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Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest: Tony Hawk: RIDE, Console Conversations

December 8, 2009
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     I showed a few weeks back how Tony Hawk: RIDE on the Wii was selling better than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Tony Hawk: RIDE.  I explained how I wasn’t sure what Wii owners were buying it, other than the “casuals”, because I couldn’t figure who would buy a $120 game without looking at reviews.  I decided to keep track of the game over the past week, and see how the sales data was comparing between the different versions on Amazon.com.
Tony Hawk: RIDE Sales Data:
So how has Tony Hawk: RIDE continued to perform well on Amazon.com’s sales chart, after the horrible review scores for the game?
Take a look at Tony Hawk: RIDE’s Amazon.com sales data for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, over 8 days, taken at random times during the days.
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Things to Consider
Tony Hawk: RIDE Advertising:
As of my searching today, I found only one TV commercial for Tony Hawk: RIDE and you can watch it for yourself.
I don’t know if there are other commercials for Tony Hawk: RIDE, but this commercial shows a lot of board movement, with very few in game moves associated with the board’s motions.  Is this sole TV commercial the reason for Tony Hawk: RIDE’s sales data on the Wii, and even PS3 and 360, to rise from their late November sales rankings on Amazon.com?  Are there other TV commercials for the game I didn’t find?
Tony Hawk: RIDE Reviews:
The last time I posted up Amazon.com’s sale data for Tony Hawk: RIDE, there were only a few review scores for the game on each console.  As the “comic” strip showed, Tony Hawk: RIDE is currently averaging less than 50% on review scores for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Take a look at the average review score for each console version of the game:
Now you may be thinking after seeing the average review scores, “Well, the Wii version does have a higher average, so maybe it’s the better game and that’s why it’s selling better?”  Well, if you take a close look at the picture, it shows that the Xbox 360 version has been reviewed by 19 reviewers, the PS3 version by 9 reviewers, and the Wii version by only 4 reviewers.  The reason for some of this, is that when a PS3 copy is reviewed, they often will count it as the Xbox 360 review as well, and vice versa.  This means that lot of reviewers, though Tony Hawk: RIDE is essentially the same game on all consoles, aren’t showing a review score for the Wii version.
Questions:
Do you think the Amazon.com data shows that a Wii game can sell well, regardless of review scores, as long as it’s advertised on TV?  Should Wii owners(and others) be able to return the game and board, if it doesn’t perform like it’s expected?  Or, are people buying the game responsible for knowing how the game plays, before they buy it?
If you’ve purchased Tony Hawk: RIDE and believe the reviewers are way off base, like Tony Hawk himself does, please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the game!
What do you think?
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Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest: Tony Hawk: RIDE, Console Conversations

December 8, 2009
 (click comic to enlarge)
     I showed a few weeks back how Tony Hawk: RIDE on the Wii was selling better than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Tony Hawk: RIDE.  I explained how I wasn’t sure what Wii owners were buying it, other than the “casuals”, because I couldn’t figure who would buy a $120 game without looking at reviews.  I decided to keep track of the game over the past week, and see how the sales data was comparing between the different versions on Amazon.com.
Tony Hawk: RIDE Sales Data:
So how has Tony Hawk: RIDE continued to perform well on Amazon.com’s sales chart, after the horrible review scores for the game?
Take a look at Tony Hawk: RIDE’s Amazon.com sales data for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, over 8 days, taken at random times during the days.
(Click photo to enlarge)
Things to Consider
Tony Hawk: RIDE Advertising:
As of my searching today, I found only one TV commercial for Tony Hawk: RIDE and you can watch it for yourself.
I don’t know if there are other commercials for Tony Hawk: RIDE, but this commercial shows a lot of board movement, with very few in game moves associated with the board’s motions.  Is this sole TV commercial the reason for Tony Hawk: RIDE’s sales data on the Wii, and even PS3 and 360, to rise from their late November sales rankings on Amazon.com?  Are there other TV commercials for the game I didn’t find?
Tony Hawk: RIDE Reviews:
The last time I posted up Amazon.com’s sale data for Tony Hawk: RIDE, there were only a few review scores for the game on each console.  As the “comic” strip showed, Tony Hawk: RIDE is currently averaging less than 50% on review scores for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Take a look at the average review score for each console version of the game:
Now you may be thinking after seeing the average review scores, “Well, the Wii version does have a higher average, so maybe it’s the better game and that’s why it’s selling better?”  Well, if you take a close look at the picture, it shows that the Xbox 360 version has been reviewed by 19 reviewers, the PS3 version by 9 reviewers, and the Wii version by only 4 reviewers.  The reason for some of this, is that when a PS3 copy is reviewed, they often will count it as the Xbox 360 review as well, and vice versa.  This means that lot of reviewers, though Tony Hawk: RIDE is essentially the same game on all consoles, aren’t showing a review score for the Wii version.
Questions:
Do you think the Amazon.com data shows that a Wii game can sell well, regardless of review scores, as long as it’s advertised on TV?  Should Wii owners(and others) be able to return the game and board, if it doesn’t perform like it’s expected?  Or, are people buying the game responsible for knowing how the game plays, before they buy it?
If you’ve purchased Tony Hawk: RIDE and believe the reviewers are way off base, like Tony Hawk himself does, please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the game!
What do you think?

Is the Wii’s Pudding Tainted!

November 30, 2009
 

 “What does, “The proof is in the pudding”, even mean?”  I’m glad you asked!
According to The Word Detective, “The proof is in the pudding” is a popular figure of speech meaning “the quality, effectiveness or truth of something can only be judged by putting it into action or to its intended use” and when applied to food, according to The Word Detective, “A dish may have been made from a good recipe with fresh ingredients and look delicious, but you can really only judge it by putting it in your mouth. The actual taste is the only true criterion of success.”
“The proof is in the pudding”, isn’t the original phrase, and The Word Detective says, “But the key to the mystery lies in the fact that “the proof is in the pudding” is actually a mangled form of the original phrase, which was “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
I’ve applied the statement, “the proof is in the pudding” to the gaming world, particularly, the idea that Wii games sell well, despite being reviewed poorly.
Analyzing what analyst Michael Pachter said, “A well positioned game with an interesting concept can sell well on the Wii regardless of review scores
For the sake of this example, “pudding” would be poor review scores for games, and  “proof” would be how well those games sold.
Is Michael Pachter correct?  Are there Wii games that have sold millions of copies that were reviewed poorly, or “regardless of review scores”?
Absolutely!  The “proof” is Wii games like Carnival Games and Deca Sports that have reportedly sold a million copies or more, and the “pudding” is that Carnival Games has a MetaCritic average score of 56 out of 100, while Deca Sports has a MetaCritic average score of 50 out of 100.
While some may think those games are poor examples to use, let’s take a look at several games that have only been out a few weeks.
A picture says a thousand words, so here you go:

(click photo to enlarge)
What do you think of the information displayed in the photo?
I find it very interesting that Tony Hawk: RIDE is outselling both, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex] and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.  All three games come from established franchises, but Tony Hawk: RIDE is also more than double the price of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex]!
How is it that Tony Hawk: RIDE on the Wii has a higher sales rank than does Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex]?
A couple of reasons I think could explain it:
1)  Tony Hawk: RIDE isn’t rated “Mature” like the other two
2) The Wii’s “casual” crowd that “…wouldn’t know Metacritic if it fell on them.“, is buying the game because they are used to Wii games selling with peripherals, and they want to try something new.
Tony Hawk: RIDE is another example right now of a game that is reviewing poorly, but selling better on Amazon.com than other games that have reviewed better than it.
What do you think of the Wii’s game market and the way seemingly “bad” games, sell well.
*The prices, sales rank, and Metacritic.com score averages were gathered on Sunday, November 29, between 4p.m. and 5p.m.

A couple of links you may find interesting based around this topic: 

MetaCritic scores not important, but genre and franchise continuations are.
Predicting review scores.
Pachter says MetaCritic scores aren’t important.
Wii software doesn’t review well.
THQ, high review scores bring in high sales.
The pressure of MetaCritic scores.
Critics Speak, We Listen, Why?
Do Game Journalist Lack Morals?
Eidos asked low scores held back.


Is the Wii’s Pudding Tainted!

November 30, 2009
 

 “What does, “The proof is in the pudding”, even mean?”  I’m glad you asked!
According to The Word Detective, “The proof is in the pudding” is a popular figure of speech meaning “the quality, effectiveness or truth of something can only be judged by putting it into action or to its intended use” and when applied to food, according to The Word Detective, “A dish may have been made from a good recipe with fresh ingredients and look delicious, but you can really only judge it by putting it in your mouth. The actual taste is the only true criterion of success.”
“The proof is in the pudding”, isn’t the original phrase, and The Word Detective says, “But the key to the mystery lies in the fact that “the proof is in the pudding” is actually a mangled form of the original phrase, which was “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
I’ve applied the statement, “the proof is in the pudding” to the gaming world, particularly, the idea that Wii games sell well, despite being reviewed poorly.
Analyzing what analyst Michael Pachter said, “A well positioned game with an interesting concept can sell well on the Wii regardless of review scores
For the sake of this example, “pudding” would be poor review scores for games, and  “proof” would be how well those games sold.
Is Michael Pachter correct?  Are there Wii games that have sold millions of copies that were reviewed poorly, or “regardless of review scores”?
Absolutely!  The “proof” is Wii games like Carnival Games and Deca Sports that have reportedly sold a million copies or more, and the “pudding” is that Carnival Games has a MetaCritic average score of 56 out of 100, while Deca Sports has a MetaCritic average score of 50 out of 100.
While some may think those games are poor examples to use, let’s take a look at several games that have only been out a few weeks.
A picture says a thousand words, so here you go:

(click photo to enlarge)
What do you think of the information displayed in the photo?
I find it very interesting that Tony Hawk: RIDE is outselling both, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex] and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.  All three games come from established franchises, but Tony Hawk: RIDE is also more than double the price of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex]!
How is it that Tony Hawk: RIDE on the Wii has a higher sales rank than does Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [Reflex]?
A couple of reasons I think could explain it:
1)  Tony Hawk: RIDE isn’t rated “Mature” like the other two
2) The Wii’s “casual” crowd that “…wouldn’t know Metacritic if it fell on them.“, is buying the game because they are used to Wii games selling with peripherals, and they want to try something new.
Tony Hawk: RIDE is another example right now of a game that is reviewing poorly, but selling better on Amazon.com than other games that have reviewed better than it.
What do you think of the Wii’s game market and the way seemingly “bad” games, sell well.
*The prices, sales rank, and Metacritic.com score averages were gathered on Sunday, November 29, between 4p.m. and 5p.m.

A couple of links you may find interesting based around this topic: 

MetaCritic scores not important, but genre and franchise continuations are.
Predicting review scores.
Pachter says MetaCritic scores aren’t important.
Wii software doesn’t review well.
THQ, high review scores bring in high sales.
The pressure of MetaCritic scores.
Critics Speak, We Listen, Why?
Do Game Journalist Lack Morals?
Eidos asked low scores held back.


PS3, 360, Wii sales comparison for Tony Hawk: Ride

November 19, 2009

Tony Hawk: Ride was released yesterday on all home consoles.  While the Tony Hawk series had released on the consoles in the past, this is the first time the Tony Hawk series uses a new skateboard peripheral, that must be used to play the game.
From initial previews of the game, it seems that all three versions of Tony Hawk: Ride are very similar in game-play, just the graphics being “better” for the PS3/360 version compared to the Wii version of the game.
Amazon.com is the only place I know to track a game’s sales rank, so which version it doing the best?

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Numbers:
As the photo shows, the data was captured off Amazon.com around 5:30p.m. on November 18, 2009(today!).
The Xbox 360 version was ranked 159th overall in the video game category.
The PS3 version was ranked 296th overall in the video game category.
The Wii version was ranked 28th overall in the video game category!
Thoughts:
I was really surprised to see the Wii version ranked higher than the PS3 and the Xbox 360 version.  I’m not sure if perhaps the Wii’s “casual” audience is showing through more on Amazon.com, or perhaps the “core” gamers that own 360s/PS3s are busy playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, or perhaps PS3/360 owners prefer to lounge(be lazy) while playing their games and not “move” a lot like some Wii games have required, is showing in the sales numbers.
Maybe the PS3/360 owners bought the game in store, and that will be reflected more in the NPD numbers for November.  I think it’ll be interesting to see the NPD numbers and see if Tony Hawk: Ride debuts in the Top 10 on any console, and if those numbers will reflect what Amazon.com’s sales numbers are showing.
Question:
Did you, or are you going to purchase Tony Hawk: Ride?  From what you’ve played or seen of the game what are you impressions of it?

Tony Hawk: RIDE’s sales comparison for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii

November 19, 2009

Tony Hawk: RIDE was released yesterday on Sony’s PS3, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii.  While the Tony Hawk series had released on consoles in the past, this is the first time the Tony Hawk series uses a new skateboard peripheral, that must be used to play the game.
From initial previews of the game, it seems that all three versions of Tony Hawk: RIDE are very similar in game-play, just the graphics being “better” for the PS3/360 version compared to the Wii version of the game.
Amazon.com is the only place I know to track a game’s sales rank, so which version it doing the best?

(click photo to enlarge)
Numbers:
Amazon.com allows us to see how Tony Hawk: RIDE is selling within each consoles own video games listing, as well as compared directly to the sales rank of other consoles.  As the photo shows, the data was captured off Amazon.com around 5:30p.m. on November 18, 2009(today!). 
Tony Hawk: RIDE on the Xbox 360 had a sales rank of 159th overall in the video game category.
Tony Hawk: RIDE on the PS3 had a sales rank of 296th overall in the video game category.
Tony Hawk: RIDE on the Wii had a sales rank of 28th overall in the video game category!
Thoughts:
I was really surprised to see the Wii version ranked higher than the PS3 and the Xbox 360 version.  I found it interesting the PS3 version of Tony Hawk: RIDE is performing extremely poor in Amazon.com’s sales rank compared to the Xbox 360 version, considering both are basically identical, graphics and all.
I’m not sure if perhaps the Wii’s “casual” audience is showing through more on Amazon.com, and perhaps the “core” gamers that own 360s/PS3s are busy playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, or perhaps PS3/360 owners prefer to lounge(be lazy) while playing their games and not “move” a lot like some Wii games have required, is showing in the sales numbers.
Or, maybe the PS3/360 owners bought Tony Hawk: RIDE in stores, and that will be reflected more in the NPD numbers for November.  I think it’ll be interesting to see the NPD numbers and see if Tony Hawk: RIDE debuts in the Top 10 for any console, and if those numbers will reflect what Amazon.com’s sales numbers are showing.
Question:
Did you, or are you going to purchase Tony Hawk: RIDE?  From what you’ve played or seen of the game what are you impressions of it?