GameRankings was a video gaming website that collected review scores from both offline and online sources to give an average rating. It indexes over 315,000 articles relating to more than 14,500 video games.
Type of site
|Created by||Scott Bedard|
|Current status||Redirected to Metacritic on December 9, 2019|
GameRankings is owned by CBS Interactive. Similar websites include GameStats, Metacritic (also owned by CBS Interactive), MobyGames, and TopTenReviews. The website has been redirected to Metacritic since December 2019.
GameRankings collected and linked to (but did not host) reviews from other websites and magazines and averages specific ones. While hundreds of reviews may get listed, only the ones that GameRankings deemed notable were used for the average. Scores were culled from numerous American and European sources. The site used a percentage grade for all reviews in order to be able to calculate an average. However, because not all sites use the same scoring system (some rate out of 5 or 10, while others use a letter grade), GameRankings changed all other types of scores into percentages using a relatively straightforward conversion process.
When a game accumulated six total reviews, it was given a ranking compared to all other games in the database and a ranking compared to games on its console.
As of the site's closure in December 2019, the highest rated game with at least twenty reviews was Super Mario Galaxy, with 97.64% at 78 reviews.
Site inclusion rules
There were specific rules that GameRankings followed to determine which review sites were used in calculating a game's overall score. From the GameRankings Help page, they were:
- Sites must have at least 300 archived reviews for a multi-system/multi-genre sites, or 100 reviews for single-system or genre sites.
- Sites must publish a minimum of 15 reviews a month.
- Sites must be visually appealing and look professional.
- Sites must review a variety of titles.
- Sites must have a dedicated domain name with professional hosting.
- Site reviews must be well written.
- Sites must conduct themselves in a professional manner.
However, some sites that follow these rules were not included, such as sites in non-English languages.
As GameRankings announced, the website was shut down and redirected to Metacritic on December 9, 2019. The GameRankings team joined into Metacritic and focus on classic games.
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