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Fun Stats Of Community Reviews On GB

Ever wonder the average score of reviews coming from our community? Ben Medler used our API to find out.

I was ego surfing Giant Bomb on twitter a couple minutes ago and came across some cool graphs that Ben Medler, a Georgia-Tech PhD student, made with the site's  user review data. Using our API services he's come up with summaries of everything from average scores of prolific writers to which games get reviewed the most, but scored the worst. Apparently the answer to that last question is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.


I won't get preachy on my soapbox again but this is just another example of why it's important for community sites like ours to open up their data. Data shouldn't be locked in black-boxes only usable by a select few. You guys have just as many cool ideas for it as we do. It's nice to see it in action.

In any case, we love spot-lighting our users' work so if you're working on anything fun with our API please let us know by email if you need any help. Our engineering mastermind Andy is constantly updating it to include more and more filters, toggles, sorts and thingamabobs.

Make sure to check out Ben's blog for more cool graphs.

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Posted by snide

I was ego surfing Giant Bomb on twitter a couple minutes ago and came across some cool graphs that Ben Medler, a Georgia-Tech PhD student, made with the site's  user review data. Using our API services he's come up with summaries of everything from average scores of prolific writers to which games get reviewed the most, but scored the worst. Apparently the answer to that last question is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.


I won't get preachy on my soapbox again but this is just another example of why it's important for community sites like ours to open up their data. Data shouldn't be locked in black-boxes only usable by a select few. You guys have just as many cool ideas for it as we do. It's nice to see it in action.

In any case, we love spot-lighting our users' work so if you're working on anything fun with our API please let us know by email if you need any help. Our engineering mastermind Andy is constantly updating it to include more and more filters, toggles, sorts and thingamabobs.

Make sure to check out Ben's blog for more cool graphs.

Posted by Afroman269

Damn look at GTA

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Strange... Monkey Island is no where to be seen on that list!

Posted by Mushir

This is a very interesting list. Most of the games up there are pretty obvious though.

Posted by JoelTGM

Damn the force unleashed.  That game pissed me off with all it's bugs.

Posted by Vod_Crack

Lots of people didn't like Assassin's Creed, rightfully so.

Posted by Sharpshooter

Dude really likes his graphs doesn't he.

Posted by Riicochet

Another reason giant bomb is the greatest VG site around.

API for all.

also, whats with the hate on fable 2?

Posted by PapaLazarou

Ass Creed Pissed me off more than any game I've veer played and because of that it is the worst game I have ever played. I have never got so frustrated or angry trying to play a game like I did with Ass Creed like how it would take you outta the simulation just to make you go to sleep....... why? All you did was take me out of playing the game to make mr walk over to a bed to go to sleep to only have to go back into the game.

Edited by benmedler

Whoops read that wrong, it does mention that the graph only looks at the top reviewed games but with lower scores.

In addition, there are 44 games with a score of 0, so I suggest you check out some of those :)

Oh wait, Disney’s Talespin is  at 0, what the hell.

Posted by HT101

Those are some pretty interesting graphs that guy made and lets us see even more of what people like and dislike in their games.

Posted by borgmaster

mass effect isn't bright green?!?!?!?.......OH HELL NAW!!!

Posted by FlipperDesert

Ooh, interesting. I should really try a user review myself sometime.

Posted by GioVANNI

How did GoW2 get better reviews than Fable 2?  That's... that's just crazy.

Posted by Milkman

@GioVANNI


Uhh...no, it's not?


Anyway, I don't know what possessed this guy to make these graphs but sure, whatever.
Posted by logson

These are awesome. Thanks for posting!

Posted by LordAndrew

Interesting. Maybe I'm missing a small sliver that can't be seen by the human eye, but it doesn't look like The Force Unleashed earned any 5-star reviews. And top reviewer zh666 uses the full review scale, with an average review score of 2.5.
This is the kind of stuff I like to see. :)

Posted by Dalai

Graphs, my one and only weakness.  Damn you, Snide!

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Posted by Bobby

@Milkman He was just curious to see what kind of information he could gleam from looking at broad statistics. The whole poit of information visualization is to look for trends/results/dynamics in the display of data.

Edited by Snail

Bioshock? Well that's a shock.

The pun... wasn't intentional.

Posted by dsplayer1010

Just looking at it, it looks like MGS4, Braid, and Super Mario Galaxy are the best reviewed games on the site.

Posted by Aeterna

More thingamabobs? Awesome! Looking forward to it. :)

Posted by Meltbrain

Super Smash Bros Brawl. Lmao.

Posted by AgentofChaos

Bioshock, thats very interesting
This is fairly pointless.

Posted by Jimbo

I really liked ACreed and Force Unleashed :'(

Posted by MeatSim

Word! charts and graphs. 

Posted by Fbomb

Maybe some time I'll run the Giant Bomb data through the data analysis software on my work laptop... Seems interesting, but I'm not a fan of Ben's presentation of the data--though, am willing to cut him a lot of slack given that he admittedly  just received his Tableau software, and didn't spend a ton of time with the blog entry. Quite honestly I'd rather just pull in some data directly into excel and see what I can do with it--that is, if it didn't feel exactly like what I do at work all day. In that sense, great job Ben. You're doing exactly what I'd like to do, but that I'll never actually get around to. Can't wait until you dive a bit deeper on that site stats.

Posted by MattyFTM

It's awesome to see people putting the API tools to good use.

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Posted by TwoOneFive

MGS4 and RE4 look the darkest, followed by Braid and Super Mario Galaxy. 



Posted by TheGreatGuero

Ha, and I was just thinking today that I should write a GTAIV review.

Posted by lordofultima

How can people hate Assassins Creed that much? Ludicrous.

Posted by Seram

I think Milkman is mad because he doesn't know how to read graphs. Don't worry; it happens to the best of us.

Posted by Systech

What the hell is with the "Average" Burnout Paradise Reviews?

Edited by momentarylogic

correction: that is some good stuff to keep in mind when looking for games to buy.

Posted by jakob187

You know what's really funny about the majority of user reviews on ANY given site?


The fact that most people will only review games that they LIKED...

...hence why GTA IV has so many reviews.
Posted by RHCPfan24

Sweet, I have a few reviews in some of these games =D

Posted by natetodamax

Pretty interesting graph you got there, Snider