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Good Retro Games by Region of Origin - Visualized!
« on: December 25, 2020, 01:11:56 pm »
1980s Japan:
Games: https://wordart.com/icchjfmgk2k2/1980s-jp%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/cjziae3c3zxu/1980s-jp%20developers%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/top2ks4ko75e/1980s-jp%20systems%20only

1980s North America:
Games: https://wordart.com/vviz0s8lvpin/1980s-na%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/zv60oveqxi3p/1980s-na%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/vbotc00xqtbz/1980s-na%20systems%20only

1980s Europe:
Games: https://wordart.com/vuxz6uxqz8ko/1980s-eu%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/rqppi4janu90/1980s-eu%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/vci8jor6l2t7/1980s-eu%20systems%20only

The game list is mainly based on gamefaqs and mobygames user ratings. I'll post more as I finish them. The pics are interactive, hover over any phrase to zoom it in.

I had to do the weighting manually since the tool doesn't allow both phrases, weighting and no repetition. It is based on number of well regarded ports per game for games, number of well regarded games developed for devs and number of well regarded games per system for systems. There also seems to be some minor size randomization on phrases with the same weight.


Here is the current text list for all regions (will be 1980-1999 eventually):
https://docs.google.com/document/d/11ZldIgjpMG4g_P-oHK2YNnmZiUilcW4nvfO_agoBzGM/edit?usp=sharing

NA 1990-1994:
Games: https://wordart.com/gs7i743lj3cp/1990-1994-na%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/t234t4uz3qp5/1990-1994-na%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/asm3pu5ezklk/1990-1994-na%20systems%20only

JP 1990-1994:
Games: https://wordart.com/386vjou9rg4u/1990-1994-jp%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/pa88b5g5732u/1990-1994-jp%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/5sbukgdo9x7l/1990-1994-jp%20systems%20only

EU 1990-1994:
Games: https://wordart.com/ezyuwuun1j68/1990-1994-eu%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/w6tdesb6qapx/1990-1994-eu%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/x1zx1sk70gnx/1990-1994-eu%20systems%20only

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Some observations:
-Individual developers are more frequently highlighted in the west, and perhaps more in EU than in the US
-US-based site data means the game list is skewed
-EU didn't make anything still considered good until 1983
-Atari and other NA companies really dropped the ball after the US crash
-Spectrum was pretty much EU exclusive and I assume CPC as well
-Amiga has some US presence in developers such as Cinemaware but not so much in terms of consumer base
-Cross region cooperation goes far back
« Last Edit: December 28, 2020, 09:24:20 am by PresidentLeever »
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Re: Good Retro Games by Region of Origin - Visualized!
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2020, 04:28:44 pm »
I don't quite get the way you count ports.  E.g. I assume because Silpheed is counted as a game of Japanese origin, the Apple GS appears in the Japan systems chart. But then e.g. The Atari Dig Dug ports are listed under North America in the data.

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Re: Good Retro Games by Region of Origin - Visualized!
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2020, 04:38:40 pm »
I added the developer of the port and the original developer to the same region since it would not have been made without the original dev and sometimes the original version is not well regarded enough to be in the lists. The text list makes it clear for each game, but it seems some people get hung up on this one thing, since I've gotten three comments about only that today and nothing else :(

It seems maybe I had the wrong info for the AIIgs version of Silpheed though - game arts was listed as the developer on gamefaqs (and mobygames but they seem to only list the original dev for each game), but not on wikipedia.


December 28, 2020, 09:24:06 am - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
NA 1990-1994:
Games: https://wordart.com/gs7i743lj3cp/1990-1994-na%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/t234t4uz3qp5/1990-1994-na%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/asm3pu5ezklk/1990-1994-na%20systems%20only

JP 1990-1994:
Games: https://wordart.com/386vjou9rg4u/1990-1994-jp%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/pa88b5g5732u/1990-1994-jp%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/5sbukgdo9x7l/1990-1994-jp%20systems%20only

EU 1990-1994:
Games: https://wordart.com/ezyuwuun1j68/1990-1994-eu%20games%20only
Devs: https://wordart.com/w6tdesb6qapx/1990-1994-eu%20devs%20only
Systems: https://wordart.com/x1zx1sk70gnx/1990-1994-eu%20systems%20only
« Last Edit: December 28, 2020, 09:24:06 am by PresidentLeever »
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Re: Good Retro Games by Region of Origin - Visualized!
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2021, 05:50:50 am »
« Last Edit: January 10, 2021, 04:38:35 pm by PresidentLeever »
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