WarnerBros. As if comic book Michael Bay, the marketing subsidiary whose comics you probably don’t buy, or the billion dollar entertainment conglomerate needs your defense. Stahp, guys, it ain’t a good look

Re:grammar/spelling
If they’re being obnoxious about how stupid you are and how totes rational/logical they are, fuck em. I’ll nitpick the shit outta their pompous drivel. Better not end ya sentence with a preposition. If you’re cool, I’m cool, and we’ll let each other’s mistakes go unmentioned. You start being an ass, then gloves are off

Edit:grammar, ironically

Tabby Lavalamp
4 years ago

Beyond the harassment, misogyny, and racist, this is where Gamergate went even more wrong. There is a problem with ethics in games journalism, but it’s not because IGN gave this game 7.1. It’s because a decent score like that is seen as an aberration and all the other scores are around a 9. It’s so very rare for any other medium to get that kind of consensus. For a book or a movie to get that kind overall score it would have to be pretty much a masterpiece.

Of movies currently in theaters, Zootopia has a 98% fresh rating, but even in the fresh reviews, you get scores like 3.5/5, 7/10, even 6/10 is considered fresh (and somehow so is 2/5).

There is no such thing as an objective review, so if there is a medium where its product is consistently getting uniformly high ratings, something is rotten. And the rot isn’t the one who is giving a game a 7.1 rating.

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