By the Numbers: 666 Reviews

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Okay. "Dead" might be a little strong, but there's no denying video game reviews ain't exactly as prominent as they used to be. Times have changed. Maybe things were simpler when a game was good or not based on a purple, sleepy guy or a red psycho. I don't know. I'm not really here to preach about the importance of review scores. I'm just a stats guy. I like charts and graphs with pretty colors. Is that so bad? Well, here at Giant Bomb, we've hit somewhat of a milestone with the 666th review on the site. From Poker Smash to Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, that's over seven years of games reviewed not just by the staff, but by users as well. That's right. This data dump isn't just about the staff reviews. There's over 11,500 user reviews for the 666 games that have been reviewed on by the staff, and I didn't forget those!

Still one of my favorite user created things on the site. Thanks to @frenden.
Still one of my favorite user created things on the site. Thanks to @frenden.

Just so we're all on the same page, I rounded off the user review scores for statistical purposes. For example, Alex gave Kirby's Epic Yarn a 5. Eighteen users reviewed with an average of 4.28, which means it gets a 4 and therefore the community disagrees with Alex. You're all terrible monsters. Did you even look at that game? Anyway, you'll see why this is important later. Let's get this show on the road.

Alex

Alex's first GB review was Backbreaker on June 11, 2010. Some may say Alex has a reputation for reviewing terrible games. The fact that nearly 20% of the games he's reviewed have zero user reviews may back up this claim. Some say he even enjoys reviewing these terrible games. Who can say? He has issued the most 1-star reviews on the site, but he's also doled out twelve 5-star reviews in his time here, although it has been a while (South Park: The Stick of Truth).

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Austin

Austin's the newest reviewer on the site of course, so there's not much to talk about here. But, hey. Users agree with him 100% of the time, so there's that.

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Brad

Brad's first GB review was Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which he gave a solid 5 on June 20, 2008. Of the regular reviewers on the site, he has the highest percentage of 5-stars at 22.1%. Brad is also tied with Jeff for the most Nintendo DS and PS3N reviews on the site; a stat that will likely live forever.

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Dan

Since joining Giant Bomb, Dan has become somewhat of the site's Nintendo reviewer. He's already reviewed more Wii U games than anyone. That's probably appropriate for a man whose role model is Waluigi. It's also somewhat suspect that Dan's pie chart is a peace sign. Weird, huh?

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Dave

Back in the day, Hardcore Dave reviewed some games occasionally. In his nine reviews, he took on some pretty big blockbusters such as Battlefield 3 and Dragon Age: Origins. It's a small sampling, but the community agrees with Dave 66.7% of the time, which is the third highest of anyone.

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Drew

Drew hasn't reviewed a game since May 2011. If they ever make another DiRT game, maybe we'll hear from him again. Because users reviewed DiRT 2 a 4.38 and DiRT 3 a 4.22, that means users agree with Drew 0% of the time.

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Jeff

At 257 reviews, Jeff is far and away the leader in reviews on the site, but you probably already knew that. Did you know he's reviewed more DSiWare, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade, and Xbox One games than anyone? Yeah...you probably could've guessed that.

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Kessler

During his reign as Kingtern, Kessler actually reviewed a few games. He even reviewed one game twice (Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine). You may notice that the community disagreed with Kessler 71.4% of the time, but every time it was because they liked the game more than him.

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Patrick

Patrick reviewed twenty-four games (5th most) during his tenure here at Giant Bomb. He championed Dishonored when no one else gave it much attention. Patrick also brought attention to games like Tokyo Jungle and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair when no one else likely would have.

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Rorie

Matt took a break from handling the hundreds of your support emails to play and review Dragon Age: Inquisition last year. He gave it a 4 while the community rated it a 3.46, which means we just barely didn't agree with him.

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Ryan

From Bully: Scholarship Edition to Assassin's Creed III, Ryan reviewed over 100 games on Giant Bomb. He reviewed more Wii and Kinect games than anyone too. Of the four reviewers with over 100 games under their belt, the community agreed with Ryan the most (61.7%).

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Vinny

Vinny hasn't reviewed a game since 2009, but with a new Ratchet & Clank game coming next year, could we see a return? Who can say? He's only reviewed nine games, but the community agrees with him 88.9% of the time, which is the most of anyone. Everybody loves Vinny.

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Andy

What? You forgot about Andy? Andy McCurdy was an engineer during the Whiskey Media days and he reviewed World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King back in 2008.

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Staff Totals

Here's a breakdown of ratings given by the staff as a whole.
Here's a breakdown of ratings given by the staff as a whole.
And here's a breakdown of total reviews by each person.
And here's a breakdown of total reviews by each person.
The total here reads 924, but that's because some reviews encompass more than one platform. For example, Mortal Kombat X's review includes PS4, XONE, and PC. So, that counts as three for the purpose of this chart.
The total here reads 924, but that's because some reviews encompass more than one platform. For example, Mortal Kombat X's review includes PS4, XONE, and PC. So, that counts as three for the purpose of this chart.

Yearly

2009 was pretty crazy. But this also shows how reviews have become less important in recent years.
2009 was pretty crazy. But this also shows how reviews have become less important in recent years.
You may immediately notice how this illustrates the decline in importance of reviews, but the first thing I notice is that there's been no 1-star reviews in a long time.
You may immediately notice how this illustrates the decline in importance of reviews, but the first thing I notice is that there's been no 1-star reviews in a long time.

Platform

There's PlayStation 2 reviews on this site? Yep. Three of 'em.
There's PlayStation 2 reviews on this site? Yep. Three of 'em.

Community

Of the 666 games reviewed by the staff, this is a representation of how the community reviewed those games (on average). The gray section represents games that have not been reviewed by any community members.
Of the 666 games reviewed by the staff, this is a representation of how the community reviewed those games (on average). The gray section represents games that have not been reviewed by any community members.
Here we have a breakdown of how much the community reviews agree with each staff members reviews. If the average of the user reviews round up or down to match the staff review, that's an
Here we have a breakdown of how much the community reviews agree with each staff members reviews. If the average of the user reviews round up or down to match the staff review, that's an "Agree." If the rounded off average is higher or lower, that's a "Disagree." The "None" column just means no user reviews have been written yet.
2008 was kind of a big deal.
2008 was kind of a big deal.
Here's some random facts pulled from the data. Who's the crazy person that gave Tenorman's Revenge a 5?
Here's some random facts pulled from the data. Who's the crazy person that gave Tenorman's Revenge a 5?

P.S. - Yes, there's actually 667 now with Super Mario Maker, but I had to delay posting this due to PAX and PAX-related stuff.

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