Been a huge fan of IV's work for a long time. I added to the blogocoverage I suppose. No one reads my stuff but who knows?
I've started an awful agonizing task of going through reviewing sites and tracking the games review coverage (I'll likely not deal in previews or interviews at the moment although that's a VERY big part of it. There's only so much I can do before I want to beat myself up. I'll try to split up the number of indy games reviewed too, but for now it's games overall. Gonna take me a while, if I finish it up and find anything interesting I'll post it up. Otherwise he's my little addition to getting word out. http://thanksforplaying.net/showthread.php?p=559
I graphed out Gamespot's overall review numbers (took me too much work to get the raw data down so I'll just dump this here for now). The data shows a consistent up and down trend for really a whole decade. There's the odd spike in reviews. There's a normal increase in reviews before Christmas and a decrease afterward in Quarters 1 and 2. This very likely due to developers just not releasing anything.
Here's the full chart: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/JossiRossi/Gamespotchart.png
WARNING: I labeled my X axis incorrectly. It labels from Jan 1996 to Dec 2007. So it's ever so slightly askew. I'll fix that at some point when I have my data in a nice spreadsheet and can make better graphs.
Now to explain a few things.
1. There is a large selection of reviews set at May 1, 1996 likely a low end "no date" setting. I did not include these reviews in the numbers.
2. Aug 25, 2005 has almost 60 listed reviews. Most of which seemed to be indy "casual" games. Almost all of popcaps games were listed this day. Also interestingly enough so was Darwinia.
3. Nov 1, 2005 was also a big day with 19 titles reiewed. Again many "casual" games.
Almost shockingly 2008 so far has had the lowest number of reviews of any year. Here's the rundown so far.
Compare this to the same months in 2007.
In 2008 there has been 72 reviews. In the same span in 2007 there was 124 reviews. So a 52 review decrease. This could have many many factors not just desire to review. The economic situation, the so called "decline of pc gaming" (which I highly doubt), or just a dry season. However, it feels that while major producers of video games might be hit by the economic situation that the indy developers out there while they might be hit by it would react differently, with more agility. I feel that lately there's been no lack of smaller game companies releasing games, gamespot just wasn't going out of their way to review those games. Maybe it's a "they aren't worth reviewing" mentality? For some companies maybe this is true. Fortunately Gamespot is one of those who did a Multiwinia review, but there does seem to be a downward trend.