Milo: If they're so great, how come they're not tearing up the charts, babe?
“To be popular one must be a mediocrity.”
"Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar... If the public likes you, you're good."
Mickey Spillane, author of the Mike Hammer series, a textbook example of this trope
By observing the relation between Meta Scores and total sales in Table 7 we see that the amount of scores on each interval forms a bell curve around the 70’s, much like with grades on an exam. As expected, higher scores lead to higher average sales. The only exception is from games scored in the 20’s, whose expectations are similar to that of games in the 70’s. It should be noted however that of the 7 titles that scored in the 20’s, 2 have sold over half a million.