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Metacritic Begins Aggregating Individual Developer Scores

Metacritic Begins Aggregating Individual Developer Scores

March 25, 2011 | By Leigh Alexander

Review score aggregator Metacritic has begun offering listings for individual game developers, providing something of a profile page with an aggregate score for all the work on which one has been credited.

Although aggregates for the work of prominent developers, like Ken Levine, Peter Molyneux and Cliff Bleszinski (89, 82 and 86, respectively) are available, all developers with credits on Metacritic-ranked games can find their profile through the first name-hyphen-last name format in the URL.

The data pulls from GameFAQs, with which Metacritic shares a parent. As such, info is far from complete; numerous industry veterans have told Gamasutra that their Metacritic page represents only a partial profile of games they've shipped.

Under its frequently-asked questions, Metacritic recommends that developers submit additions and changes in their crediting directly to GameFAQs.

A developer's Metacritic profile shows his or her highest-scored title, his or her lowest-scored title, and an average score, along with a list of the individual games on which they've worked and the role they played therein.

"Man, it's bad enough games are judged by Metacritic," quips one multiplayer designer with six years in the industry anonymously to Gamasutra. "Now I'm going to be, too?"

Metacritic has ranked companies as a whole for some time; in 2010 Take-Two was the company with the highest overall portfolio score.

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