pwnRank Update v3.2 Observations

November 22, 2016
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Before we dive into observations from the v3.2 update, I first would like to say thank you to those of you who have checked us out. As a passion project started a couple of years ago, this website hasn't really taken off as I'd hoped it would, but I'm still very proud of what we've put together.

Thank you for taking the time to dig into the rankings, and I hope they've inspired you to branch out and play something you haven't played before. Don't forget, you can see a filtered list of the Top 500 as well. Make sure to check that out. And, tell your friends!

Now, for the update observations.

A couple of new lists were added, including Time Magazine's latest list "The Top 50 Video Games of All-Time". This replaced their previous entry. I tweeted about this when the list came out, but I am not a fan. It's mostly recycled from their 2012 list, with the exception of some head-scratching selections. We also added the IGN Editor's Choice games, which have earned a 9.6 rating or higher - from IGN.

The lists that we decided to remove likely had just as big of an impact as the lists that we added. It's always been our goal to provide the best overall score for each game, based on multiple list types (community voting, editor choice, website review, etc.). One metric that we've been using since the beginning of pwnRank has been games sales. We've decided to remove this from the equation. While it's interesting to discuss, and while the data does line up with the quality of some games, it's just not a good indicator. No offense to WiiFit or Nintendogs, but... yeah. The results are just too mixed. We've also waffled between a couple of different sources, mainly due to reliability of the data, which also factored into the decision.

We've also heard some complaints about some of the lists we'd been using; mainly the click-bait site lists. We've decided to remove these as well, as the more we looked into the sources, the more we agreed with the feedback.

Here is a look at the notable rank changes from the v3.2 update:

Games entering the Top 10
#7 - The Last of Us (+5)
#10 - Metal Gear Solid (+1)

Games exiting the Top 10
#12 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (-6)
#18 - Super Mario World (-9)

Games entering the Top 100
#89 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (+32)
#92 - Banjo-Kazooie (+16)
#93 - Pokemon Gold and Silver (+22)
#95 - Quake (+6)
#98 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (+67)

Games exiting the Top 100
#101 - Planescape: Torment (-8)
#103 - Pong (-16)
#104 - Resident Evil (1996) (-7)
#113 - Mass Effect 3 (-17)
#125 - Wii Sports (-40)

Other notable changes in the Top 100
#47 - Super Mario Galaxy 2 (+12)
#70 - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (+21)

#74 - Pac-Man (-13)
#82 - Shenmue (+12)
#84 - Donkey Kong (-12)
#87 - Halo 3 (-9)

#90 - Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (+10)
#100 - Mortal Kombat (-12)