UPDATE: Metacritic No Longer Pitting Miyamotos Against Each Other

by Matthew Kato on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:15 AM

UPDATE: In response to users' criticism, Metacritic has dropped the career ratings for individual developers, although it still has profile pages for those developers, including the games they've worked on.

Metacritic games editor, Marc Doyle, calls the developer scores a "work in progress," that's "not nearly as comprehensive as it needs to be to accurately provide a career score for these individuals."

It sounds like the site is still dedicated to quantifying developers' careers with a score, so it'll be interesting to see how they end up doing this while still giving people a real representation of these people's full bodies of work.

Check out his full statement here.


ORIGINAL STORY: It's one thing to keep tabs on the aggregate ratings dog and pony show, but now website Metacritic is tracking individual developers. Don't know who Kei Miyamoto is? Well, apparently he rates higher than Nintendo's own Shigeru Miyamoto.

Metacritic now posts aggregate developer scores for individuals based on the scores of the games they've worked on. Naturally, a guy like Miyamoto...Shigeru Miyamoto, that is, will have his scored pulled down because of the sheer number of games he has been involved in, which is just one of the arguments you can levy against this kind of ratings system (check out this list of gaming Miyamotos on the site).

In Metacritic's defense, the website does admit that some of the credits for its developers may be incorrect and incomplete, and it does allow for revision. The developer information is based on GameFAQs, which is owned by the same parent company as Metacritic.

Is this useful information, or just information for information's sake?