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My earilest memory is of playing a PC port of Pac-Man on my dad's computer. My next earliest memory is of playing a PC port of Tetris on my mom's computer. I've been happily and hopelessly into video games and everything to do with them since, and while I have my favorites - pretty much the entire Metroid series (except, you know, that one) - there are very few good games I haven't played and enjoyed.

Now that I've been here for a few months I guess something else should go here, so: I've set upon myself a personal goal to write and post a blog at least once per week. Sometimes, meeting this deadline means that those articles are not up to the standards I would like, and I'll simply shove them away unpublished and try again next week. More rarely, they turn out great, and up they go. Even more rarely, I'll actually feel very satisfied and accomplished, and will get all excited for the loads of attention I won't be receiving. The following blog entries are ones that I believe fit into the latter category, preserved here in order of appearance for my (but quite possibly also your!) amusement and enrichement:

Battlefield 3: On Scale, Freedom, and Wookies
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - David Sarif
Bigger, Longer, also Harder - A Counter-Case for Longer Games
Location: Darkest Africa
How About a Mass Effect 3 Article with No Ending Controversy (Spoiler-free!)
Quest for Blood: How Seeking Ultraviolence Showed Me the Best Side of Videogames

Also, I mantain the monthly Cblog Analytics series, which tallies up a bunch of statistics and presents them in a simple and organized format. The results are always interesting and often surprising - all the math is done on my end, so no matter how number-phobic you might be, it's worth checking out! This year's entries are listed here:

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Good god, Destructoid, were you as swamped as I was last month? Four days late on the Analytics. Four days! Unprecedented!



Oh man, oh man, did you guys see those GAMES last month? No, I'm not kidding -- I saw VIDEO GAMES! So many of them! Looks like August has been elected as the vanguard of 2012's big Fall/Winter release wave, giving us both Sleeping Dogs and Darksiders II on the same day, accompanying big-shot MMOs The Secret World and Guild Wars 2 a short while later. A good thing, too; with July's healthy selection of controversy-bait appearing to have retreated into hopefully lengthy hibernation, Cbloggers needed some cool stuff to write about. And write they did!

This 7th edition of the Analytics sends us past this year's halfway point. I'd be lying my pasty arse off if I said I'd enjoyed counting all these numbers, but it sure is worth it when I see the end result, especially now that the series has been going on long enough for me to start noticing long-term patterns and trends. Thanks to everybody for their continued support; knowing you guys love seeing the numbers as much as I do is the better half of what keeps the stats rolling out month after month, so don't forget to take another look at last month's edition so you can get a clearer picture of what went down in August!

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Remember: If there's something I haven't covered that you want to see next month, post it in the comments!



In total, 404 blogs were posted this month!
-(That's 37 less than last month's count of 441!)
-Still holding at the above-400 now-standard average

The most-blogged day was Sunday the 5th, with 22 blogs!
-(That's 1 less than last month's most-blogged day!)
-Holy inversion, Batman! A large number of blogs written over the big hooplah that was Gaymercon's rapid Kickstarter success happened this day, but even disregarding those entries, this would've been high-activity for any time of the week, much less the historically bone-dry weekends

The least-blogged day was Sunday the 19th, with 2 blogs!
-(That's 4 less than last month's least-blogged day!)
-…And then there was that. Other than a notable lack of things happening, I can't find any pattern or potential correlation regarding what is now the record low blogs-in-a-day since I first started doing the Analytics. Things recovered immediately afterwards, fortunately

On average, there were about 13 blogs a day!
-(That's 1 less than last month's average!)
-A measurable decrease compared to July, but basically on-par with June. Beyond the mysterious drop-off on the 19th, peaks and valleys don't seem to have concentrated on any particular period of time. Looking at the topic breakdown below, this makes sense; Gaymercon caused something of a furor in the early month, Sleeping Dogs & Darksiders 2 drove a lot of fingers to keyboards mid-month, and PAX Prime dominated much of the late month





The flavor of the month was PAX Prime, which was written about 11 times!
-(That's 3 more than last month!)
-Like July, Cblogger's thoughts in August were far more diffused across a variety of topics; no Mass Effect 3 endings or E3 blowouts this go around. Sexism appears to have secured itself a recurring appearance, having latched onto the popular Dtoid consciousness two months ago; however, there doesn't seem to have been a central issue around which such discussion is focused this time, like Tropes vs. Women last month or the Tomb Raider thing from June. Probably need another month or two before I can make any reasonable predictions or inferences on that end

This month's Bloggers Wanted topics prompted 7 blogs to be written!
-(That's 16 less than last month!)
-This month's topic of Conventions is already pretty exclusive compared to previous prompts, and the fact that it didn't show up until halfway through August (cough) didn't do much to help the numbers. You guys running out of ideas up there?

This month's Artists Wanted topic prompted 4 blogs to be posted!
-(That's 8 less than last month!)

About 87% of blogs were varied enough to have less than 5 blogs per topic!
-(That's 1% more than last month!
-Remember: varied discussion of a wide variety of topics can very easily be interpreted as a Good Thing™, as it indicates a huge breadth of interests and viewpoints. Compare it to, say, dozens of terrible copypasta (p)reviews of the same 5 or 6 big-budget AAAs





A total of 2,758 comments were posted on the Cblogs this month!
-(That's 535 less than last month!)

48 blogs received no comments! ;_;
-(That's 14 more than last month!)

The most commented blog was Occam Thoughts: Community, by Occams electric toothbrush, with 49 comments!
-(That's 12 more than last month's most-commented blog!)
-You know what I should do in the future is just bookmark an Occams blog as soon as it pops up, since the man carries attention-magnets big enough to make Disney contemplate patent infringement lawsuits. It'd save me a lot of time recording this stat

On average, there were 89 comments a day!
-(That's 15 less than last month!)
-While overall numbers may come out lower than in July, note how much smaller the spikes and dips are in the graph. Rather than being concentrated mostly around a handful of popular members, comments were (usually) distributed across a much wider spectrum of authors and blogs





In total, the Dtoid community fapped 2064 times!
-(That's 369 more than last month!)
-The sudden increase is more representative of how July's blogging was driven mostly by controversial topics; this time, the repeat of the "oh god the community is DYING I TELL YOU" phase the Cblogs went through in March was the worst it got

56 blogs went through the month fap-free! ;_;
-(That's 31 less than last time!)

The sluttiest blog was also Occam Thoughts: Community, by Occams electric toothbrush, with 45 faps!
-(That's 20 more than last month's sluttiest blog!)

On average, there were 67 faps a day!
-(That's 12 more than last month!)
-If you compare this chart with the blogs written chart up top, you'll notice how closely the peaks and valleys line up. This shows a consistency with August's comments distribution, i.e. a lot more love to a lot more people. Combined with the significant increase in both total faps and average faps-a-day, it's basically a universally positive turnout for community love this month





This month, 52 new members posted their first Cblog! (That's 3 less than last month!) Were they good? Bad? Fun? Long? Short? Will they post again? Did they post 12 more times already? There's only one way to find out! In order of appearance, they are:

hbomb - clustergeek - billyandjulia - N0Gil - JFZeb - worldsanddreams - Kmkin20 - Gamernerd101 - dbluee - Nathan Evrard - myherozero - sneakyg - Kinjiro - bigben4879 - IamZeroKelvin - Svitlana - Vkmies - Jason Bann - LiquidBear - chompers633 - Tiffanie Chiasson - AtTheSpeedOfFetus - Immortal Phoenix - Freddiethesupermouse - 29 Rooks - CheapBossAttack - Shaostyle - tremault - JMandalore - bigdonkey1 - scarritt - Broseidon - fringe figure - BobofMainframe - nanashi - CombustingFetus - jaxx - OhMyApollo - sadisticfreak432 - FaithPills - Forrgotten Soul - dergrimnebulin - Cronomax - SayWord - CubixFails - ChelseaBoy93 - Firelordzero - wintersault - nickstyles - PanaMusica - Stavros StevieGreek Dimou - Kwamouflage

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NOTES:

-Until a better method presents itself, statistics are counted by hand, per-day. Comments and Faps are recorded at the end of the next day, to give the community ample time to read and respond. I also do my best to disregard obvious spam-posts, but I can easily miss one or skip over what's actually just a really shoddy & self-aggrandizing but otherwise legit Cblog. This means that there are likely minor errors and inaccuracies present, but none of them should be significant enough to invalidate anything

-Cblog Recaps and last month's Analytics are not counted, but all other serials (like FNF) are, under the rationale that serials still exist for the purpose of "creating" content under a certain topic or theme, while the Recaps & Analytics merely seek to sort and organize the blogs

-For the flavor of the month, I do not count Bloggers Wanted topics - the statistic is instead recorded separately. A Bloggers Wanted topic that covers another popular, non-BW topic is only filed under the BW statistic

-There is still some inherent subjectivity in deciding what constitutes a "unique topic," so keep that in mind if there seems like there's some obvious category that I've ignored (although feel free to tell me)

-Statistics are not intended to impart any kind of judgment or opinion in and of themselves - If I have any personal thoughts, they are noted below the corresponding statistic
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