Hi everyone. The past few months I have come across thegames8/awesomegames8 increasingly often and thought a little about what is weird about them. I have posted initial findings concerning their as of then newest game "Ultimate Ship War" in "Question about thegames8..." (http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1332917/2). The following is pretty much the same I wrote there because even those quick initial findings are in my eyes sufficient to warrant a more in-depth investigation by someone able to confirm or deny this stuff. Some of the data are 6 days old as I don't feel like looking it up again. If you don't think this amount of data sufficient feel free to look for more.
Ultimate Ship War
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- 3.64 / 5.00
Observation 1: Games by thegames8 are pretty much immediately frontpaged.
---> This suggests a huge amount of high votes in the very beginning.
Observation 2: Their games have a huge number of votes per view in the beginning. This ration diminishes with time.
Ultimate Ship War: 3,284 votes / 12,396 votes âo/oo^ 26% -----3.78 stars (6 days old data)
Ultimate Ship War: 4312/ 22,055 âo/oo^ 19.5% ----- 3.64 stars(current)
Ultimate Gear War: 5196/11703 âo/oo^ ------- 4.27 stars --------(newest game)
Rambo Robot Mayhem:4953/27015 âo/oo^ 18% -------- 3.78 stars --------(2. newest)
Compare this to what data I gathered from the very first 7 games on the front page 6 days ago:
601/7,785 âo/oo^ 7.7% for Human Invasion,
1061/24303 âo/oo^ 4.3% for Ghostly Me,
473/7086 âo/oo^ 6.6% for Bertie the Butcher,
1380/31774 âo/oo^ 4.3% for Obsolescence,
466/7355 âo/oo^ 6.3% for Vast,
613/20849 âo/oo^ 2.9% for dotLife and
884/33521 âo/oo^ 2.6% for Mars Colony.
3. Observation: All publicly available information on what opinion people have on these games is predominately negative.
Ultimate Ship War: 9 out of ten pages reviews rated the game at 1 star or less (90%) (6 days ago)
Ultimate Ship War: 13 / 14 vote 1 star or less (~93%) (now)
Ultimate Gear War: 3.4 / 7 vote 1 o.l. (~50%)
Rambo Robot Mayhem: ~8 / 10 vote 1 (~80)
Castle Guard 2: 6.4 / 10 vote 1 (64%)
I hope you are all able to draw your own conclusions from this. If not I will gladly spell it out for you. I will highlight some of the more interesting tidbits immediately though: Ultimate Gear War currently has 44% of its page-views lead to votes. Additionally nearly all those votes seem to be 4 or 5 stars. This is quite frankly ludicrous when compared to the normal ratio of votes per view that seems to be between 2% and 8% on the one hand and the strongly negative public opinion as evidenced by nearly 50% of reviews giving it 1 or less stars. Even more extreme is the discrepancy of Ultimate Ship War where an astonishing of reviews hate the game which clocks in at an excellent (if ever-so-slowly diminishing) 3.64 stars.