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22nd Jun '16 4:21:52 AM gewunomox
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* Pitchfork lacks an editorial policy, and has been known to take part in some very unethical practices. It does not state for the record how its ratings systems work, though the best guess of many is that 7.0 is the de facto standard of what is considering a "good" record or album, let alone one that qualifies for the prestigious "Best New Music" badge. Further, many of their reviews are questionably written. Any hipster will use their logic to deny ''reading'' it, let alone influence their record-buying/pirating decisions, especially after it began its partnership with ABC. But ever since the ArcadeFire's ''Funeral'' LP, any time Pitchfork gives a "Best New Music" badge to an album from a new and upcoming band, that album's sales/downloads will significantly increase, and the band's rep will increase exponentially. It's very difficult to deny that their reviews are considered influential over the hipsters to some degree.

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* Pitchfork lacks an editorial policy, and has been known to take part in some very unethical practices. It does not state for the record how its ratings systems work, though the best guess of many is that 7.0 is the de facto standard of what is considering a "good" record or album, let alone one that qualifies for the prestigious "Best New Music" badge. Further, many of their reviews are questionably written. Any hipster will use their logic to deny ''reading'' it, let alone influence their record-buying/pirating decisions, especially after it began its partnership with ABC. But ever since the ArcadeFire's Music/ArcadeFire's ''Funeral'' LP, any time Pitchfork gives a "Best New Music" badge to an album from a new and upcoming band, that album's sales/downloads will significantly increase, and the band's rep will increase exponentially. It's very difficult to deny that their reviews are considered influential over the hipsters to some degree.
18th May '16 10:44:02 AM emeriin
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** The Critic has gone against this notion a few times, once out of character (by listing 10 popular movies he hates and 10 unpopular movies he likes), and once in-character (where he did a negative review of the ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' movie that was constantly interrupted by guntoting fans to make him give a glowing review). Doug never believes that he is the gospel and wants people to stop seeing him as such -- a good way of seeing this is to watch both his and Spoony's "Best/Worst of the Decade" lists and noting the overlap -- quite a few are Worst for one, Best for the other.

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** The Critic has gone against this notion a few times, once out of character (by listing 10 popular movies he hates and 10 unpopular movies he likes), and once in-character (where he did a negative review of the ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' movie that was constantly interrupted by guntoting fans to make him give a glowing review). Doug never believes that he is the gospel and wants people to stop seeing him as such -- a good way of seeing this is to watch both his and Spoony's "Best/Worst of the Decade" lists and noting the overlap -- quite a few are Worst for one, Best for the other. Also, for the AsHimself review of ''Film/ItFollows'', he apologized for not getting it, and actually asked people who would blindly agree with him not to comment.
20th Apr '16 9:06:19 PM kablammin45
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** When the games do get released, expect a game review with a 7.0 or lower to be filled with commentators talking about how they won't touch the game with a ten-foot pole, even if either the negatives of a game listed really don't detract from the overall experience of the game itself and/or other gaming websites are giving the same game much better scores.
6th Mar '16 11:17:11 PM vexer
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* [[WebVideo/AngryJoe Angry Joe's]] reviews of the ''VideoGame/{{Risen}}'' games were controversial, with people complaining about the fact that he was too harsh on the games, and about the fact that he decided to review the console port of the first game without any mention of the PC version. Of course, many of Joe's fans just assumed that he was right without playing the games themselves, despite there being other, less negative, reviews (with the first game being generally well liked, and the second one receiving mixed reviews). Then Joe released a video where he played around with Risen 3, and seemed to be predisposed into hating it right from the get go, spending the entire video criticizing it, particularly the combat system. This again led to accusations that Joe wasn't really taking his time to actually familiarize himself with the game and made very little mention about anything else, and the video received a massive amount of backlash. Some of his fans still accepted his word, however, arguing with anyone who had anything positive to say about the game. That, by itself, is not particularly notable, but some of his fans even spread onto sites like Amazon.com leaving 1 star reviews of the game with one line reviews, mainly pointing out the same criticisms Joe made in his video (often ignoring the rest of the game, like exploration, quests, skills, etc.), with at least a couple of reviewers even mentioning Joe by name.

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* [[WebVideo/AngryJoe Angry Joe's]] reviews of the ''VideoGame/{{Risen}}'' games were controversial, controversial for some, with people complaining about the fact that he was too harsh on the games, and about the fact that he decided to review the console port of the first game without any mention of the PC version.games. Of course, many of Joe's fans just assumed that he was right without playing the games themselves, despite there being other, less negative, reviews (with the first game being generally well liked, and the second one receiving mixed reviews). Then Joe released a video where he played around with Risen 3, and seemed to be predisposed into hating it right from the get go, 3, spending the entire video criticizing it, particularly the combat system. This again led to accusations that Joe wasn't really taking his time to actually familiarize himself with the game and made very little mention about anything else, and the video received a massive amount backlash from fans of backlash.the series. Some of his fans still accepted his word, however, arguing with anyone who had anything positive to say about the game. That, by itself, is not particularly notable, but some of his fans even spread onto sites like Amazon.com leaving 1 star reviews of the game with one line reviews, mainly pointing out the same criticisms Joe made in his video (often ignoring the rest of the game, like exploration, quests, skills, etc.), with at least a couple of reviewers even mentioning Joe by name.
5th Mar '16 3:15:02 PM MasoTey
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* An in-universe example occurs in the''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "On the Buster Scale". Buster, Brain, and several of their friends see ''Giant Exploding Robots 3D'' in theaters. All of them except Brain like it until Brain delivers a detailed criticism of the movie, which changes the minds of everyone except Buster. Buster begins to review movies in the newspaper that his mom works for, but he has nothing but praise for every movie (all of which involve robots, aliens, monsters, superheroes, and/or explosions). Brain decides to counter this by starting a movie blog, where he rates every movie unfavorably. Their friends keep flip-flopping on whose review to take - until Buster and Brain decide to review a movie together.

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* An in-universe example occurs in the''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "On the Buster Scale". Buster, Brain, and several of their friends see ''Giant Exploding Robots 3D'' in theaters. All of them except Brain like it until Brain delivers a detailed criticism of the movie, which changes the minds of everyone except Buster. Buster begins to review movies in the newspaper that his mom works for, but he has nothing but praise for every movie (all of which involve robots, aliens, monsters, superheroes, and/or explosions). Brain decides to counter this by starting a movie blog, where he rates every movie unfavorably. Their friends keep flip-flopping on whose review to take - until Buster and Brain decide to review a movie together.
8th Feb '16 8:17:02 AM Silverblade2
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->''"Bah! Creator/RogerEbert gave that zero stars. Therefore, I hate it."''

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->''"Bah! Creator/RogerEbert Roger Ebert gave that zero stars. Therefore, I hate it."''
6th Feb '16 11:09:03 AM MarkLungo
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->''"Bah! Roger Ebert gave that zero stars. Therefore, I hate it."''

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->''"Bah! Roger Ebert Creator/RogerEbert gave that zero stars. Therefore, I hate it."''



** 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 ''TheFlintstones''", [[BiasSteamroller and he didn't like the show]]. Immediately after; several people were blindly agreeing that ''TheFlintstones'' sucked for the ''same reason''. This also happened to ''Stephen King'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 ''TheFlintstones''", ''Film/TheFlintstones''", [[BiasSteamroller and he didn't like the show]]. Immediately after; several people were blindly agreeing that ''TheFlintstones'' ''Film/TheFlintstones'' sucked for the ''same reason''. This also happened to ''Stephen King's ''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.



14th Jan '16 4:45:54 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 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 and SquareEnix.Creator/SquareEnix. It is no longer possible to pretend that Metacritic is harmless.
2nd Jan '16 10:48:27 AM nombretomado
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* SomethingAwful gets this ''big time''. Expect the opinions of the SA staff or the majority of its users to be upheld as the standard for educated and critically-founded opinions. Case in point: ''VideoGame/CryOfFear'' was universally praised by SurvivalHorror fans until site creator Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka made a series of LetsPlay videos on [[{{GamingGarbage}} his YouTube channel (later known as ''Video Game Abomination Broadcasting'' and ''Gaming Garbage'')]] brutally deconstructing and tearing into the game and exposing its should-have-been-glaring flaws. The response that SA-registered forum members and Youtube commenters witnessing the game was '''''absolute, 100% negative''''', and the hundreds of thousands of people who praise the game are mercilessly criticized should one of said "goons" ever encounter them.

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* SomethingAwful Website/SomethingAwful gets this ''big time''. Expect the opinions of the SA staff or the majority of its users to be upheld as the standard for educated and critically-founded opinions. Case in point: ''VideoGame/CryOfFear'' was universally praised by SurvivalHorror fans until site creator Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka made a series of LetsPlay videos on [[{{GamingGarbage}} [[GamingGarbage his YouTube channel (later known as ''Video Game Abomination Broadcasting'' and ''Gaming Garbage'')]] brutally deconstructing and tearing into the game and exposing its should-have-been-glaring flaws. The response that SA-registered forum members and Youtube commenters witnessing the game was '''''absolute, 100% negative''''', and the hundreds of thousands of people who praise the game are mercilessly criticized should one of said "goons" ever encounter them.
11th Nov '15 10:10:49 AM mlsmithca
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* At times BenTheLooney's fanbase have fallen under this trope (Especially after his rant videos were UnCancelled) . The most prominent example being Phineas and Ferb, while it was a reasonably popular show before, after Ben had critically praised GravityFalls & made subtle hints that he no longer liked Phineas and Ferb due to it's formula, bland atmosphere & characters, many other people had started to agree with him & some people who were once fans of the show had begun hating it for the same reasons. Another example being FamilyGuy, which while had a massive hate bandwagon before, had worsened once Ben became popular.

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* At times BenTheLooney's fanbase have fallen under this trope (Especially (especially after his rant videos were UnCancelled) . UnCancelled). The most prominent example being Phineas is ''Phineas and Ferb, Ferb''; while it was a reasonably popular show before, after Ben had critically praised GravityFalls & ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and made subtle hints that he no longer liked Phineas ''Phineas and Ferb Ferb'' due to it's its formula, bland atmosphere & and characters, many other people had started to agree with him & and some people who were once fans of the show had begun hating it for the same reasons. Another example being FamilyGuy, Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', which while had a massive hate bandwagon before, had worsened once Ben became popular.
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