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Polygon 2012 Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Reviews Analysis

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  1. Analysis of Polygon Reviews from 2012 Regarding Games Published or Developed by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.
  2. 06.15.16 ~boogiepoprobin
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  4. Criteria:
  5. 1. Only titles with US releases were included.
  6. 2. Only titles published or developed by Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony were included.
  7. 3. Cross-platform titles were excluded unless there was a long period of exclusivity. Explanations are included for these.
  8. 4. Even if a game was later released on other consoles, only their state in 2012 is considered.
  9. 5. Only titles in 2012 and from the date of Microsoft's first published game on Polygon were considered. This is to provide an advantage to Microsoft due to possible bias on my part.
  10. 6. I may revise this later to include third party exclusives (third party published games exclusive to Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony) in the future. Those were excluded to provide a generous playing field for Microsoft due to the large amount of Wii third party exclusives in 2012 that were not reviewed by Polygon. Microsoft did not rely on third party exclusives. (This would only provide further disadvantage to Microsoft if included)
  11. 7. Even though Polygon did not launch until October 2012 and was a part of The Verge before then, I set the beginning timetable to be the first Microsoft published / developed game that is reviewed and listed on Polygon.
  12. 8. I did not see any Microsoft game reviews that were PC only, but they would have been excluded anyway due to the fact that neither Nintendo nor Sony have a PC only line.
  13. 9. Even though some Vita titles were on mulitiple Sony consoles, if they were only on the Vita handheld in 2012 - they were counted as Vita titles.
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  15. Confirming the $750,000 documentary funding for Polygon.
  16. Arthur Gies confirms on twitter that Microsoft funded Polygon's documentary for $750,000: https://archive.is/FoHz8
  17. http://www.n-europe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35836
  18. http://www.forbes.com/sites/briansolomon/2012/10/24/the-inside-story-of-polygon-the-verges-new-gaming-sister-site/
  19. http://www.spawnfirst.com/articles/polygons-review-are-we-overreacting/
  20. http://venturebeat.com/community/2013/03/13/polygons-simcity-review-is-busted-policy-in-action/
  21. http://www.accelerated-ideas.com/news/the-history-of-polygon--the-worst-gaming-journalists-around.aspx
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  24. Conclusions:
  25. 48% of "all" the games published by Microsoft were reviewed by Polygon in 2012, 24.2% for Nintendo and 27% for Sony. The average scores are Microsoft with the lowest at 6.25, Nintendo higher at 7.25 and Sony the highest with 8.4. When the reviews for games published by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are combined into one figure, Microsoft accounts for 47% of those reviews, Nintendo the lowest at 23.5%, and Sony in the middle with 29.4% (16, 8, 10). Among Nintendo titles, no Nintendo published titles for the Wii were reviewed in 2012. 17 published titles by Microsoft were not reviewed by Polygon in 2012, 11 from Nintendo and finally 27 from Sony (When including Vita titles, apps, along with PS3 Sony published titles).
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  27. Among the published titles, out of 33 360 specific titles Microsoft published, 17 were not reviewed.
  28. Among the published titles, all Wii specific titles Nintendo published were not reviewed.
  29. Among the published titles, out of 4 Wii U specific titles Nintendo published, 2 were not reviewed.
  30. Among the published titles, out of 16 3DS specific titles Nintendo published, 12 were not reviewed.
  31. Among the published titles, out of 21 PS3 specific titles Sony published, 15 were not reviewed.
  32. Among the published titles, out of 15 Vita specific titles Sony published, 10 were not reviewed.
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  36.  
  37. Evidence:
  38. Microsoft Published / Developed Reviews.
  39. 01. (Score 7) 02-22-12: (360) Alan Wake's American Nightmare review: A novella approach (Russ Frushtick) https://archive.is/cYa7k
  40. 02. (Score 3) 04-01-12: (360) South Park: Tenorman's Revenge review: Poo-Choo express (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/GmLEd
  41. 03. (Score 4) 04-02-12: (360) Kinect Star Wars review: This is not the game you're looking for (Justin McElroy) https://archive.is/mbWqu
  42. 04. (Score 4) 04-03-12: (360) Diabolical Pitch review: Striking out in style (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/61PnZ
  43. 05. (Score 8) 04-11-12: Fez review: Living in spin (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/X02eK (Included because Microsoft was the publisher AND the Vita, PS3, PS4 versions weren't released until 2014)
  44. 06. (Score 9) 04-19-12: (360) Trials Evolution review: success through repetition (Russ Frushtick) https://archive.is/dYcsi
  45. 07. (Score 2) 04-25-12: (360) Bloodforge review: the fires of failure (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/QG9FA
  46. 08. (Score 4) 05-01-12: (360) Fable Heroes review: square one  (Justin McElroy) https://archive.is/fcwEX
  47. 09. (Score 6) 07-24-12: (360) Wreckateer review: under siege (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/O6dUw
  48. 10. (Score 7) 07-29-12: (360) 'Deadlight' review: undead flashback (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/0xJy3
  49. 11. (Score 8) 08-15-12: Dust: An Elysian Tail review: something old, something new (Russ Frushtick) https://archive.is/IWkqb (Included because Microsoft published it and other versions weren't released until 2013-2014)
  50. 12. (Score 8.5) 09-06-12: (360) Mark of the Ninja Review: From the Shadows. (Chris Plante) https://archive.is/t8egk
  51. 13. (Score 9.5) 10-14-12: (360) Dance Central 3 review: like everyone's watching (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/S9Ryy
  52. 13. (Score 4.5) 10-09-12: Fable: The Journey review: a bumpy road (Justin McElroy) https://archive.is/Fr12y
  53. 14. (Score 6) 10-12-12: Forza Horizon review: into the sunset (Philip Kollar) https://archive.is/0uf6v
  54. 16. (Score 9.5) 11-01-12: Halo 4 review: the ghost in the machine (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/5cPlN
  55.  
  56.  
  57. Microsoft Published / Developed "not" Reviewed.
  58. 01. 05-23-12: (360) Joy Ride Turbo: https://archive.is/thVxj
  59. 02. 07-13-12: (360) Dungeon Figher Live: Fall of Hendon Myre: https://archive.is/fliUE
  60. 03. 08-08-12: (360) Hybrid: https://archive.is/4Acgg
  61. 04. 09-18-12: (360) Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection. https://archive.is/khiO0
  62. 05. 09-19-12: (360) Kinect Nat Geo TV. https://archive.is/dfDlp
  63. 06. 09-18-12: (360) Kinect Sesame Street TV. https://archive.is/P64mk
  64. 07. 10-12-12: (360) Happy Wars.
  65. 08. 10-26-12: (360) Home Run Stars. https://archive.is/RWQHH
  66. 09. 10-30-12: (360) Nike+ Kinect Training. https://archive.is/H5Vgn
  67. 10. 11-20-12: (360) 3 Point Contest. https://archive.is/XgR5H
  68. 11. 11-20-12: (360) Ski Race. https://archive.is/EUph6
  69. 12. 11-20-12: (360) Darts vs Zombies. https://archive.is/z8i6C
  70. 13. 11-30-12: (360) Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect. https://archive.is/dLrwY
  71. 14. 12-11-12: (360) Karaoke. https://archive.is/Y27uS
  72. 15. 12-25-12: (360) Reaction Rally. https://archive.is/yCkcZ
  73. 16. 12-25-12: (360) Prize Driver. https://archive.is/A8Q6m
  74. 17. 12-25-12: (360) Field Goal Contest. https://archive.is/tFYKM
  75.  
  76. Total: 16 titles published or developed by Microsoft.
  77. Average Score: 6.25
  78. Representation: 48% (16 / 33)
  79.  
  80.  
  81. Nintendo Published / Developed Reviews.
  82. 01. (Score 9) 03-25-12: (3DS) Kid Icarus: Uprising review: On the wings of love (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/grdtj
  83. 02. (Score 6) 05-24-12: (3DS) Mario Tennis Open review: foot fault (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/ne6JZ
  84. 03. (Score 5) 06-27-12: (DS) Pokemon Conquest review: an army of one (at a time) (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/5QA34
  85. 04. (Score 7) 08-20-12: (3DS) 'New Super Mario Bros. 2' review: a vein of gold (Philip Kollar) https://archive.is/OVZHD
  86. 05. (Score 7) 10-07-12: (DS) Pokemon White & Black version 2. (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/VYWNd
  87. 06. (Score 7.5) 11-06-12: (3DS) Paper Mario: Sticker Star review: stuck to you (Philip Kollar) https://archive.is/enjna
  88. 07. (Score 8) 11-15-12: (Wii U) Nintendo Land review: magic kingdom (Chris Plante) https://archive.is/HpApR
  89. 08. (Score 8.5) 11-15-12: (Wii U) New Super Mario Bros. U review: new tricks (Philip Kollar) https://archive.is/wNGoD
  90.  
  91. Nintendo Published / Developed "not" Reviewed.
  92. 01. 02-22-12: (3DS) Dillon's Rolling Western. https://archive.is/U65rQ
  93. 02. 02-27-12: (Wii) PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. https://archive.is/kW6CT
  94. 03. 03-11-12: (Wii) Mario Party 9. https://archive.is/JoWF4
  95. 04. 03-16-12: (DS) Inazuma Eleven 2: Firestorm https://archive.is/cF5mU
  96. 05. 03-16-12: (DS) Inazuma Eleven 2: Blizzard https://archive.is/SZZXm
  97. 06. 03-23-12: (3DS) 3D Classics: Kid Icarus https://archive.is/MSvGP
  98. 07. 04-13-12: (3DS) Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. https://archive.is/JCqOM
  99. 08. 05-06-12: (Wii) Xenoblade Chronicles (Included because it wasn't reviewed until 04-12-15 for a New 3DS release) https://archive.is/46PaO https://archive.is/7ORHy
  100. 09. 06-10-12: (Wii) New Play Control! Pikmin 2. https://archive.is/8esE2
  101. 10. 08-14-12: (Wii) Mama's 2 Pack. https://archive.is/1tpeQ
  102. 11. 08-14-12: (Wii) The Last Story. https://archive.is/LFeNI
  103. 12. 09-16-12: (Wii) Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition. https://archive.is/8Uazt
  104. 13. 09-28-12: (Wii) Inazuma Eleven Strikers. https://archive.is/YAgM4
  105. 14. 10-01-12: (3DS) Crosswords Plus. https://archive.is/TbE9k
  106. 15. 10-07-12: (3DS) Pokemon Dream Radar. https://archive.is/s2a0y
  107. 16. 10-15-12: (Wii) Wii Sports / Wii Sports Resort. https://archive.is/fY1rp
  108. 17. 10-18-12: (3DS) Sparkle Snapshots. https://archive.is/zlks3
  109. 18. 10-22-12: (3DS) Style Savvy: Trendsetters https://archive.is/JtdvD
  110. 19. 10-28-12: (3DS) Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask https://archive.is/no40l
  111. 20. 11-05-12: (3DS) Freakforms Deluxe: Your creations, Alive! https://archive.is/fWcEL
  112. 21. 11-08-12: (3DS) Pokedex 3D Pro https://archive.is/dx9y1
  113. 22. 11-18-12: (Wii U) SiNG Party https://archive.is/rQGEn
  114. 23. 11-18-12: (Wii U) Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. https://archive.is/sNykP
  115. 24. 11-22-12: (3DS) Crashmo https://archive.is/1ja1X
  116. 25. 12-27-12: (3DS) Fluidity: Spin Cycle https://archive.is/ObMKV
  117.  
  118. Total: 8 titles published or developed by Nintendo reviewed.
  119. Average Score: 7.25
  120. Representation: 24.2% (8 / 33)
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  122.  
  123. Sony Computer Entertainment Published / Developed Reviews.
  124. 01. (Score 7) 02-23-12: (Vita) Uncharted: The Golden Abyss review: Of trinkets and treasures (Russ Frushtick) https://archive.is/K2LLg
  125. 02. (Score 6) 02-22-12: (Vita (PS4 in 2013)) Escape Plan review: No way out (Chris Plante) https://archive.is/jYpjI
  126. 03. (Score 10) 03-13-12: (PS3) Journey review: a capital venture (Russ Frushtick) https://archive.is/TgEqz
  127. 04. (Score 6.5) 05-08-12 (PS3) Starhawk review: on wings of lead (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/lCeoU
  128. 05. (Score 6.5) 05-29-12: (Vita) Resistance: Burning Skies review: burden of proof (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/dq76r
  129. 06. (Score 7) 06-12-12: (Vita) Gravity Rush review: the upside of down (Chris Plante) https://archive.is/h1fhV
  130. 07. (Score 9) 07-17-12: (PS3) Dyad review: light cycle (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/OCCle
  131. 07. (Score 9) 08-07-12: (PS3, Vita) Sound Shapes review: pet sounds (Arthur Gies) https://archive.is/s4nUX
  132. 08. (Score 9) 09-11-12: (Vita) LittleBigPlanet Vita review: the world on a string (Griffin McElroy) https://archive.is/8h6yw
  133. 09. (Score 8) 09-17-12 (PS3) Tokyo Jungle review: survival of the fittest (Philip Kollar) https://archive.is/QWxiw
  134. 10. (Score 6) 12-04-12 (PS3) Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault review: don't lose touch (Philip Kollar) https://archive.is/caKmt
  135.  
  136. Sony Published / Developed "not" reviewed.
  137. 01. 02-22-12 Table Soccer (Vita) https://archive.is/ZzJJr
  138. 02. 03-06-12 Unit 13 (Vita) https://archive.is/LpGrI
  139. 03. 03-06-12 MLB 12 (PS3, Vita) https://archive.is/ggjUx
  140. 04. 03-06-12 Motorstorm RC (PS3, Vita) https://archive.is/qQBPL
  141. 05. 03-06-12 Start the Party! Save the World (PS3) https://archive.is/6lh4A
  142. 06. 03-13-12 Reality Fighters (Vita) https://archive.is/lB6LD
  143. 03. 05-15-12 PixelJunk 4AM (PS3) https://archive.is/yUAMc
  144. 04. 05-22-12 Sorcery (PS3) https://archive.is/4aFDU
  145. 05. 06-30-12 No Man's Land (PS3) https://archive.is/5A0Ao
  146. 06. 07-24-12 Malicious (PS3) https://archive.is/pZgtb
  147. 07. 08-28-12 InFamous Collection (PS3) https://archive.is/eebhu
  148. 08. 08-28-12 God of War Saga (PS3) https://archive.is/huD7c
  149. 09. 08-28-12 Journey: Collectors Edition (PS3) https://archive.is/Oy5o2
  150. 10. 08-28-12 Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3, Vita) https://archive.is/nhDQh
  151. 11. 08-30-12 Mercia: Fractured Realms (PS3) https://archive.is/1xEkA
  152. 12. 09-04-12 Treasure Park (Vita) https://archive.is/HeGQ5
  153. 13. 09-25-12 Table Ice Hockey (Vita) https://archive.is/RBL1P
  154. 14. 10-03-12 Beats Trellis (Vita) https://archive.is/JTl0e
  155. 15. 10-03-12 Everybody's Arcade (Vita) https://archive.is/KLLKc
  156. 16. 10-03-12 Numblast (Vita) https://archive.is/B7KAi
  157. 17. 10-23-12 Killzone HD (PS3) https://archive.is/4Diq8
  158. 18. 10-23-12 Killzone Trilogy (PS3) https://archive.is/oRi3c
  159. 19. 10-23-12 The Unfinished Swan (PS3) https://archive.is/aYdmJ
  160. 20. 10-23-12 Frobisher Says! (Vita) https://archive.is/i1lQm
  161. 21. 10-23-12 Smart as.. (Vita) https://archive.is/B5Y7c
  162. 22. 10-30-12 Sports Champions 2 (PS3) https://archive.is/GPKm9
  163. 23. 11-06-12 When Vikings Attack (PS3, Vita) https://archive.is/pua69
  164. 24. 11-13-12 Singstar Digital version (PS3) https://archive.is/GZD51 (metacritic for date https://archive.is/DRE3W)
  165. 25. 11-13-12 Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3) https://archive.is/PaGUQ
  166. 26. 11-15-12 Resistance Collection (PS3) https://archive.is/wvu2T
  167. 27. 11-20-12 Playstation All-Stars Battle royale (PS3, Vita) https://archive.is/hg1hn
  168.  
  169. Total: 10 titles published or developed by Sony reviewed.
  170. Average Score: 8.4
  171. Representation. 27% (10 / 37)
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