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November 14th, 2006, 20:24
Originally Posted by doctor_kaz View Post
What games don't belong where they are, and why should that curve be flat? What's wrong with reviewing a big chunk of games in the 7-9 range if that's where they naturally lie? There are a lot less games out there that are abysmal than those who are average. If that's the case, then there should be more 7's than 1's, and that's what you generally see.
The curve shouldn't be 'flat', but look more like this:

If "average" is 5 due to the 0-10 scale, then a statistically significant sample would tend to exhibit 'central limit' behaviour and distribute randomly around the true mean. However, the distrubution isn't random at all, nor is 5 the center. It means that for IGN / GameSpot, somewhere between 7 and 8 is the 'average'
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