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Tackling the mystery of low Wii review scores


Over at Next-gen, Matt Matthews has bravely penned the kind of article that could well see mobs of frothing fanboys beating a path to his door, torches and lynching gear in hand. In the piece, Matthews presents a statistical breakdown of average review scores for Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360, using numbers borrowed from Game Rankings.

As the resulting graph indicates, the Wii doesn't fare well with professional reviewers, but before you get all indignant and lathered up about this, Matthews attempts to explain why the Wii is suffering, and his conclusion is fairly interesting: that reviewers (and the industry as a whole) are still trying to understand the Wii. Before now, Matthews argues, the industry has been so heavily focused on assessing realism and technical achievements that they've largely forgotten how to evaluate how fun a game is.

What do you guys think? Agree? Politely disagree? Want him to die in a fire?

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