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An Analysis of Gamespot Review Scores

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2006 at 7:06 pm by MJG

I spent the last day or so constructing the database and writing a script that would grab all of Gamespot’s reviews from their review list and massage the info into the relevant database tables.

Then I wrote the script that generates the image you see above. It’s a histogram of all Gamespot’s review scores for any game that isn’t for mobile phones, the Gameboy/Gameboy Color, the N-Gage, or the Neo-Geo Pocket. I’ll be expanding its functionality to make comparisons by platform as well as between two or more different sites. And I suppose I’ll have to make it look nicer, too.

I did this really quickly because I wanted to see if this was really worth doing. Out of the 7,244 reviews, 239 scored a 7.0. There’s some weird gaps, but you can definitely see the bell shape and how scores crowd towards the right of the scale. Now to figure out a way to determine which ranges of scores get translated to 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 stars. It looks like that a 3-star game may go as high as 8.1 or 8.2.

Hopefully review scores from other sites will be as easy to compile as Gamespot’s were. I don’t know if any other sites have a list of all their reviews like that.

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