Metacritic vows "stricter moderation" after "abusive and disrespectful reviews" for Horizon video game's lesbian kiss
· May 7, 2023 ·

Metacritic parent company Fandom said it is "currently evolving [its] processes and tools to introduce stricter moderation in the coming months," after user reviews criticized the video game "Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores" for its lesbian kiss dialogue option.

The game holds (at the time of writing) an 82/100 "generally favorable" Metascore based on 61 critics and a 4.2/10 "generally unfavorable" User Score based on 2,363 ratings.

It's what I call the good ol' Rotten Tomatoes "Golden Ratio."

This refers to when woke critics like something, but users don't (and vice versa), with woke critics being on the wrong side of the ratio, obviously.

"Towards the end of Burning Shores, there is the choice to make [relationship between protagonist Aloy and new character Seyka] a more romantic one, and players can select a dialogue option that will lead to Aloy and Seyka sharing a kiss," Eurogamer reports. "And it is this, for some reason, that several 'critics' over on Metacritic have taken umbrage with."

"For some reason."

Yes, it really is the world's greatest mystery... Why would these gamer folks be upset about a lesbian kiss in their video game? Sounds like the executives who can't figure out why the Mario movie has been raking in record box office numbers with a non-woke movie.

"Fandom is a place of belonging for all fans and we take online trust and safety very seriously across all our sites including Metacritic," Fandom said in a statement. "Metacritic is aware of the abusive and disrespectful reviews of Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores and we have a moderation system in place to track violations of our terms of use."

Some reviews for the game have already been removed from the site.

"Our team reviews each and every report of abuse (including but not limited to racist, sexist, homophobic, insults to other users, etc) and if violations occur, the reviews are removed," Fandom said. "We are currently evolving our processes and tools to introduce stricter moderation in the coming months."

Can't have an opinion if it's not approved by the Thought Police, of course.

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