We all know that Metacritic is taken a little bit too seriously in the gaming industry. Okay, that was funny. Metacritic is taken way too seriously in the gaming industry. People always take to Metacritic to get information, and they treat it like it is absolute fact. They feel that Metacritic’s information can’t be rivaled by any other. Irrational Games seems to see something in them too, considering they are using Metacritic to determine who they hire.
That sounds a little bit rash, but hear me out. Irrational has a job listing available for a design manager. Among the list of requirements for the position, the applicant must have been on the team of a game that achieved an 85% average score on Metacritic. This means that in order to even be considered for the position, one must have already made a good game. Now, I can see where Irrational is going with this, but their logic is kind of flawed.
There are so many things that go into a game, so judging someone based on a Metacritic score is borderline unlogical. Games are a team effort, which means that even if a game has a bad creative head, it can turn out good. The same goes for a game that has a good creative head, but a bad team. So many factors go into developing these games that using Metacritic alone to judge how useful someone will be to your team is simply laughable.
I guess they did develop Bioshock, though. They might know what they are doing.