Ben Lowry is a friend of mine… he made Great Game 1/5 with me. He is also a giant ass who loves to be argumentative. He saw my long tail post as another opportunity to pounce, but of course I rebutted all of his attacks. He claimed that my long tail was a myth and that it really is the newly released content that is pushing my views.
My proof to the contrary:
-The 34% of total views from top 2% of videos vs the MUCH higher percent of other content providers.
-My top100 videos (19%) resulted in 105,000 views (80.7%).
-Of my top100 videos, 57 were 6+ months old.
-Those 57 videos totaled over 44,000 views.
As I did say in my previous post, releasing new content IS important. But the foundation of long-term success and growth is 100% about the long-tail.
I’m starting to get worried. All our stuff is leaving on a big truck on the 22nd. Need my desktop back before then, if only so we can get it on the truck. Don’t want to have to shell out hundreds of bucks in shipping.
Developing 2 small games in addition to the big one. One should be finished the week… it’s a popular type of word/logic puzzle, but I’ve never seen it ported to flash. So I’m doing it, and slapping 100 puzzles in it. Doubt it’ll do that well… but it’s the type of game I’d enjoy playing, so that’s why it’s being made.
The other is another satire game with Benologist. It’ll be less “omg complete joke” and more of obvious satire but still fun to play / challenging puzzles. Most of the puzzles are done… need to write the script still. And Beno is busy until July (as I am, sort of, with the move)… so that game will be made in early July.
Over the weekend, I had my 4th video hit 1 million views. This is the first video to hit 1+ mil that is not a fully self-contained walkthrough; instead, it is 50% of my Wake the Royalty walkthrough. The other half has 944k views and should hit 1 million sometime this summer.
Recently, the total viewcount on YouTube has been lagging. It seems to only update every few days. So I’ve been tracking my viewcount through TubeMogel instead, which is not QUITE as accurate on the short-term, but is fairly damn accurate long-term. All TubeMogel does is take a snapshot of the viewcount on each video at midnight, then sums them all together for your account total. This is dependent on YouTube updating the counts, which is why it’s often off in the short-term… but it evens out to be only a very small margin of error in the long-term. That explanation aside, My viewcount on TubeMogel as of Midnight this morning was 39,950,000… which means sometime today I hit 40 million total views. Yay!
My desktop is still in the shop, for exactly 1 week now. Going to call tomorrow to see what’s going on. Tass is starting to get the DTs from sexy computer withdraw. Sadly, I’m going to have to be without my desktop again in 2 weeks. The moving truck is taking all our stuff on June 22nd, and is not expected to arrive in Philly until June 29th. That means 1 more full week with the craptop. *sigh*.
Oh… and in other news. My big game project has basically been on hold the past week because of the desktop issue. Which sucks. Probably won’t hit FGL until July at this rate. However, I’m designing another quick satirical game with Benologist; but because of both of us being busy this month, that won’t see the light of day until July either.
Last Friday in the FGL (Flash Game License) chat, a few of us were talking about random game ideas, and the chat clown Benologist (Ben Lowry) gave one idea that I thought we could make into a game. 3 days late, we have a finished game… he did the programming and art, I did the design and QA. It’s a metagame about game commenters. We think it’s pretty funny.
Play Great Game! 1/5 on Kongregate and rate it 5/5 you like it. <3