Fanboys have sabotaged Metacritic with thousands of negative votes for Gears of War 2 and Resistance 2, two unreleased games that almost nobody has played. As a result, userscores for both are in the basement, and there’s a growing sense that the newly released LittleBigPlanet is being targeted as well.
Metacritic games editor Marc Doyle has responded to the problem in writing, promising to “upgrade the registration requirements… in the near future”. In the meantime, he urges users to focus on Metascores.
While painful to industry executives who believe Metacritic’s content can affect sales, it doesn’t seem to be all that surprising. With the site’s growth, some say this kind of behavior was never a matter of if, but when.
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