Many gamers are convinced that video game reviews, rated on a scale of 1 to 10, are overestimated, where the average is not at the level of 5, but in the region of 7 points. As a result, readers need to adjust their perceptions to better understand where a good, bad, mediocre, great, or average game is.
In Spain, a new study has been carried out that sheds light on the problem. To do this, more than 16 thousand reviews were collected from the five largest Spanish-language publications, collecting data on platforms, developers, genres, authors and human ratings. Further, the language analysis algorithm read and evaluated all the texts and assessments, taking into account what idea they convey to the reader.
The first conclusion was expected. The average game score is indeed above 7, but not only in human reviews, but also in automated ones. There are also differences in the case of each multiplatform edition, as a result of which human estimates tend to be overestimated, but only slightly – from 3.7% to 5.4%. The analysis isolates various factors, which can be viewed here . The second finding is that human evaluations tend to go to extremes. In addition, it is noted that authors usually do not differentiate between platforms.
All of this refers to specific Spanish publications and reviews that are more than 10 years old, so it is impossible to draw global conclusions from the study.