Does Metacritic matter? Ask your average gamer, and they will likely sneer with contempt, blame it for all the ills in the world, and declare that the collector of review scores is useless. Ask a developer like Obsidian, however, and you'll often find they rely on it for monetary bonuses.
Obsidian's Chris Avellone was recently asked by a fan if they made a boatload of cash from Fallout: New Vegas, and was informed that the studio received a straight payment, with no royalties from sales. Extra money would only have been awarded if the game scored over 85% on Metacritic -- which it just missed.
The concept of the Metacritic bonus is nothing new, but always interesting to consider. It's strange when a publisher puts such stock in things, especially because, in my experience, the major companies really seem more focused on sales than scores. Perhaps it's a passive way of making studio's spend more time polishing. Money's a good motivator, after all.
In any case, it's something reviewers risk feeling bad about when having to pour scorn on a new title. Of course, it's not a reviewer's job to make money for developers, and they always need to keep that in mind when slapping the big ol' number at the end.
|6:00 PM on 12.29.2011|
Fallout: New Vegas lead designer releases new mod
There are undoubtedly weirder and more ambitious mods for Fallout: New Vegas, but this one -- put forth by the game's lead designer Joshua Sawyer -- is interesting in its specificity. He calls it "a general difficulty tweak a...more
|9:30 PM on 10.09.2011|
HAWP: The ultimate permadeath run
Ashly is a man's man (???). A permadeath run of FarCry 2? That's for babies. No, she's got a bigger fish to fry. Will she succeed in her quest? Hit the jump to find out. Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Fallout: New Vegas [GameTrailers]more
|1:30 PM on 09.14.2011|
Lonesome Road's explosion-filled New Vegas trailer
Ahead of Lonesome Road's September 20 release for PlayStation Network, Steam, and Xbox Live, Bethesda has put out a trailer showcasing the Fallout: New Vegas add-on. For a game that is largely about exploring, they sure do a...more
|10:45 AM on 08.25.2011|
'Lonesome Road' Fallout: New Vegas DLC hits September 20
Bethesda is finally ready to release the "Lonesome Road" downloadable content for Fallout: New Vegas next month. The expansion will hit all platforms -- PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 -- on September 20. It'll cost you $9.99...more
|1:00 PM on 08.10.2011|
Lonesome Road DLC for Fallout: New Vegas delayed
We recently got some vague details about the Lonesome Road add-on for Fallout: New Vegas, courtesy of Steam achievements. They were specific enough to get me interested, but now Bethesda is saying the content won't see a rele...more
|4:00 PM on 07.22.2011|
War never changes: Absurdity in the world of Fallout
Recently I had the pleasure of reading ctrl+alt+defeat’s first issue, "War", in which Dilyan Damyanov ponders the meaning of the phrase "War, war never changes." By taking the general events that occur in the Fallout ...more
|1:45 PM on 07.12.2011|
Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues trailer, for SCIENCE!
Here's a trailer for the next Fallout: New Vegas DLC installment, Old World Blues. It looks set to be the most comedic chapter of the New Vegas saga, and I dare say its focus on science-themed humor might be inspired a littl...more
|12:40 PM on 07.05.2011|
New Vegas gets the Old World Blues in new screenshots
The next bit of downloadable content for Fallout: New Vegas is due to arrive on July 19. It'll be called Old World Blues, and we have some screenshots for you to look at in the gallery. I don't know what else you want me to say. Go look at the pictures, you smelly little arse.more
|8:45 PM on 06.22.2011|
New Destructoid Episode: DLC, DNF, WWJD, GTFO
Hey gang, we've got another episode of The Destructoid Show dedicated to all the hard-hitting post-E3 news from the past couple days. That was a joke. There's a demo out for Duke Nukem Forever which hopefully has poop a...more
|11:35 AM on 05.22.2013|
Awww! Call of Duty: Ghosts' cute little doggie
How could you not love a German Shepherd? They've got the cutest face markings, that funny lowered rear, and ears so big that they could double as windsails. They're also amazing animals when it comes to serving humans, worki...more
|3:00 AM on 05.22.2013|
Vote on Black Ops 2's new Personalization Packs
Two new Personalization Packs will be released for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on May 29, and starting this Thursday you'll be able to vote on which packs make the cut, Activision's Dan Amrich announced. Voting will take p...more
|1:25 PM on 05.21.2013|
Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC heading to Xbox One first
Keeping with the already established trend, DLC for the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts will be headed to Microsoft's Xbox One first. Like always, it will come to other consoles later, but if you want that hot Call of Dut...more