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.
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.
It’s pretty common knowledge that websites get more traffic on weekends than weekdays. And the reasons are obvious… no school or work leads to more time to play. But what I was curious about is how big of a difference it is. So I took all of my data since switching some of my videos to 5min (roughly 6 months) and broke it down in terms of total revenue earned on each day of the week. I then made it all relative to Monday as my baseline (X / Mon, where X is any day of the week).
To me, the results are quite interesting. Mon-Thurs are all almost identical (within 5% of each other). Friday jumps 20%, Saturday jumps another 20%, and then Sunday relaxes back 20% to be similar to Friday. Finally it drops another 20% back to Monday and the cycle starts over again. And while this data can be skewed by a large release or two on a non-Friday, it evens out over the long haul; I extended the above data back an additional 6 months, and the differences were minimal: Wed/Thurs were slightly higher, Fri/Sun were slightly lower, and Sat was about 7% lower.
I’ll do a follow-up post on this that only looks at the relative eCPMs and relative impressions, as opposed to revenue. Will be interesting to see what the dominant reason for the increase is; my assumption is impressions (with eCPM being mostly constant across all days) for the reasons stated in my initial paragraph.
Just a quick summary of data from all of 2010:
YouTube Views: 41.8 million
5min Views: 4.2 million
Total 2010 Views: 46 million (126,000 per day)
New YouTube Subscribers: 6189
Lost YouTube Subscribers: 1440
Net Gain: 4749 (13 per day)
68% of viewers are Male. 27% are between 13-17.
67.4% of views came from embeds.
This is the only level TOO had the most views, accounting for 5.4% of the yearly total.
Have a happy and healthy new year! And let me know if you want to see any additional data.
My lovely female half, Whorli, got me the best gift ever yesterday. She got me a Bobble Tass! We had seen Douglas Fargo (from the TV show Eureka) play with his own bobblehead figureine, and I mentioned that that would be super awesome. So she found a website that creates custom bobbleheads:
Isn’t he just the cutest?
I was having 2 thoughts, and this is where they met. 1, what type of data have I not shared? 2, why does 5min only push ads to the US… and if they were to advertise elsewhere, where would it be most beneficial?
So I decided to do a bit of digging through Insight and compile lists of my views from the past 6 months based on where they came from. Insight is nice enough to break it down for you by USA, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Middle East… however this leaves off every other country in North American as well as every country that makes up Oceania (and possibly others?) Here’s my compiled list based on continent (mostly):
Interestingly, Europe trumps the US… but it’s also comparing 30 or so countries vs 1. What does make sense is that ~84% of my total views come from where you’d expect them to come from: US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and NZ. The overwhelming majority from the US and Europe alone. So, clearly, if 5min’s interests were directly in line with mine, they’d start focusing a lot of attention on Europe (and Canada).
To break things down further, I dug deeper and noted every country that has done at least 100,000 views over the past 6 months (sadly, I had to leave off Venezuela and Vietnam for being just under 100k, amongst others):
I first compiled this list back in May, and felt it was time to update it. I followed the same procedure… typing Walkthrough into YouTube search and then going through page after page of videos. This time around, I limited it to 1+ million views in 5 or less videos, instead of allowing in walkthroughs done in 40 parts. The list has grown from 18 to 36 in the past 7 months:
Red Remover remains the dominant king, and the game’s Player Pack joins the ranks too. Poptropica has grown from 6 to 9 entries on the list. JohnnyK’s games have grown from 2 to 5 entries. We now have 2 “random” entries on the list… walkthroughs done for random flash games that aren’t the developer, sponsor, or me. Games done by me have grown from 8 to 14 entries.
The trend remains the same though… Poptropica, Phuzzles, Puzzle Platformers, and Physics. And we get to add a Point and Click to the list too, just to keep the ‘P’ genres intact. Oh, and as a note, I added in 5min views to games done by me.
4 years ago we ran the Double Cheeseburger Quarter Mile (DCQM) and I lost to my fat friend Mermel. We decided to finally have a rematch.
Victory was sweet and felt like death for at least the next 2 hours. I’m not sure I want to ever do this again… but I suspect we will be doing it again next year.
Just got home from Game 1 of the NLCS, after a disappointing loss by my Phillies. But the blame is not mine! In the past 3 years, the Phillies are 4-2 in playoff games I’ve attended (I’d say all-time, but I honestly don’t remember if the Phillies won or lost the 2 games I attended in 1993… vs the Braves and Blue Jays). They won Game 2 of the 2008 NLDS, a memorable game involving Brett Myers out-dueling (and out-hitting) CC Sabathia and a Shane Victorino grand slam. They won Game 3 of the 2008 World Series, after a 90 minute rain delay and finishing with a walk-off infield single. They won Game 1 of the 2009 NLCS against the Dodgers (in LA)… despite a very shaky 9th inning by Brad Lidge. They lost Game 4 of the 2009 World Series after battling back all game; some funky Damon baserunning and bad Lidge pitching. They won Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS last week, despite poor pitching by Roy Oswalt (thanks to even worse defense by the Reds).
And then they lost today… 2 Cody Ross solo shots and what appeared to be a very poor decision to jump for a ball at the wall by Raul Ibanez. Not to mention way too many strikeouts by Rollins and Howard. Let’s hope they can bounce back from this… it’s the first time the Phillies have lost Game 1 of a series since 2007, and that didn’t end very well.