Irrational Remove Metacritic Rating Requirement From Job Listing

Irrational Games have removed the requirement to have worked on a game with an 85+ Metacritic score from a recent job listing. The original advert promoted a flurry of criticism and comment – you can read Toby’s thoughts here.

Patrick Miller, Editor of Game Developer magazine, noted that Irrational’s requirement would mean people who had worked on N.O.V.A. 2, Trainyard, Pizza vs. Skeletons, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 or Pinball FX 2: Marvel Pinball – Avengers Chronicles could apply for the job.


However applicants that had worked on the likes of Saints Row: The Third, Crysis 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Borderlands, DOOM II, Mario Kart 64 and Rock Band would find their CVs being filed in the bin before the interview stage.

The job listing no longer includes the Metacritic requirement.



  1. So they do read TSA comments! :P

    • As i said before TSA needs to harness their influence over the industry… & get me that lottery win. :)

  2. Glad about this. It’s one thing to try to narrow down your selection, but if your running the risk of excluding the best man for the job in the process then your sort of defeating the object aren’t you.

    • Now let’s not be sexiest, ‘the best man or woman for the job’! ;)

  3. This can only be seen as a good thing – To rule out the sorts of talent that worked on games such as those mentioned above, based upon nothing but a few peoples opinions is nothing short of madness.

  4. Lovely news although you can’t help but worry about the stupidity that caused this in the first place. :-\

  5. They should have left it in. Any other job reviews past work histor, maybe if developer/publishers started weeding out the bad devs games wouldn’t launch broken. Maybe 1 person isn’t to blame for a bad game, but the blame needs to start somewhere. It’s their right to set a restriction like this, they’re a top tier developer I would hope they set some standards when hiring new employees. Too bad they caved in to internet pressure.

  6. well done, at least they took advice on board. Instead, they will probably just do the check internally and not advertise it lol

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