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Old 01-20-2012   #92
MascaraSnake
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Now that all 2011 contests have been held, I'd like to take a look back and collect a bunch of really useless statistics:
  • There have been 89 maps in total (not counting three disqualified maps): 25 SP, 24 Match, 20 CTF and 20 Race. In comparison, 2010 saw 110 maps: 30 SP, 29 Match, 26 CTF and 25 Race. That's a decline in quantity by 19%.
  • The average 2011 map had a score of 4.96. The average 2010 map had a score of 4.77. That's an increase in quality by 4%.
And now by division:
  • The average 2011 SP map had a score of 5.52. The average 2010 SP map had a score of 4.48. That's an increase in quality by 23%.
  • The average 2011 Match map had a score of 4.93. The average 2010 Match map had a score of 5.33. That's a decline in quality by 8%.
  • The average 2011 CTF map had a score of 5.23. The average 2010 CTF map had a score of 4.70. That's an increase in quality by 11%.
  • The average 2011 Race map had a score of 4.03. The average 2010 Race map had a score of 4.54. That's a decline in quality by 11%.
  • Let's be fair and not include the disaster that was this contest's Race division, because it wouldn't have been so disastrous if Mystic hadn't canceled it. Without this contest, the average 2011 Race map had a score of 4.77. That's better, but still worse than any other division this year.
Now let's leave out the Nov/Dec Race division out of this year's average as well. That puts it at 5.17.

So what can we observe from this?
  • The quantity of maps is on the decline. That's a bummer, but on the other hand...
  • The quality of maps is rising. So although we got fewer maps, the ones that we did get had a lot more effort put into them.
  • Single player in particular has really improved from last year, which was really lackluster. People have finally figured out how to make good, even excellent single player maps. Especially some of our top-ranking mappers like Blade, KOTE, Spherallic and Fawfulfan have improved a lot.
  • Match has dropped a bit. Why is that? Probably a mixture of the division being relatively ignored in the first half of the year and the fact that Match is still the number one choice for first maps and last-minute rush jobs.
  • CTF has improved a bit. I can't help but observe how much CTF tends to gravitate towards average scores. There were few really bad CTF maps, but also not many who went above 7.
  • Race still sucks and nobody makes maps for it. I say good riddance.
  • There have been a lot of really excellent maps this year. One map scored above 9, versus no map to do so in 2010. 7 maps scored 8 or higher, compared to 3 in 2010. 21 maps scored 7 or higher, compared to 16 in 2010.
So in total, 2011 has been an excellent year for the OLDC. Let's hope 2012 can keep the upwards momentum, especially now that Race is gone.

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