I’ve been tossing an idea around in my head for a while… about time to put it into writing. The idea is that I’ve beaten more games than anyone else on the planet. I have no way of proving or disproving this statement, but it’s an interesting thing to think about. What is my reasoning behind such a statement?
Flash games are generally much shorter and easier than games you have to pay for. They are also free to play. And flash games are released far more frequently than non-flash games. I’d say a decent estimate would put the total number of flash games around 100,000; I have no idea how many games have been released in the past 40 or so years for all other medium combined, but it’s easily far less than 100,000.
I’ve beaten a LOT of flash games. No idea how many, but I have video recordings of about 500 of them. Plus Kong badges to support the completion of hundreds of others. I’ve been playing flash games since 2002. Let’s say, conservatively, that I’ve beaten 1 game every 2 days during that span of 9 years. 9 x 365 x 1/2 = roughly 1650. I’d say that number is low, and that the actual number is closer to 2500… but who really knows.
Then you have to figure out a) whether anyone has beaten more flash games than that. It’s certainly possible. But how would I know? You’d also have to consider b) it’s possible someone has played and beaten that many paid games (or combination of paid + flash), since video games have been around since the 70s and commonplace since the early 80s… and some people are OCD enough to track every single game they’ve played/beaten; but has anyone reached 1650, let alone 2500?
I have no idea if there is a website that assists in the tracking of games a user has beaten and/or displays a leaderboard of most games beaten. But it’d be cool to see. And even just that I’m able to legitimately think about this is pretty fascinating, given that there is at least some possibility that it’s true.
I received an email from YouTube letting me know that Snail Bob 2 Part 1 was one of the most viewed videos of 2011. Pretty damn cool. It’s now over 4 million views in just 7 months.
Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Don’t think I ever wound up posting about my car… but about a year ago I purchased a 1994 Chevy Cavalier. It’s turquoise. My car is very ugly. But it only had 20,000 miles on it, and still only has 23,500. Not bad for being 17 years old.
My car is now far less ugly, thanks to this sexy custom license plate I purchased through the PA DMV (Pennsylvania Dept of Motor Vehicles):
I am now officially a baller.
I get asked all the time where I came up with my username. Apparently I’ve never explained it in a blog post before. So I’ll do that. Tasselfoot is a bastardization of the name of a character from Dragonlance. Dragonlance is a campaign world for Dungeon & Dragons that is most popular for its book series. That world is similar to many fantasy worlds… humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, mages, fighters, clerics, etc etc… however, there is a race that is completely unique to the planet Krynn (Dragonlance’s world).
Kender are small; similar in height to dwarves or gnomes… but thin like elves. What makes them different is their wanderlust and general level of curiosity and wonder about everything. They also have a penchant to “borrow” items that they find interesting, which often gets them into trouble. Kender are so curious that they are incapable of fear. But I digress (you can read up on everything Kender on the Kencyclopedia).
The most famous and well known Kender is named Tasslehoff Burrfoot. He’s my namesake. Back in high school (2001 or earlier, not sure when exactly anymore), I decided to change my main username, and I was a big D&Der at the time, and Tas (the shortened version of Tasslehoff in the books) was my favorite character. This is back when AOL/AIM limited you to 10 characters for a username still… so I did what I could to be creative in coming up with a Tas-related name. However, I didn’t double-check and accidentally flipped the L-and-E and made it Tasselfoot instead of Tasslefoot. Oh well. Tassel is the correct spelling of the stand-alone word, so I just say that I did it on purpose . Don’t tell anyone that I screwed up!
But that’s where my name comes from. If you like fantasy novels and are interested in a series that reads somewhat like a dumbed-down Lord of the Rings… I’d highly recommend reading the original Dragonlance books, the Chronicles trilogy (I’d read a few other books as well before reading the 4th Chronicles novel, such as the Legends trilogy). If you enjoy those, you can do the research to find out the order in which to read the hundreds of other Dragonlance novels in.
Recently, I’ve been participating in the ABT (Amateur Bowling Tour). I’m a member of the Philadelphia chapter, and they host 1-2 tournaments a week at various alleys throughout the Philly Tri-State area (South Jersey, Philly, and Delaware). Generally, I only go to the ones in Pennsylvania, as the NJ and DE ones are an hour or more away. I’d say I’ve participated in 5-6 in the past year, with most of those being in the past 3 months.
A few months ago, I finished 5th in a tournament. Last week, I was 1 pin away from qualifying for the finals. This week’s tournament was in Delaware, but my father and I went down to it anyway because it was a “major”. The ABTs normal tournaments generally give $1000 for 1st place; the majors are either $5000 or $10,000. And the normal tournaments draw 50-70 people, this weekend’s had a little over 400.
The tournaments are broken down into 2 divisions; Classic and Masters. Classic is an open division, for anyone with a 189 or lower average. Masters is for 190+. The 2 divisions qualify separately, have separate semi-finals, and separate finals. The only time they compete against each other is for the overall tournament championship; masters winner vs classic winner. I’m in Masters, while roughly 60% of all entrants are Classic.
It’s hard to describe the shot that was laid out for this weekend’s tournament. It was even across the lanes, and seemed to break down very quickly; the play changed drastically between qualifying and the finals. Overall, it was very dry on the back-end, giving a very quick snap, while the front of the lane was quite wet. The result was that your ball would move, but you had to put it in a good spot, or you’d be in trouble. Too far outside, it wouldn’t recover and you’d leave a wash out… too far inside, and you’d go through the nose or cross over.
It cost me $75 to enter the tournament, another $33 for sidepots (high game, clean set, strike pot, and bonus bucks), $25 for scratch pot, and I entered 8 brackets ($40). I thought I was in trouble at the start; I was playing a straight-up inside line, and was having a lot of trouble keeping it consistent. Compound that with 2 pocket 7-pin hits following stikes and 2 chops of spares… I was sure I was done after 1 game. Pulled out a double in the 10th to finished with a 170 scratch (192 with handicap, good for a -8). The second game wasn’t looking much better, as I was all over the place… but I managed 4 straight 9-spares to start the game. Then I decided to make a drastic move; instead of playing straight-up 10, I moved left to 5 and dropped my ball speed a bit. First ball I threw was a pocket 7-10. But then things changed and I finished the game with 6 in a row and another pocket 7-10, good for a 231 scratch (+53 for the game)… which was the highest score for anyone that game, getting me $70 in the high game pot and securing me births in the finals of any bracket I was still alive in (I didn’t think there would be many, given my crappy 1st game). The 3rd game was up and down, with a double followed by a 6-out followed by a turkey; finished with a 203 (+25). Overall, 604 scratch and +70. Turns out this was good enough to qualify me 4th out of 31 who made it in my division, and 6th place for scratch ($140). I managed to survive the 1st game in 4 of my 8 brackets, and won all 4, for another $100.
Next up was the semi-finals. I put in another $6 for high game pots and entered 10 more brackets ($50). Total money I put up: $229. I played the same line throughout the semis, starting off strongly in-spite of a few splits (double-split-5 in a row-split). 217 final score (+39). The 2nd game was a disaster; I couldn’t do anything right on the left lane, hitting the head pin only once in 5 frames. I fought back, with another double in the 10th, for a paltry 166 (-12 for the game, +27 through 2). The top 8 out of 31 would make the finals and the cut through 2 games was announced at +29. I buckled down in the 3rd game, re-focusing, and shot a very consistent 216 (599 scratch series, +65). It was then a waiting game to see whether that would be good enough to qualify for the finals. After what had to have been at least a half hour, it was announced that the Masters cut was +29 and my +65 was good for 3rd. I survived 8/10 brackets through game 1, but my awful game 2 left me with only 1 in the finals, which I won for $25.
The format for the finals was a bracket. 8 people drew random numbers for lane assignments, then played 1 vs 1 with the winners moving on. I got lucky and drew against the guy who qualified 8th. We both struggled on a pair of lanes that were much drier than we were used to, and I eeked out a victory 184 to 168 scratch (I was only giving him 2 pins of handicap). We then re-drew lane assignments and I was slotted against the lone woman in Masters, who had shot a 217 in her 1st round match. Luckily for me, we were back on a pair of lanes that wasn’t super dry, and I had my best game of the day. I started off with a turkey, then alternated 7-pin spare / strike for the rest of the game, with every ball buried… just getting no carry on the left lane. She struggled and I won 217 to 165 (with me giving her 1 pin of handicap). With that, I was off to the finals of the Masters division. And I was lost all game. Couldn’t find a shot on the left lane, couldn’t keep the ball on the left side of the lane on the right lane… and my opponent had 5 in a row early. He coasted to beat me 223 to 164. I was given a check for $1000 for finishing tied for 3rd (1st place was $10,000, 2nd $3750).
It was an exhausting day, waking up at 8am. We reached the alley around 10, but didn’t start bowling until close to 1pm. My final game ended around 7pm. And I was starving, having eaten only a breakfast sandwich and donut from Dunkin’ Donuts and 1 bottle of water. I treated my father to dinner at a local Brazilian steakhouse then was home by 9:15, asleep by 10. Total earnings: $1335 for a profit of just over $1100 (about $1000 after dinner). Not bad for a single day… definitely makes my lifetime ABT revenue greater than my lifetime outlays. Next tournament I’ll enter is at my home lanes, Thunderbird Warminster, at the end of July.
So I have been pretty lazy when it comes to posting stuff here… will do my best to get back to posting more. Lot of stuff has been going on though!
I bought a house with Whorli (my girlfriend of almost 8 years now). This was about 3 weeks ago. It’s been pretty hectic trying to paint the new house, move everything out of the old house and into the new one, paint the old house and get it ready for the renters moving in (Whorli’s parents own our old house), etc etc. Still not done and we’ve been working on it for hours a day. Too many trips to Lowe’s and IKEA.
Bowling has been going fantastically. Tuesday night league is finally over… thank god. There is 1 more week left for Wednesday night, then the playoffs. Over the past 12 weeks of Wed bowling, I’ve averaged 231.00 and raised my book from 220.39 to 224.03. Yet, I somehow have a losing record in those 36 games (17.5 – 18.5). Of those 36 games, 6 have been under 200 and 5 have been over 265. I’m in 6th for average, but just 75 pins out of 3rd. I also shot back to back 700 series for the first time ever this past Tuesday and Wed (741 and 726). Will have a final bowling post for the season in 2 weeks.
Walkthrough business has been a bit slow recently, although it doesn’t seem to just be me. Most of the flash devs I talk to regularly feel that things are a bit down overall. I suspect it’ll pick up shortly, as the summer is just starting.
ThirdStyle is picking up, which is nice after 2-3 months of minimal development.
I spent pretty much all day today playing Portal 2. Apart from lunch and bowling. And 90% of that time was spent doing co-op missions with my buddy MrRubix. It took about 7 hours, but we managed to beat the whole thing. Super fun and I highly recommend all of you play it with a friend!
Here’s a video I recorded of the final level of co-op. It comes complete with audio of both of us.
Been a while since I posted about bowling. Have been fairly consistent over the past few months. Averaging 219 across both leagues… 216 in 1, 222 in the other. Had a 786 with a 289 last week. I broke my performance down by month and by game, which is kind of interesting:
High game: 290, Low game: 170. 21 games of 250+, 34 games sub-200.
And, below the fold you can find my full series data for the entire year:
Don’t know what their qualifications are… whether it’s something unique, or whether i’m one of thousands to receive a stock e-mail… but Machinima emailed me about joining their YouTube network. I turned them down, but their offer was interesting.
–Guaranteed $2 eCPM; in the email, this was stated as global views… but in the contract, it was stated as global views with ads (unlikely to be 100%).
–Possible extra promotion through Machinima’s 2 million subscribers.
–Instant ad approval and no oversight.
–Locked in for 2 years under their sole control, with an option for them to extend it to 5 years ($2.50 eCPM in years 3-5). No ability for me to get out of it.
–Pre-roll ads on embeds, which is a big no-no for most of the sites I work with (otherwise I’d be using 5min more often!).
–Have to give up my YouTube password to Machinima so they can track my ads and whatnot.
In the end, the cons outweigh the pros. All 3 of the cons are very, very con… with #2 being an absolute deal breaker. #1 is also really bad, and #3 just rubs me the wrong way. Still, depending on how exclusive their network actually is… kinda cool to get the offer.
Just shot a 791. Best series ever.
1st game, 247: XXX 9- (left a weak 7-pin and then my foot slipped when i went to shoot the spare) X 9/ XXX XXX
2nd game, 290: 9/ (light mixer, all the pins shot to the right, none took out the 10-pin) XXXXXXXX XXX
3rd game, 254: XXXXXX 9/ (decent half-hit, messenger came across into the 7-pin but didn’t knock it down) 9/ (little too much hand, high hit, left 6-pin) 9/ (solid hit that was a bit flat, left a wobbling 5-pin) XX7
Needed either the 7th or 9th frame of the 3rd game to carry for an 800. Or not to have slipped on the 4th frame spare attempt of the 1st game… but who would have known I’d have had a shot at 800 at that point?
Overall, 17 strikes in a row between 2nd frame of 2nd game and 6th frame of 3rd game… that’s a record for me. 23 strikes in 24 throws is also a record (6 to end game 1, 10-pin in 1st frame of game 2, 17 in a row). I am pretty sad that I didn’t get my 1st 800, as I have no idea when I’ll ever have a night like tonight again… but I can’t be too upset with my best series ever. I got crazy good carry, although I was hitting high flush on almost all my shots… few half-hits that still easily carried out the 7-pin and a few high-hits that took out the 6 or 8 pin.