Co-founder of popular aggregate reviews site Metacritic Marc Doyle says they have in the past dropped a site from their listings due to "corrupt practices." Elaborating, he notes there's actually a pretty high standard for not only getting onto Metacritic, but staying there.
"There are many reasons why I would drop somebody [from games review listings]. There's corruption - people can be bought, absolutely."
"It [comes down] to a number of things: It's the quality of the analysis, the quality of the writing; do they have an audience; are they respected in the gaming community... is there a reputation for scoring integrity? [That means] are they going to give [a game] 4/5 and say it's one of the best of the year, and then give another game 4/5 and say it's really a letdown. I've got to see that they're being responsible internally with that scoring. If they're not - if they're being irresponsible, or being contrarian or ridiculous, which happens all the time - I won't pick them up."
"People have screwed around and just tried to dig for hits for various reasons, and so we've lost a lot of sites for ridiculous reasons," he goes on. "But I mean, the stuff's not highly publicised. It's stuff I see, then I talk to them [and say]: 'Guys, you're going down a bad path here. We're going to rethink our partnership.' "
It's been said by PR company The Redner Group that "sales team live by Metacritic." Good to know then such an influential force has integrity.