Metacritic is a rating aggregator site, to gaming what Rotten Tomatoes is to movies. It collects and condenses game reviews from around the web into one neat and tidy score. That’s fine. What isn’t fine is that the games industry has become obsessed with their Metacritic scores, to the point of yanking paychecks and royalties if the scores don’t meet some golden target sang into existence by a chorus of angels. Also, the angels pick who gets to make a sequel. This obsession is crushing the gaming industry under the weight of conservative design decisions, while sending companies scrambling to game the system. The end result is a downward death spiral of burst guts and desperation. IGN has the story.