Metacritic Developer Reviews Flawed?
Metacritic has started reviewing individual developers, such as Shigeru Miyamoto and Cliff Bleszinski, much to the surprise of the gaming community.
Although the site does the same with directors – the likes of Stephen Spielberg and Martin Scorsese are put under the microscope – it currently seems like a slightly unfair comparison.
Obviously it’s a positive step forward for videogames to be treated in the same bracket as films, but the two processes are so different the numbers may not necessarily add up in videogames’ favour.
Miyamoto is fortunate enough to be credited with such classic as Ocarina Of Time and Super Mario Galaxy, games he had a direct hand in making.
In contrast to this, Metacritic also lists Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast as his handiwork, a game he was but a mere supervisor on – the majority of work was done by Paon. It’s hard to believe Miyamoto’s involvement was anymore than a mark of respect for the man who was so influential in DK’s creation.
A quick glance over a director’s work seems to suggest the opposite, too. The vast bulk of movies accredited to them are directly theirs, although executive producer roles – where involvement can differ wildly – are accounted for.
Admittedly the two separate industries shouldn’t be judged by the same rules, but if Metacritic is going to be used as the go to place for reviews – be that games or those responsible for them – this new system may give a slightly unfair view of a developer's personal record.