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6th Nov '17 10:47:09 AM TheDudeWhoAbides
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* [=GameSpot=], while not reviewing ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball 2009]]'', mentioned it in an article where they criticized the ''child announcing''. The article has been defended by many people, mostly after seeing just the article and not playing the game. But child announcing has been in the ''Backyard Sports'' series since the beginning, and the first game came out one year after [=GameSpot=] started. So have the writers of [=GameSpot=] been hiding under a rock for 12 years, and are the people defending them ''complete idiots''?
6th Nov '17 10:34:30 AM TheDudeWhoAbides
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** This has become particularly horrifying since ''actual'' video game companies are now incorporating metascores into their business practices; this includes awarding development teams bonuses based on metascores, and deciding on a target metascore ''before a game has started development'', and perpetrators include publishers as major as Creator/ElectronicArts and Creator/SquareEnix. It is no longer possible to pretend that Metacritic is harmless.

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** This has become particularly horrifying since ''actual'' video game companies are now incorporating metascores into their business practices; this includes awarding development teams bonuses based on metascores, and deciding on a target metascore ''before a game has started development'', and perpetrators include publishers as major as Creator/ElectronicArts and Creator/SquareEnix. It is no longer possible to pretend that Metacritic is harmless.
9th Oct '17 6:05:35 PM nombretomado
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** This has become particularly horrifying since ''actual'' video game companies are now incorporating metascores into their business practices; this includes awarding development teams bonuses based on metascores, and deciding on a target metascore ''before a game has started development'', and perpetrators include publishers as major as ElectronicArts and Creator/SquareEnix. It is no longer possible to pretend that Metacritic is harmless.

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** This has become particularly horrifying since ''actual'' video game companies are now incorporating metascores into their business practices; this includes awarding development teams bonuses based on metascores, and deciding on a target metascore ''before a game has started development'', and perpetrators include publishers as major as ElectronicArts Creator/ElectronicArts and Creator/SquareEnix. It is no longer possible to pretend that Metacritic is harmless.
12th Aug '17 11:00:59 AM nombretomado
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* The sites RottenTomatoes and Metacritic, due to their system of deriving an overall score for a film out of all the available reviews, are often regarded as providing a definitive stamp of quality (or lack thereof). While this is more understandable than most examples, the fact remains that some people take it too far, and act as though [[http://reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1943-2 liking a film scoring 33% on Rotten Tomatoes is empirically indefensible]], despite the obvious logic that ''one third of professional film critics liked it''.

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* The sites RottenTomatoes Website/RottenTomatoes and Metacritic, due to their system of deriving an overall score for a film out of all the available reviews, are often regarded as providing a definitive stamp of quality (or lack thereof). While this is more understandable than most examples, the fact remains that some people take it too far, and act as though [[http://reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1943-2 liking a film scoring 33% on Rotten Tomatoes is empirically indefensible]], despite the obvious logic that ''one third of professional film critics liked it''.
16th May '17 6:36:04 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]] with ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''. While it was a bit of a flop in its first month of release, {{Ubisoft}} greenlit on a sequel on the basis that ''Origins'' averaged roughly an 89 on Metacritic across all consoles.

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* [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]] with ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''. While it was a bit of a flop in its first month of release, {{Ubisoft}} {{Creator/Ubisoft}} greenlit on a sequel on the basis that ''Origins'' averaged roughly an 89 on Metacritic across all consoles.
16th May '17 3:10:38 PM nombretomado
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* In 2012, WebVideo/{{Phelous}}' negative review of the 2009 TV movie ''TurtlesForever'' led to a lot of panning of said movie around the Internet, including a few negative edits on its TV Tropes pages. Up until that review hit the Internet, though, there were ''very'' few (if any) flat-out negative reviews of the movie.

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* In 2012, WebVideo/{{Phelous}}' negative review of the 2009 TV movie ''TurtlesForever'' ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' led to a lot of panning of said movie around the Internet, including a few negative edits on its TV Tropes pages. Up until that review hit the Internet, though, there were ''very'' few (if any) flat-out negative reviews of the movie.
26th Apr '17 3:50:23 PM WillKeaton
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** This also applies to other movies he's reviewed. For example, in ''[[Film/TheFlintstones The Flintstones Movie]]'', he appears to trash it at first because "It's ''Film/TheFlintstones''", [[BiasSteamroller and he didn't like the show]]. Immediately after; several people were blindly agreeing that ''Film/TheFlintstones'' sucked for the ''same reason''. This also happened to ''Creator/StephenKing's Literature/{{IT}}'' and Creator/StephenKing as a whole [[note]] even though the Critic has praised some of the movies based on his works before[[/note]], when the response wasn't HePannedItNowHeSucks.

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** This also applies to other movies he's reviewed. For example, in ''[[Film/TheFlintstones The Flintstones Movie]]'', he appears to trash it at first because "It's ''Film/TheFlintstones''", [[BiasSteamroller and he didn't like the show]]. Immediately after; several people were blindly agreeing that ''Film/TheFlintstones'' sucked for the ''same reason''. This also happened to ''Creator/StephenKing's Literature/{{IT}}'' and Creator/StephenKing as a whole [[note]] whole,[[note]] even though the Critic has praised some of the movies based on his works before[[/note]], before[[/note]] when the response wasn't HePannedItNowHeSucks.
7th Mar '17 9:18:11 PM mlsmithca
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On the surface, one could say there's some logic behind all this -- after all, purchasing a $60 game is a far riskier endeavor than buying a $15-20 book or a $10 movie ticket, so it makes sense that many people might look to ''something'', even if it is a bad source. However, over-reliance on reviews is just as common in areas where software piracy is ubiquitous. Another reason, perhaps, is that video games as a medium demand more time and attention from us than most other entertainment forms, so most of us need to be discriminatory in the games we play. It's worth mentioning that reviews are not without biases. What the critic finds to be SoOkayItsAverage, ''you'' might find SoCoolItsAwesome because it is practically tailored to your tastes and desires in a game; and the polar opposite happens as well, often leading to HypeBacklash, CriticalDissonance and ItsPopularNowItSucks situations.

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On the surface, one could say there's some logic behind all this -- after all, purchasing a $60 game is a far riskier endeavor than buying a $15-20 book or a $10 movie ticket, so it makes sense that many people might look to ''something'', even if it is a bad source. However, over-reliance on reviews is just as common in areas where software piracy is ubiquitous. Another reason, perhaps, is that video games as a medium demand more time and attention from us than most other entertainment forms, so most of us need to be discriminatory in the games we play. It's worth mentioning that reviews are not without biases. What the critic finds to be SoOkayItsAverage, ''you'' might find SoCoolItsAwesome awesome because it is practically tailored to your tastes and desires in a game; and the polar opposite happens as well, often leading to HypeBacklash, CriticalDissonance and ItsPopularNowItSucks situations.
8th Feb '17 10:01:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has experienced this from both angles. Different sections of FanDumb either trashes someone who disagrees with him, or trashes ''him'' for disagreeing with them:
8th Feb '17 10:00:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Just try saying that ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' were alright movies anyplace on the Internet. You're sure to be flamed by legions of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] fans.
** This is also because, before he reviewed them, the movies weren't very well-known, and now people only know about them because of the Nostalgia Critic reviews.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
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Just try saying that ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' were alright movies anyplace on the Internet. You're sure to be flamed by legions of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] fans.
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Critic fans. This is also because, before he reviewed them, the movies weren't very well-known, and now people only know about them because of the Nostalgia Critic reviews.
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