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Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby Battlestriker123 » 19 Dec 2012 20:59

Hey guys.

So if you may remember, around this time last year I was the one who created the Game of the Year polls here on the GN Boards, and the response was so amazing that I've decided to do it again. Unfortunately, I need your help.

Last year, I based my nominations off of Metacritic, meaning I took the top 10 games from Metacritic and asked you guys to vote from them. However, since then, Metacritic has been criticized for the way they count review scores, which makes me uncertain on whether or not to use them again for this year's poll.

There are a few other sites that I'm considering using for the poll, one of which is GameRankings. Here is how GameRankings works differently from Metacritic:

1. GameRankings is more exclusive; they accept about half as many publications as Metacritic, and of those publications only a few well-respected ones are counted into the average. Metacritic, on the other hand, counts every review score from every website into their average. In summary, Metacritic collects more numbers than GameRankings, however some of these scores may come from questionable publications.

2. GameRankings uses an unweighted scale, meaning every publication has an equal chance to alter the average score. Metacritic, on the other hand, weighs each score based off of the publication; for example, a review from IGN will affect the average score more than a review from Modojo. This ensures that the bigger (more trusted) publications can alter the score more than lesser known ones, but it also means one bad score from a major publication can throw the whole average off.

3. Letter grades work completely differently in GameRankings than in Metacritic. A "B-" on GameRankings is worth 75/100. A "B-" on Metacritic is worth 67/100. Both sites claim their method works the best, but Metacritic's system has been more openly criticized... though that may just mean Metacritic is more popular than GameRankings.

Please vote in the poll above! And be sure to participate in the GOTY Polls here on GoNintendo Boards in the coming weeks:

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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby CM30 » 19 Dec 2012 21:20

I like them both, but I'd pick GameRankings. Not because it's more exclusive, but because it's more useful and covers a far wider range of systems. Whereas Metacritic is only about games released in recent history, I can check GameRankings for info on consoles dating all the way back to the SNES and Game Boy, making it useful for researching how older games were received by critics.
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby TheLastBlade » 19 Dec 2012 21:21

I don't pay attention to their averages; user scores are another story. It makes me laugh because even they hate games like Mass Effect 3 and Resident evil 6.
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby Mako » 19 Dec 2012 22:13

I don't really look up review scores too often, but I prefer gamerankings. I don't really use metacritic...
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby cortjezter » 20 Dec 2012 00:54

not sure why this was in the DS forum; especially when we have a dedicated Polls forum. moved.
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby Battlestriker123 » 20 Dec 2012 01:26

cortjezter wrote:not sure why this was in the DS forum; especially when we have a dedicated Polls forum. moved.

OOPS! Sorry Cort! I could have sworn I put it in the right forum. Ah well thanks xD
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby Mirr0rR3flection » 20 Dec 2012 01:27

I'd go with GameRankings. Metacritic not so much. :|
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby thresholdXCI » 20 Dec 2012 06:55

I sometimes give a quick glance at both out of curiosity, but try not to pay too much attention. Using a mean average for review scores is absolute nonsense. Those stats mean next to nothing.

I didn't know about the differences between the two, but by the sounds of it Gamerankings has a better approach.
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Re: Poll: Metacritic or GameRankings?

Postby sundin13 » 20 Dec 2012 17:01

I prefer the approach GameRankings takes but Meta gets reviews up much more quickly...i still have to go with GR though
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