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Study confirms most gamers are sheep: Review averages directly influence sales.

#21wstfldPosted 10/5/2012 12:16:44 PM
Is it so far-fetched that the best games receive the best reviews, which in turn earns them the best sales?
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#22GradyHoover(Topic Creator)Posted 10/5/2012 12:17:52 PM
wstfld posted...
Is it so far-fetched that the best games receive the best reviews, which in turn earns them the best sales?


"Best games" = matter of individual opinion
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#23regsantotomasPosted 10/5/2012 12:18:23 PM
Highly regarded games sell better?

Breaking news!

It has nothing to do with being sheep. There are just some games where people generally enjoy it and the scores simply reflect that. It isn't necessarily a cause and effect in as much as it is a correlation.

Sure, higher scores can and do promote better sales; what is exactly wrong with that?

Are people more enlightened if they pick a game with a mediocre score?
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#24TerotrousPosted 10/5/2012 12:21:48 PM(edited)
wstfld posted...
Is it so far-fetched that the best games receive the best reviews, which in turn earns them the best sales?

It becomes far-fetched when you look at the mile-long list of counterexamples.


regsantotomas posted...
Are people more enlightened if they pick a game with a mediocre score?

If it's a good game? Then yes, they clearly are. They were able to spot a good game where most people weren't.
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#25ramseanPosted 10/5/2012 12:20:49 PM
GradyHoover posted...
wstfld posted...
Is it so far-fetched that the best games receive the best reviews, which in turn earns them the best sales?


"Best games" = matter of individual opinion


Yes and that's what reviews are, a series of individual opinions. Sometimes people agree that something sucks or doesn't suck. If 30,000 people like something and 2 people don't chances are it can't be too awful
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#26TerotrousPosted 10/5/2012 12:24:05 PM
ramsean posted...
Yes and that's what reviews are, a series of individual opinions.

And there's nothing wrong with that. The problem is they're a series of individual opinions from a very narrow group of people who all suffer from a prominent conflict of interest because the people they're grading are also the ones who sign their paychecks.


If you must use a score to tell you whether or not something is good or bad, please, at least use the GF Ratings average. Here you've got the views of thousands of people, most of whom have no vested interest in what score they give.
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#27ramseanPosted 10/5/2012 12:24:09 PM
Terotrous posted...
wstfld posted...
Is it so far-fetched that the best games receive the best reviews, which in turn earns them the best sales?

It becomes far-fetched when you look at the mile-long list of counterexamples.


The mile long list of counter examples you speak of really aren't that strong. Name one game that has a metacritic score of over 90 that is genuinely bad. Not "oh I thought the ending could be better" or "they could have done this better" but out and out bad.
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#28Kazuya_80Posted 10/5/2012 12:24:59 PM
You should read the reason why a game gets a low score, because you might not agree or the reviewer might be exagerating the flaws
#29Erupt50Posted 10/5/2012 12:26:33 PM
No way. You telling me people are more likely to buy games with high scores as opposed to games with low scores? He's my shocked face.........well you can't see me,but trust me, I look shocked.
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#30RetroFanGirlPosted 10/5/2012 12:27:00 PM
wstfld posted...
So people buy the best games? Is this a new thing or something?


And you basically just backed up TC's point.
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