Since 2001, Metacritic has been online. In 2005, the website’s founders Marc Doyle, Julie Doyle Roberts, and Jason Dietz sold it to CNET, a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation, a US media conglomerate. The staff of the newly established competitor website GameRankings, which was also run by CBS Interactive, was acquired by Metacritic in December 2019.
Every product listed on Metacritic receives a Metascore, which ranges from 0 to 100 and is calculated using variously weighted media reviews. The recommendations made by the site have significant weight, particularly with computer game manufacturers. As a result, some publisher contracts include clauses that state that a high Metacritic score would result in a bonus payment to the developer. The reviews on this page have an impact even on the stock prices of participating companies.
Anlogged users may submit their own reviews in addition to those for major media. These are assigned a score between 0 and 10.
The term “Metascore,” which is legally protected in the United States by the website Metacritic.com, refers to a compilation of several existing criticisms of a media release into a numeric rating between 0 and 100. This allows for a quick, if somewhat condensed, qualitative assessment of a title. In this case, a score of 0 indicates a title with no quality, while a score of 100 indicates a title with excellent quality.
Other websites based on the same principle (Rotten Tomatoes, GameRankings, and OpenCritic) have their own names and avoid using the term “metascore.” However, other publications frequently use this term as a synonym for any writing aggregation.
Measurement of the rating score
The majority of the time, dozens of test reports from various publications, including the major print publications in the relevant industry as well as – particularly with console- and PC-games – renowned Internet publications, are included into the evaluation.
The evaluation provided by the reviewers will be scored on a scale of 0 to 100 points, weighted, and combined with the other evaluations that contributed to the title. If an evaluation in the form of a scaled numerical value (such as “6 of 10 points” or “83%”) is unsuccessful, the Metascore-Redaktion will assign the report its own score based on the article’s many supporting details and overall impression.
The weighting of each judgement is determined by the publication’s rank and level of specialisation. As a result, a reputable computer games magazine gives a computer game’s Metascore a lot of weight, whilst a magazine on new book releases gives a book’s Score less weight.
The discussion of each title includes a repetition of the used single judgements.