In the last week the European Court of Justice ruled on a case that could have massive implications for digital game sales in Europe. In the case, the court ruled that a publisher “could not oppose the resale of used licenses" in effect paving the way for a market in used downloaded games.
When PCGamesN asked about Valve’s response to the ruling at the Develop Conference in Brighton, Valve’s Director of Business Development Jason Holtman offered a concise response: “we don’t have any plans to change". When pressed, he repeated the phrase: “we don’t have any plans to change."
What is Metacritic for? Is it the go-to method of taking a game’s temperature? Is it a rough and dirty register of the mass market? Or is it the great evil of the game industry, as some have claimed, crushing the natural diversity of opinions into a homogenised mush and, worse, needlessly nixing bonuses for developers who don’t manage to attain the arbitrary targets it sets?