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Initial Thoughts about 5min

by Tass on Nov.16, 2010, under 5min, armor games, youtube

So I’ve been starting to switch some of my embeds from YouTube to 5min. And I have mixed feelings.

Pros:
-Higher eCPM (60-100% higher, roughly)
-Fast approval time (not instantly… but if I ask, it gets moved up in the queue and approved within an hour; no idea how long the non-move-up takes)
-Great customer support (I get emails back quickly, answer my silly questions, etc etc)

Cons:
-Ads only monetized in the US (roughly 1/3 of my views) [this 1/3 is still earning me 60-100% more than YT though]
-Lot of sites I work with don’t like the pre-roll and won’t let me switch, and there’s no way to just display overlay ads.
-The entire 5min back-end is pretty crappy
—The uploader is a 1-at-a-time thing, that auto-fills part of the title and description (have to delete it each time), and has restrictions on # of tags and length of title.
—The analytics are basically non-existant
—The revenue reports are broken down into 2 different sections and they both keep defaulting to dates in October.
—No easy way (that I know of) to search through uploaded content… videos are just plopped all on 1 page (500+ of them)

Overall though, the money is enough to overlook the other stuff… if sponsors would allow me to switch the embeds. Which they aren’t doing. So far, only Armor has let me… the other large sponsors I work with all have said no. Which means about 35-50% of my views will start coming from 5min and the rest still on YT; I’ve done roughly 400,000 views on 5min since the start of the month vs 1.5 million on YT. However, I only have about 15 videos (covering about 8 or 9 games) switched to 5min.

It also seems that PlayedOnline is building a new section on their site specifically for my 5min vids (they’re the ones that asked 5min to reach out to me in the first place). So that’s pretty cool too. Will definitely have a post about it when it’s live.

What do you guys think about my 5min embeds? Compare Fragger on Armor vs Fragger on YouTube (both should have pre-roll).

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All Flash Game Walkthroughs With 1 Million Views

by Tass on May.07, 2010, under armor games, BubbleBox, Flash, Game, jmtb02, Joey Betz, Physics, Puzzle, Statistics, Walkthrough, youtube

I typed “Walkthrough” into my YouTube search bar and waded through the 1st 17 pages of results, which takes us down to 200,000 views per video.  ”Walkthrough” returned the results of any video with the word Walkthrough in either the title or description of the video.  This should be a pretty all-inclusive list, barring any games besides Ice Breaker that have a crapton of videos for 1 game (I just happened to know about the walks for those games, so I knew to check…  no one of the vids has 200k+ views).

The List: Game Name (# of Vids) – Total Views in Millions – Ave Views/Vid

  1. Red Remover (2) – 11.4 – 5.7
  2. This Is The Only Level – 2.8
  3. Wake Up The Box – 2.6
  4. Poptropica: Nabooti Island – 2.0
  5. Cover Orange – 2.0
  6. Use Boxmen – 1.8
  7. Roly-Poly Eliminator – 1.6
  8. This Is The Only Level TOO – 1.1
  9. Poptropica: Big Nate Island – 1.0
  10. Wake The Royalty (2) – 1.7 – 850k
  11. Poptropica: Astro Knights (4) – 2.8 – 700k
  12. Fragger (2) – 1.4 – 700k
  13. Poptropica: Spy Island (3) – 1.9 – 633k
  14. Demolition City 2 (3) – 1.9 – 633k
  15. Poptropica: Counterfeit Island (4) – 2.2 – 550k
  16. Poptropica: Mythology Island (4) – 2.0 – 500k
  17. Demolition City (2) – 1.0 – 500k
  18. Crush the Castle: Players Pack (4) – 1.3 – 325k
  19. Stadium Sneakout (10) – 1.0 – 100k
  20. Ice Breaker (40) – 1.8 – 45k
  21. Ice Breaker: Red Clan (40) – 1.4 – 35k

These are video groups done by 1 person; no mix and matching.  Also, no 1 game/island had more than 1 person with 1 mil views on their walkthrough… although 1 or 2 of the Poptropica Islands were close with a 2nd.

Analyzing the list shows very specific types of games that meet this list: Poptropica, Phuzzles, and Puzzle Platformers account for 19/21.  CtC:PP is a physics game, but not a phuzzle… and Stadium Sneakout is a point & click that doesn’t really belong on the list at all because each video is :08-:30 long.  The top17 are 6 Poptropicas, 8 Phuzzles, and 3 Puzzle Platformers.  Finally, I made 8 of the top 18 (8 of 12 if you discount Poptropica).

If you know of any game that I missed, please let me know.  :)

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Fragger Walkthrough – Elite Difficulty

by Tass on Jul.05, 2009, under armor games, Flash, Game, Walkthrough

Fragger is a great new game of the Roly-Poly Cannon style. You play a guy who likes to blow up masked men with grenades. As you move up in difficulty, the levels remain the same… but the number of grenades you start with is reduced. Play Fragger on Armor Games!

Levels 1-15:

Levels 16-30:

-Tass

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