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Yet Another Reason Why Games Aren’t Like Movies September 21, 2007

Posted by David Card in Media.
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Fascinating article by the Journal’s Nick Wingfield about how games companies jockey for good reviews — and even base bonuses on them — in CNET’s Metacritic and Game Rankings properties. Apparently, Activision found a very high correlation between review scores and sales.

Being a complete entertainment-culture nerd, I ran a back-of-the-envelope model for movies, comparing Rotten Tomatoes aggregate review scores and domestic box office gross from Box Office Mojo for the top 25 movies in 2006. There’s no similar correlation. In fact, if you just look at box office rankings, there’s just the faintest hint of a reverse correlation: i.e., poorly reviewed movies do better.

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