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Cblog Analytics - May 2012

I'm almost wanting to wait until tomorrow so Maurice Tan's goodbye blog doesn't get buried beneath the pudgy, mouthbreathing, bespectacled, zit-ridden exercise in self-gratification that is the Analytics, but the stats must go on! Don't hurt me, guys

Welcome back. Although two of the year's big juggernauts - Diablo III and Max Payne 3, namely - found their way into gamers' sweaty, eager palms this month, May was a more subdued month for the Cblogs, with no major controversy or community phenomenon sparking off the surges of Dtoider activity we've seen buzzing about on occasion. That's not to say things were dry, of course - and with E3 preparing to present to the world its glitzy, deodorant-caked arse in less than 48 hours, we'll almost certainly have some interesting numbers to look at in another 30 days.

Last month's organization seems to have been the way to go, so no changes this time around. And, of course, before you start gobbling up these delicious statistics, don't forget to treat yourself to an appetizer and check out last month's edition.


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

In total, 364 blogs were posted this month!
-(That's 136 less than last month's count of 500!)
-Again, it's been somewhat of a dry month, and without any major fad like last month's 10-things-about-me (which continued to trail into May!), the decline is not as astounding as it may seem

The most-blogged day was Wednesday the 30th, with 20 blogs!
-(That's 22 less than last month's most-blogged day!)
-I can't find any specific thing that led this day to come out on top; considering the next highest was only two less at 18, it's probably just a favorable rotation of Mars or etc.

The least-blogged days were Saturday the 5th and 19th, both with 3 blogs!
-(That's 2 less than last month's least-blogged day!)
-Saturday glides down from on high and ends Sunday's killing low-activity spree. Fun while it lasted, but it's still a weekend, fitting in with the general trend

On average, there were about 12 blogs a day!
-(That's 5 less than last month's average!)
-While it's a definite drop from April, the overall trend this month held surprisingly steady, with each low dip countered by a high peak and vice versa. The mild increase denoted by the trendline is primarily due to the recent ignition of the E3 train - brace yourselves for the spectacular wreck next month

The flavor of the month was E3, which was written about 9 times!
-(That's 65 less blogs than last month!)
-The difference here has more to do with how f*cking huge 10-things was than how few strong topics there were in May, although this is 2012's weakest flavor so far

This month's Bloggers Wanted topics prompted 18 blogs to be written!
-(That's 24 less than last month!)
Collaboration - 1 (trailing from last month)
Hype - 17

About 87% of blogs were varied enough to have less than 5 blogs per topic!
-(That's 16% more than last month!)
-With only one Bloggers Wanted topic really existing for May, the drop is understandable; I'm honestly surprised Diablo III didn't attract more attention, but I guess anybody who cared about it enough to write about it was too busy playing or trying to play

A total of 2,092 comments were posted on the Cblogs this month!
-(That's 1494 less than last month!)
-More evidence of how 10-things blew such a massive crater in April's numbers that any chance of a nearly-as-competent follow-up act was virtually vaporized

31 blogs received no comments! ;_;
-(That's 19 less than last month!)
-Well, at least that's an improvement

The most commented blog was So frustrating!, by Elsa, with 39 comments!
-(That's 5 less than last month's most-commented blog!)
-Technically, this is tied with Andy's Diablo III… thing (see the faps section below), but I'm pretending it isn't out of spite WHAT'RE YA GONNA DO ABOUT IT BROSKI

On average, there were 67 comments a day!
-(That's 53 less than last month!)
-No big "thing" that happened on the 4th - just a lot of popular blogs/bloggers, boosted by it being FNF time

In total, the Dtoid community fapped 1512 times!
-(That's 1478 less than last month!)
-I'm sure you can come up with dozens of better jokes about this than I can

70 blogs went through the month fap-free! ;_;
-(That's 21 less than last time!)
-On the other hand it's getting really hard to restrain myself

The sluttiest blog was Review: Diablo III, by Mr Andy Dixon, with 37 faps!
-(That's 17 less than last month's sluttiest blog!)
-You kids are just sucking up to the bossman, aren't you; what a bunch of
(not jealous not jealous not jealous)

On average, there were 49 faps a day!
-(That's 51 less than last month!)

This month, 41 new members posted their first Cblog! (That's 15 less than last month!) In order of appearance, they are:

Blart Dick - Hanif Hackley - JosieScoresby - Kelly Raila - Chris Cris - grataxe - L3ED - Jonathan Johei Oyama - jackdan594 - siegarettes - stubbleman - lilmoefow - Dukes Largest Nukem - Admiralsombrero - shaxam1029 - Mr Van Carpels - Atary77 - Zhukov - Scield - Paddy Murphy - FatTroll - Bonder - Chi - ipaqi - David M Rosensteel - Corpral Hicks - jbro08 - ModernCreed - The Gameslinger - Ocelot - Buff Orpington - Frans Van Carpels - Siete KeKe - Fuhjem - Doggerel - Brock Delebreau - Watshealing - DotEater - Nicky Austin - PippinForLife - jkgeis



-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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About Altum Videturone of us since 11:44 PM on 11.04.2011

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: