Type of site
|Created by||Scott Bedard|
|Launched||March 10, 1999|
GameRankings is a website that collects 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.
GameRankings is owned by CBS Interactive. Similar websites include GameStats, Metacritic (also owned by CBS Interactive), MobyGames, and TopTenReviews.
GameRankings collects and links to (but does not host) reviews from other websites and magazines and averages specific ones.While hundreds of reviews may get listed, only the ones that GameRankings deems notable are used for the average. Scores are culled from numerous American and European sources. The site uses 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 changes all other types of scores into percentages using a relatively straightforward conversion process.
When a game has accumulated 6 total reviews, it is given a ranking compared to all other games in the database and a ranking compared to games on its console.
At the moment, the highest rated game with at least 20 reviews is Super Mario Galaxy , with 97.64% at 78 reviews.
There are specific rules that GameRankings follows to determine which review sites are used in calculating a game's overall score. From the GameRankings Help page, they are:
However, some sites that follow these rules are not included, such as sites in non-English languages.