Metacritic adds waiting restrictions to combat review bombing20th July 2020
Metacritic is now forcing users to wait 36 hours after a game’s release before allowing their reviews and opinions to be posted.
The review aggregator site is among the most popular of its kind online, however, a new trend has emerged where people take to the platform solely to harm video game sales.
The phenomenon is known as ‘review bombing’ and it entails large groups of people posting negative comments or scores on a game’s page.
Typically, these groups are campaigning against something they disagree with the aim of deterring others from purchasing their own copy.
While it is fairly common for films to be bombarded with this kind of negativity, review bombing has also become prevalent in the video games industry.
Most notably, The Last of Us Part II was heavily review bombed by some who were drastically against its narrative decisions.
The issue grew so large that several members of the Naughty Dog team received death threats which forced the developer to issue a statement on the matter.
In an effort to combat the phenomenon, Metacritic has implemented a 36-hour restriction on when users can post their reviews.
Upon visiting the site, people will be greeted with a message that reads “please spend some time playing the game” alongside a date and time for them to return and post their thoughts.
“We recently implemented the 36-hour waiting period for all user reviews in our games section to ensure our gamers have time to play these games before writing their reviews,” a spokesperson said to GameSpot.
“This new waiting period for user reviews has been rolled out across Metacritic’s Games section and was based on data-driven research and with the input of critics and industry experts.”
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