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Critics and Players likely don't agree about much, except that they like to play games.
Critics and Players likely don’t agree about much, except that they like to play games.

How good is a console's library?

So many games per console, but not all are looked upon equally.

This is your Gaming on Data p3


When two must fight over one

And both are similar to one another,
They must evolve.
If one becomes successful,
The other must find a way to win,
Or find another to pursue.
What are developers making?

A Tale of Two Consoles

Circles. Circles everywhere. But not a drop to drink. Circles: Dev by Genre Color: Genre Size: Number titles of Dev in Genre Sort: Most Titles in Genre (inner--outer) Source: VGChartz
[1] Circles. Circles everywhere. But not a drop to drink.
Circles: Dev by Genre
Color: Genre
Size: Number titles of Dev in Genre
Sort: Most Titles in Genre (inner–outer)
Source: VGChartz
When a game is developed, developers try to keep in mind the audience that they are trying to reach. What the above [1] shows is where their focus is being put with many games opting to stay in the traditionally popular categories of Action and Sports, with fewer and fewer developers focusing on genres that typically swing towards one series in particular. Fighting games have their Street Fighters taking up the majority of its audience, Gran Turismo taking up the Racing genre, etc… But what’s important is to focus on the differences between the consoles, in particular the PS3 and the Xbox 360 since we already focus on the Wii last time and the conclusion was that it was a gimmick machine that printed money for Nintendo and Ubisoft, but rarely for any other developer. LINK

This is not a tale of triumph, one of mischief or of woe.
It is a tale of rivals, finding a crowd for which they’d know.

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This is your Gaming on Data p2

What Developers are making?

A Tale of CrapWare

With a crash of thunder and spark of genius,
Came a brave little console, here to guide us.
But how will he get there, through peace or through wrath,
Little Wii-Knight, motion controls in-hand, creates his path.

The Developers Apirations

#Titles per genre per console. Top: Colored by Consoles Bottom: Colored by Genres Sorted by Most inside--Less outside
1. #Titles per genre per console.
Top: Colored by Consoles
Bottom: Colored by Genres
Sorted by Most inside–Less outside

What’s interesting about having all of this data at your disposal is seeing quickly how consoles can be remembered, or to drudge up old arguments with harder proof about what assumed at certain points but couldn’t really prove it yet. What the above shows is just how much developers spread across various genres on various consoles. Below are the pictures split-up.

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This is your Gaming on Data

Sit around and I’ll tell you a tale,

A tale that’ll make you think.

About the things you play that make your stay,

So grab yourself a drink.

What do we play?

               What do we play

While not the most obvious image in the world, we can see a dissimilarity between what gets made (top) and what gets bought (bottom). If the trend of “what we like and what we’ll buy” were easily predictable, the number of sales per game would increase regularly across the genres. Compare the different genres for sales per title for yourself. You can see that Shooters do exceedingly well while Racing, Fighting, Miscellaneous games don’t.  But this is a very bland picture. Let’s try another view of it.

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