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Heatmapping The Home

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The Average Gamer Homepage Heatmap I did some heatmap tracking on the homepage of The Average Gamer this week. It’s a reasonably small sample size – 199 users – but still have some interesting results. If I let the analytics from this heatmap drive the editorial direction, my new approach would be this:

  • Stop doing interviews
  • Only preview Triple-A games
  • Write more about Kinect

Hmm…

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6 March, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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EgoBlog

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This is purely a post promoting my own ego. Look away now.

I was on 4Chan again yesterday.

4Chan Batman with Tits

You can find the full image from the OP here.

The Batman thing made me laugh. So did the comments calling me “whore” and “dumb bitch”, but for a completely different reason.

Oh /v/. You so crazy.

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10 January, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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Interviewed for the BBC again

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Yes, regular reader. Yet again I have failed to adhere to a regular blogging and workout programme. Never mind.

In much more exciting news, I was a guest speaker on BBC Five Live’s Game On show. We talked about games company Valve, Steam, Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter and more.

Yes, I know it airs at 3:30am when no one is listening. Shush. Anyway, I forgot to look it up before and it’s only available through iPlayer for another 6 hours so I figured I should probably blog it here. 

Also, I can’t bear to listen back to it so for all I know they edited me out completely, like another BBC interviewer did last time.

Here it is. Debbie Timmins on the BBC. Probably. The games segment starts at the 2:12 timestamp.

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2 October, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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Things That Made Me Cry

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I don’t cry much at entertainment. Sometimes I wonder if it’s me that’s broken. I remember way back in the late 90s, virtually everyone I know was talking about how they sobbed their eyes out at the end of Titanic. I was just annoyed that he slipped away OFF-SCREEN, what the hell?

Here are the few things have made me cry. Not prickling or welling up but actual tears escaping.

Film:

Volcano. Shut up. It was just that one scene where a  fireman jumps out of a train carriage. You’ll know it if you’ve seen it.
Up. This whole film was just very sad. I have no desire to ever see it again.
Toy Story 3. Doesn’t anyone else feel sad for poor Lotso? He just needed some love.
 
TV:
Nothing. Not even the end of Buffy Season 2.

Music:

There’s one song absolutely guaranteed to make me cry. I’m not going to name it here because one of you fuckers will probably think it’s funny to play it at me and then I will be forced to break your nose.

Books:

None. Many book are emotional – The Deed of Paksenarrion series has some particularly horrifying moments but I’ve never empathised enough to cry.

Games:
Mass Effect 2: Overlord
Journey

I’ve heard a lot of talk about people openly weeping at Mass Effect 3. We’ll see…

Update: Nope.

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14 March, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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End of the Year, Woo!

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Here is a post to rekindle my ability to write. Lost that habit over the past few months as I spend more time emailing people or editing others’ articles instead of writing my own.

I could spend this post discussing justifications or telling the story of my life since I failed miserably to do that #oneaday thing at the beginning of the year but frankly, it’s not that interesting. I’m not going to try another promise of one a day. I’m just going to throw a few paragraphs here on the days that I don’t write something for The Average Gamer.

Ta-da!

P.S. Where is the Send button on the Android WordPress app? :P

Edit: I found it. Crisis over.

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28 December, 2011 at 12:10 am

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Opinions on OccupyLSX around the UK

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Between 12:36pm on Monday 17th October 2011 and 10:14am Wednesday 19th October 2011 I used real-time sentiment-monitoring tool Qriously to poll approximately 20,000* people in the UK on the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement.

I asked “OccupyLSX – worthwhile?” Respondents were asked to rate their answer an a 10-point scale between “Waste of Time” and “Worthy Cause”

900 people responded. Here’s what they said:

Slider showing that responded had a slight affinity towards "Worthy Cause" for Occupy LSX. 900/900 answers, 28,070 views

Line graph showing spikes around 150 people at the far end of the "Waste of Time" side, 180 at the "Worth Cause" extreme and a small spike around 100 people at central "Waste of Time" option. There's a fairly even spread across the mid-range of each choice with a small bias towards Worthy Cause.

Map of the UK split into regions. Wales, East England, West Midlands and Scotland favouring "Waste of Time" with the rest of the UK favouring "Worthy Cause"

NB: Qriously is an app still in trial stages. The sample will be biased towards people willing to try pre-release software.


*qriously provides a count of question views, not actual users polled. Views will be counted up to twice per user, meaning that the actual number of users who saw the question lies somewhere between 14,035 and 28,070.

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19 October, 2011 at 12:08 pm

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Get Back In Your Box, Women!

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Gotta love the Daily Mail spin on today’s press release about gamers based on a survey commissioned by Dorito’s.

MCV:

A new study has found that women who play online games prefer their gaming sessions to taking a bath, shopping, working out – and having sex.

The survey of 2,052 people was commissioned by Doritos and found that 49 per cent of women play online games, almost matching the 50 per cent of men that game online.

Of these female online gamers, 84 per cent said they enjoy their gaming sessions, compared to just 70 per cent who enjoy sex. 62 per cent enjoy working out, 71 per cent enjoy shopping and 75 per cent enjoy having a bath.

And nearly one in five female gamers (17 per cent) admitted they play online games in bed.
James BatchelorSurvey: Women love gaming more than sex

And the Daily Mail’s interpretation. Obviously I have cherry picked quote for maximum outrage:

The study, carried out by Doritos, found that while 50 per cent of men readily admit to frequent online gaming, a surprising 49 per cent of women confess that they too are addicted to Internet games…
…Revealingly, the study showed that not only are women just as keen on gaming as men – but that the majority would rather spend time playing on their gadgets than having sex…

…Worryingly, one in five even admitted to regularly gaming in bed. And no, that is not a euphemism.

Men may shake their heads despairingly at this – after all, all but the most devoted male computer game enthusiast would down tools for a session in the marital bed – but what is perhaps more staggering is the news that female gamers would rather play online games than go shopping.

Now that really IS an addiction.
Deborah ArthursWomen play computer games just as much as men – and they prefer gaming to sex, survey reveals

If it’s more appealing than shopping, there is clearly something wrong with these women.

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15 July, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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