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MetaCritique: Metacritic graphs and more!
by Craig Wilson on 07/14/11 07:07:00 pm   Featured Blogs

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A few months ago I downloaded every score from Metacritic and made some graphs. And then I made some more. And then more.

This is an abridged collection of the first three volumes of what I call the MetaCritique Graphs.

Unfortunately I can't include the full interactive graphs here on my Gamasutra blog so this post is full of links to the original three articles on SplitScreen. It's worth checking out the interactive versions which you can tinker and play with and laugh and learn to love.

On the plus side the lack of javascript support on the member blogs means I can go into full-on, shameless, self-promotion mode.

So gather round and lookit at these here pretty graphs!


MetaCritique1

Vol.1: Ratings and The Inner Circle

The 7-9 Scale: Fact or Fiction

7-9

The Inner Circle

Inner Circle

Publishers: Big Fish and Little Fish

Fish

Vol. 1 also includes interactive searching of:


MetaCritique2

Vol.2: Names and Games

Most Common Names of All Video Games

AllNames

Vol. 2 includes fully zoomable word clouds of:


MetaCritique3

Vol.3: Console Wars!

Phased Introductions of the Next Generation

Dom

The Genre, Rating and Release Console Breakdown

Turf

Vol. 3 also includes interactive hovertips:


So, yeah... that happened.


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Comments


Jeffrey Crenshaw
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Wow, this is really cool! Thanks for putting these together.

Ron Newcomb
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Trés cool! Although the publishers' graph confused me, cause I know that 989 Studios released more than just Syphon Filter during the Metacritic years, Twisted Metal 3 and Rally Cross among them. RC might've been a 90 as well, but TM3 certainly wasn't, so that particular graph seems, well, wrong or misleading.



Or maybe publisher has nothing to do with it. Maybe a developer graph, regardless who the publisher was, would be much more informative.



In any event, thank you for all your hard work and insight on this. I'm still inclined to think the 7 - 9 range is normal, as QA departments everywhere tend to scream if the game doesn't have at least some redeeming value in its play.


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