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I've noticed that there hasn't been a thread on general fact-checking, when it could be useful for sorting out statistics and confirming Word of God. Take the works pages of popular video game franchises, for example.
These Wikipedia lists show the best-selling and highest-grossing video game franchises, respectively, while the works pages for ones you would expect to be near the top have their positions mixed up. Super Mario Bros. is, of course, at the top of both lists (and is mentioned on this wiki as the most popular video game series), while the others are a bit spotty. Pokémon is mentioned as #2 on its works page, while Wikipedia says it is the second highest-grossing franchise, but the third best-selling (Tetris is #2 on this list.) Meanwhile, there are some other discrepancies (nobody mentioned Call of Duty was the third highest-grossing franchise!) as well as a video game series that we say is among the top 10 most popular actually being #12 in the former list and barely making the top 25 in the latter listnote Subfranchises of Mario are counted separately along with the entire franchise in the best-selling list. I bet we could discuss this?
Edited by ccorb on Jul 29th 2020 at 4:54:42 AM
Please read How to Create a Works Page. When you come across information like that, feel free to delete it with the edit reason; "Things not to include: value judgments (don't say how much it sucked/how awesome it was), critical reception (that's just a specific variant of value judgments)". We don't care how popular a work is.
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