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Wednesday · January 05 2005

Metacritic now has book listings. Metacritic is my favorite media review site even though they don't review anything themselves. They compile and link to all the other reviews so you get a quick snapshot of who thinks what of what.

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January 06 2005

Heres a topic for discussion. I noticed in perusing that site that it seems like a much higher proportion of CDs gets a "green" score (and a much lower proportion get a red score) than movies or video games, which seem to be spread more evenly across the spectrum. Is that an illusion? If not, why do you think critics generally like the music they review more than game and film critics like what they review?

January 07 2005

I noticed that the numeric threshold for green on music is lower than on games, for instance. Anything above a 60 looks like a green icon, which means "generally favorable reviews." I believe a game needs a 75 to get that status. That's why you see more greens for music.

So, yes, I think it's an illusion. Maybe music critics tend to give lower scores on a 10 point rating, thus the need for metacritic to lower the floor of what "generally favorable reviews" means.

I don't look at the music section much at metacritic. I use it primarily for an overview of game reviews and, to a lesser degree, movie reviews.

January 07 2005

I also think (although I haven't crunched numbers or anything) that there's usually a tighter consensus around video games than movies or music.

January 07 2005

Probably true. Video game reviews are much more about objective quality instead of taste. You need to specialized in a particular movie or music genre to be a good critic, but video game critics can be generalists. Even though I don't care much for resource-gathering RTS games, I can still tell you what's good and what's not. However, I'd be clueless as an anime movie critic or a techno record critic.

The universe of movies and music is so much bigger.

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