Some Data About Video Game News
[The above graph shows the percentage breakdown of each site's posts over a given 48 hour period]
A few days ago I had a thought; how much of the news we read online is from press releases? This thought built into me wondering what the breakdown in content is on the bigger sites out there. So, shovel in hand, I went to go dig up some data.
I’ll be wearing a white lab coat and going over the data properly very soon, but I thought I would post up this quick diagram showing my initial results. My method was simple (far too simple to point to anything conclusive). I took all of the articles published on the sites listed over a given 48 hour period, then categorized them accordingly.
Third Party articles are those news posts based on another site’s news post.
Press Releases are news articles based on something a PR firm has said/emailed.
Source means the article in question either doesn’t say where they got the news from, or is the source of the news itself.
Original Articles are those articles unique to the site in question. Be it a competition or feature.
Review/Preview are fairly self explanatory.
Just a quick look at the above graph (ranked in site popularity, most popular on the left) shows that roughly 75% of the articles we read are news posts which are either from another site, or press releases. This is about what I expected, and I don’t think it’s a particularly bad thing. I genuinely just find it all very interesting.
As I say, I’ll post more information about my method as well as the information gained from the data tomorrow, or whenever I’ve had time to properly go over it all.
I’m a stats nerd, w/e.