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October 31st, 2004


I’m not sure when it happened, but I now stop at Metacritic before reading music and movie reviews.

As an aside, I sometimes read reviews before I see/hear the piece in question (usually movies,) but I often look at them afterwards to see if anyone felt the same way I did. For instance, as mentioned last month I wasn’t bowled over by R.E.M.’s new LP. Neither were most critics. That was nice to see, and I found common ground in both the positive and negative reviews. (In the end, I bought just three of the songs off the album, sacrificing the rest.)

So, Metacritic is a site which compiles reviews of things (including games and DVDs) and assigns an overall score to it, on a 1-100 scale. 100 is super fab, and 1 is toilet paper-worthy. You get the idea. There’s also a comments section, but to my eyes Metacritic feels more like a portal than a community, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Sites like Metacritic make me miss Addicted to Noise even more, though.

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