Asking the website crewmen here: does giving a hotly-anticipated game, such as a Nintendo marquee title, an "unexpected" review/score actually reduce views of your site? For example, if someone were to give, say, Metroid Prime, or the next GTA a low score, do you think that the amount of people visiting your site might decrease?
I had this discussion with Jason McCullough at lunch, suggesting that perhaps website editors score big releases higher and are more forgiving out of fear; that a backlash to Mario Sunshine getting a 4/5 or less might lead to reduced clicks and thus less revenue. Any honest editors want to admit to a fear of the will of the majority, or am I just being an ass?
Just wondering. Is credibility-to-clicks something that nags the web reviewer during the review process, or is purely a credibility thing?