such an awesome post dude
I actually enjoyed reading this; I found it interesting that you didn't expect PC to be the most active platform for gaming.
That's a Gelada, which is no longer considered a baboon. Sorry, but this is the only use I ever get out of the primatology courses I took in college.
" @Ygg:What software are you using to do this? "I'm pretty sure it's called MobyGames :P.
baboons are awesome. the data is pretty cool too. that's a whole lot of games / year.
" I thought about starting something like this but the fact that I forget so many of the games I have played in my lifetime puts me off it."
Yeah, legacy data is a concern. But you can't recall everything. You can try to piece the data together by looking at time stamps on old savegame files, or finding receipts from when you bought the game, stuff like that. But you're not likely to be able to unearth a complete record of every game you ever played if you've been into games for a long time (like most of the people here obviously).
It's best to just start taking notes now, and commit to it. 15 or 20 years down the line, that will still amount to a lot of juicy data.
I thought about starting something like this but the fact that I forget so many of the games I have played in my lifetime puts me off it. I only have a list of games I have finished, which I only started about a year after I got my 360..
I'm doing a similar thing to this now actually, though mine is a database with information about each game.
That is far too much work for a fun hobby.
Damn, and I thought I was crazy when I started to retroactively add hours played to old games I've played through my life on my Raptr account. I love random stats for pointless personal stuff.
All I could think of was this...
That genesis on the chart... reminded me of-
"PHIL COLLINS BROKE ANOTHER GENESIS!"
That's actually a really cool idea. So cool that I immediately started my own spreadsheet project.
You know, I might just start doing this in 2011 - If anything, to keep track of my records for future purposes. However, I don't see how you can not finish games, thats just so far from the way I play my games. I only have 1 unfinished game, and that's because my old console ate the disc, and I haven't been able to find another copy.
Thanks for the read.
All very interesting, keep it up!
"Do you consider yourself as the type of gamer that starts games but doesn't play them to completion?"
Actually not; i want to finish everything. But i'll still quit sometimes if i dislike a game, or if there are newer games i would rather devote my time to.
That's part of the reason behind these numbers. The other part are games that don't have an end point, so i never mark them as finished. DJ Hero 2 is a recent example, i played the final setlist in Empire mode a few days after i got the game, but i don't recognize that as "finishing the game" because i'll keep playing it.
Great post! Could have used more charts though.
Eff the haters, they just gonna hate.
This is really cool, though I've never done anything like this. It's all in the shambley tower of moldy drawers that is my brain.
I am not the type to keep statistics like this, but I think it is awesome that you did. ^_^
as a database administrator, i sadly find this fun and exciting
I was surprised to see that your number of finished games never topped your number of started games in any given month. Do you consider yourself as the type of gamer that starts games but doesn't play them to completion? Or is it just something else entirely accounting for this?
" @Bib: Thanks for sharing. I'm incorporating that data into my current spreadsheet to get set for next year. See you in twelve months and I'll share what I've got! "
Cool. I'll check it out if you notify me.
Well you've put my love for data to shame.
That is all sorts of awesome. I use Collectorz to manage my games collection (450 games so far) and it's got a few graph/statistic options that I've always wanted to completely fill out (release date, publisher, metacritic rating, etc), but I can never find the time.
The most I've ever gotten around to is filling out the release year for every game, and that took an entire rainy evening.
Cool. I always wanted to do something like this with my games, but I never get past making a few column titles.
"Would you be willing to share your file? I'd like to see how you organized everything. "
Don't want to share the sheet because it's a bit of a mess right now and i want to clean it up first and make some revisions, but here are the headers i use:
Hope that helps.
I dunno what's nerdier: the fact that you collected all this data, or that I found it really interesting. Reminds me of this Demetri Martin special:
"I'd say a service that does that sort of thing could be really popular."
I agree! I'd totally make it myself if i had the means. It'd be cool if everything was fully automated, but the console makers would have to allow that. The achievement tracking stuff on this site is going in the right direction.
I was so happy that the Wii has those little messages about time played, but I wish that was exportable, and I wish the other consoles did something similar. I keep track of my achievement totals, but I have nothing like this available. You have inspired me to do something similar starting in 2011. I could probably pick out start and end dates for games based on achievement timestamps on the 360, but will probably just do this going forward.
Would you be willing to share your file? I'd like to see how you organized everything.
This is interesting but I always think I would be scared if I collected any data of this sort. Just looking at the Time Played clock on games makes me wince sometimes. I also think that if you collect data in thie much detail about you life you can end up spending more time analysing your life than living it.
Statistics can be very interesting though.
Don't be dicks on my blog, guys.
" @Jack268 said:nice argument" @apeman said:nice try. "" you have likely provided all the necessary evidence of some sort of mental illness. "A fondness for collecting statistics about your life is a mental illness? I suppose everyone who has a clear cut budget is a nutter then. "
" @apeman said:nice try." you have likely provided all the necessary evidence of some sort of mental illness. "A fondness for collecting statistics about your life is a mental illness? I suppose everyone who has a clear cut budget is a nutter then. "
Added a part about multiple playthroughs.
" you have likely provided all the necessary evidence of some sort of mental illness. "A fondness for collecting statistics about your life is a mental illness? I suppose everyone who has a clear cut budget is a nutter then.
That's neat, being a PC game player, I knew that after reading this and thinking back, the amount and type of games that I would play wouldn't really be very different but after thinking a bit more, there is a diversity in what can be found on my PC, and there really is a subtle shift in the sort of PC market not just Counter-Strike, Starcraft machines, or what have you.
Nice stats. ^^
I like them, but I wouldn't have the patience to do something like that. I imagine the amount of hours that flew out of the window to do it. Great job though!
" you have likely provided all the necessary evidence of some sort of mental illness. "Maybe a bit of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
You're saying the baboon part was over the line?
Thanks. I do that as well, and it's totally worthwhile. There are various sites dedicated to this topic.
"That was actually really interesting to read, I'd love to be able to read that sort of data about myself, not only to do with with games but also with other aspects of my life."
you have likely provided all the necessary evidence of some sort of mental illness.
That was actually really interesting to read, I'd love to be able to read that sort of data about myself, not only to do with with games but also with other aspects of my life.
Unfortunately, I do not have Asperger's Syndrome.
I see what you did there.
Yes, but where are the pie charts?